Stevens R. Miller: (age 17 at Balticon X).
I was a member of Balticon 10. Sorry I can't tell you any names to add
to the committee list, but here are a few points I recall, purely from memory
(accordingly, they may not be perfectly accurate):
I believe that GoH Isaac Asimov, who hypnotized his audiences with
extemporaneous lectures such as, "Why I Like Myself," was a late
replacement when the original GoH couldn't attend.
Someone wanted to show "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at midnight, but
the hotel was resistant. There was a petition, or something of that
sort, for people to sign. I don't know if it was shown or not.
A member with "Filthy Pierre" on his badge sang filk songs--rather
well--as he wandered the hallways.
Both deCamps were present, selling and signing their, "Science Fiction
Handbook." Publisher George Scithers was also around, and added his
signature to my copy as well (that copy is now lost). He graciously
talked to me at length about writing and selling science fiction. When
I asked, "What about fanzines?" he told me, "They're your problem."
I seem to recall someone in a rather impressive Darth Vader outfit, yet
Star Wars wouldn't be released until 1977, the following year. Perhaps
that's a confused memory.
A close-up magician worked the halls. His patter and illusions had
nothing to do with sf or fantasy, but he was pretty good.
The dealers' room seemed impressive to me, but I wouldn't want to
estimate its size, other than to say it was more than a few dozen tables
(could have been much more, really; I just can't recall any better than
I don't recall any panels; there may have been some, but I just don't
recall them. I seem to recall a film show.
A friend bet me $1.00 that Asimov could not recite the Three Laws of
Robotics. We spotted him in a hallway, told him about our bet, and
asked if he could do it. "Yes," he said, and strolled off. (I collected.)
To find out more about THE OTHER Steve Miller, noted SF Author, check
http://www.sff.net/people/Steve.Miller/ for details.
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