Thu, Aug. 11th, 2011, 02:27 pm
I scanned some of the slides I took at the second convention I ever attended. Equicon 75/Filmcon 3. It was held at the LAX Marriott Easter weekend in 1976. Many of the slides of costumes came out to dark to save so I guess I will have to try some other way to digitize them in the future.http://www.flickr.com/photos/56928511@N00/sets/72157627411400372/
I hope everyone enjoys them.
Sat, Mar. 5th, 2011, 11:58 am
The Kazoo Awards were held Saturday Afternoon in Westercon's Main function room. Only Steve Savitzky was present to receive his award in person. Winners marked with -->.
Amateur Rebels, by Leslie Fish
The Christmas Cat, by Tom Digby
Jacques Chretien, by Gordon Dickson
-->Mal's Song, by Michelle Dockrey
Non-Smoking Section, by Bob Kanefsky
-->Banned Books Week, by Jane Mailander
Censors, by Bob Kanefsky
50 Ways to Lose Our Freedom, by P. F. Bruns
Flying Free, by Valerie Housden
Sunrise in the East, by Gary McGath
In Western Lands, by JRR Tolkein
That Southwest Religion, by Pat Mathews
One Way Out, by Roger Burton-West
The West Virginia Diet, by John Bunnell
-->The Witch of the West, by Rennie Levine
-->Dance in the Circle, by Heather Alexander (Alexander James Adams)
Lost? Child, by Tom Digby
The Programmer and the Elves, by Mike Rubin
Tarn Lin Parody, by Les Barker
Tamlin's Ride, by Batya Wittenberg
Do Virgins Taste Better (than Those Who Are Not), by Randy Farran
Dragon's Little Girl, by Jan Kelson
The Dragon's Retort, by Clare Stephens McMurray
Gilda and the Dragon, by Cynthia McQuillin
-->Paper Wings, by Steve Savitzky
Started Friday with firing up the sound system and waiting to see if the Spoken Word Circle would be a circle or a stage event. Turned out to be a circle, but we provided a wireless mike to pass around. A small crowd formed and did a number of works. I patched my Zoom H2 into the board and recorded it all.
The Brett Glass Band in the Box workshop was moved into the California, so we were free for a couple of hours. I spent the time eating lunch and making lunch for Kate and Amy who were working in the dealers room. (Kate works as cashier for Amy so Amy can spend time talking to costumers. They sell more books that way.)
Our next event was Tymon Workshop: Rhythm Core Alpha. It was a programmer who has written a sort of a band in the box program for the Nintendo DSI. It was quite an impressive program. AT 4pm was the two shots. I recorded this, but there was a buzz in the recording, but not too bad.
The Two Shots included Gifted Gear, who had a great voice, Rebecca Newman, Tim Griffen, Paul Estin, Greg Gross, and Gifted Gear and Kathleen Sloan. The last act was Gifted Gear singing a song about the census, TTO;Annie's Song. Kathleen was answering the questions as the song went on. She had never heard the song before so had to come up with answers on the fly.
After that our room had nothing scheduled till 8pm, so I watched part of the Bohnoff concert, then went off to our room to eat dinner. Kate was working in the dealers till 7pm. I did get to see Paul Kwinn's concert. I also was able to plug my H2 into the Westercon Crew's soundboard.
The Kazoo awards concert was Barry Gold and Mary Creasey performing most of songs on the Kazoo ballet. Lee Gold did some the spoken word pieces, and Steve Savitzky arrived in time to perform Paper Wings. I did record the whole concert.
The last event in the room was Gerry Tyra doing a microphone workshop. A very well done presentation with input from other sound people in the room.
Due to work, I was not able to get to the con till Thursday evening. Kate had gone up the day before to help AmyCat set up the Book Universe booth. Greg had gone up Thursday afternoon with the bulk of the sound gear.
To get to Pasadena from the 5, you have to take the 110, which is the first freeway ever built. It makes an interesting drive. I got to the Pasadena Hilton at about 8:30 and missed the first Stone Dragon Concert.
Nick placed many of the concerts in the main Westercon ballroom, aka The California Room. The Westercon tech crew had not mixed live music much before so over the course of the convention Gerry Tyra, Greg, and myself offed some advice and equipment. Gerry had brought along some wireless mics for the Bonhoffs to use during their concert.
In the Main ConChord room, where we set up our sound gear, we had Blind Lemming Chiffon in concert at 9pm. This was followed by the Filksongs Old Enough to Drink circle. Only it was not a circle. People would go up on stage to perform their song then walk off and the next person would go up. This worked our pretty well.
When that had ended we closed down the room and some people formed a circle in the other filk room, and I went on to bed. (having been up since 5am.)
I posted the pictures
I took at WesterChord on Flickr. I hope everyone enjoys them
Just reporting in,
Our house shook and shook, but nothing fell and we are fine.