GOH: Frederick Pohl
Art GOH: Frank Kelly Freas
Brave New Con was another one-shot, sponsored by W.A.C.O. (the
Washington Area Convention Organization). They were going to have
a series of cons, each on a different theme -- Brave New Con was
successful, but the group fell apart before they could mount their
next offering, "Take My Con . . . Please."
Nevertheless, with over 450 people and great facilities, Brave
New Con was a nice little relaxacon.
Mary Mand, Jim Grey and Don shared a room at the con, and amused
themselves entirely too much. There were meetings of businessmen
going on in the hotel at the same time as the con; at one point
Mary and Jim had Don handcuffed and he was trying to elude them
(don't ask!) -- he ran up to a group of businessmen and said,
"Please, if you have a shred of common human decency, set
me free!" Before the businessmen could recover from their
paralysis, Mary and Jim arrived and carried Don away.
The convention theme -- utopias and dystopias -- led to a few uninspired panels; the parties and filksinging were a lot better. To this day, Don remembers Brave New Con as a fun convention. Pity they never managed to hold another . . . .