Tropicon IV

Tropicon IV, December 6 - 8 1985, chaired by Joe Siclari was held in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to Guest of Honor, Robert Bloch, other guests included Brad Linaweaver, Lee Hoffman, filmmaker Hershell Gordon Lewis, Tim Sullivan, Vincent Miranda, Michael Whelan, Somtow Sucharitkul, Scott Adams (an early computer game designer), Gary Alan Ruse, Ginger Curry and artist Ken Mitchroney. Attendance at the convention was 225.

Photos can be found here: http://www.fanac.org/Other_Cons/TropiCon/t04-p00.html

The convention space that weekend was shared with a Holocaust survivor group. As Tropicon 4 fell over a weekend including December 7th, Pearl Harbor day, several members of that group were startled during an elevator ride when Mr. Bloch, realizing the date, grabbed Somtow by the throat, pushed him against the wall and pretended to throttle him, yelling "you slit-eyed bastards, why did you attack us?" Reports say that the elevator emptied out quickly.

The Monday after the convention, a small group including Mr. Bloch, Somtow Sucharitkul, Tim Sullivan, Joe Siclari, Lee Hoffman, and Edie Stern, went to breakfast at Denny's. The air-conditioning didn't work very well, and Somtow stood on the table and performed the Thai air-conditioning dance. All the other diners in that part of the restaurant retreated almost immediately. Also the air started flowing again.

Co-Chairman & Hotel Liaison: Joe Siclari
Co-Chairman: Lee Hoffman
Treasurer: Peggy Dolan
Secretary/Publications/Publicity: Nancy Atherton
Registration: Judy Bemis
Programing: Edie Stern
Art Show: Becky Peters
Dealer's Room: Gail Bennett
Video/Film Program: Vincent Miranda
ConSuite: Pam Parsons

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