MediaWest*Con/MediaWest*Con 1985

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Name: MediaWest*Con 1985
Dates: May 24-27, 1985
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Focus: multi-fandom
Founding Date:
1985 convention theme
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front cover of 1985 program book

Some Facts About the 1985 Convention

  • The theme that year was: "MediaWest*Con V " (based on the TV show V).
  • there was a seating chart for the Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and Monday breakfast
back cover of 1985 program

Fan Q Awards

For specifics, see 1985 Fan Q Awards.


The con plays were "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" and "Cole Porter: The Search for Star Trek III."

Masquerade Winners

We are looking for any info or photos of the Masquerade contest and winners.

Art Show Awards

Art show winners were selected by popular vote.

We are looking for any info about the Art Show contest.

According to Real 'con' finds fans talking film, camping it up, acting favorites, the top selling piece of art went for $651.

Vid Show

We are looking for any info on the pre-1998 vid show winners.


Panels included: "Guilty Pleasures," "Filksinging," "British Fandoms," More than Mary-Sue: Alter Egos and What You Can Do with Them," "V -- Pros and Cons," How to Start a Fanzine," Uses and Problems of Personal Computers in Fandom," "Fans and Lucasfilm -- The Sometimes Beneficial, Sometimes Adversarial Relationship," "Serious Cop Show and Why We Like Them," "Where are the Men in Media Fandom, & A Male of View of Women in SF Films & TV," "Fannish Phobias (are they different from mundane phobias?)" and "Syndicated Loves (why do some shows retain a fond spot in our hearts?)"

Convention Reports

  • "Speaking of MW, it was my first time and I had a ball! I got to meet so many folks I had only heard of before or written to in letters. The whole tone of the convention was light--even if we didn't have a "summer" movie to attend. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lori and Gordon for the excellent way--in my opinion--the convention was run. From the accommodations to the food, to the helpful hotel staff, it was a really pleasant experience and I'm certainly looking forward to next year, where I can renew acquaintances and friendships made this past May. Congratulations again, Lori and Gordon. I had a great time!"[1]
  • A male fan writes: "I'm not really sure there is any point in discussing the male/female ratio in fandom. I know I don't want to talk about it anymore, and I was the one who suggested the "Men in Media Fandom" panel way back at MediaWest II. At first, I was curious about the disparity, but now the subject makes me feel like I'm some sort of anomaly, a curiosity, a social mutant. I've been to four MediaWests so far and it still seems like everyone knows everyone else, except me. I think about this and I remember Pat Nussman's article of a few years back, "Where the Boys Are." One of the woman quoted in that article liked the imbalance. She seemed to see media fandom as some sort of feminist enclave and she really didn't want men around. I have enough trouble socializing with any group of people without having to worry about breaking into fandom's "Old Girl Network." I have half an inclination to pull a "Tootsie" and attend the next MediaWest in drag. and then publish the resulting expose in this letterzine. But I'd make an ugly woman."[2]


  1. Fan convention report from Southern Enclave issue #9 (1985).
  2. Fan convention report from Southern Enclave issue #10 (1985).