- DATES: Easter Weekend, 1975
- VENUE: Pikesville Hilton Hotel, Pikesville, MD
- CHAIR: Charlie Ellis
- Memories From Mark Owings:
"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.....):
"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.....