Date: Sun, 3-Mar-85 13:02:09 EST
Posted: Sun Mar 3 13:02:09 1985
Date-Received: Fri, 8-Mar-85 04:05:46 EST
I'd like to thank Mark Norton for his reply to my comments about
my flame about Boskone 22 & its apparent motives. I'm relieved
that the Boskone profits are rolled over to the next con: all the
con committees that I've been associated with have done the same.
The appearance, however, was that there was a direct relationship
between the one-day membership ripoff (which is what it was) and the
funding of the clubhouse.
I can't accept the contention that one-day memberships are too much of
a bother: NESFA did a superb job on Noreason. Hence my continuing
characterization of a ripoff.
The film schedule went too far the other way. I'm tired of seeing
Star Wars & friends, and Star Trek N, but having almost nothing to
offer in their place shows contempt for fen. Off the top of my
head, a "second-rank" film schedule: Bladerunner and/or Alien, Doc
Savage, Fantastic Planet, Forbidden Planet, Buckaroo Bonzai,
etc. Not the pick of the litter but interesting rather than the
stuff that was shown.
If NESFA wants more volunteers, relax the 8 hour rule to 4 hours:
health problems prevent me, at least, from being able to commit
myself to *anything* for 8 hours.
Lastly, the "22" & the 3000+ fen that showed up means that NESFA
has had a reputation for putting on good cons. If they don't want
people to come, don't publicize it or don't run a con. If the group
doesn't want the responsiblity that comes with the reputation, drop
Boskone. I don't want to hear the nth building a world panel &
the various other repeats. I'd rather see the art show and interesting
movies & have more meet-the-authors- **individually** sessions.