|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, August 1996
Reprinted from LoneStarCon 2's Progress Report #3
ords From the Chair, August 1996
by Karen Meschke
arly on the morning of March 6, 1836, the defenders of the Alamo heard the song "El Deguello" played on a single Mexican horn. It was a signal of attack. With the playing of that simple tune, the Mexicans announced that they would take no prisoners. "El Deguello" again haunted the early morning hours on March 6, 1996 in celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. Listening to the chilling melody and looking out into the cool mist of the morning sent an eerie feeling over me, and I found myself equating the challenge of executing a WorldCon with the mood of the freedom fighters remaining in the Alamo years before.
Our plans for the WorldCon are moving ahead at a steady pace as new members are added to the database, program items are received, art show and dealer requests are received and forwarded. The office staff is growing as our office space has increased. We moved into a larger, fan owned building the first weekend in March. Our new address is 1204 Nueces, Suite F. The new telephone number is now (512) 472-9944 and the fax number is (512) 472-4290. Our hours of operation are still every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Our mailing address remains the same: P.O. Box 27277, Austin, Texas 78755. Beginning at LAcon we will be adding names of volunteers to our current listing and recruiting folks who we think would be an asset to LSC2. This means you! Also at LAcon we hope to throw our LSC2 party on Friday night and the Hugo Nominees party on Sunday after the Hugos. We will keep our convention table open all during the con. If you would like to help with hosting the parties or manning the table, let us know.
The 1996 Texas Tour continues as we travel around the state both to conventions and throwing picnics for all to attend. In march we attended AggieCon in College Station. April saw us at Cedar Hills State Park south of Dallas, and in Houston for ConTroll. Then it was San Antonio in May, and Austin in June. We were at WesterCon in El Paso during the 4th of July weekend. We are planning a Pre-LAcon strategy session and cookout on August 3rd at our office from 2p.m. till dark. All in all, it's been a very busy summer. The last scheduled stop on our tour will be at ArmadilloCon 18 on October 11-13 in Austin.