(1) The 1950 Portland Worldcon

The 1950 Worldcon was held September 1-3, 1950 at the Multnomah Hotel in Portland, OR. (It was originally announced for an American Legion Hall, but moved between PR1 and PR2.) The GoH was Anthony Boucher.

Donald Day replaced Jack de Courcy as Chairman after the latter's resignation. Theodore Sturgeon was the toastmaster and had the title "Entertainment Master of Ceremonies."

Bidders: Capicon in '50, New Orleans in 1950, a New York City bid, and the Portland bid. See 1950 Site Selection results for details.

1951 Site Selection results

See Forrest J Ackerman's article for the Noreascon 3 PB.

See also Worldcon, List of Worldcons.

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(2) A Seattle Regional

Norwescon (without internal capitalization) is a regional convention that has been held in Seattle since 1978. The convention was founded by the Northwest Science Fiction Society to give its organizers experience and credentials for their ambitious Seattle in 1981 Worldcon bid. The first outing, held March 25-26, 1978, at the SeaTac Holiday Inn, was chaired by Greg Bennett. Theodore Sturgeon was the Author Guest of Honor, John Berry the Fan Guest of Honor, and Alan E. Nourse the Toastmaster. Except for an interruption in 1987, when it was replaced by a scaled-back "Alternacon", it has taken place annually since then and now draws over 3,000 members. Originally held on the last weekend in March, it shifted to Western Easter weekend in 1995.

Not long after its founding, Norwescon gained a reputation as a meeting place for authors and publishers. It hosts the annual presentation of the Philip K. Dick Award for best original paperback novel, first presented at Norwescon VII in 1983.

Convention Dates GoHs
Norwescon 1 March 24-26, 1978 Theodore Sturgeon, John D. Berry
Norwescon 1.5 November 4-5, 1978
Norwescon 2 March 23-25, 1979 Philip Jose Farmer, Loren MacGregor