AutoClave 1, the first convention aimed at fanzine fans, was held Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, 1976, at the Howard Johnson's New Center Motor Lodge in the Detroit area.
It featured a full weekend of fanzine-related programming, as well as an art show and hucksters room (and a large skinny-dipping.)
GoHs were Title faned Donn Brazier, in a very rare convention appearance, and letterhack Gene Wolfe. Mike Glicksohn served as toastmaster, a post he accepted by return telegram after the invitation was telegraphed to him at Aussiecon the year before.
The chairmen were Gary Mattingly, Sid Altus and a teen-aged Leah Zeldes. Big-Hearted Howard DeVore ran the hucksters room.
The convention drew about 125 people and made a small profit, more by accident than design.
Gruesome hotel problems inspired Larry Tucker's video FAANS.
Photo at http://fanac.org/Other_Cons/Autoclave/a76-p00.html
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