Minicon 16

Minicon 16 was held 4–6 April 1980 at the Minneapolis Radisson. Guests of honor were C. J. Cherryh (pro), Jon Singer (fan), Ken Fletcher (artist), and Nate Bucklin (musician). Bob Tucker was toastmaster. The executive committee was Don Bailey, Steven Bond, Scott Imes, and Dave Wixon.


The final treasurer's report says 761 adult pre-reg, 24 child (of which other papers show 16 to be pre-reg), 68 supporting, 55 of which converted, and 274 adult at-the-door. So 845 pre-reg, 1127 total.

The final registration report has it that "Carol Kennedy said that 1,170 people were registered for Minicon 16, of which 42 were complimentary members; 66 supporting members, of which 55 converted; and 295 at-the-door, of which 18 were complimenatary." So evidently, the treasurer's numbers don't include free memberships, which makes sense, I suppose. So better numbers are pre-reg 869 and total 1170.

Program Book

small Minicon 16 program book cover

Here is a PDF of the Minicon 16 program book (12 MB), and a text-only transcription (44 kB).

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Scans are available here in two qualities and file sizes. The first column has the raw scans. Most people want the second column, in which the files have been substantially cleaned up to remove the grain of the paper, bleed through from adjacent pages, etc. The PDF above was made from the second column.

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Front cover Front cover
2–3 2–3
4–5 4–5
6–7 6–7
8–9 8–9
10–11 10–11
12–13 12–13
14–16 14–16
16–17 16–17
18–19 18–19
20–21 20–21
22–23 22–23
24–25 24–25
26–27 26–27
28–29 28–29
30–31 30–31
32–33 32–33
34–35 34–35
36–37 36–37
38–39 38–39
40–41 40–41
42–43 42–43
44–45 44–45
46–47 46–47
Back cover Back cover

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As you can see in this… rather complex section in the program book, six t-shirt variants were sold at Minicon 16.


   Continuing a great old tradition started 4 years ago
with two great Ken

   Continuing a great old tradition started 4 years ago
with two of the great Ken Fletcher illos available this
year, Minicon is once again offering OFFICIAL MINICON
SOUVEINER T-SHIRTS for only $6. There are 6 combinations
available of the 4 designs shown (scattered throughout
the program book.)Some are more available than others.
THIS YEAR'S official shirt is design #1 on the front
and #2 on the back.  The REVERSAL #2on the front and
#1 on the back is also available for sale. And also,
for your dining and hallucinatory pleasure, and because
Kenfletch is our Artist Guest of Honor and this Minicon's
theme is "Dejah T̸h̸o̸r̸i̸s̸ Vu," we are offering a REPRINT of
the first Minicon T-Shirt, #3/front and #4/back.  For
the first time, REVERSE is offered , #4/front and #3/
back. Finally, we offer a COMBONATION of the 2 differ-
ent year's shirts with #4/front and #1/back or the REV-
ERSAL, #1/front and #4/back.

Here are photos of the final variant, front and back, respectively:

Small image of the front of the Minicon 16 t-shirt, variant #6 Small image of the back of the Minicon 16 t-shirt, variant #6

And here's one variant or another showing art #3 and another showing art #2:

Small image of art #3 used for the several Minicon 16 t-shirts Small image of art #2 used for the several Minicon 16 t-shirts

In addition to the colors shown above, we have a #4/front, #1/back in yellow. And a #3/front, #4/back (Minicon 11 original or reprint?) in light green. And a #1+#2 dark blue sweatshirt (or very heavy long-sleeved t-shirt).

Apparently in an attempt to confound future archivists, the various shirts have three different companies' tags on them, preventing any simple determination of which is the original Minicon 11 shirt. A letter found in the archives suggests that #1/front, #2/back was printed as a sweatshirt for Minicon 17, which doesn't clear anything up.