Authors Hal Clement, Linda Evans, Charles Fontenay, Joseph Green, Rick Wilber, Jack C. Haldeman II, Daniel Keyes (author of Flowers For Algernon), Adam-Troy Castro, artist Mary Hanson-Roberts, and the usual "cast of thousands".
|Meeting the Pros was never like this. Most Tropicon participants met
the first evening at the Velvet Comet located, for the occasion, in the atrium
area of the convention's hotel, the Doubletree Guest Quarter Suites in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. A beautiful and relaxing setting for an informal
opportunity to get to know each other and to meet our guests, both Science
Fiction professionals and Fannish. As you can see, some of our guests traveled
a long distance to attend.|
Actually, that's Cyndi Warmuth under the mask.
From the hotel's second floor balcony it was easy to see that the convention's members were enjoying themselves. Most of our guests were there to meet their fans, sign autographs, and generally make themselves known. There was an open bar for those who felt the need and, judging by the level of the sound that reached the balcony, the conversations were flowing freely.
The Friday night VIP Party also featured alien gambling games with alien cashola. The participant's mission, and many chose to accept it, was to win as much alien cashola as they could, so that they could outbid their friends for those collectibles and unique items that were auctioned off at the end of the evening.
At the gaming table in the Velvet Comet are (L-R) Priscilla Olson (placing a bet) with John Fast and Tony Parker looking on. Dan Siclari is the croupier on the right.
Eerie strains of guitar music keeping you awake at night? Rhythms of unforgettable poetry obsessing your waking moments? Alien limericks exploding from your soul? Tropicon's filk may have had nothing to do with these, but then again perhaps it did. Our Special Filk Guest Joe Haldeman and his charming wife Gay led the rest of us in the circle; it was lots of fun to listen and even more to participate.
After a dinner of Dolphin Jardinierre or Chicken Key West accompanied by a salad, rice pilaf, garden vegetables, dessert, and a beverage, Tropicon's members and guests were treated to a series of entertaining presentations led off by our Toastmaster, Mike Resnick, after an introduction by SFSFS' Chairperson, Joe Siclari. Mike was followed by our Guest of Honor, James P. Hogan (Shown here with an unidentified fan at the Velvet Comet), who continued the evening with some lively remarks that covered portions of his career and his current home in Ireland.
One of the surprise happenings of the evening occurred when Pete Rawlik popped the question to Shirlene Ananayo, on bended knee yet! As you could guess by their expressions, she said "Yes".
Mike Resnick, Roger Sims, Jack Haldeman II and Joe Green on Odd Cons and Fannish Gatherings, one of our Saturday evening panels.
Charlie Brown, Saturn rockets, student riots, SWAT teams, bomb threats and 17 Japanese non-fans stuck in an elevator with MZB. These are some of the true stories of strange fannish gatherings. If you want the rest of the rest of the story, you should have been there to listen to our trepid reporters.
|This year's Charity Auction was held to benefit the Collier
Learning Library programs, coordinated by the Broward County Libraries Learning
Services. There are 9 learning programs in all, each focusing on an age
group or specific need. One of them is Each One Teach One, an adult
literacy program that offers one-on-one tutoring services. There are
currently between 1500 to 1600 children and adults participating in these
Our intrepid auctioneer, Joe Siclari, kept things moving at a fast pace.
|Our Special Guest Artist, Mary Hansen-Roberts , brought a collection of her work
that was displayed at Tropicon's Art Show.
Our Programming Co-Chairperson, Edie Stern , looked fantastic in a slinky black number at the Velvet Comet.
|Our Special Guest, Trivia Master Hal Clement, presided over this year's
Trivia Contest accompanied by Godzilla, Tropicon's floating Trivia Trophy.
Jeffrey Kasten was the winner of the Trivia Contest. Mark Olson was one of the other finalists.
|Dina Pearlman and Peanuts. Dina ran the Tropicon Model Building contest.
A first for this Tropicon but, we hope, not the last. Aimed at children of all
ages, it appeared to be a great success.|
And the Winners were:
|Our Co-Chairperson, Francine "Princess Franie" Mullen, presented a TROPICON XIV T-Shirt to our Special Filk Guest, Joe Haldeman, at Tropicon's Closing Ceremonies on Sunday.|
Princess Frannie passed the Official (?) Tropicon Hat to George Peterson who will
be the Chairperson of TROPICON XV
that will be held November 8-10, 1996.
|Co-Chairpersons||Joe Siclari, Francine Mullen|
|Programming||Edie Stern, George Peterson|
|Art Show||Becky Peters|
|Blood Drive||Dave Lyman|
|Charity Auction||Dan Foster, Shirlene Ananayo|
|Dealer's Room||Peter Rawlik|
|Con Suite||Judi Goodman|
|Hotel Liaison||Joe Siclari|
|Progress Report||Shirlene Ananayo|
|Program Book||Joe Siclari|
|Press Gang||Dan Siclari, Ericka Perdew, Peter Barker, Peter Rawlik, Edie Stern, George Peterson, Jack Weaver|
|Publicity||George Peterson, Carol Porter, Christina Santiago|
|The Velvet Comet Casino||Judi Goodman|
|Croupiers||Edie Stern, Sarah Clemens|
|FanHistoriCon Program||Edie Stern|
TROPICON XIV was sponsored by the South Florida Science Fiction Society, a nonprofit literary society recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).
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