Minicon 12

Minicon 12 was held 8–10 April 1977 at the Leamington Hotel (Minneapolis). The guests of honor were Ben Bova (pro), and Buck Coulson and Juanita Coulson (fans). Joe Haldeman was toastmaster. The executive committee was Dave Wixon, Margie Lessinger, Jan Appelbaum and Denny Lien.


It had a membership of about 500. This is the best figure we have, and it comes from Dave Romm's recollection that at some concom meeting sometime around Minicon 15, it was announced as such.


David Emerson, Publications
Jim Odbert, Art Show
Dave Merz, Films
Jerry Stearns, Parties
Scott Imes, Video

Program Book

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Here is the program book in PDF (13 MB).

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Scans are available here in a range of qualities and file sizes. Most people want the middle column, in which the files have been substantially cleaned up to remove the grain of the paper, bleed through from adjacent pages, etc., but are still high resolution.

Raw scans
(~15 MB)
Cleaned up
(~750 kB)
Smallest files
(~20 kB)
Front cover Front cover Front cover
2–3 2–3 2–3
4–5 4–5 4–5
6-7 6–7 6–7
8–9 8–9 8–9
12–11 12–11 12–11
12–13 12–13 12–13
14–15 14–15 14–15
16–17 16–17 16–17
18–19 18–19 18–19
20–21 20–21 20–21
22–23 22–23 22–23
24–25 24–25 24–25
26–27 26–27 26–27
28–29 28–29 28–29
30–31 30–31 30–31
Back cover Back cover Back cover

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Midwest Side Story

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Notably, Midwest Side Story (or Midwestside Story, there's no consistency as to the spelling) was performed Saturday night at Minicon 12. It came with a fake crudzine called IDEA #1.

small Midwest Side Story program first pageAnd here's the program.

small Midwest Side Story rehearsal scheduleAnd a rehearsal schedule.

small Midwest Side Story scriptAnd the script. Here are some notes by DD-B explaining things that probably need explaining today and his notes on the archival of the script, and the raw scans referred to therein.

Midwest Side Story was reprised at Minicon 33.