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BA 2002 Press Releases
SAN FRANCISCO IN 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DECEMBER 3, 1998
Contact: Kevin Standlee, 650-961-9540, standlee@Plato.LunaCity.com
SAN FRANCISCO WORLDCON GROUP NAMES TOM WHITMORE AS OPERATING COMMITTEE CHAIR
Tom Whitmore will chair the 2002 Worldcon if San Francisco wins the 2002 Worldcon site selection election. Whitmore was named Chairman of the 2002 Worldcon Operating Committee of San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. in a unanimous vote of the SFSFC Board of Directors at their meeting Monday, November 9 in San Francisco.
Kevin Standlee will continue as Chairman of the SF2002 Worldcon Bid Committee, and will work with Tom Whitmore to ensure a smooth transition from a bid to an operating committee should San Francisco be selected.
The election to choose the site of the 2002 Worldcon will be conducted at Aussiecon Three, the 1999 Worldcon, in Melbourne Australia, September 2-6 (http://www.aussiecon3.worldcon.org/). San Francisco is at this time the only known serious candidate to host the 2002 Worldcon. SF2002's only known competition, the Seattle in 2002 Worldcon Bid (http://www.webwitch.com/seattle02/), was forced to withdraw from the race due to being unable to reach agreement with hotels in the downtown Seattle area.
Tom Whitmore has been working on Worldcons since the first one he attended in 1968. He has worked on most areas of modern Worldcons, from daily newsletter through Masquerade, and is best known for working in and running Operations. He currently lives in Seattle, but comes to the Bay Area at least ten times per year to maintain his partnership in The Other Change of Hobbit, one of the oldest science fiction bookstores in the USA.
San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC), a California non-profit corporation recognized as a 501©(3) literary and educational tax-exempt organization, is the parent corporation of the San Francisco in 2002 Worldcon Bid Committee, which was established to bid for the right to host the 2002 Worldcon. Should the bid win, the Bid Committee will hand over the responsibility of running the convention to the Operating Committee, which was also formally established as an SFSFC Standing Committee by vote of the SFSFC Board of Directors on November 9.
SFSFC Inc. was the parent corporation of ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon. SFSFC Inc. was also the parent corporation of the 1998 World Fantasy Convention in Monterey, California and of Corflu 14 in Walnut Creek, California, and is the parent corporation of Westercon 53 (Conolulu), to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii July 1-4, 2000. SFSFC's web site, with connections to all of its active committees, is http://www.sfsfc.org/.
San Francisco in 2002, a committee of San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (the parent corporation of ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon) is bidding for the right to host the 2002 Worldcon. Members of Aussiecon Three, the 1999 Worldcon in Melbourne, Australia, will vote to choose the site of the 2002 Worldcon.
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