GOH: L. Sprague deCamp & Catherine Crook deCamp
Fan GOH: Jack Chalker & Eva Whitley
Art GOH: Anne Trembley
The second Balticon in the Hyatt was somewhat more relaxed
than the first. There was a membership limit of 1500, and although
in theory it was strictly enforced, there seemed to be many more
Balticon ran multi-track programming:
in addition to science, pro and fan programming,
there was also video, movies, Golden Age radio, singing and gaming.
Clam Chowder performed all three days
of the con.
This con, the historic first meeting between Mary Mand and
Jim Grey, will go down in legend.
The Masquerade was the biggest event of the con. Thomas appeared as the Empire State Building, complete with a tiny King Kong. The halftime entertainment was by Clam Chowder. Don remembers that the TV news people came in to shoot some of the dancing at the Chowder concert; the fans were completely unconcerned, they kept pushing the cameras away . . . until finally Kathy Sobansky made an announcement: "Could you please move your cameras back? You're getting in the way of the dancers."
Thomas commuted to Balticon 17, along with Will Burnham and
Will Brehm. He remembers buying a button
that said "Don't Just Stand There, Hug Me," which he
refers to as one of the best investments he ever made at a con.