Norwescon (Unofficial) History

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Norwescon 1 Membership Badge

Norwescon 1 Program Book

Those of you who have program books from NorWesCon 1, 2 and 3 you will recognize much of this information and may if you wish move on to the next section.. In the oft' told story of the birthing of NorWesCon, it is noted that NorWesCon grew out the desire of the founders to host a worldcon. The cry of "Seattle In '81" was heard through out northwest fandom. A goal was established, but there was just one very major stumbling block. Most of these dreamers had very little experience in con running, so in a effort to remedy this deficiency put together NorWesCon ''to get some practice". Realizing the task was a large one they also started the Northwest Science Fiction Society, also known as NWSFS (thus sparking the great "NOOS-fuss" vs "Nizz-Fizz" debates), to help gather a group of people to draw volunteers from. Thus was born NorWesCon.

The first NorWesCon, held at the Holiday Inn, just down the street from this years convention, in what was then the unincorporated area known as Sea-Tac. It was a success, featuring Theodore Sturgeon and drawing just over 400 attendees. The next year NorWesCon moved to the Hyatt House, the site of the only Seattle Sponsored Worldcon. The Hyatt was the site of NorWesCons II through VII, when feeling the pressures of growth the convention moved to the Red Lion Inn, the site of this years NorWesCon. With growth came problems and after two years at the Red Lion, NorWesCon was forced to find new location on rather short notice. The convention moved back to the familiar confines of the Hyatt for a convention that was call Alternacon. The next year brought a big move to Tacoma where the Sheraton hosted NorWesCon for 5 years. 1993 brought the convention back to the Seattle area, well Bellevue actually and in 1994 back to the Red Lion at the airport now known as the DoubleTree Hotel, SeaTac.

NorWesCons list has grown over the years, starting with a list of three (A GoH, FGoH and a TM) we now include artists, Scientists, Volunteers and special guest. NorWesCon has always made an effort to invite guests that are deserving of being 'Honored' and has thus had a prestigious parade of guests. Honors are also bestowed on the winner of the Philip K. Dick award given to the author of the Best original novel appearing in paperback form without prior publication as a hardback. The first time the PK Dick award was presented at Norwescon was at NorWesCon 7 to William Gibson for Neuromancer.

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 The list of Conventions:

I
March 25 & 26 1978  Holiday Inn, Sea-Tac
Chair Greg Bennett
GoH Thodore Sturgeon
FGoH John Berry
TM Alan E. Nourse
Attendance 415 (per database report)
II
March 23-25 1979 Hyatt House, Sea-Tac
Chair Greg Bennett
GoH Philip Jose Farmer
FGoH Loren Mac Gregor
TM Elizabeth A. Lynn
Attendance 725 (per Database Report)
III 
March 28-30 1980 Hyatt House, Sea-Tac
Chair Stephen T. Bard
GoH Alfred Bester
FGoH Fred Pohl
TM Theodore Sturgeon
Attendance 732 (per Database Report)
IV
March 27-29 1981 Hyatt House, Sea-Tac
Chair Stephen T. Bard
GoH Samuel R. Delany
FGoH Jack, Pauline, and Tilda Palmer
TM Philip Klass (William Tenn)
Attendance 1410 (per WW47)
V
March 18-21 1982 Hyatt House, Sea-Tac
Chair Richard Wright
GoH Thomas Disch
AGoH Michael Whelan
FGoH Bob Shaw
TM Richard A. Lupoff
Attendance 1371 (per Laraine Miranda)
VI
March 17-20 1983 Hyatt Hotel, Sea-Tac
Chair Richard Wright
GoH Jack Williamson
AGoH Richard Powers
FGoH Art Widner
TM Algis Budrys
Attendance
VII
March 22-25 1984 Hyatt Hotel, Sea-Tac
Chair Richard Wright
GoH L. Spargue & Catherine Crook De Camp
AGoH Don Maitz
FGoH Jack Speer
TM Marta Randall
Attendance ~1700(per WW82)
VIII
March 14-17 1985 Red Lion Inn, Sea-Tac
Chair Richard Wright
GoH Brian Aldiss
AGoH Jack Gaughan(Did Not Attend)
FGoH Rich Brown
TM Robert Silverberg
Science GoH Gregory Benford
Attendance
IX
March 20-23 1986 Red Lion Inn, Sea-Tac
Chair Robert Suryan
GoH Anne McCaffrey
AGoH Kelly Freas
FGoH Greg Bennett
TM Spider Robinson
Science GoH James Oberg
Attendance HUGE
Alternacon
March 26-29 1987 Hyatt Hotel, Sea-Tac
Chair Robert Suryan
GoH Orson Scott Card
AGoH Dan Reeder
FGoH Marty & Robbie Cantor
TM David Hartwell
Attendance <1700 (Per WW117)
X
March 24-27 1988 Sheraton, Tacoma
Chair Robert P. Suryan
GoH Marion Zimmer Bradley
AGoH Rick Sternbach
FGoH Jon Gustafson
TM David Gerrold
Special GoH Avram Davidson
Attendance 2032(Per Paul Schapper/NWC Database)
XI
March 23-26 1989 Sheraton, Tacoma
Chair Elizabeth Warren
GoH Algis J. Budrys
AGoH David Mattingly
FGoH Mike Glyer
TM Steve Barnes
Science GoH Dr. Alan E. Nourse
Special GoH Avram Davidson
Attendance 2292(Per Paul Schapper/NWC Database)
XII
March 29-April 1 1990 Sheraton, Tacoma
Chair Elizabeth Warren
GoH Roger Zelazny
AGoH David Cherry
FGoH Pat Mueller
TM Dan Reeder
Science GoH Dr. John G. Cramer
Attendance 2274(Per Paul Schapper/NWC Database)
XIV
March 28-31 1991 Sheraton, Tacoma
Chair Elizabeth Warren
GoH Stanley Schmidt
AGoH James Warhola
FGoH Becky Thomson
TM Ed Bryant
Special GoH Forrest J. Ackerman
Volunteer GoH Joe Laybourn
Attendance 2320(Per Paul Schapper/NWC Database)
XV
March 26-29, 1992 Sheraton, Tacoma
Chair Judy Suryan
GoH Poul Anderson
AGoH Alan Gutierrez
FGoH Willie Siros
TM J. Steven York
Volunteer GoH Celia Smith
Attendance ~2400 (per Scott Anderson)
XVI
March 25-28, 1993 Red Lion Inn, Bellevue
Chair Judy Suryan
GoH Betty Ballantine (Did Not Attend)
AGoH Janny Wurts
FGoH Pat Mueller
TM Bonnie Baker
Science GoH Chris Jonientz-Trisler(Sunday Only)
Special GoH Anne McCaffrey (Did Not Attend)
Surprise GoH Mike Jittelov
Volunteer GoH Teresa Janssen
Attendance ~ 2430 (per Scott Anderson)
XVII

Art Show Awards

Masquerade

March 31-April 3, 1994 Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
Chair Michael Citrak (Replaced Judy Suryan mid year)
GoH Katherine Kurtz & Scott MacMillan
AGoH Darrell K. Sweet
FGoH Peggy Rae Pavlat
TM Janna Silverstein
Volunteer GoH Deborah A. Wood
Attendance ~2680
XVIII

Art Show Awards

Masquerade

April 6-9, 1995 Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
Chair Michael Citrak
GoH Robert Silverberg
AGoH James Gurney
Science GoH Dr. Jane Robinson
TM Dragon Dronet
Volunteer GoH Danny Rudesill
Attendance ~2675
XIX

Masquerade

April 4-7, 1996 Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
Chair Michael Citrak
GoH A.C. Crispin
AGoH Tom Kidd
FGoH Kitty Canterbury
TM Janna Silverstein
Volunteer GoH David Valentine
Attendance ~2590
XX
March 27-30, 1997 Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
Chair Michael Citrak
GoH Larry Niven
GoH A.E. Van Vogt
AGoH Vincent Di Fate
FGoH Brad Foster
Science GoH Dr. Robert L. Forward
Volunteer GoH Glenda Hedden
Attendance
XXI
April 9-12, 1998 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Willam Sadorus
GoH Neil Gaiman
AGoH Brian Froud
FGoH John Lorentz & Ruth Sachter
Science GoH Patricia MacEwen
Volunteer GoH Anthony Ward
Attendance
XXII 
April 1-4, 1999 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Willam Sadorus
GoH Harry Turtledove
AGoH Richard Hescox
FGoH Jack Chalker & Eva Whitley
Science GoH Jack Horner
Volunteer GoH Susan Allen
Spotlighted Publisher Ministry of Whimsy
Attendance
XXIII
April 20-23, 2000 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Pat Booze
GoH David Brin
GoH Gregory Benford
AGoH Barclay Shaw
FGoH Bjo & John Trimble
Spotlighted Publisher Harper Collins And Eos : Jennifer Brehl
Attendance
 XXIV
April 12-15, 2001 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Pat Booze
GoH Connie Willis
AGoH Bob Eggleton
FGoH Charles N. Brown
Special GoH James P. Hogan
Special GoH Dragon Dronet
Spotlighted Publisher Bantam Dell Publishing Group : Anne Lesley Groell
Attendance
 XXV
March 28-31, 2002 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Pat Booze
GoH Jack Vance
AGoH Brom
FGoH Andrew I. Porter
Spotlighted Publisher WOTC Publishing
Attendance
 XXVI
April 17-20, 2003 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Pat Booze
GoH Jane Yolen
AGoH Jim Burns
Science GoH Geoffrey Landis
Special GoH Michael Whelan
Spotlighted Publisher Del Ray
Attendance
 XXVII
April 8-11, 2004 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Shawn Marier
GoH Mike Resnick
AGoH Don Dixon
Special GoH Joe Haldeman
Science GoH Ben Bova
Spotlighted Publisher Baen Books (Jim Baen)
Attendance 2650
 XXVIII
March 24-27, 2005 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Shawn Marier
GoH Michael Bishop
AGoH John Howe
Special GoH Alan Dean Foster
Science GoH Suzette Haden Elgin
Spotlighted Publisher TOR Books (Tom Doherty)
Attendance 2763
XXIX

Masquerade

April 13-16, 2006 DoubleTree Hotel SeaTac
Chair Shawn Marier
GoH Lois McMaster Bujold
AGoH Donato Giancola
Toastmaster Robert J. Sawyer
Spotlighted Publisher DAW Books represented by Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert
Attendance
Last updated 4/10/2005