OurCon (Michigan con)

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For the Nebraska con, see Our Con.

Star Trek Convention
Name: OurCon
Dates: May 4-5, 1975
Frequency: once
Location: Michigan State University
Type: fan-run fan con, one guest
Focus: Star Trek: TOS
Founding Date:
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from 1975 flyer
  • May 4-5, 1975
  • security was provided by Dorsai Irregulars
  • was chaired by Lori Chapek-Carleton
  • an issue of Menagerie has a con report
  • an issue of Warped Space has an Ourcon Folio by Phil Foglio and Paula Smith
  • a fan in The Halkan Council #9 writes: "Why are the larger ST cons running low on attendance recently?... Benecia, I hear, got only about 600, Ourcon got around 700, hardly the 1000+ they were planning on... Have there been too many big cons recently, or have we recidivists heard it all too many times before? You do get sick of the dumb questions and the crowds; there is even -- really! -- a point beyond which you can't get too worked up about seeing George or Jimmy or Gene or whoever again. It's more than about time for a trek relaxacon."'
  • the editor of Warped Space says in issue #7 that Our Con 1975 was fun but financially troublesome and asks other fanzines (in exchange for a free ad in Warped Space) to run an announcement that, in part, says: "Ourcon '75 put the MSUSTC heavily into debt. If you wish to donate money to help pull us out of the hole, we can offer you the following deals. Lifetime membership to the MSUSTC (for as long as it and you are in existence) for donations of $5 or more; lifetime membership to the MSUSTC and an Ourcon program book (as long as they last) for donations of $10 or more; and lifetime membership, the program book and a three-issue subscriptions to Warped Space for donations of $15 or more!"
  • From Amani #5: "Our Captain [Nichelle Nichols] wants everyone to know how thrilled she was with the reception she received at OURCON... She was overwhelmed with the warmth and friendliness that everyone exhibited to her, and the interest in our club [The Nichelle Nichols Fan Club]. Third Officer Sharon Ferraro hosted what was going to be a panel about the club, but it ended up becoming more of a talkfest! Several times, Captain Nichele spoke to the convention, answering questions from the floor; she also very much enjoyed being one of the judges of the Costume Ball. I also hear that she entertained with a certain sehlat hand puppet for quite some time on Sunday!... The sehlat was sent to her from our club's sehlat specialist, Elizabeth Marshall. Elsewhere on the MSU campus was another Star Trek gathering; the Residence Hall hosted an event called Star Trek Lives!."