Eastercon (NY)

There were four small conventions named Eastercon which were held in New York City in the late 60s. In the mid-60s, Lunacon was a very sercon one-day convention without significant parties, so FISTFA and the Fanoclasts created the Eastercon, a party convention usually held on the same weekend as Lunacon.

1965: Was a room party held in Room 232 of Loew's Midtown Motor Inn in Manhattan on Friday, April 23 (the day before Lunacon 8). It was by all accounts, a boisterous affair. Ron Ellik reported that "by 10 pm the place was jumping". George Heap on guitar could not be heard more than two paces away. Other attendees included Hal Clement, Lee Hoffman, Terry & Carol Carr, Ted White, Jack Gaughan, Charlie Brown, Lin Carter, Frank Dietz, Calvin Thomas Beck, John Boardman, Ken Beale, Pat & Dick Lupoff, Fred Lerner, and Will Sykora.

1966: Was held at the same hotel as Lunacon 9 on the same days (April 16-17) (Lunacon was now a two-day convention.) There over 100 in attendance and 235 total at combined Lunacon and Eastercon.

1967: Eastercon consisted of fan parties starting at 8pm on the nights of April 28 & 29 at the Hotel Roosevelt during Lunacon 10, and while still run by FISTFA, Eastercon combined its membership fee with Lunacon's.

1968: At this point the convention was essentially part of Lunacon. Eastercon was eventually discontinued after the Lunacon committee saw that when there were parties, more people wanted to stay over for them. With parties part of Lunacon, there was no longer a need for Eastercon.


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