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    Hi all, Something of a personal nature but I was wondering if anyone here remembers NonCon? It was a Science Fiction convention we had here in Edmonton 1978, 79, 80. I recall attending NonCon 2 October 1979 held at the Edmonton Inn (now the Ramada). Im asking if anyone recalls NonCon 2 and knows the exact date of this SF Convention. Id appreciate any help on this anyone can give.

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    I was there - that was my first NonCon. First SF con period, come to that. Guest of honour was Gordon R. Dickson, wasn't it? I could tell you more if I was at home and had access to my files but it was likely the second weekend of October.

    The U of A archives has a bunch of papers from ESFCAS which include NonCon stuff - you can probably see them if you ask nicely.

    from http://fanac.org/Fan_Histories/Canada/Canada-70s.html
    What Was Going On in Edmonton
    NonCon II was held in the Edmonton Inn that October [1979], and featured GoH Gordon R. Dickson, and FanGoH Eli Cohen. (The chair was Lorna Toolis, secretary was Diane Walton-LeBlanc, and treasurer was Rosanne Charest.) NonCon II was a successful con in several senses, drawing 340 people, making a 3-figure profit, and getting reasonably good media coverage.
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    Thanks kindly amelanchier.
    That sounds about right. I seem to recall attending on a budget in between pay cheques back then. That would have been on October 12,13,14th.

    Anyone else please?

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    Robert Runte was involved in ESFCAS for many years. He's now in lethbridge but he has an ESFCAS website and he would probably be able to help you. His contact info can be found at:

    http://www.uleth.ca/edu/runte/personal/where/where.htm

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    Thanks thanks for the link kkozoriz, I remember the costume dance that Saturday night.

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    I remember that there was a wedding going on in the ballroom next door to ours. They came over to complain about 1)the noise 2)the skimpy costumes 3)Jet Boy Jet Girl

    Ah, memories....

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    Found my date book from that year. NonCon was October 5,6,7.

    Was that the con where Yvonne wore that ribbon costume? Somewhere I have pictures but I can't find the right photo album easily.

    Saw Lorna at World Fantasy Con in Calgary a few weeks ago.

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    amelanchier: that nails it down and pretty well much ends this thread, thanks.

    kkozoriz: I don't think I was there for the whole thing. I recall being there Saturday night. BTW Malcolm Azania AKA Minister Faust. I had the chance to meet him last year at a book signing at Audrey's.

    Thanks again guys

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    Does anyone know what month George Takei was at the Edmonton Gardens in 1978? And what convention/event was it? I can't seem to find anything on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayneskichuck View Post
    Does anyone know what month George Takei was at the Edmonton Gardens in 1978? And what convention/event was it? I can't seem to find anything on it.
    My first non con was 1979 and that was at the Ramada Kingsway October. My date told me about George Takei being at a convention (the year before) I did a brief search and came up with October 6-7 1978

    http://fancyclopedia.org/noncon-ca-1

    I was getting my Cons mixed up at the time but check out (56 years of conventions and book signings can do that ) and got admonished over my foo paw on the c2e post #54 :

    http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/showt...ton-Comic-Expo

    Hope that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wayneskichuck View Post
    Does anyone know what month George Takei was at the Edmonton Gardens in 1978? And what convention/event was it? I can't seem to find anything on it.
    My first non con was 1979 and that was at the Ramada Kingsway October. My date told me about George Takei being at a convention (the year before) I did a brief search and came up with October 6-7 1978

    http://fancyclopedia.org/noncon-ca-1

    I was getting my Cons mixed up at the time but check out (56 years of conventions and book signings can do that ) and got admonished over my foo paw on the c2e post #54 :

    http://www.connect2edmonton.ca/showt...ton-Comic-Expo

    Hope that helps

    Thanks so much envaneo. Yes, that help clears it up. :>)

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