The 16th Worldcon, second in LA, Solacon (also SoLACon) was held August 29–September 1, 1958, in the Alexandria Hotel at South Gate, CA. Solacon was combined with Westercon being also Westercon 11, sharing Guests of Honor and Chairmen. Solacon was physically in Los Angeles, but (by mayoral proclamation) technically in South Gate, California, to fulfill their bid slogan of "South Gate in 58".
The GoH was Richard Matheson, and the convention had no Fan GoH. Anthony Boucher was Toastmaster (he was also parliamentarian of the WSFS Business meeting!). Solacon was chaired by Anna S. Moffatt and sponsored by the Outlanders with "participation" by the Pacific Rocket Society and LASFS.
The LASFS Fashion Show at Solacon was organized by Bjo Wells and included Honey Wood Graham and Miriam Dyches as models. The convention newsletter was the Daily Dynamic, published by the Chicago: 1959 bid committee!
- Sam Moskowitz' Solacon Reminiscence from the Noreascon Three PB
- Con Report by Ted Johnstone in Ground Zero #3 p2
- Solacon publications and photos on fanac.org
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|from Convention SoLACon was the culmination of the longest-range campaign in fan history; it squashed the WSFS Inc, introduced the Lens to fannish fashion, saw Ron Bennett come over for TAFF, and sparked off a revival of activity in the Los Angeles area, which had been practically dead since the Insurgent War. (Cf SOUTH GATE)|
|Loncon I||Worldcon - Bidding - Hugos||Pittcon|
|Westercon 10||Westercon - Bidding||Westercon 12|
|Pacificon I||LA Worldcons||L.A.Con I|
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