Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Westercon 69 Day 1: It's Official

Westercon 69 is now officially open, as Chair Lea Rush opened the convention at ceremonies this evening. Programming, exhibits, and dealers opened this morning, and Lisa and I spent a fair amount of time at the San Jose in 2018 Worldcon Bid Table.

TARDIS Dress

There were lots of people in great costumes about, but this lovely woman was the only one I was able to get to stop and let me take a picture.

San Jose in 2018 at Westercon 69

lisa_marli here sells pre-supporting memberships for the San Jose in 2018 bid at our table. We spent the day explaining about San Jose's bid, how Worldcon bidding works, and how people could help San Jose win the bid to host the 2018 Worldcon.

Lisa and and I went to lunch with scott_sanford, opting for the hotel bar so we did not have to go off site. Shortly after lunch, it finally dawned on me that the material I'd given Scott for the Newsletter was wrong, because the Westercon Business Meeting is tomorrow, not Sunday. Fortunately, the Friday evening edition hadn't gone to press yet and we were able to get it corrected.

Because the Business Meeting is on Saturday while Site Selection continues through Saturday afternoon, the results of Site Selection will not be announced at the Business Meeting tomorrow morning. Unlike Worldcon, you aren't required to officially announce the results at a Business Meeting. If the results are conclusive, you can simply publish them and skip a Business Meeting. It doesn't seem likely that the uncontested election for Denver will result in a replay of the 2011 Westercon Business Meeting, so I'm not expecting to have to call a special meeting for Sunday morning; however, it does also mean that we can't adjourn sine die tomorrow. Instead, we'll have to adjourn "at the call of the chair," with the call expiring if not used by Sunday morning. I don't think it will be a problem.

Westercon 69 Now Official

At 6 PM, the Opening Ceremonies started with Westercon 69 Chair Lea Rush giving the official opening. Click through the photo to see the pictures of Alexander James Adams (filk guest) and David Levine (fan guest). All of the Guests were introduced, but the lighting conditions, my camera, and my reflexes were not up to grabbing pictures of them.

In a few minutes, Lisa and I will begin the process of ferrying the Match Game SF kit from our room on the 12th floor down to the function space on the ground floor where tonight's show will be. This may prove to be a challenge, given that the three elevators that serve the high tower in which we're located are already showing the strain of coping with what looks to be the biggest Westercon in years.
Tags: lisa, match game sf, westercon
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