SpaceCon (Space: 1999 convention)

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Convention
Name: SpaceCon
Dates: see below
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Focus: Space: 1999
Organization: The International Space: 1999 Alliance
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Founding Date: 1978
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SpaceCon was a Space: 1999 convention first held July 28-30, 1978. It was the first Space:1999 convention.

A related con is Alpha: 2012 - A Space: 1999 Event.

It appears that after the 1978 con, some fans broke off and had their own con. See The Space:1999 Convention.

SpaceCon 1

  • July 28-30, 1978
  • Sheraton Hotel, Columbus, Ohio
  • guests: Martin Landau, Gerry Anderson, Nick Tate, Clifton Jones, Barry Gray, Dave Prowse (Beta Cloud Monster)
  • Charity: Columbus Children's Hospital. Donation: $6,529.50 ($22,600 adjusted for inflation)
  • Attendance: Approximately 900
  • read the contents of the info sheet, three updates, the con program, and the post-con report are here -- Dragon's Domain, Archived version
  • con reports by fans are here in the "Command Center" downloads: Dragon's Domain, Archived version

SpaceCon 2

  • July 27-29, 1979
  • William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • guests: Barry Gray, Nick Tate, Prentis Hancock, Anton Phillips; shortly before the con Gerry Anderson had been a confirmed guest
  • read the contents of the program book here
  • attendance was limited to 1500, actual attendance was about 500
  • Charity: Pittsburgh Children's Hospital. Donation:  ???
  • con reports by fans are here in the "Command Center" downloads: Dragon's Domain, Archived version
In June 1979, the editor of Alpha Newsletter #21 wrote:
Hello people! As we all know the Space Convention is only three short weeks away! Can hardly believe it! And with this little announcement comes another little announcement* Presently the "Alliance" treasury has the minimum to cover con expenses. The guest list for this year's convention is most impressive as you know but those overseas flights ad up - close to $1000.00 each. For this con to succeed more fan response is needed and NOW! Even if you are not going a supporting membership is very important - and if you are going get that membership in now! Final date is July 15th and all membership orders must be accompanied by a S.A.S.E. to receive your membership. I hope all members will support Con'79 for without it this will mean a large blow downwards for Space fandom.

SpaceCon 3

  • July 25-27, 1980
  • Neill House Hotel, Columbus, Ohio
  • guests: Nick Tate, Prentis Hancock, Dave Prowse (Beta Cloud Monster), plus, Herb Jefferson, Jr. (Boomer from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Attendance: Approximately 400
  • Charity: Columbus Children's Hospital. Donation:  ???
  • read the contents of the program book and the post-con report here
  • There is a con report in Linguacode in September 1980.
  • con reports by fans are here in the "Command Center" downloads: Dragon's Domain, Archived version

SpaceCon 4

  • August 7-9, 1981
  • Sheraton Inn Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
  • guests: Barry Gray, Suzanne Roquette, plus, David Hirsch (writer for Starlog magazine)
  • Charity: Egelston Children's Hospital. Donation:  ???
  • Attendance: Approximately 300
  • read the contents of the program book here
  • con reports by fans are here in the "Command Center" downloads: Dragon's Domain, Archived version

SpaceCon 5

  • July 30-Aug 1, 1982
  • Marriott Hotel, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Guests: Barry Morse, Sarah Douglas (Superman movies and Series 2 guest star), Martin Bower (Space: 1999 staff modeler) and Gray Morrow (illustrator of the 1999 comic books)
  • Charity: Springfield Children’s Hospital
  • Attendance: Approximately 500
  • read the contents of the program book, the post-con report here
  • this was the first convention that was not directly run by the Alliance president and national officers. The hands-on planning was trusted rather trusted to certain regional Alliance representatives. However, due to gross mismanagement of convention funds, the organizing staff were unable to pay the extensive bills incurred and fans had to be solicited for money in order to cover costs. Largely regarded as an enjoyable convention, amongst fandom it is considered a disaster due to the fact no donation could be made to the designated charity due to the gross mismanagement funds by some members of the organizing staff. This resulted is a re-thinking of convention planning by the Alliance leadership. All future conventions would be closely overseen by the then current Alliance President(s); any regional director(s) who planned conventions away from the home base of the serving president would no longer be given control of any money. The President's control of all convention funds was a standard maintained until the Alliance closed its doors.

SpaceCon 6

SpaceCon 6 was held on July 15-17, 1983 at the Holiday Inn, Eastgate, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Guests: Anne Lockhart (Battlestar Galactica). All 1999 guests had to cancel due to work commitments
  • Charity: Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Donation:  ???
  • Attendance: Approximately 200

SpaceCon 7

There was no official Alliance convention.

SpaceCon 8

  • July 19-21, 1985
  • Stouffer's Concourse Hotel, Arlington, Virginia
  • guests: Frank Ashmore (Martin from 'V'), all 1999 guests had to cancel due to work commitments
  • Charity: Arlington Children's Hospital. Donation:  ???
  • Attendance: ???
  • read the contents of the program book, the post-con report here

CONVENTION 1986

July 18-20, 1986 - Hollywood Holiday Inn, Hollywood, CA - Guests: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse and Nick Tate. Charity: Los Angeles Child Development Center. Donation:  ??? Attendance: Approximately 250

CONVENTION 1987

  • July 17-19, 1987 - Sandusky, OH - Guests: Jeff Jones. Charity: None as this was a small "relax-a-con."

CONVENTION 1988

No official Alliance convention.

CONVENTION 1989

  • August 11-13, 1989 - Wapokeneta, OH - Guests: Barry Morse & Sydney Sturgess. Charity: None as this was a "relax-a-con." Attendance: ???


1990-1991

No official Alliance conventions. Only occasional small fan gatherings.


CONVENTION 1992: SpaceCon 10

July 17-19, 1992 - Gateway Plaza Holiday Inn, La Mirada, CA - Guests: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse and Nick Tate. Charity: Parkinsons Foundation. Donation: $2,400.00 (?? amount not confirmed). Attendance: Approximately 175

  • read the contents of the post-con report here

1993-1996

No official Alliance conventions. Only occasional small fan gatherings.

SpaceCon 12

  • September 13-14, 1997
  • Days Inn, Portland, Oregon
  • guests: Barry Morse, plus, Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand - Star Trek)
  • read the contents of the post-con report here

CONVENTION 1999 - BREAKAWAY, THE CONVENTION

  • - Sept 10-13, 1999 - Radisson Hotel, Culver City, CA - Guests: Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, Nick Tate, Prentis Hancock, Anton Phillips, Zienia Merton, Johnny Byrne, Fred Freiberger, and John Muir (author of Exploring Space: 1999). Martin Landau had to cancel at the last minute. Highlights: (1) Ballroom had a full-scale replica of the Command Center view screen and doorways. (2) "Message From Moonbase Alpha" (written by Johnny Byrne and starring Zienia Merton, reprising her series role of Sandra Benes) premiered as a surprise. (3) Prentis Hancock donated his original Comlock to the charity auction and it raised $1,999.00 for the charity, a number Hancock specifically had in mind. (4) The original script for "Message from Moonbase Alpha' was auctioned off for $2,500.00. Highest charity donation ever: $20,000 ($27,200 when adjusted for inflation) was split between BookPals (charity with which Barbara Bain works) and the Parkinson's Foundation in the U.K. (for whom Barry Morse worked). Attendance: Exactly 311 (including walk-ins)