Indianapolis in '53

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A failed bid to host the 1953 Worldcon in Indianapolis. Little is known about it today, but it had surprisingly strong support, finishing third after San Francisco in '53. The winning Philly in '53 bid went on to run Philcon II.

Juanita Coulson was a teen-aged fan in the Indianapolis club and recalls that the Indianapolis bid was a surprise to the rest of the club who learned of it only when Ray Beam (the oldest member of the club) got up on stage and announced that he was putting Indianapolis into the race. (Remember, at that time most of the action of bidding happened at the Business Meeting where Site Selection happened.) People supporting Philly and SF were appalled and tried to persuade Indianapolis to withdraw, or, at least, to support them once they were eliminated.

See 1953 Worldcon Site Selection for details on the large number of bidders.

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