NorWesCon

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NorWesCon (Worldcon)
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(Did you mean the Seattle regional or a 1949 Portland convention?)


NorWesCon, the 1950 Worldcon, was held September 1–3, 1950, at the Multnomah Hotel in Portland, OR. (It was originally announced for an American Legion Hall, but the site was moved to the Multnomah Hotel between PR 1 and PR 2.) The GoH was Anthony Boucher. Theodore Sturgeon was the toastmaster and had the title "Entertainment Master of Ceremonies."

Donald Day replaced Jack de Courcy as chairman in a rescue move after de Courcy resigned because he was moving. Several other committee members resigned for various reasons and fandom reacted with Alarm and Despondency when no official publicity had been issued and no site had been officially hired by April.

Juanita Sharp was secretary, and Ruth Newbury, treasurer. Most of the organizers were members of the Portland Science-Fantasy Society.

To publicize the con, Ralph Rayburn Phillips invented Ul-Ul, a blobby-looking ghod.

Bob Tucker arranged a group train trip from Chicago: “Pullmans to Portland.”

The Portland bid had won over Capicon in '50 (D.C.), New Orleans in 1950 and New York in '50 at Cinvention in 1949. See 1950 Worldcon Site Selection for details.

The 1951 Worldcon Site Selection was held there.


From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
from Convention NorWesCon (at Portland, Oregon) followed an intensive campaign for a West Coast con in the name of fairness. It saw the introduction of a Dianetics session full of people testifying to the healing powers of the New Faith, and a lethal takeoff on such screwballism in Theobald Mackerel's presentation of Diacybersemnetimantics.

Cinvention Worldcon Bidding,  Hugos Nolacon I
Reasonator 1950
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