OryCon 17 Progress Report 2

October, 1995


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OryCon 17

Portland, Oregon
November 10-12, 1995

The Second OryCon 17 Progress Report.

Greetings and Hallucinations and welcome to OryCon 17. OryCon 17 will be held November 10 -12, 1995 at the Red Lion Columbia River, Portland, Oregon. Make sure you have marked these dates on your calender. We don't want to miss having you there.

You will find hotel information in this PR as well as updated reports on all the activities happening at OryCon this year. Because we have just finished a very successful Westercon this year, we are taking the opportunity to try a few innovative ideas. We're sure that you will appreciate them.

If you need to contact us:

OryCon 17
P. O. Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703
Phone (503) 659-4534
E-Mail cthulhu@teleport.com

From the Chairs:

We're really excited about chairing this year's convention. Despite the hard work, we're having a blast working with our committee. We have a lot of new people this year who are giving their all to make this another great OryCon.

We're certain that you'll be as excited about our Guests of Honor as we are! We hope you all get a chance to meet them.

We have many new things happening this year: a Variety Show instead of the usual Masquerade, Children's programing -- just 2 rooms, but hey, it's a start! -- and some new approaches to programming, as well as some of our old favorites!

Convention hours this year will be 7 AM to 4 AM. We need those three hours to get things cleaned up for the next day and you need to go to your room or your home and get some sleep!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!! -- David and Melanie Schaber


First Meet Our Guests

Joel Rosenberg

Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1954, Joel Rosenberg grew-up in eastern North Dakota and northern Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he met his future wife, Felicia Herman. Joel's past occupations include driving a truck, caring for the institutionalized retarded, bookkeeping, gambling, clerking at a motel front desk, and passing himself off as a head chef for two weeks.

Joel's first sale, an op-ed piece favoring nuclear power, was published in The New York Times. His stories have appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Perpetual Light, Amazing Science Fiction Stories, and TSR's The Dragon. Joel's hobbies include backgammon, poker, bridge, and several other sorts of gaming, as well as cooking. His broiled butterfly leg of lamb has to be tasted to be believed. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with one wife, two computers, and three cats. -- From David Schaber adapted from a bio in the back of one of Joel's books.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith

Dean is the editor of Pulphouse: a Fiction Magazine. (He and Kris were awarded the World Fantasy Award in 1989 for its predecessor, Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine, a sparkling twelve-volume anthology.) He has written several novels (Laying the Music to Rest was a Stoker Award finalist), and more than 60 short stories. He is a four-time Hugo nominee for his work as an editor. He has edited and/or published (through Pulphouse Publications) the Author's Choice Monthly series, The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley, and the definite Ferdinand Feghoot collection, as well as numerous other books. Dean is a fan of the Oregon Ducks football team, and loves to play golf.

Kris has edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (for which she was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Editor in 1994) since 1991. Before that, she was the editor of Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine. She has written numerous novels including The White Mists of Power, Heart Readers, Facade, Traitors, and Sins of the Blood. Her novella "Gallery of His Dreams" was a Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominee. Somehow, she's also found time to write dozens of shorter pieces, and was awarded the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1990. Kris likes good movies (being a fan of the "real" Musketeers films--the ones with Michael York) and plays the music loud when Dean is off playing golf.

Together, Kris and Dean have written several books under the name of "Sandy Schofield" (on having too many names on a book cover.) These include a couple Star Trek: Deep Space Nine books, a bestselling Star Trek: Voyager book and an Aliens book.

Kris and Dean are the focus for an incredible group of writers in Oregon. Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jerry Oltion, David Bischoff, J. Steve York and Ray Vukcevich are just a few of the 'Pulphouse crew' of writers in Eugene. Their Tuesday writer's workshops, drawing people from as far away as Portland, are paving the way for even more, as well as the newer writers, that have included both in the pages of Pulphouse and F&SF. -- John Lorentz, GOH Liaison for Kris and Dean.

Heather Hudson

Heather Hudson lives in Seattle with her cat and many books. She had been painting in acrylics for about a year when she received her first professional commission, three card illustrations for the Legends expansion of Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering. Since then she has contributed to various WotC projects, including Jyhad, Fallen Empires, and the upcoming Ice Age and Homelands expansion sets. Her other illustrations include MagForce 7's Star of the Guardian, New Millennium's Battlelords, and Daedalus Games' Shadowfist, as well as an upcoming book from Pagan Press --from David and Melanie Schaber, Co-Chairs.

Dameon Willich

Dameon Willich is a Seattle-area artist who has been producing award-winning science-fiction- and fantasy-related works for a number of years. His cover art has appeared on DAW, Pioneer and Warner Books, and he has worked on a number of comic books including James Bond, Avatar, and The Return of the Warlord. Founder of The Fantasy Alternative, he also co-founded Northern Lights Artists Group.

Dameon is one of the artists tapped by Wizards of the Coast to illustrate for their popular game, Magic: The Gathering. Willich's cards include Reverse Damage, Glacial Wall, Erg Raiders, El Hajij, Mana Short and Lifeforce.

Special Guest of Friends of Filk

One of the pleasurable reasons that Friends of Filk exists is that it gives those of us who can't afford to travel to other climes the opportunity to meet some the songwriters and musicians whose tapes we enjoy. At OryCon 17 the Special Guest of Friends of Filk is Tom Smith, the man from the Midwest who has captured in his music the essence of those burning universal philosophical questions, "How is Superman's sex life?" and "What makes Wile E. Coyote tick?"

Tom Smith has recorded two albums with Dodeka Records, Ltd., Who Let Him in Here? and Domino Death. While he is most often remembered for his humor, he can also touch your heart as with his tribute to the late Jim Henson, "A Boy and his Frog". We hope you will take the time to catch his concert performance and join us at the evening song circles in welcoming Tom Smith as our Special Guest at OryCon 17. -- Cecilia Eng

From the Registrar

Please take a moment right now to check the label on your progress report. This has your real name, address and badge name if you have requested one. Please make sure that all the information on the label is correct.

We send out progress and regress reports to convention members and from time to time, special mailings to the people who have attended one of our conventions. Unfortunately, if we don't have your correct name and address, the mailing doesn't get to you. If you move during the year, or want to make any other change, please drop us a postcard. We don't want to lose track of you.

If you need to transfer your membership, please let us know in advance so that we can have the correct badge ready at the convention. A signed note from the original member is all we need. Requirements for transfer at the door will be stiffer.

Memberships in OryCon 17 are available at the following rates:

Through October 15, 1995                $25
After October 15 and at the door        $35
Children ages 6-12 are half price. Children 5 and under are free. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult with a membership. -- David Lohkamp

Art Show

At this time, nearly 40 talented artists have replied and have reserved display space for the Art Show. If you would like to enter the show, you must send in your reservation soon. We expect the remaining space to be filled soon.

Artists from Oregon and across the U.S. and Canada will go far in making the OryCon 17 Art Show a fascinating fusion of media and imagination. Amateur and professional artists will be submitting two and three dimensional pieces that should please and stimulate one and all.

Our Artist Guests of Honor, Dameon Willich and Heather Hudson, will be displaying their creations in the Art Show. Other artists that have reserved space at this time are:

Donna Bolima            Sherry Hanson          Jennifer Platt
Adrian Bourne           Mary Hanson-Roberts    Joyce Reynolds-
Elizabeth Lawhead Bourne                           Ward
Jackie Boutin           Eleanor Johnson        Mark Roland
Gail J. Butler          Kelly A. Johnson       Jennie Roller
Russel D. Campbell      Monika Livingston      Lee Seed
Alan. M Clark           Charles Martel         Jane T. Sibley
James Currie            Adrienne Zinah Martinez
Patricia Davis          Shauna McKain-Storey
J. A. Fudd              Mari-El Mor            Jeff Sturgeon
Barbara Foster          Betsey Mott            Tami Vaughn
Greg Green              Cheryl Nordgulen       Lubov Yegudin
Robert D. Griffiths     Margaret Organ-Kean
Elizabeth Hail          Otherworld Unlimited
If you would like to volunteer at the Art Show, your help would be greatly appreciated. You may contact Jamie Marks at (503) 232-3177, or E-mail: j.marks18@genie.geis.com prior to the Con, or inquire at the Art Show control desk during the Con.

Dealers

These are the Dealers currently scheduled to attend OryCon 17:
ANGELWEAR CREATIONS     MAGICKAL ARDVARK, LTD.
B. BARRETT BOOKS        MON DROIT STUDIO
BLUE MOON BOOKS         OTHERWORLD UNLTD
CHARAE CRYSTALS         PreKARIOUS ENTERPRISES
DRAGONFLY DESIGN        QUICKSILVER FANTASIES
EDIE REICHARD           RHONDA GHEEN SCULPTURES
ESCAPE BOOKS            SHIPMAN'S STAR PROPS
EYE-DEAS                SPRINGTIME CREATIONS
EXPRESS YOURSELF        UNCOMYN GIFTS
FRIENDS OF FILK         UNICORN
GAMES PLUS              WALD-GAVORA
HIPPOGRIFF ARMORY       WRIGLEY-CROSS BOOKS
LADY JANE'S             SUE PETRY AUCTION TABLE
   COMICS & BOOK
Special note: No unauthorized selling of merchandise will be permitted at OryCon 17. Give us a call if you have any questions about this.

Programming

The way it is shaping up, the convention will have a very good representation of panels based on the preferences of out Guests of Honor. In addition there will be a cross section of panels, workshops, demonstrations, and slide shows that will span the varied interests of the program participants and the membership. OryCon17's programming starts at noon Friday with an item or two and continues through the weekend until Sunday at 4 PM with the exception of several hours very early in the mornings. Special features to look for are dances both nights, Opening Ceremonies Friday evening at 7:30, the Variety Show Saturday evening at 8:00 and the return of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" later at 10 PM. --Alan Smith

These are the current (as of this writing) program participants:

Greg Abraham            Timothy J. Campbell     Greg Gordon
Heather Alexander       Ctein                   Jon Gustafson
Clifton Amsbury         Howard Davidson         Hugh S. Gregory
Blythe Ayne             Gary Davis              George Guthridge
Steven Barnes           Joy Day                 Jay Hartlove
Betty Bigelow           Elton T. Elliot         Norman E. Hartman
Tom Billings            James W. Fiscus         Denise Lopes Heald
Lisa  Bothell           Margaret Forsythe       Richard Hescox
Adrian Bourne           Steve Forty             Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Mark Bourne             Louise Foster           Marilyn Holt
Elizabeth Lawhead-      Joan Gaustad            Heather Hudson
    Bourne              Marsha Goldoff          Jerry Kaufman
Gail Butler             Leonora Rain-Lee        David Levine
Debbie Cross                Good                Sonia Orin Lyris
Jean Lamb                               Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Tom Maddox                              D. F. Sanders
Charles Martel                          Pippin Sardo
Adrienne Martine-Barnes                 Michael Scanlon
Cyn Mason                               Dean Wesley Smith
Margaret McBride                        Tom Smith
Luke McGuff                             Mike Tanaka
Donna McMahon                           Janet Tanaka
Vicki Mitchell                          Susan Taubeneck
Mari-El Mor                             Bruce Taylor
Mike Moscoe                             Amy Thomson
Rebecca Neason                          Suzanne Tompkins
Margaret Organ-Kean                     Roy Torley
Jim Pearce                              Edd Vick
John Pelan                              Chuq Von Rospach
Danelle Stephanie Perry                 Ray Vuckcevich
Steve Perry                             Elisabeth Waters
Anthony Pryor-Brown                     Leslie What
Sherri "Clio" Pryor-Brown               Art Widner
Irene Radford                           Theo J. Williams
Dan Raphael                             Dameon Willich
Allan Roberts                           Ben Yalow
Joel Rosenberg                          Donna Bolima-Yamada
Mary Rosenblum                          Christina F. York
Leonardo D. Rufo                        J. Steven York
Deborah Wheeler

Bring Your Dutch Uncle, Go Dutch Treat, and Come to the Dutch Auction

As usual, there will be an auction to benefit the Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund at OryCon. It will be held at 4:30 PM on Saturday in the Klamath Room. We will have books, proofs, Magic Cards, T-shirts, jewelry, art and many other items for sale. These items may be previewed in the Dealers' Room next to the Wrigley-Cross booth.

Did you ever wonder what happens to the items we don't get time to auction? This year we plan to sell them on Sunday at a Dutch auction at the Petrey table in the Dealers' Room. All items will be started at the highest expected sale price. The price will be lowered every 15 minutes until the item sells. It's a test of nerves and calculated risk. Will someone else pick up the item you want first, or can you wait for the price to drop one more time?

We still need items to sell. If you have something that you think someone else will want, please consider a donation. We are a tax-exempt organization. Ideally we would like the donation before the convention so that they may be properly catalogued. You may send them to the Susan Petrey Fund c/o Wrigley-Cross Books, 1809 NE 39th Ave., Portland, OR 97212 [please note change of address]. We will accept donations at the Petrey table in the Dealers' Room as well. Of course, cash donations will also be gladly accepted.

If you have any question, please feel free to call us at (503) 775-4943. -- Debbie Cross and Paul Wrigley, Susan Petry Scholarship Fund Administrators

Strange. Weird. Eerie

It's Back! Yes, there will be a Fanthorpe reading at OryCon. No, we will not have the pleasure of Lionel's company this year, but that won't stop me from bombarding a helpless audience with mortifying metaphors, repetitive redundancy, preposterous padding, and examples of thesaurian verbosity beyond belief, all accompanied by visual images of colorful covers.

If you fear that you've heard it all, let me put your mind at ease, I've challenged Jeff Stout and now Anglicon's leader of Fanthorpian festivities, to a contest. We shall each come to the reading armed with Badger excerpts that have never before been read at either OryCon or Anglicon or been included in the book Down the Badger Hole. The audience will get the chance to vote on who found the best new material. Time will be allowed for the old favorites as well. After all, it wouldn't be a Fanthorpe reading without a little pink and grey and white prose.

It all happens Friday evening at 9 PM in the Klamath room. Be there or be a shape made up of four lines of equal length all connected at 90 degree angles in such a way that the first and third lines are parallel and the second and fourth lines are parallel thus creating an enclosed area giving an overall impression of squareness. -- Debbie Cross (Our Fanthorpe Expert Extrordinaire --ed.)

OryCon 17 Variety Show

with Ann Hoffert, Tracy Bailey, Janet Borkowski, Vicki Harrison and Emcee: Steve "O'Brian" Hoffert
We're Ba-a-ack! From those wonderful folks who gave you the CascadeCon '94 Variety Show, we're doing it again, bigger and better than ever!

For those of you who missed that spectacular event, here's how it goes: We are giving you the opportunity to showcase your talent in about two minutes or less in a variety of ways.

Costumes from amateur to professional, from new creations to old favorites, are welcome, so show us what you've got. Do you have the soul of a performer that no one has recognized? Show the OryCon audience (the best and nicest in the world) your best (or favorite) presentation, dance, filksong or whatever performance you can come up with. Remember that old high school variety show you didn't participate in because you thought you'd look silly? Well, go ahead and do the OryCon 17 Variety Show where silly is what we like (but not, of course, nasty, rude or naked). We haven't forgotten the children, either. Kids -- get your parents to help you show your precocious skills and personality on our stage.

And the best part? Absolutely, 100% guaranteed, No Judging! You are all equally precious to us.

Oh, and Dealers, here's an excellent opportunity to strut your stuff. What would a show be without commercials? And hey, no one will be able to channel surf or leave the room for a beer while you're on.

Now, details, details. Here is the proposed time line for all of this fabulous fun:

Friday, Nov. 10:
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Variety Show personnel available at the registration table for questions, etc.
Saturday, Nov. 11:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Variety Show personnel available at the registration table for questions, etc.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Stage (in the Riverview Room) available for informal walk-through. Stage dimensions are approximately 24 ft. wide by 12 ft. deep. No appointment necessary (you can also practice on the stage any time it is not in use. )
4:00 PM
Core variety staff reports to Riverview Room.
5:00 PM
Volunteers report to Riverview Room. Variety Show registration officially closes. All paperwork must be in our hands by this time so we can properly organize everyone.
6:00 PM
All participants report to the Riverview Room for official check-in.
7:00 PM
Check-in closes for all participants closes (all participants must be in the Riverview Room by this time).
7:30 PM
House opens.
8:00 PM
SHOW TIME!
We encourage all you talented people to preregister for this gala event. We really want to be as organized as possible, so we'd love to be able to know about your participation as early as you are able. Please, please let us know what you might need in the way of microphones, lights, music (yes, we have a very nice sound system available for taped music and presentations), and other show-biz equipment. We can also let you know what we have available for your use.

For further details (you mean we left something out?) and pre-registration, please call our fearless leader at 1-503-649-2744 or write:

Ann Hoffert
19720 SW Redoak Lane
Aloha, Oregon 97007

Fan Room

The Fan Room is a place for fans to hang around with other fans and talk about fannish things. It's a laid-back continuous room party, a place to find like-minded people for conversation and silliness. Think of it as a low-key convention within the convention. It's Hospitality without the drinks and munchies, Gaming without the dice and cards, Filking without the guitars and songbooks, the Art Show without the art. It's faanish. What is "faanish"? Come in and find out.

The Fan Room is the center of fanzine activity at OryCon. That said, be aware that in practice the Fan Room has about as much to do with fanzines as science fiction fandom has to do with science fiction. If you know nothing about fanzines, don't worry -- you're welcome anyway! Come in and browse, ask questions, chat. You might make some new friends.

The Fan Room will also be the location for several silly and laid-back programming items during the convention. More details as they emerge.

The Fan Room is a place for:

The Fan Room is NOT a place for: The Fan Room will be located in the Santiam room (next to the Office) and will be open 4-6 PM and 8-11 PM on Friday, 11 AM - 6 PM and 9-11 PM on Saturday, and 11 AM - 4 PM on Sunday.

PLEASE HELP! Volunteers are always welcome. If you'd like to be a Fan Room Host and spend a couple of hours helping make the Fan Room a great place for fun fans to hang out, or if you'd like to bring or send any fanzines for sale or display in the Fan Room, please contact me, David Levine, via the P.O. Box, or send Internet mail to: dlevine@spiritone.com

Office

The OryCon office located in the Clackamas Room on the second floor is the service center of the convention. We handle questions from the attendees, from outside press and other interested parties; after hours registration; child care fees, registration and information for various events occurring at con; take messages for department heads; and generally help coordinate whatever needs to be done that no one else is handling. Volunteer services and the newsletter production are located in the office.

If you like to help people and want to learn more about the inside workings of OryCon, the office is the place to be. To become part of the office staff, either drop a note to the general OryCon addresses to my attention or feel free to e-mail me directly at R.Sachter@genie.com. Thank you. --Ruth Sachter

Child Care

This year we have engaged the same nanny service we have used for the past several conventions. They will be sending three nannies to cover each shift during the convention. I must remind you that, for safety reasons, space in child care will be limited to five children for each ninny for a total of fifteen children. Space will be filed on a first-come/first-served basis and no meals will be served.

Child care will be $3.00 per hour and must be paid for in advance. You will be able to purchase scrip at the OryCon Office. Our nannies will take only scrip. They will not accept cash nor sell scrip.

The hours will be 3 PM - 11 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM and 6 PM - 11 PM, and Sun 11 AM - 5 PM It will be located in rooms 172 and 174 in the Multnomah wing. -- Mary Olsen, Child care

Children

OryCon is a child-friendly convention. We like kids and many of us are parents ourselves, so we have a positive attitude towards families enjoying the convention together. We do, however, encourage responsible parenting.

Children under six must be under the direct supervision of the parent or a designated adult at all times. All children must be registered with the convention and must wear a wristband which identifies the child and the responsible adult. Children 12 and under are not allowed into convention space after midnight.

Realizing that you do need some time to yourselves, OryCon provides professional child care at a reasonable rate during most convention hours. Unsupervised children will be taken to child care and the parents billed for the time spent. If children are found un- or undersupervised more than once, the adult responsible for the child will have his or her membership withdrawn and be asked to leave the event.

We know that some, but not all, children from ages six to twelve are capable of limited independence. We are offering children's programming for youngsters in this category. However, children in this age group will be taken to child care if they are not showing the maturity to be left unsupervised. Again, if the child needs to be taken to child care more than once, the adult responsible for the child will have his or her membership withdrawn and be asked to leave the event.

VOLUNTEERS

OryCon runs on VOLUNTEERS. The people who staff Registration, who work the Art Show, check badges at the Dealers Room, help with the Masquerade, Hospitality, and a hundred other tasks which need to happen in order for the convention to be a success. All of this is done by VOLUNTEERS.

YOU have what it takes to be an ORYCON 17 VOLUNTEER!!!

Help make the Con a happening place. Meet lots of neat people who you probably wouldn't have met otherwise. Earn the respect and gratitude of the ConCom! Win fabulous prizes!

VOLUNTEERS are needed before, during, and after the convention. If you can help with setup on the evening of Thursday, November 9th, we'd love to have you there! Ever wonder how the Art Show panels get set up, and the art hung on them? That's right, VOLUNTEERS! If you can spare some time during the convention to help make this a wonderful convention for everyone, please do! If, after all the fun of the convention, you feel like expressing your appreciation by helping take down the Art Show and Dealers Room, we'll think that you're really incredible!

OryCon runs on Blood, Sweat, and VOLUNTEERS!

Now for the details:

Volunteers will be run out of the OryCon 17 Office. If you already know how you want to help, contact me and I'll put you in touch with the appropriate division head. If you want to wait until after you see the programming schedule, this is cool, too. If you want to help, but want a better idea of what is involved, get in touch with me, I'll give you more in-depth info.

John Mead
4416 SE Milwaukie Ave, Apt 3
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 238-0552
johnm@ohs.org

Writers' Workshop

Climb aboard our fast moving inner space experience. The convention is only around the corner, but you and I both know what a fulfilling and satisfying workshop experience it can be to have seasoned (with a little salt and pepper) professional writers and editors serve up your most recent piece of fantasy, science fiction or experimental fiction as their afternoon lunch. They slice, they dice, they cut you to ribbons and why on earth, or space for that matter, would you want to miss it . . .

But seriously folks, we'll be offering a fun, supportive, creative environment to hammer out the finer points of your most recent work. Whether it's a novel, short story or even poetry, send it to us! You'll find yourself in an intimate gathering of pros and other workshop attendees ( yes, she did say attendees, what's a better description? Up and coming, rising stars . . . what???)

At any rate, you have been invited. And here's what we need:

Novel: Sample chapter and outline.
Short Story: Up to 5,000 words.
Poetry: 5 poems. Clarion style.
Please send seven copies. All submissions must be in a professional format.

Submission deadline: Postmarked by October 26, 1995.

Mail all submissions to:

Angela Marie
22085 S. Salamo Road
West Linn, OR 97068
If you have any questions, feel free to phone me at (503) 557-5578 (between 6 PM and 10 PM), or e-mail angela@teleport.com.

Smoking Policy

In order to make the convention more enjoyable and pleasant for everyone, smoking will be limited only to designated areas within convention space.

Filking

Hi, I'm Anita Page, Cecilia Eng's filk programming apprentice. I'm an absolute novice, and beg your patience and kind indulgence.

Tom Smith, (see short piece by Cecilia Eng on Tom) has agreed to be the Friends of Filk GOH for OryCon 17. Heather Alexander is our other featured performer. Due to programming space and time limitations, concerts will be held during the day, instead of the usual evening times. But have no fear, the music is just as good played during the day as it is at night.

Get in touch with me if you have any suggestions for showcasing our other fine performers. --Anita Page.

Weapons Policy

In line with the standard practice at most major conventions including recent Worldcons as well as most Portland conventions for the last several years, the carrying and wearing of weapons will not be permitted except as part of a Masquerade contestant's costume, or as part of other designated events, and then only during the event, or in transit to and from the event. The use of a weapon as part of the Masquerade Director prior to the event. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate expulsion from the convention.

Any weapons purchased in the Dealer's Room must be securely wrapped.

The committee realizes that most people who would like to carry and wear weapons are sensible and careful individuals. However because of the present liability laws the risk of weapons causing accident or distress, and to preserve relationships with convention hotels, we have had to adopt this policy. The safety of convention members has to be our overriding consideration.

Hotel Stuff

To make your hotel reservation, call the Red Lion Columbia River directly at (503) 283-2111. Call them right now. Please don't call the Red Lion 800 Line. You will only confuse yourself and the people on the other end of the 800 Line.

Rooms are $73 a night with 9% tax. Make sure that you tell the hotel whether you want to be in the party wing, adjacent to the party wing or in a quiet wing.

Do remember that the hotel is charging a $35 nonrefundable fee plus a $100 refundable damage deposit if you are having a party at the con. This fee should not be charged if you request a room in the party wing but are not throwing a party.

Other things to remember about the hotel:

If you have any questions or problems with your room reservation, please contact Robert Verde at robert@structured.net or (503) 231-8952.

Party Supplies

Instead of a party supply service, OryCon provides a large Safeway with extended hours within walking distance from the hotel. It has lots of interesting stuff, including a sushi bar.

How to Get to the Hotel

From the Airport: The Red Lion runs a shuttle from the Portland Airport that runs at 10 after and 20 minutes till the hour from about 6:30 AM until 11 PM. (One shuttle serves both the Red Lion Columbia River and Red Lion Jantzen Beach.) Taxis are spendy, but easily available. If you are renting a car, take 205 South, take the Columbia Blvd. (1st) exit, stay right when the road splits, follow Columbia Blvd. West to I-5 North, and follow the By Car directions.

By Car: The Red Lion Columbia River is located nest to the Columbia River. Heading either North or South on I-5, take the Jantzen Beach/Hayden Island exit. The Columbia River is the Red Lion with the red roof, WEST of the freeway and across the road from the shopping center. Click here for a map (13K) that shows how to get to the hotel by car.

By Rail or Bus: The two terminals are adjacent. You can take a cab up to the hotel or catch Tri-met bus #5 at 6th and Everett. Taxis are always available, too.

Credits:

This progress report copyright © 1995 OSFCI, a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation. Your editor is Linda Pilcher and all typos are her personal property. Cover and some illustrations are by Linda. Other illos are just plain clip-art. All articles are pretty much written by the person credited. Typeface is Times New Roman, a pleasant, readable, proportionally-spaced serif type of which your editor is uncommonly fond because she can change the leading and the type is still readable. The layout was done in PageMaker 5.0 and printed on a Canon Bubblejet. Have a nice day.


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