GOH: Joan D. Vinge
Art GOH: Teanna Lee Byerts
Fan GOH: Michael Walsh
Special Guest: Jim Frenkel
Unicon 8 was Don's first con as an honest-to-Ghu
guest...he had a blue con badge,
he was involved in programming,
and he had a complimentary membership.
It's been Don's experience that Unicon treated their guests
better than just about any other con he's been to. Free memberships
were never an issue...Unicon granted free memberships to pros
and "anyone else (within reason) you might want there to
make your con enjoyable."
Don did a reading Friday night and had a panel ("Hard,
Soft and Rubber Science Fiction") at 11:00 Saturday morning.
In addition to Clam Chowder's two concerts
in the Galaxy Room, there was a presentation
by Wordstage: a reader's theater group from Arlington, doing an
adaptation of War of the Worlds.
Early Saturday morning, while on a quest for something to eat,
Don's car died on the Washington Beltway -- the radiator overheated
and the car ground to a halt in the midst of a cloud of steam.
Don had to call his friends Ann & Mike for a lift back to
the hotel...then the next morning, Mary Mand arrived and took
him to a gas station which sent out a truck. Sunday afternoon
he had to baby the car home, with jugs of water sitting in the
back seat as insurance.
All told, however, Unicon 8 was a great beginning to Don's
career as a con guest.