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Balticon 9
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  • DATES: Easter Weekend, 1975
  • VENUE: Pikesville Hilton Hotel, Pikesville, MD

  • CHAIR: Charlie Ellis
  • GoH: Hal Clement
  • Memories From Mark Owings:

    images/1x1.gif "1975 was the first year on Easter and the first we were not downtown. That was the year that the stage in one program room collapsed when the panelists stood up simultaneously at the end of the hour; the year all the rooms had digital locks and a techie walked down a hall, pointed a little gizmo at the locks, and then pulled the doors closed so they would lock again; and the year the hotel tried to sue us for damages (a couple hundred for a wastebasket, for instance) but could only find the addresses of two people who had no assets or steady employment."

  • Memories From Hal Haag (who wasn't there.....):

    images/1x1.gif "Not to start an argument or anything, but someone that had attended Balticon 9 told me a slightly different version of the door-opening thing. (I don't remember who it was, maybe Michael Walsh...) Apparently, two people left the bar late one night and one bet the other that he could open the majority of the room doors. Hotel patrons chose their own 4-digit room door security code. That person then proceeded to open better than 50% of the doors tried after trying one of two numbers.

    What numbers, you ask? Why 1984 or 2001, of course. It was an SF convention after all!!"

  • Balticon 9 Committee & Staff: Unknown, but if you have any information concerning this convention that you would like to see included here, please send it to "webmeister at bsfs dot org" and look for it to be published here!!

    According to Sue Wheeler, "The Special Collections Department of UMBC has a copy of the Balticon 9 program." Maybe we can borrow it and make a copy so the pertinent info can be displayed here.....
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