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A fan gathering in Milwaukee, WI, on January 3, 1959. Robert Bloch reported in Lynn Hickman’s fanzine JD-Argassy 41 (January 31, 1959, p. 2):
On the evening of January 3rd, 1959, Arthur and Phyllis Economou played host to what, for the lack of a worse word, might be called the Phyllcon. Attendees, despite subzero weather, were Bill Beard and gal-friend Miss Peterson; neofan Joan Emerson, of Milwaukee, and husband Eugene; Fon du Lacunae Dean and Jean Grennell; Chicagoans and/or suburbanites Joe Sarno, Jim O'Meara, Earl Kemp, Nancy Kemp, and three little Kemp-followers; Bob Briney; Sid Coleman; Bob Bloch. That eighteen people could assemble in such bitter weather from such distances and consume enough food and drink for a crowd of eighty is a remarkable tribute to the endurance of fans, to say nothing of the host and hostess. According to carefully pre arranged plans, a one-shot was not put out. (Actually, of course, it was a very nice little gathering; the Chicago gang bringing up an enormous supply of food and drink to supplement the Economous’ output. It took hours for them to drive through the bad weather and heaven only knows how they got back, but it was a pleasure to see ’em).
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