MidAmeriCon, the 1976 Worldcon (often called Big Mac) was held September 2-6 in the Radisson Muehlebach Hotel and Phillips House in Kansas City, MO. GoH: Robert A. Heinlein, FGoH: George Barr. Wilson Tucker was Toastmaster. Chaired by Ken Keller.
MidAmeriCon was very worried about the increase in convention sizes in the ’70s and took drastic steps to control membership by significantly raising the price of an attending membership which started at less than $6 and ramped up to an unheard of $50 at the door — an innovation that became Worldcon tradition — as well as using hospital bracelets to back up name badges as proof of membership, to control ghosting, and limiting programming about fringe fandoms — which did not.
- Publications and photos at FANAC.
- Fred Pohl's MidAmeriCon Reminiscence.
- Karass #24 for September, 1976 has an interesting and extensive con report which was continued in #25/26 in November.
- Tom Perry's con report in Mota 21
- Interview about MAC with Ken Keller (2016).
- MidAmeriCon videos.
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