SunCon was bid by "7 in '77", a group of well-known con-runners who promised that if they won they would then select an ideal site. The other bidder was Montreal in '77. See 1977 Site Selection results.
The 7 in '77 committee selected a hotel in Orlando, Florida, which subsequently went bankrupt. On the grounds that the bankrupt hotel would not honor the contract, SunCon subsequently moved to facilities in Miami Beach — which then went bankrupt. This didn't help a committee which was also suffering from exceptionally bad publicity — Locus was positively sarcastic in its reporting of Lundry's lack of forthright responses to questions.
To date, Suncon is the only Worldcon where it has rained in the art show (which probably helped to explain the mildew on the walls). (A tropical storm passed over Miami during the con. Whle not terribly windy, it released deluges of rain which, among other things, helped to locate many leaks in the hotel's structure.) See also the common nickname, Stuncon. It was also the subject of an unsuccessful Suncon Boycott proposed by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
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(2) Suncon (Australia)
(Absence of Harlan Ellison from the convention was explained to have been due to the committee not having raised sufficient money sufficiently early to have been confident of being able to cover his travel and accommodation costs.)
There were at least two controversies concerning the Ditmar Awards: First, via the awards committee having opened nomination of award categories to fans, there was a Ditmar Award for Best Fannish Cat. Second, the trophies presented at the convention were in the form of stuffed cane toads. (This was explained to have been intended as an April Fool's joke; the "real" trophies were presented later at a Nova Mob meeting.)
For more information see the SunCon posts at history.sf.org.au.
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