MediaWest*Con/MediaWest*Con 1986

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Convention
Name: MediaWest*Con 1986
Dates: May 23-26, 1986
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Location: Lansing, Michigan
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Focus: multi-fandom
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1986 convention theme based on the TV show The Prisoner
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Some Facts About the 1986 Convention

front cover of the 1986 program book
back cover of the 1986 program book
video scheduling, includes vids by California Crew
dealers map
  • This was the convention's sixth year as "MediaWest*Con." The theme that year was "#6" (based on the character #6 from the TV series The Prisoner).
  • A fan remembers: "Who remembers MW*C 6 and "The Prisoner" theme...with the giant Rovers all over the place (including the pool fountain)?"[1]
  • there were 615 attendees list in the program book, as well as 35 apocryphal attendees
  • from the program book: "The Third MediaWest*Con Film/Video Competition entries will be shown at various times in the Video Room during the convention (check the video room schedule). Each convention member is entitled to vote once," -- two of these videos were a collection by the California Crew and something called "Fade to Black" by "Wisconsin Videos"
  • Carolyn Cooper wrote and distributed three daily con newsletters, copies of which were posted at registration, in the con suite, and other locations. Fans who had information for this newsletter were to drop it off at the registration table, at Carolyn's table in the dealers' room, or slip it under her hotel room door before midnight
  • there were seating charts at the Saturday banquet, Sunday lunch, and Monday breakfast -- each table sat 10 people, fans had to present their pre-paid tickets in order to "be allowed near the food"
  • there were many more dealers tables at this con due to a decision to create a category of "Gypsy Dealers," dealers who could set up during the day in common areas to be used later (banquet, presentations) with the understanding they had to move their stuff by late afternoon.

Fan Q Awards

For specifics, see 1986 Fan Q Awards.

Skit

The fan skit was "Spied Nights." It was written by Paula Smith.

Fan Fund

Party Suite and Other Gatherings

  • IntroCon had a open party in the Conrad Suite
  • filkers were encouraged to used open rooms and impromptu meeting spaces
  • Imperial Diplomatic Reception in Pat Grant's room
  • 4 of Swords Workshop
  • Rebel Fitness Challenge Workouts
  • Royal Family of Amber charades
  • Who Are You Pulling For, a Star Wars tug-of-war
  • Alliance Breakfast
  • Supreme Order of Imperial Forces meeting and awards ceremony
  • Star Fleet meeting
  • Dragon's Teeth zine premier party
  • Blue Pencil breakfast and discussion
  • Remington Steele Scavenger Hunt
  • Arthur Dent's Tea Party
  • 4th Annual Remington Steele Soiree
  • Spies Like Us Affair, U.N.C.L.E. party
  • Fannish Jeopardy

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.

Vid Show

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

Acknowledgments

  • Co-Chairs: Lori Chapek-Carleton & Gordon Carleton
  • Security: David and Cindy Manship, Doug and Vicki Carleton, Ealasaid Cutts, Jael O'Connor, Bill Dyer, Bill Hupe, Bryan Effner
  • Fan Quality Awards: Kim Dyer
  • Fan Fund: Deborah Laymon
  • Art Show and Auction: Gordon Carleton, Karen River, Susan W. Perry-Lewis, Jackie Paciello, Bryan Effner, Jeanne Sullivan, Ealasaid Cutts, Keven Lewis
  • Masquerade: Jeanne Sullivan, Barbara Gompf
  • Fanzine Reading Room: Jan Gosnell
  • Video Room: David Grono
  • Photographer: Bill Dyer
  • Archivist: Keven Lewis
  • Dealers: Keven Lewis and Lori Chapek-Carleton
  • Programming: Lori Chapek-Carleton & Gordon Carleton

Programming

Friday

  • Magnum PI
  • Why an Imperial Fandom, who wants to be the bad guy?
  • Fancy Meeting You Here, cross-universe stories both fan & pro
  • The 2nd Season Syndrome, worse the 2nd time around?
  • You Do What?, explaining fandom to the mundanes
  • SF in Films & TV, lost in translation?
  • "Aye, Captain," the role of the supporting cast in Star Trek
  • Vogon Poetry contest & other general silliness
  • "The Wraiths," slide show prevue [sic] of the upcoming film
  • Return to Oz Worldcon Down Under, a travelogue on the 1985 Aussie II Worldcon utilizing slides and videotape

Saturday

  • Manners in the 'Zine Scene
  • Watching/Reading/Writing Hurt/Comfort
  • Han & Luke Fans, compare and contrast
  • Which Came First, The Costume or the Character?
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before to The Voyage Home -- the 20 year mission
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dissertation & discussion
  • Dinner Banquet and Fan Q Awards
  • skit: "Spied Nights" written by Paula Smith
  • presentations by Terry Erdman: Coming from 2oth Century Fox: "The Manhattan Project," "Space Camp," "Big Trouble in Little China," "Aliens," "The Fly"
  • Costume Competition
  • Practical Self-Defense Workshop
  • Care, Preservation & Conservation of Collectibles
  • The Official Star Wars Fan Club Breakup and Implications
  • The Fan Fund's Future
  • The Fan Q's Future

Sunday

  • A Female View of Males in Fandom
  • I Told My Dog "Heel" and He Bit My Foot -- Dog Obedience Demo
  • Belly Dance Workshop
  • Dress for Success, Costuming
  • The Mysticism in Star Wars
  • The Equalizer: I Found It in the Classified
  • Going Pro: Breaking Into Professional Writing
  • The Demon/Lover & Why We Find Him/Her Fascinating
  • Mixed Media, how to get the most for your money
  • Being There, pro writers
  • A Consumer's Guide to Smut
  • Can't You See This Horse Loves Me?, Silverado & other fannish westersn
  • Steel Hunting Scavenger Hunt
  • Horseback Writers International Meeting

Monday

  • Blake's 7 -- Britain's Answer to Star Trek?
  • Brothers in Arms: Simon & Simon
  • Is That a Gun in Your Holster or Are You Just Glad to See Me? -- Romantic Detective Teams
  • Exercise in Drawing Workshop
  • Deprogramming (Dead Dog Panel)

Convention Reports

A Filk in Honor

In the 1986 issue of Southern Enclave #12, Cheree Cargill penned a filk song in honor of MediaWest*Con.

"In lieu of a con report, the following filk is offered in an attempt to sum up a weekend spent at MediaWest..."
THE BALLAD OF MEDIA WEST*CON by Cheree Cargill
Oh, Lord, won't you get me to MediaWest*Con?
My friends are in Lansing, having lots of fun.
With buttons and photos and zines by the ton.
Oh, Lord, won't you get me to MediaWest*Con?
Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a crate full of zines?
Four dozen buttons to wear on my jeans?
An armload of photos -- it's not what it seems,
But, oh, Lord, won't you buy me a crate full of zines?
Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Liltz for my wall?
A Wagner or Dunster to hang in my hall?
That portrait of Harrison -- I think I want 'em all!
Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Liltz for my wall?
Oh, Lord, won't you win me a Fan Q Award?
Worked hard on my fanzine, oh, so very hard.
I'm not a great artist and I'm not a bard,
But, oh, Lord, how I want just one Fan Q Award!
1986 convention T-shirt with a theme from The Prisoner
Oh, Lord, let me party each night 'til I drop!
And fill up on junk food, 'til I want to pop!
I'm having a great time -- I don't want to stop!
Oh, Lord, let me party each night 'til I drop!
Oh, Lord, won't you get me next year to the Con?
The weekend just flew past; where has it gone?
But it's on to the airport; farewell to Hilton.
Oh, Lord, won't you get me next year to the Con?
(to the tune of "Mercedes Benz" by Janis Joplin)

A Miami Vice Party

This "VICER" just came back from Mediawest which was in Lansing Michigan. There I hooked up with other "VICERS" for the very first time... Needless to say I had wonderful time. There I met [Susan H], [Lucy C], [Dani L], & [Mary p]. Mary & I roomed at the convention together. It was many long nights of Vice talk. We also met other fans that had an interest in Vice. We all got together for a Vice Party on Friday night to watch, what else, MIAMI VICE. It was fun. The art show was to die for. Mary & I walked away with what we feel [to be] the two best pieces of art in the show. Yes, the old check books were pretty low after that, but it was well worth every penny. We all had a great time. It was so much fun meeting and talking Miami Vice with others who enjoy the show as much as I do. [2]

References

  1. MediaWest Reminiscing on Facebook dated June 11, 2012.
  2. con report by Noel Silva in Bernay's Cafe #5