Iguanacon (aka Iggy), the 36th Worldcon, was held August 30 to September 4, 1978, at the Hyatt Regency, Adams House and Phoenix Convention Center & Symphony Hall. The GoH was Harlan Ellison, and the FGoH was Bill Bowers. F. M. Busby was Toastmaster and the chairman was Tim Kyger.
This was the first IguanaCon, but was called “IguanaCon II” because of a previous hoax. (Kyger's preferred name for Iguanacon II was 110 Degrees in the Shade Con. For some reason he wasn't allowed to use it...)
Greg Brown was the initial Chairman. In April–May 1978, there was a move to replace him which was temporarily resolved by putting him on probation for a period. He resigned a few days later and was replaced by Tim Kyger. (See the references below for details.)
Much of the youthful senior staff lived together in The Garrett, a small, unairconditioned, top-floor apartment.
Bill Bowers was never invited and was croggled to find out he was Fan GoH after the bid won at MidAmeriCon. Terrified of public speaking, he spent the next two years preparing by giving “practice speeches” friends set up for him at regional conventions.
Josef Nesvadba was announced as the European GoH for IguanaCon. Why he did not attend is a bit of a mystery. It was reported that he could not get travel papers and it was also reported that an illness of his wife prevented it. In any event, even more oddly, he was not listed as a guest by Iguanacon's later publications and is not generally considered to have been a Worldcon GoH.
GoH Harlan Ellison was upset over the failure of the Arizona state government to pass the ERA and threatened to boycott the convention, publishing a lengthy personal statement in Locus. He was ultimately persuaded to attend and live in a camper outside the hotel. See Karass #36 (March 1978) (and other references, below) for a discussion of this as it was happening. It was quite a circus.
The con's staff included: Jim Corrick, head of the Hugo Awards department; Carol De Priest, head of memberships and registration; Sharon Maples, treasurer. The committee apa was IGAPA.
The convention was one of the less-well-organized ever, and its mostly self-inflicted travails were responsible for much gossip and hand-wringing in fandom both before and after. It was especially noted for the number of people who resigned or were fired beforehand and the number of people who later remember having rescued it.
This was the first convention center-based Worldcon.
All in all, Iguanacon was one of the most fraught Worldcons ever.
The Phoenix in '78 bid beat an LA in '78 bid at MidAmeriCon.
The race to select the 1980 Worldcon was between Boston in 1980 (winner, Noreascon Two), Baltimore in '80, and Flushing in '80. See 1980 Worldcon Site Selection.
- Iguanacon II publications and photos on fanac.org
- Gary Farber's Iguanacon II Reminiscence.
- Tim Kyger: How Iguanacon Came to Be.
- Iguanacon Blues and Iguanacon Blues Redux by Bruce D. Arthurs.
- Mike Glyer's con report: File 770 7, p. 1.
- Locus #213, August 1978.
- Locus #214, September 1978.
- Karass #36 (March 1978) for Ellison's antics.
- Locus #215, October 1978: a long letter from Ken Moore and Lou Moore on problems the Art Show staff had.
- File 770 3, p. 2: Report on events around the removal of Greg Brown.
- File 770 5, p. 3: General Iggy rumors.
- File 770 6, p. 1: Another shakeup.
- File 770 9, p. 2: Various post-con rumors.
- Publications and audio recordings.
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