GOH: Hal Clement
Art GOH: Karl Kofoed
Fan GOH: Robert Madle
It may seem strange that in eight years of going to local
cons, Don didn't manage to make a Unicon until 1982. He doesn't
exactly know why...maybe he just didn't have the money for another
weekend con. In any case, he's sorry he waited.
As for why this was 'Unicon 82' and not 'Unicon 7,' well, the
committee explained in the program book: "There is
an explanation (I hesitate to use the word 'reason') for this.
All odd numbered Unicons have lost money, whereas all even numbered
Unicons have at least broken even. Thus, we decided to call this
convention Unicon 82, so it would be an even number. Next year,
of course, will be Unicon 8, followed by Unicon 84, then Unicon
10, and so on. In this way, we will never have another Unicon
that will lose money! Isn't that Clever? Isn't that Fannish? Isn't
The Sheraton was a marvelous hotel for a small con; it had
adequate function space,
a pool, windows that opened for paper airplane battles -- and
best of all, it had the Galaxy Room. Ordinarily a mundane
bar, during Unicons the Galaxy Room became the bar/commons/music
center of the con. There Clam Chowder
performed for overflow crowds; there you could stop at any time
of the day or night for a drink or a chat. And there was The Ceiling:
a massive sculpture of lucite rods and lighting fixtures that
resembled a cross between a futuristic city and Carl Sagan's Spaceship
of the Imagination. Mary Mand and Don always had a desire to play
The Ceiling like a musical instrument....
Unfortunately, Don remembers nothing of the programming
at Unicon 82, not even with the pocket
program staring him in the face. He thinks he spent most of
the con in the Galaxy Room.