11th Worldcon (Philcon II)

The 1953 Worldcon held September 5-7 at the Bellevue-Strafford Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. GoH: Willy Ley. Chaired by Milton Rothman. Isaac Asimov was Toastmaster. Officially known as "The 11th Worldcon," it was popularly known as Philcon II. Milton A. Rothman replaced James A. Williams, the original chairman, upon Williams' death. Tom Clareson, PhD was Vice-Chairman.

There was some ill-feeling at Chicon II when the spur-of-the-moment Philadelphia bid (see The Story Behind Philly in '53) beat a San Francisco bid for the con. This led to the adoption of the rotation plan.

PR 1 was edited by Dave Hammond and Alan E. Nourse, PRs 2 and 3 by Alan E. Nourse and William J. Jenkins, PR 4 by William J. Jenkins, and the Program Book by Dave Kyle. This seems to have been the first Worldcon with a convention newsletter.

Philcon II instituted the Hugos: See The First Hugos.

Opposing bids: Cleveland in 1953, San Francisco in '53, Indianapolis in '53, Queens SFL in '53, Niagara Falls in '53. See 1953 Site Selection results.

1953 Hugo results, 1954 Site Selection results.

Read Milton A. Rothman's Philcon II reminiscence from the Noreascon Three PB and Juanita Coulson's reminiscence of 1953.

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