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Early SHareCons

There were a series of SHareCons that took place in Maryland in the 1980s and 1990s.

Their titles can be very confusing. Most fans refer to them all as "SH:101" regardless of the year, and some fans refer to them as "SH:102" and otherwise. In any case, it appears that the 1989 con had no title, the next two were both called "SH:101" and then after that, "SH:102," "SH:103," and "SH:104."

To make matters more confusing, it appears a con was planned for April 1993, but possibly never happened. This con was mistakenly called "SH:104," which explains why an ad for "SH:104" two years later puts "I think" after its title; things appear so confused that no one really new what number they were on.

an ad for one that appears to have not taken place, as well as muddying the waters in titles (printed in a January 1993 issue of Snitch)

In some years, there were two cons, one in April and one in October.

  • SH:101 (called "SHareCon")
    • (no.1) March 16-18, 1990 (Embassy Suites, Hunt Valley, Maryland) (organized by April Valentine, Nancy Goodwin, and Susan Earle)
    • (no.2) October 5-7, 1990 [1] (no.2) October, organized by April Valentine and Susan Earle
  • SH:101 (yes, named "101" again)
    • (no.1) April 26-28, 1991
    • (no.2) Autumn, unknown date
  • SH:102
    • (no.1) April 10-12, 1992
    • (no.2) October 16-18, 1992
  • SH:103
    • (no.1) Spring, unknown date
    • (no.2) Oct 16-18, 1994
  • SH:104
    • "SHARECON 4 (we think) April 14-16, 1995 at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Dulles Airport South, Chantilly, Virginia. Everyone is invited although space is limited to 25 bodies. For details SASE: Nancy Goodwin..." [2]
  • SH:105
    • A "SHareCon '96" was announced in Starsky & Hutch Adzine & Newsletter #15, an event to be hosted by Kim Smith. It is unknown if this con took place: "SHareCon '96, March 15-17, 1996 in Chantilly, Virginia. Membership $30 Limit of 35 attendees."
  • SH:106
    • March 14-17, 1997

SH:10x

Convention organizers April Valentine and Nancy Goodwin hosted events that they called "SH:101," "SH:102," and SH:103" etc. As they explained in one of the convention fanzines published in connection with these events: "SH:103 was born from the mini-con called SHarecon, which was organized so die-hard SHers could share any and all aspects of Starsky and Hutch. People bring memorabilia, zines, photos, stories and of course watch tapes and talk, talk, talk."

SH:101 (The First) (1990)

Spring 1990

March 16-18, 1990.

It generated Wanna Share? #1.

From a progress report:

Well, since last year's SHarecon was such a good time we're gonna give it another shot. Same bat time, same bat channel. For those of you who were here last year skip on down to a heading that interests you. Newcomers read on to find out what the blazes a SHarecon is.

Despite the name SHarecon is not a convention - we don't have an art show, we don't have a dealer's room, we don't have panels, and we don't have a whole bunch of fandoms. By process of elimination, I guess that means we are a big Starsky and Hutch room party.

And at this party since we don't have all the trappings of a real con we end up sharing the responsibility for everyone having a good time. Last year, and this year, it means bringing along clippings, tapes, conversation, stories, and artwork to show and te11 with other fans. We play games, watch episodes and songtapes, eat, talk, and just generally spend a weekend wallowing in Starsky and Hutch with about 25 other fans. If you'd be bored by a purely Starsky and Hutch weekend then this is probably not the party for you. If this sounds like just what you've been waiting for we'd love to have you join us.

Time and Place March 16-18, 1990. At the Embassy Suites Hotel, Hunt Valley, MD. (Just outside Baltimore.) Just like last year. As you may already know there is a multi-media convention going on at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn right across the street... Because of space limitations the SHarecon meeting suite will be closed to any non-members.

Programming I know I just said this wasn't a con, but we still have things going on that you might want to hear about. 1. Video -- we'll have all of the episodes with us, and as many songtapes (old and new) as we can lay our hands on. There will be at least one pair of VCR's set up for dubbing. So don't forget to bring your own songtapes and obscure or not so obscure interviews to share around (P.S. don't forget to bring your own blank tapes in case you see something you want.) 2. Swap meet -- We're not having a dealer's room per se but since many people have old zines, new zines, clippings, photos etc. to sell we thought we'd have our own little feeding frenzy set up in the meeting room for an hour or so for people to hawk their wares. 3. Writer's workshop -- Pat Massie is going to facilitate a writer's workshop. This will be hands on and audience participation not a panel. Details to follow. 4. Games -- For those who feel like getting down and silly (or just watching other people being silly) we'll have audio and visual trivia; charades/psychodrama/act-out-the-episode; Win, Lose, or Illo; Pin the Boo-Boo on Blondie; Fill-ins. If anyone has any suggestions for games or any other things they want to do PLEASE send them along. 5. Other -- We'd like to do some filking if people are interested. And back by popular demand Dramatic Reading -- if you've got some really horrible story that you've written (and who doesn't) and are feeling brave (or drunk) enough to read it aloud, bring it along. it was a dark and stormy alley ....

And for those who like to dress up (down, strange or quarky) Friday night we thought we'd copy Spectrum and have a costume hour -- come as a particular episode or zine.

Zine Yup we thought with all that talent out there we'd try and get together a little zine. Sort of like a party favor. Anyway, the theme of the zine is the theme of the party -- Sharing. Art, poetry, short stories (guess we'd better have a 5 page limit on them) about Starsky and Hutch sharing a thing, a feeling, whatever. Get the submissions to March 1st so I can get them printed by the party. Send submissions camera ready (8 1/2 x 11 with 1" margins). We haven't got a title for it yet, suggestions are very welcome!

Hotel We're back at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Hunt Valley, MD. We'll be getting the meeting room attached to a suite again. That'll probably run us $150 per night. Suites will probably be $69 or $79 per night for up to 4 people. The suites are double (2 double beds) or king (1 king bed) both kinds come with a sitting room that Includes a sofabed, microwave, and refrigerator. The hotel provides free all you can eat breakfast, and free drinks at happy hour. Reservation cards will be in the next PR.

Roommates Find your own, please. If you need help let me know by January 15th and we'll put your name and vital statistics In the next PR. Send your phone number if you want things speeded up.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles We have some volunteers who will try and help with picking people up at airports etc. However, since we don't want to interrupt their fun at the party if you want to arrive or leave between Friday at 3:00 or Sunday at 3:00 you'll need to make arrangements on your own. Planes -- BWI (Baltimore-Washington International) is the nearest airport. There is a bus to the hotel that costs $11 one way. Trains -- Taxi to the hotel is about $20. Automobiles -- about 20 minutes from Baltimore for details see the next PR. There is plenty of free parking at the hotel.

Cost I saved the best (or worst) for last. Figuring on 25 people if we hit everyone up for $30 that will cover the executive suite, veggie and cheese munchies (we're ordering out for that-- chopping up finger food was too much for ye olde hostesses last year), chips etc (less than last year), beverages (again less than last year -- I need you to send me what kind of soda, juice, etc you want to drink), paper goods, miscellaneous supplies, and hopefully the zine. This should mean I don't have to reassess at the party like last time and that I don't go too far into my own pocket. Please get the money to me by Feb 15th. [3]
A con report for the 1990 spring con:
Somehow it seems to summarize ALL the fun and madness we had at that mini-con. It feels So good to be with other SH fans and friends and live together for a week-end that the post-con letdown is fierce at times... kind of like being separated from a co-joined twin, I think. If you've never gone to a con, you really ought to sometime to MEET and GET to KNOW other fen. You're ... none of us ... are alone out there. [4]
A con report for the 1990 spring con:
Another SHare Con has come and gone. The greatly-anticipated event was well worth the wait, as I had a splendid weekend! Nancy Goodwin and Company put on a fine party. The festivities started immediately upon all members's arrivals and went non-stop 'til the too-soon end. 4 new fans attended, and I think 2 of them enjoyed themselves as much as the rest of us (the other 2 disappeared early Saturday morning). The fun began with "Trivia Twister" (with the actual game), causing participants to contort our bodies into intriguing, rather intimate positions), audio trivia? continued with "Win, Lose or Illo" (what a challenge attempting to "draw" clues), a birthday celebration (complete with cake and a pinata) for [Megan Kent], videos, songtapes, singing, reading, talking, eating, more videos, eating, talking and an informal swap meet. The one somber point came while viewing all the tapes of all the recent Paul & Elizabeth national appearances on talk/news shows on behalf of the PAF. It was heart wrenching seeing the lovely family photos and watching the agony on the Glasers's faces as they spoke of their tragedy. We picked up the mood by viewing more videos, ordering pizza, playing "psychodrama" charades and "Pin the Boo Boo on Blondie." At one interval, I uttered: "I'm a hurt-comfort pig!" while watching key scenes from Shootout, Fix and Coffin in a song tape, and later was surprised with a pin bearing my statement presented by [Debbie R] (thanks,Deb!). I'll wear it proudly to all future S&H cons I attend. A group of us viewed episodes 'til 4 a.m. Sunday before surrendering to sleep. The final con activity was posing for a group photo, then, sadly, it was time to say goodbye. Nancy has promised us another SHare Con in the Fall, and I can't wait to go![5]

Autumn 1990

October 5-7, 1990 [6] (no.2) October, organized by April Valentine and Susan E.

It generated Wanna Share? #2.

SH:101 (The Second) (1991)

Spring 1991

April 26-28, 1991 Embassy Suites Hotel Hunt Valley, Mainland

flyer for spring 1991 con

The con skit was "Knight in Blue Armour, or No Hope for Hutch" starring Merricat, Susan B, Sherry M, Patricia S, and Nancy Goodwin.

front cover of a 17-page commemorative fanwork that summarizes the con skit and makes many humorous in-jokes. Includes photos. Created by Linda McGee.
From an ad placed in Communications Console vol 5 no 1:
"SH:101 - a Starsky & Hutch con/party. Just discovering the show with- the most dynamic male-male relationships ever? Or are you a long time fan who needs a fix of episode watching and fannish friendship? We're getting together at the Embassy Suites Hunt Valley, Baltimore, Maryland on April 26-28, 1991. A-total S&H experience, episodes, dealers, zine reading room, song tapes, discussions, games and more. $25.00 plus 2 SASES per membership. Send inquiries, $, and 2 SASES to April Valentine,[address removed].
From the program book:
The time for our seminar has finally arrived. We are glad to see so many intelligent, interested participants coming to take part in this most fulfilling type of learning experience. You are here to immerse yourself in SH, to learn all you can learn of SH, to share all you can share of SH and to commune with others who are discerning enough to enjoy this most prestigious program, this most enjoyable fandom...

What? Huh? I'm carrying this seminar stuff a bit too far? Okay, so I'm not a humorist Anyway, welcome to this mini-con called SH:101. We hope you all have a very good time, that you get to make new friends and play Starsky and Hutch all weekend. We're glad you're here!

Below is a diagram of our convention space. We're providing some organized activities, panels, games and a schedule of episodes. There will be plenty of time for picking which episodes you want to see, too, plus a selection of interviews and other performances by PMG and DS. Or you can just find a quiet space for reading zines you haven't had a chance to see in the Zine Reading Room. The space designated "The Pits" is a general hang-out area where you can relax and gab.

Don't hesitate to ask if you don't understand anything that's going on or listed in this program. By the way, the schedule is purely a guide. Like Starsky and Hutch, we can always revise our plan mid-way through. We aren't running this thing with a stop watch and as the weekend wears on, we'll probably fall behind. (You mean it's 10 a.m. on Sunday? I have to get up and turn on a tape!) We hope there's a little something here for everybody — group fun, quiet reading, communal episode watching, time for friends to chat. So unpack, put on your Zebra clothes, and get into Starsky and Hutch!
A mention of this spring 1991 con:
And then there was the time I left my RenFaire job early to attend an SH:101 mini-con, only to come back and be confronted by men in chain-mail loin cloths wanting to hear about the drinking and smoking going on at my weekend of Starsky & Hutch debauchery. Imagine their disappointment when I told them there was no drinking and smoking, only a skit wherein one fan with a long pony-tail whipped it around and pretended to be a helicopter. Imagine my surprise when I found myself confessing to this pseudo-Viking horde my belief that Starsky and Hutch were early role models of a positive gay relationship on network television—and getting solemn nods of approval and agreement all around. [7]

Autumn 1991

SH:102

Spring 1992

April 10-12, 1992.

It generated Wanna Share? #3.

From a con report printed in Frienz #18:

April 10 - 12, 1992, - It was a dark and stormy night - It was a bright and sunny weekend. Once again a small group of SH fen converged on the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hunt Valley, MD, for SH.102. My school system was kind enough to plan Spring Break for the weekend proceeding the con, (Thank you, Corveta County), so I was able to go up a couple of days early and spend some "just visiting" time with [April Valentine]. [Elizabeth Lowry] came in a day early, and [April] played tour guide, showing us around Fell's Point in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Thank you for the hospitality, [April]!

Fourteen of us shared the festivities. Dogged persistence won out as [Leah S], who has attempted to attend on several occasions actually made it in this time. Hurray! Other attendees included: Nancy Goodwin, Susan Earle, Marilyn Hartsell, Trish Jeffers, [MRK], Lorraine McGlynn, Barbara Presgrove, Betsy Ramsey, Pat Schnell, Pam Talbot. [April] provided her usual terrific name tags but we decided that, since everyone already knew everyone else, wearing our real names would be redundant. So we decided to choose "dwarvish" names - self selected descriptions, hopefully ending with "y". I thought of christening myself "Saintly," but since this idea didn't receive any expressions of agreement from the others, I decided to go with something more accurate. All right, so I'm "Sleazy," okay? One of us, who shall remain nameless, remained nameless, as she couldn't think of just the right adjective. We look forward to MediaWest, when a decision will be announced. Since personal upheavals prevented her attendance, Pat Massie was appointed "Absenty." (You wore missed, Pat. So glad you're coming to Media West!) Other names included: "Filthy!" "Bitchy," "Whiney," "Scuzzy," "Naughty," "Easy," "Smutty," "Trashy," "Sleaze-Bee," "Tardy," "Pudgy," and "Eggie Louse." Care to try to match the names with the participants?

At one point the hotel representative dropped into the Con Suite to check that everything was satisfactory. There we sat, surrounded by SH posters and pictures, with "Welcome DOBs" scrawled on the bulletin board. "What kind of group is this?" she asked politely. We all looked at [April]. She provided a very reasonable explanation: We like the show and get together to watch and discuss episodes, play trivia etc. Good answer, [April]!

Speaking of trivia, we had an enjoyable if occasionally frustrating, time playing "The $10,000 Torino Game," an invention of [April]'s which debuted at SH:101. Picture "The $20,000 Pyramid," with SH categories devised by [April] and my perennial roomie, the devilishly devious, Nancy Goodwin.

[April Valentine] delivered her usual effective reading of another excruciatingly awful episode of "Bad SH Theatre." The parts of Starsky and Hutch were ... interestingly... played by Nancy G. and Susan Earle, with other con members joining in as assorted baddies. If you know Nancy and Susan, your imagination might do the experience justice. If not, blackmail photos can be obtained at reasonable prices.

Food, (a key element at any self-respecting con): The restaurant provided its usual excellent, complimentary breakfast. During the days, we nibbled on snacks provided by the con committee. Both nights the entire crowd adjourned for dinner to the shopping mall conveniently located next door. They have a "Food Court," a large area of tables surrounded by a variety of food shops. We all chose from our preferred eatery and met at a large table to dine. On Saturday night and during the day on Sunday, we snarfed down a delicious zebra cake baked by the multi-talented Nancy. No illnesses have been reported. (Oops, sorry Nance. Just kidding. Put down that meat cleaver!)

The weekend saw the debut of SH songtapes by Beth Cambre and Barbara Prusgrove. Both sets were excellent. It was great to see some new material, in addition to old favorites such as those by Pam Perry and Jennifer Holland.

On Saturday night, [MRK]'s play, "Starsky and Hutch are Dead," was performed. It featured MRK as Starsky, [Elizabeth Lowry] as Hutch, Nancy G. as Captain Dobey, Pat Schnell as Nick Starsky, Trish Jeffers as Vanessa, and myself as the Police Commissioner. Thanks, [MRK], for including me, and for limiting my lines to a number I could handle. (Four.) The play was videotaped as well as photographed, so those of you who missed it will probably be able to obtain copies. At one point it was unanimously agreed that no one in this group will ever be able to run for public office. Way too much incriminating evidence. Especially you, Nancy!

Speaking of videotapes, another highlight of the weekend was the viewing of Paul and David's appearance on "Regis and Kathie Lee." While Regis Philbin must rank in the top 1% of obnoxious interviewers ("Shut up, Regis!" we cried repeatedly.), it was great to see the guys together. I personally recommend turning the sound down and just watchinq them.

Several of us farewelled the weekend by caravaning to the airport with a stop at McDonald's for a final junk food extravaganza.

There seems to have been some misunderstanding about this con. It is not By Invitation Only. It's open to anyone who wants to participate in a totally SH weekend. If you love Starsky and Hutch, we'd love to have you with us. A quirky mind and a bawdy sense of humor, while not strictly mandatory, will be helpful. If you're shy or reserved, but tolerant of those less inhibited, you'll have a good time. So come on, sign up to join us in October. You will be welcome!

Autumn 1992

SH:103

Spring 1994?

flyer from Frienz #19 for SH:103

In the third issue of the convention fanzine Wanna Share?, an attendee composed a filk song that describes what happens at one of these events. It most likely serves as a blueprint for many of the Starsky and Hutch conventions, both before and after.

SH: 103 by Marilyn Hartsell
The seasons are changing
And the air has turned chill
So the gang is gathering
For another cheap thrill.
We've come from the East
We've come from the West
We've come for the fun
We've come for the REST?
Well whatever we've come for
We've come for the best.
It's marathon talking
And sharing what's happening
Song tapes and singing
Episodes and games for the gathering.
Now our games are quite clever
For we've made them better.
Instead of "Pinning a Tail on the Donkey"
We enjoy giving a "Bullet to Starsky".
And what's a party
without our own kind of BINGO.
For its now called HUTCH
In our game lingo.
Or give us a story line
And we'll fill it out.
For hurting and comforting
Is what we're about.
Our world is one of order and law
And male relationships our draw.
We live for tender touches
And Oh those sweet ouches!
We'll act it all out
And laugh till it hurts.
So critics beware
Or you'll be our Bill of Fare.
So give us our mayhem
Car chases, bullets and knives.
But please, nothing serious to permanently maim
For it's the fun and spice in our lives.
Bring us your photos and toys most neurotic
And no gatherings complete without artwork.
As our rooms we transform
In a manner most erotic.
For "The Rose" is our song.
So come friends one and all
And lift your voices in song.
For the Zebras are gathering
And the hills they do roam in Maryland
Why there's even a stray Tabby from Merry Old England
Once again at our gathering!
So come fellow Zebras
It's time for the ark.
So stand on your mark for another group shot
We're the ladies of SH 103 and we're HOT

Autumn 1994

Held Oct 16-18, 1994

SH:104

flyer from Frienz #27 for SH:104

SH:104 -- "SHARECON 4 (we think) April 14 - 16, 1995 at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Dulles Airport South, Chantilly, Virginia. Everyone is invited although space is limited to 25 bodies. For details SASE: Nancy Goodwin..." [8]

SHarecon. It was GREAT!!!!!!!! It was wonderful meeting everyone and getting such a warm welcome as someone new to the fandom. We had lots of food (so much for my diet:( ) Some great games, including Pin the Boo Boo on Blondie, or Pin the Bullet Wound on Starsky. The Torino Game, and Win Lose, Or Illo. I think my fave was the Torino Game, sort of like the $20,000 Pyramid, it was great to try and stump these goils who have been in the fandom for eons and eons. They were very hard to stump, however. The '70's party was a blast. Loved your Torino dress, Nancy, and no one could okf made a better FEFE then Linda - that dress was awesome, along with the shorts and duster, what a hoot. Thanks Nancy, Linda, Susan and all the rest for making it such a fantabulous weekend. [9]

SH:105

SH:105 (?) A "SHareCon '96" was announced in Starsky & Hutch Adzine & Newsletter #15, an event to be hosted by Kim Smith. It is unknown if this con took place: "SHareCon '96, March 15-17, 1996 in Chantilly, Virginia. Membership $30 Limit of 35 attendees."

SH:106

It was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Hunt Valley, MD, March 14-17, 1997.

References

  1. October 1990 was a banner month for cons with all or heavy-SH programming: SH:101, Reunion Con, and ZirCon were all held that month.
  2. from an ad in Starsky & Hutch Adzine & Newsletter #10 (April 1995)
  3. from Frienz #7
  4. from Frienz #9
  5. from Frienz #9
  6. October 1990 was a banner month for cons with all or heavy-SH programming: SH:101, Reunion Con, and ZirCon were all held that month.
  7. "It takes all makes and models..." - A Starsky & Hutch Essay
  8. from an ad in Starsky & Hutch Adzine & Newsletter #10 (April 1995)
  9. from Frienz #30