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Minicon 2 Program Book

Minicon Two
Science Fiction Convention
April 4-6, 1969 :: Andrews Hotel :: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Guests of Honor

Jim Young, Chairman :: Marge Lessigner, Treasurer :: Ken Fletcher, Advertising
Karen Johnson, Registration :: Frank Stodolka, Art-show and Book Room

Lorie Berndt :: Fred Haskell :: Al Bencker :: Rein Konen :: Dan Musick
Louis Fallert :: Carol Stodolka :: Nate Bucklin :: Members of the Committee

And supported by Minn-stf, the Minnesota Science Fiction Society



	Bob Cooper of Cooper's Film Rental (Northedge Shopping Center; 
Eaton, Ohio, 45320) charged us an incredibly small price for the rental 
of "Metropolis." He deals in both sales and rental of old 8 mm. silent 
films, and we might suggest that if you're interested in such things to 
contact him.  (We include this note by way of thanks for help in making 
the convention turn out well.)

	Sunday (the 6th) is Easter Sunday, and several members of the 
convention have decided to have an Easter-egg hunt.  Karen Johnson and 
Carol Stodolka are in charge of the event...and we suggest you talk to 
them before you wake up Sunday... You might step on an egg or two along 
the way....

The Art Show will be open during most of the convention.  Entrance to 
it, as well as all other Minicon activities is free once you've paid 
your membership fee.  However, if you want to enter art in the 
exhibition there's a flat entry fee of 50 cents.  A popular vote will be 
taken during the convention, and the most popular work will receive a 
prize of $10.00. (For information on entering the art show, contact 
Frank Stodolka.)

	Some bookselling space is available in the art show room.  If 
you have any old magazines or books you want to sell you can rent a 
table for $2.00 during the duration of the convention.  If you are going 
to be selling books during the convention, you must be responsible for 
the sales and health of the stock -- the convention cannot be, though we 
will try to make everything as safe as possible.

	The price at the Midtown Ramp has gone up since we reported last 
in the Minicon second PROGRESS REPORT.  The price is currently $2.50 for 
an entire day's parking.  However, there are many other ramps and 
parking lots nearby, some of them charging less -- and it's certainly 
all right if you park at these other areas.

	We are tentatively scheduling an auction for sometime early in 
the evening of Saturday, April 5th.  Anyone who wishes to donate 
anything to the auction will be blessed by the Patron Saint of Fandom, 
Saint Fantony.  At the convention itself, the exact time and place of 
the event will be posted.


	There are a multitude of bookstores in the Twin Cities area.  We 
print the following map to show you where the best bookstores are 
located.  (There are of course others, but the committee recommends only 
those listed on the map.)



A: Oudal's books
B: Bus Depot
C: Bookfair
D: Shinders (2)
E: Harlow & Nelson
F: McCosh's
G: Heddan's


Guests of Honor

01 Jim Young, Minneapolis
02 Marge Lessinger, Minneapolis
03 Ken Fletcher, St. Paul
04 Karen Johnson, Minneapolis
05 Frank Stodolka, Minneapolis

1  SP4 John Kusski, Okinawa
2  Joanne Swenski, Iron River, Mich.
3  Pauline F. Jadick, Omaha, Neb.
4  Lorie Borndt, Osseo
5  Rein Konon, Minneapolis
6  Dan Kennisten, Brooklyn Center
7  Doug Kirks, Brooklyn Center
8  Al Bencker, Osseo
9  Leif Anderson, Bloomington, Ind.
10 K. Martin Carlson, Moorhead
11 Louis Fallert, St. Paul
12 Fred Haskell, Edina
13 Glenn T. McDavid, Northfield
14 Jon Dummermuth, West Union, Io.
15 Walt Schwartz, Minneapolis
16 Don Nelson, Minneapolis
17 Dough Kellogg, Minneapolis
18 Chuck Holst, Minneapolis
19 Dick Tatge, Minneapolis
20 Anthony Tollin, Minneapolis
21 Dennis Roberts, Farmington
22 Jim Stokes, Minneapolis
23 Carelton W. Carroll, Madison, Wisc.
24 Paulette Caroll, Madison, Wisc.
25 William F. Orr, Madison, Wisc.
26 Jim Plasman, Northfield
27 Richard West, Madison, Wisc.
28 John Bullis, Madison, Wisc.
29 Anthony Lewis, Belmont, Mass.
30 Jerry W. Misner, Minneapolis
31 Mentor C. Addicks, St. Paul
32 Bev Addicks, St. Paul
33 Steve Popper, St. Louis Park
34 Al Kuhfeld, Minneapolis
35 Ivor A. Rogers, Grenn Bay, Wisc.


	Fandom is basically divided into three parts: Convention fandom, 
club fandom, and fanzine fandom.  Since fanzine fandom is the most 
complex part, I'll talk about that last.

	Convention fandom is made up of people who attend science 
fiction conventions.  Some people are active in fandom only by attending 
the conventions or belonging to clubs.  There are perhaps more people 
who are active exclusively in the conventions than exclusively in the 
other areas of fandom.  It seems that most fans are active in more than 
one area.  At any rate, you're now part of convention fandom...and 

	Club fandom is, as the name implies, all those people who get 
together and form a science fiction club.  There is a fanclub active 
here in the Twin Cities, and we'll talk about that in detail later.  You 
may be interested to know that what happens at the meeting of a science 
fiction group is entirely unpredictable.  There are many different types 
of groups: some of them are excuses for partying, and nothing more; some 
of them feature only formal discussion; there have even been attempts at 
paramilitary organization (although, thank ghu, the attempt failed: such 
groups are to my -- and many other people's -- mind distasteful).  The 
best clubs are intended for fun.  Those that are thought most highly of 
are those which have a lot of fun, and produce good and memorable fans, 
as well as good and memorable productions.  (Such productions can run 
from amateur movies, amateur magazines to filk-singing (filk-songs of 
fandom), and medieval-tournaments.)

	Fanzine fandom is the hardest aspect to explain; and the reason 
it is, is because it's the most complex portion.  Fanzines are amateur 
magazines.  You can't buy them on the newsstands (though some fanzines 
have achieved sem-professional status by selling a few copies to 
newsstands), and only a few hundred copies are printed up.  They're 
available, for the most part, through contribution...and no payment is 
made for printed material.

	They exist for fun.  Some fanzines are published by only one 
person, some are published by groups of people.... If they stop being 
enjoyable, they stop being published.

	Basically, there are two types of fanzines: The general 
distribution fanzine (or "genzine"), and an "apazine." ("APA" being 
short for Amateur Press Association -- but more on APAs later.) The 
genzine is available to anyone who sends in money or a contribution; 
currently, there are more genzines being published than apazines, though 
it has shifted back-and-forth in the past.

	An APA is an organization of fans who publish fanzines,then send 
a certain number of copies to the Official Editor.  The OE then compiles 
a stack of each members' zines is called a "mailing." With some APAs the 
terms are different, but this is the basic set-up.) Some APAs have 
certain entrance requirements: on asks that you be born after 1945, 
another that you be interested in comics.  Most APAs ask nothing more 
than you pay your membership fee and that you publish you magazines 
regularly.  Most APAs are quarterly, though there are bimonthly, 
monthly, and -- among some local groups -- even weekly and biweekly 


	As we've said before, there is a fanclub active in the Twin 
Cities.  It's called the Minn-Stf, a word which is derived from the 
original word Hugo Gernsback coined two years before establishing 
Amazing Stories, the first SF magazine, in 1926.  The word was 
"scientifiction," which was abbreviated "stf" and pronounced "stef."

	You might be interested to know that fans have been trying to 
form clubs in the Twin Cities for many years...successfully and 

	During the thirties, Wonder Stories, which was founded by 
Gernsback when he lost control of Amazing in 1929, started to sponsor 
local fan groups.  That was in 1934, and a Minneapolis chapter was 
listed as "to be formed shortly."  In 1937, when Gernsback had lost 
control of the magazine (and the title had been changed to Thrilling 
Wonder Stories) the Minneapolis chapter was finally formed.  It went 
under the following year however, and the local fans resumed informal 

	In November of 1940, nine people gathered together and founded 
the Minneapolis Fantasy Society.  They wrote letter inviting people to 
attend the meetings; even Astounding (which is now Analog), which was 
then the real backbone of all science fiction, published on of the 
invitation letters.  By mid-1941 many more people had joined the club.  
It was one of the most active and most respected clubs in fandom until 
it broken up in 1943, due to the war and to the fact that many of the 
area fans had moved away.  To quote Harry Warner, one of fandom's best 
historians: "[The Minneapolis Fantasy Society] must have placed second 
in the fanclubs of its time only to the Futurian Society of New York."

	In December of 1947, the club was officially revitalized.  Until 
1952, the group remained one of the most active in fandom.  After the 
first small convention was held in Minneapolis -- the Invention of April 
Fools' Day, 1952 -- the club began to dissolve.  In 1953, it had 
completely done so.  In 1961, an attempt was made to establish a Twin 
Cities Fantasy Society, but it too failed.

	The club that had given the science fiction world such great pro 
authors and artists such as Poul Anderson, Gordon R. Dickson, Carl 
Jacobi, Oliver Saari, and Clifford D. Simak -- and such great fans as 
Redd Boggs, Rich Elsberry, Ken Gray, Morris Dollens, and Phil 
Bronson...had gone.

	During these later sixties (from our great vantage point in 
April of 1969) it seems as though fandom and science fiction in general 
are undergoing a boom.  In 1966 -- November 25, to be exact -- the first 
meeting of the Minn-stf was held.  The total attendance was five.

	We've grown a lot since that time, and we're still growing.  
Because of our unusually fast growth, we haven't been able to develop 
our meetings as thoroughly as we like, but then, better meetings are one 
direction of our growth.  At any rate, you're most heartily invited to 
attend any Minn-Stf meeting you can make.  For further information, ask 
any member of the committee, or the club's president, Frank Stodolka.


	The convention program is hopefully flexible enough so that 
something will always be going on that will be of interest to everyone 
-- and yet made up so that no one has to participate in some event that 
doesn't interest him.  Major features of the convention are listed 

	But before listing the program, you might like to know about the 
location of the meeting rooms.  There are three major meeting rooms for 
the convention.  The Brunswick room, in the basement of the Andrews, 
will be the main hall, and used for the large meetings such as the panel 
discussion, the movie, and the slide-shows.  On the mezzanine you'll 
find the Welcome Room, and outside the Welcome Room, the Registration 
Desk.  (During the major program events, the Registration Desk will be 
move to the Brunswick Room so that people handling registration won't 
have to miss the events.) On the eighth floor of the hotel, you'll find 
the Minn-Stf Suite, a partying center for the whole convention.  Also on 
the Mezzanine, you'll find the Art Show and Bookseller's Room.  All room 
in use by the convention will be posted as such.


6:00-9:00 P.M.
Desk will be moved to
Main Hall during movie

6:00-10:00 P.M.
 On the Mezzanine
Information Introductions
of Guests of Honor,
talk, etc.

  On Mezzanine

8:00-11:00 P.M.
  "Metropolis" will
be shown

  General Partying

  Will move to Main Hall
during program

around 10:00 or 11:00 A.M.
and closed at 10:00 P.M.


Introductions and
Announcements of

	"How did you discover
Science Fiction?"

DINNER BREAK: 4:00-6:00 P.M.

Slide-shows may be given this night

SUITE: Partying

open from noon to 9:00

briefly around noon

SUITE: Talk, some food
and refreshments

playings of old radio
dramas and readings


Presentation of the
Popular Art Award

A slide show on Star
Trek, hosted by Ruth Berman


"THE GRAND OLD ART OF CONVENTION GOING..." (reprinted from the second 

	Some of you attending this convention are sure to be attending a 
science fiction meeting for the first time.  For those old-timers who've 
been to many conventions before, we can only say we hope you like the 
convention; to those of you who are newer to this thing called fandom, 
we extend a special welcome... and these words:

	When you come to a convention, be prepared to meeting people.  
Certainly attend many of the items on the program, but don't expect the 
programmed events to be the only things that will be happening at the 
convention.  Fans are basically one of the most friendly groups of 
people in the world.  If you've had some correspondence with fans in the 
are, you may very likely meet them at the Minicon.  if you've heard 
about those amateur magazines called "fanzines," you'll be able to find 
out exactly what they are, and where to obtain them. (Many different 
fanzines will be on sale at the convention.  In fact, what you're 
reading now is a fanzine of sorts.)

	Incidentally, don't be frightened to talk to such distinctive 
people as Charles De Vet, Carl Jacobi, Grodon Dickson, and Clifford 
Simak.  They've all been active fans, and would be just as pleased to 
talk with you and sign autographs as you might hope them to be.

	We hope you will enjoy the convention!

JIM YOUNG, con-chairman.


THE MINICON 2 PROGRAM BOOK is published by the Minnesota Science Fiction 
Society.  It is free to all members of the convention. 200 copies have 
been printed.  Cover by Dave Ellwood, written by Jim Young, and 
stenciled and mimeographed by Fred Haskell.  This publication is dated 
April 4, 1969.

FOR INFORMATION on this publication, contact the convention chairman, 
Jim Young at 1948 Ulysses St. N.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55418.

ALL ADVERTISING has been paid for, and reflects the opinion (hahahaha) 
of the Committee, the Minn-Stf, and whoever else is involved.

AS A SORT OF PARTING SHOT, let me thank the Guests of Honor; Charles De 
Vet, Gordon Dickson, Carl Jacobi, and Clifford Simak, the members of the 
Committee, the Minn-Stf, the staff and management of the Andrews Hotel, 
the people at Galaxy Publications who put an ad in the convention column 
in If, and to every member of the con.

Jim Young