NASFiC 2, NorthAmericon '79, was held August 30–September 3, 1979, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
GoH: Frederik Pohl, FGoH: George Scithers. Chairman: Cliff Amos. Attendees: 1928/2030
A Southern fandom con tradition in the ’70s was to go skinnydipping at midnight, and this tradition was followed at NorthAmericon. Unbeknownst to the swimmers, however, one wall of the pool featured portholes to the hotel bar. Drinkers probably were shocked sober by the sight of some of the fans swimming by.
One of the special features of the convention was a Friday night event of a fannish trip on the Belle of Louisville, a paddlewheel steamboat. One part of the event was a planned filk sing on the boat. Juanita Coulson achieved fannish immortality by Outsinging a Riverboat Whistle.
The convention newsletter was NorthAmeriCon Nebula.
The Louisville in '79 bid was unopposed in the 1979 NASFiC Site Selection at the 1977 Worldcon.
- Steve and Sue Francis' NorthAmericon '79 Reminiscence
- File 770 13, p. 13 (More on pre-con committee ructions.)
- File 770 17, p. 1 (A Columbus Cavalry view of it)
- File 770 18, p. 4 (Responses)
- File 770 20, p. 21 (More responses)
- Steve Whitmore on the Art Show
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