|The Second Occasional LoneStarCon Science Fiction Convention and Chili Cook-off, Variously known as the 55th World Science Fiction Convention and LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon, To be held from August 28th through September 1st, in the year 1997, in San Antonio, Texas.
Words From the Chair, March 1995
Reprinted from LoneStarCon 2's Progress Report #1
ords From the Chair, March 1995
by Karen Meschke
Worldcon in Texas was first envisioned in the 1950's by Walter
M. Miller and Chad Oliver, at the Worldcon business meeting held
in New Orleans in 1951. In 1994, San Antonio won the first Texas
Worldcon, to be held in 1997.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Because of your
support, help, time and energy we now have the opportunity to
introduce the World to Texas fandom and to highlight the south-of-the-border
influences both in Texas and the World. We are definitely planning
to hold a chili cook-off in the artists' village of La Villita,
right across the street from the convention center, on Friday
evening of the convention.
Our initial goals of throwing good room parties, avoiding evil
and doing good will be continued throughout our actual planning
of the convention. We need your help and ideas. What you want
to see at Worldcon is important to us. We need you to help us
make this happen.
If you have an electronic address, please send it to us. We are
working towards developing an e-mail distribution list for updates
Our office is currently open on Wednesday evenings at 4200 Marathon,
in Austin. Call us at (512) 453-7446, or just come by to chat.
LoneStarCon2 is being sponsored by ALAMO (Austin Literary Arts
Maintenance Organization), a 13-member organization formed from
the 11 members of the former San Antonio bid committee: Richard
Brandt, Fred Duarte, Jr., E. A. Graham, Jr., Lisa Greene, Casey
Hamilton, Debbie Hodgkinson, Bill Parker, Karen Meschke, Willie
Siros, Robert Taylor, and Judith Ward, along with Nina Siros and
With the help of some of our volunteers, we are in the process
of putting together our 501(c)3 paperwork, which will be filed
with the Internal Revenue Service this spring. We had a lot of
help from a lot of very talented people during the bid, and many
other people have volunteered since the vote. But there are still
some gaps in our organizational chart, and your help is very much
Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Because of
your support, help, time and energy we now have the opportunity
to introduce the World to Texas fandom and to highlight the south-of-the-border
influences both in Texas and the World.