Pacificon I 1946 WorldCon

Pacificon I, the 1946 Worldcon, was held at the Park View Manor in Los Angeles, California. Pacificon had originially been scheduled for 1942 but had been delayed because of travel and other restrictions resulting from World War II. The Guests of Honor were A. E. van Vogt and his wife E. Mayne Hull. There were 130 members. The convention chairman was Walt Daugherty. The committee was made up of members of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS). The LASFS is still running and is the oldest SF club.

There is an unusual note regarding the name of this convention. Normally, once a Worldcon is held in a city, it uses that name for susequent Worldcons. Pacificon I was in Los Angels. The next Worldcon in the Los Angeles area was the Solacon in 1958 and then the first LAcon in 1972. Meanwhile, Pacificon II was held up the coast in Oakland. The San Francisco/Oakland area has not been at all consistent in its naming either, having different names for each of its four Worldcons. -- Joe Siclari


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Congregating outside of the meeting hall

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Bob Tucker, Walt Daugherty, Mary Beth Wheeler, Jim-E Daugherty (Virginia Laney).

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Al Ashley, Mary Beth Wheeler, Bob Tucker, E. Everett Evans

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In the meeting room, Forrest J Ackerman is leaning over

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Earle Korshak (auctioning off a book??)

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Talking outside again

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Pacificon Guest of Honor A. E. van Vogt

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Costume party.

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??, Arthur Louis Joquel in mystical costume


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