MediaWest*Con/MediaWest*Con 1990

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Name: MediaWest*Con 1990
Dates: May 25-28, 1990
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Focus: multi-fandom
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Some Facts About the 1990 Convention

front cover of the 1990 program book
back cover of the 1990 program book
  • The theme that year was: "Back to the MediaWest*Con Part X " a nod to the movie "Back to the Future"
  • The Hilton Inn changed management after being sold to Rado-Mat Holdings, Inc., and the facility became the Lansing Holiday Inn Conference Center West.
  • from the program book: "Due to unforseen circumstancs, the artists regret that they were unable to hold the Artists' Reception previously announced in the Progress Report. Please accept their apologies, and many thanks for your support."
  • the Holiday Inn agreed to act as a UPS substation so that fans could ship all packages during the con
  • there were 58 dealers and approximately 70 tables in the dealers' room, and 26 dealers in the dealers' hall

Fan Q Awards

For specifics, see 1990 Fan Q Awards.

Party Suite and Other Gatherings

Parties included: Miami Vice, Wise Guy, Quantum Leap, and Phantom of the Opera.

Other gatherings: Alliance Breakfast, Twin Peaks Coffee and Donut Social, Imperial/Rebel Tug-of-War (on the front lawn), Star Wars Live-Action Role-Playing Blaster Battle, FOE Club Meeting, Star Wars Auction, Diplomatic Embassy & Cantina, and Summerfest.

Summerfest was a Beauty and the Beast gathering open to all attendees. There were refreshments and a "candle ceremony." Fans were encouraged to bring their scrapbooks, costumes, and handicrafts to show and share.

Masquerade Winners

At MediaWest*Con X, two dozen Hall Costume awards were available, of which 22 were awarded.

The MediaWest*Con X Masquerade winners were:

  • Apocryphal--Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Dog (Praeses and Amy Kaplan)
  • Cheap--John Book (Jan Boll)
  • Most Humorous--MediaWest*Con 40/The Blaster Battle (Bev Grant, Jan Gosnell, Martynn, Ken Keisel, Carol Lynn)
  • Presentation--Ursula, the Sea Witch (Paula Smith)
  • Re-Creation, Animation—Ariel, the Little Mermaid (Rebekah Hennig)
  • Re-Creation, Literature--Rag Dolly (Linda Cuchinski)
  • Re-Creation, Television—Sparta Cop (Charlotte Desilets)
  • Re-Creation, Film—The Joker (Melody Womack)
  • Re-Creation, Theatre--A Night at the Opera (Janet Paderewski, Laurie Shanahan, Sandy Williams)
  • Historical—A Blast From the Past (Donna Fadness, Mary Jean Holmes, J.R. Holmes, Mary Wood, Carol Paulson, Karen Pauli) *Original and Most Beautiful—Women For All Seasons (Linnese Dawe, Dawna Snyder, Joan McKeel, Sandra Cook)
  • Best In Show—The Hunt (Jean Marie Dewey, Rachel & Michael Maley, Sandy Pettinger)
  • Workmanship Awards given to: The Phantom in His Moods (Scaramouche) for mask work; The New Ship's Counselor (Susan Perry- Lewis) for fabric enhancement; Women For All Seasons (see above) for applique work; A Night at the Opera (see above) for gown and Best Workmanship

Art Show Awards

Art show winners were selected by popular vote.

We are looking for any info about the Art Show contest. The progress report in 1991 states that the concom lost the list of the winners.

Door Decoration Awards

The winning best-decorated guest room door from MediaWest*Con X was Carol Salemi, Room 164, for her QUANTUM LEAP door.

Vid Show

The Winners (as listed in the Media*West 1991 progress report):

  • ORIGINAL: "Pressure"(Sterling Eidolan & The Odd Woman In)
  • INTERPRETATION/SINGLE MEDIA: "You Can Call Me Al"(Sterling Eidolan & The Odd Woman In)
  • Honorable Mention: "Nobody's Side"(Bunnies from Hell)
  • MULTI-MEDIA: "We Need a Little Christmas"(California Crew)
  • CONSTRUCTING REALITY/MULTI-MEDIA: "One Night in Bangkok"(Frozen Treats)


  • Co-Chairs: Lori Chapek-Carleton & Gordon Carleton
  • Programming Scheduling: Mary Uhrausen
  • Art Show and Auction: Gordon Carleton, Susan Perry-Lewis
  • Blood Drive: Kim Dyer
  • Fannish Videos: Sheryl Adsit
  • Fanzine Reading Room: Jan Gosnell
  • Fan Fund: Deborah Laymon
  • Masquerade Competition/Masquerade Ball: Seth Bonder
  • Fan Quality Awards: Jeanne Sullivan
  • Gofers: Jeanne Sullivan
  • Security: Seth Cutts
  • Computer Help: Bill Hupe
  • Program Book Graphics Production: Kim Dyer
  • Slide Show Work: Bill Dyer, Keven Lewis, Terri Korthala



  • Cross-Universe Fanfiction
  • Series Romances, what works, what doesn't
  • Young Stuff, the appeal of the younger male stars -- Keifer Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, Johnny Depp, etc, from the fannish point of view
  • Creating Original Fan Fiction Characters, avoiding Mary Sues
  • ST:TNG, armchair directors
  • Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera, a comparison of the two
  • Blake's 7, a fandom overview
  • Simon & Simon, the current status of the fandom and what the future looks like
  • Coming Soon from Hollywood, previews by Paula Block of upcoming movies


  • Disguised Romantic Heroes, romantic heroes with hidden identity
  • War of the Worlds, armchair directors
  • Writing Good Adult Fanfiction, part is not parts
  • Robin of Sherwood: Legend in Modern Times
  • The Professionals: What They Were, What They Are
  • Going Pro: Can You Get There From Here?, and what do you want to do?
  • Heroes Outside the Law, heroes who bend the rules
  • The Sandbaggers
  • Wiseguy, armchair directors
  • The Future of Fanzines, the changing face of fan publishing
  • Making Music Videos, a short course, a practical demonstration
  • Introduction to Costuming, costuming on a budget for beginners
  • Alien Nation: Fans Welcome the Newcomers, an overview of fandom's hottest new addition
  • Artists, Part 1: Materials and Methods
  • Hypnosis
  • Cannell's Series: A Common Touch
  • ST and ST:TNG Beyond TV, the novels, the movies, and what we would have done
  • Artists, Part 2: Marketing
  • Name That SF Tune Contest
  • Medical Accuracy in Writing, help for the layman
  • Fannish Jeopardy, the popular game adapted for fans
  • Artists, Part 4: To Frame or Not to Frame, There is NO Question
  • Poetry Reading, hosted by Ruth Berman
  • Mel Gibson and His Rodes, a look at one of fandom's most popular actors
  • Vader Roast
  • Endangered Cats


  • Quantum Leap: The Face in the Mirror, an overview of another hot fandom
  • Miami Vice, armchair directors
  • Batman: The Dark Knight
  • ST:TNG: Does/Can Data Have Feelings?
  • Heroes Inside the Law, heroes working within the system
  • Writing: How to Research & Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  • SF as Social Commentary, the power of the genre as a view of our society
  • Hurt/Comfort: The Enduring Appeal
  • The Equalizer: Just a Charming Vigilante?
  • Phantom of the Opera: Not Just Another Pretty Face, an overview of various versions
  • Fish Out of Water: Why It Works as a Theme
  • Harrison Ford and His Roles, an enthusiastic look at the popular genre actor
  • Beauty and the Beast: Armchair Directors and Current Status, what we would have done -- and the current status of the show
  • ST Slide Show, by Ruth Berman
  • The Relationship Between Editor and Writer, what every fanzine contributor should know
  • The Future of Space Exploration
  • Dark Shadows


  • The Buddy System, the appeal of this ever-popular theme
  • Star Wars Fanfiction: Where Has It Been and Where Is It Going?
  • Slash Fanfiction: Whey Some Works and Some Doesn't
  • Convention Wrap-Up

Convention Reports