Iguanacon II

The 1978 Worldcon was held August 30 to September 4 at the Hyatt Regency, Adams House and Phoenix Convention Center & Symphony Hall. The GoH was Harlan Ellison, and the FGoH was Bill Bowers. F. M. Busby was Toastmaster. Chairman: Tim Kyger.

This was the first IguanaCon, but was called IguanaCon II because of a previous hoax. Greg Brown was the initial Chairman but was later replaced by Tim Kyger. In April-May 1978 there was a move to replace Brown which was temporarily resolved by putting him on probation for a period. He resigned a few days later.

(Tim Kyger's preferred name for Iguanacon II was 110 Degrees in the Shade Con. For some reason he wasn't allowed to use it…)

Josef Nesvadba was announced as the European GoH for IguanaCon. Why he did not attend is a bit of a mystery. It was reported that he could not get travel papers and did not attend and it was also reported that an illness of his wife prevented it. In any event, even more oddly, he was not listed as a guest by Iguanacon's later publications and is not generally considered to have been a Worldcon GoH.

GoH Harlan Ellison was upset over the failure of the Arizona state government to pass the ERA and threatened to boycott the convention. He was ultimately persuaded to attend and live in a camper outside the hotel. See Karass #36 (March 1978) for a discussion of this as it was happening.

The race to select the 1980 Worldcon was between Boston in 1980 (winner, Noreascon Two), Baltimore in '80, and Flushing in '80. See 1980 site selection results.

1978 Hugo results.

The con's staff included: Jim Corrick: head of the Hugo Awards department and programming; Carol De Priest: head of memberships and registration; Sharon Maples: treasurer.

Read Gary Farber's Iguanacon II reminiscence, Tim Kyger's story about how the con came to be, and Iguanacon Blues and Iguanacon Blues Redux by Bruce D. Arthurs.

There is a review of the convention in Locus #213, August 1978 and Locus #214, September 1978. There is a long letter from Ken Moore and Lou Moore on problems the Art Show staff had which was published in Locus #215, October 1978.

All in all, Iguanacon was one of the more fraught Worldcons ever.

The Phoenix in '78 bid beat an LA in '78 bid at Midamericon. See 1978 site selection results.

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