Kwest*Con

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Convention
Name: Kwest*Con
Dates: November 1-3, 1974
Frequency:
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Type: fan-run fan con
Focus: general, Star Trek: TOS, Science Fiction
Organization:
Founder:
Founding Date: 1974
URL:
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the con program for 1974
two well-known fans attend Kwest*Con, art from Menagerie #5 by Joni Wagner
flyer from A Piece of the Action #17, click to read

Kwest*Con was a convention that took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 1, 2, and 3 in 1974.

Harlan Ellison was the celebrity Guest of Honor and Ann Holly Hunter was the fan guest of honor. Hunter was the author of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Ace #10, The Assassination Affair.

The program book contains work by Phil Foglio and Ruth Berman, and a short essay by Harlan Ellison, "Dreamsellers" and is 16 pages long.

This con is the forerunner and inspiration behind MediaWest*Con. [1]

Not Strictly a Trek Con

In 1981, Lori Chapek-Carleton wrote of this con: "The Kalamazoo con (starting with KWest*Con way back in 1974!) did not start out as strictly ST cons, and in fact, never were, though Trek gained in emphasis over the years. T'Con was mostly Trek, but 2'Con was a blend, and Mor' Eastlerly was even more so. [2]

In Boldly Writing, Joan Verba described the convention: "KWest*Con was diverse: it did not devote itself exclusively to either science fiction or Star Trek, and the much-rumored hostility between sf and ST fans was totally lacking." KWest*Con was the forerunner of a series of Star Trek conventions in the 1970s that would provide a yearly rendezvous for Star Trek editors, artists, writers, and readers. The tradition continued into the 1980s, in part, by the Media*West Cons."

Paula Smith's 2010 Comments

From A Conversation with Paula Smith:

Around early 1973, I'd met Sharon Ferraro. I was at Kalamazoo College and she was at Western Michigan University. We got together and formed a science fiction society between the two colleges and called it KWest*—"kwestar." Sharon and I organized a con in 1974 in Kalamazoo called KWest*Con and we got Harlan Ellison as our pro GOH [professional guest of honor] speaker. We had to pay for his flight and room and board, but we didn't have to pay an honorarium. And we got Joan Hunter Holly as the fan GOH. Joan, of course, was the author of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Ace #10, The Assassination Affair. Although this was an SF con, a lot of those who came liked U.N.C.L.E. and Star Trek too. Joan came from Lansing and she knew Terry Carr, who was an editor for Ace. She was older than most of us — all of 40.

A couple of hundred people attended the con. We made our nut. We brought Harlan to Sharon's house and fed him a chicken dinner. Sharon was a big Ellison fan. She had said, "We can get him," and we did! And we had a great time.

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References

  1. FAQ, Archived version
  2. from Interstat #42