Pacificon II Committee Report on the Cancellation of the Membership of Walter Breen

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Title: Pacificon II Committee Report on the Cancellation of the Membership of Walter Breen
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Editor(s): J. Ben Stark, Bill Donaho, Alva Rogers and Al Halevy
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Date(s): 1963
Medium: print
Fandom: science fiction
Language: English
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The Pacificon II Committee Report on the Cancellation of the Membership of Walter Breen is a 9-page publication from the 1964 Worldcon. The subject was Pacificon II's con com's highly controversial Exclusion Act which banned Walter Breen from the upcoming Worldcon.

The full report makes it clear that Breen was a known serial child molester and listed instances of his conduct. The official reason for banning him was to protect the convention itself from legal liability should Breen engage in his customary practices with young people at the convention, but this is recognizable as legal wording and in no way indicates that the committee approved or tolerated his behavior.

The four fans who wrote and signed this publication were J. Ben Stark, Bill Donaho, Alva Rogers and Al Halevy.

One of the con com, Bill Donaho, was also the author of The Great Breen Boondoggle, Or All Berkeley Is Plunged Into War.

The Opening Paragraph

The Pacificon II Committee has cancelled the membership of Walter Breen and it refuses to allow him to attend the 22nd World Science Fiction Convention. We have not done this because Walter Breen is allegedly a child molester, but because legal coun­sel lead to the conclusion that if he molests minors at the convention, legal action will probably be taken against us.

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