ReinCONation V Report
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ReinCONation V was held October 13-15, 1995, in downtown Minneapolis.
Unfortunately, due to health problems, Judith Merril was unable to attend.
In response to this, the convention declared Ms. Merril to be a "Virtual" Guest
of Honor. They staged a dramatic recreation of a
interview taped a couple of years ago, featuring Kay Drache as Judith Merril
and Michael Butler as the interviewer. Large photo-posters of Ms. Merril
were posted in the program room (so she could be on panels) and in the
con suite (so she could party with the fans). Several panel discussions
were held concerning Ms. Merril's ideas, including "Science Fiction as
Surrealism" and "Music as Metaphor for Science Fiction".
Guest of Honor Andy Hooper, publisher of
valiantly carried on as the sole Live Guest of
Honor, appearing on many panels and presenting his radio play, "Ten
Zines That Shook the World" (a drama of time travel, fandom, and the
Russian Revolution) with a cast of tens.
Check out some
of people at ReinCONation V
Here are some things some people said about ReinCONation V:
- Betsy Lundsten (email@example.com):
the consuite was splendid (but i'm biased :)....i liked the panels i
went to, they were great....i really adored the entire convention and had
a wonderful time and am *really* glad i decided to go.
- Laurel Krahn (firstname.lastname@example.org):
A nice group of folks was at the con. Enough to counteract the
horrid carpeting on the third floor. <chuckle> The Convention Hotel
was the Regency Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, right across from
the bus station. The Minicon held in 1973 was held there. I'm told
the decor in the Viking Suite (which served as non-smoking consuite)
hasn't changed a bit since then....
The dealers room was small, with a few tables of books and a
couple of tables of jewelry and a wee bit of art forming something
of an art show....
There was a cabaret on Saturday night, I wandered down to it with Reed
Waller, JJ Brutsman, and Kurt and Carrie Griesemer. There was a
lovely opening song (Life is a Cabaret, doncha know) or two.
Matthesen was hostess for the event. Kurt played and sang two or
three songs. This pleased me as I hadn't seen/heard Kurt play since
Minicon. I stayed to look at Lisa Freitag's slides of
but then wandered back up to the consuite. I was too eager to talk to
and see folks to sit and watch slides, even tho I'm told Gary Schulte
did wonderful fiddle accompaniment to the other slideshows.
Reed and Kurt played some music in the smoking consuite. We had ample
space, it was just a few of us sitting around. Fred and Susan showed
up at around 10 or 10:30 and the music party proceeded.... Nice. Relaxed.
It twisted and took some odd turns towards the end with
Barb and David's
version of They Might Be Giants'
"Birdhouse in Your Soul"
becoming a strange singalong that stuck in my head for far too long.
One of the last songs was Gypsy's rendition of a lovely ode to a
consuite worker (to the tune of Kenny Roger's "The Gambler"). Well.
It was amusing. I've worked many hours in consuites, it brought tears
to my eyes. Then we closed down the smoking consuite.
After the music party broke up on Saturday, Floyd Henderson sat in a
room on the non-smoking side of the
suite with myself, Gypsy, Corwin, and John Stanley. Floyd made some
very pretty sounds with his guitar and his voice. And indulged in
letting us play some Very Silly Things on his guitar. 'Twas a lovely
I attended programming! Wheee.
held forth at the "Ask Dr. Mike" panel at noon. 'Twas refreshing to see
a room almost full of familiar faces asking all sorts of odd questions
and getting all sorts of fun answers. "Ask Dr. Mike" has gotten so large at
Minicon, this was nice.
continues, as always, to astound.
Yup, 'twas a ReinCon. Smaller than previous years, but still a
pleasant thing. Would like to see it a bit bigger next year, get some
more out of towners back to the con. Find a hotel without scary
- Dave Romm (email@example.com):
A major plus for the hotel is the Viking Suite, which we used as the
consuite. Nicely suited for a fannish party. Long, lots of chairs, a
circular couch, room for a bar, a sideboard with books in the cupboard.
- Fred Levy Haskell (firstname.lastname@example.org):
You found the consuite a plus? I guess that's a legitimate
difference of opinion. I found it too narrow to navigate comfortably in.
And the smoking consuite was adequate only because so many musicians were
off at a wedding instead of being at the con. I remember what it was like
last year. But the windows opened, which was a definite plus....
- Dave Romm, again:
Points taken. But the bottlenecks in the non-smoking consuite weren't
much worse than any reasonably inhabited room (such as the late lamented
Mr. C's), and the smoking consuite worked out to be about the right size
for the number of people who were there.
- Karen Cooper (email@example.com):
I hate to say it, but the run-down rooms, the funky decor and the nasty,
nasty carpet have pretty well turned me off. What may have been fine for
Minicon 7 or so no longer works. I suspect this is a creeping case of
middle-aged stodginess, but there you have it.
- Steve Swartz (swartz@oasisRC.com):
I didn't think the hotel was *that* bad.... I remember people bitching
about [another local convention's] hotel, because it was so far out of
town. It seems to me like you're either going to have an expensive hotel, or a
far-out hotel, or a hotel like the one we were in that was a little shabby but
basically functional. From our point of view down here [in Madison],
of course, you could have ReinCONation in a sewer and we'd come up to it.
- Andy Hooper (FanMailAPH@aol.com):
The production of "Ten Zines that Shook the World" was even a little more
successful than the one we presented at SilverCon -- special thanks to
who turned in an amazing performance as Agent Henry Lippman....
Other programs were fun as well, especially the panel on Fan Dramatics. I've
just begun trying to put together some kind of database on fan plays and
musicals, and I got a lot of good information at the con. Anyone who can give
me names, performance dates, descriptions, etc., of fannish dramatic
productions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
...I thought it was a lot of fun and a very solid convention. On the whole,
it was my best Guest of Honor gig yet -- and the first one at which people
could be seen wearing bright yellow buttons with slogans like "ANDY
HOOPER hums the theme from Victory at Sea," and "Kill me now, said the
Fry Monkey ANDY HOOPER," and "Who the hell is ANDY HOOPER." These were
calligraphed by Jae Leslie Adams and produced by Hope Kiefer, and I was
quite -- uh -- flattered to see my name on so many chests.
Another highlight was the Saturday evening slideshow of Garth Danielson's
Dead Smurf collection. I was unaware that so many of them had been produced!
Garth had some for sale in the art show, and I was able to pick up two more
for my collection, the chilling "On the way to Calvary" and the bravura
"Tonga Room." I can see them on top of the TV set from here, a fine
souvenir of a fine fannnish weekend.
- Moshe Yudkowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org):
I didn't make it to ReinCONation this year, but I'm glad to hear that the
ReinCONation Precision Hakosot Team(*) met in the
consuite as usual.
(*) Naw, I never heard of them either, before just now.
Who Dealt This Mess, Anyway?
David Emerson, chair
Kay Drache, publications
Giovanna Fregni, art show & huckster room
Steve Glennon, registration
Barb Jensen, program
Martin Schafer, treasurer
Kris Spiesz, hotel liaison
Geri Sullivan, promotion
Ishmael Williams, parties
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