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In 1948, Walter J. "Doc" Daugherty of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for West Coast fans who couldn't afford to travel east each year. The first Westercon was held in September, 1948. It was a one-day event with an attendance of 77, and its official title was "the first Annual West Coast Scienti-Fantasy Conference." Click here to see its Program Book and Len Moffatt's convention report (including his copy of the names from the convention's Guest Book).

 

It wasn't until 1951 that the Westercon became a weekend-long event, settled into the July 4th holiday and began traveling to different cities.

 

  DATECITY & NAMEHOTELGUESTS(S) OF HONORCHAIR/SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION  
19/05/48Los AngelesPark View Manor   E. Everett Evans, LASFS
210/02/49Los AngelesKnights of Pythias Hall   Walter J. Daugherty, LASFS
306/18/50Los AngelesKnights of Pythias HallDr. Robert S. RichardsonFreddie Hershey, Outlanders
46/29-7/01/51San FranciscoCalifornia Hall (etc)George PalLittle Men, Steward Metchette, replaced by Tom Quinn
5 6/28-6/29/52 San Diego [SouthwesterCon] U.S. Grant Hotel Ray Bradbury, William Nolan Roger Nelson
6 5/30-5/31/53Los AngelesHotel CommodoreGerald HeardE. Everett Evans, LASFS
7 9/03-9/04/54* San Francisco [SF Con]Sir Francis Drake Hotel Jack Williamson J. Ben Stark
8 7/03-7/04/55 Los Angeles Hotel Commodore Mel Hunter Lew Kovner, Chesley Donovan Foundation
96/30-7/01/56OaklandHotel LeamingtonRichard MathesonMarilyn Tulley
10 7/04-7/07/57 Hollywood Hotel Knickerbocker Mark Clifton Lew Kovner, LASFS, CD Foundation
11

9/01/58

(combined with the Worldcon) 

Los Angeles [SolaCon]Alexandria Hotel Richard Matheson Anna S. Moffatt Outlanders
127/03-7/05/59SeattleMoore HouseAlan E. NourseF.M. Busby, Nameless Ones
13 7/02-7/04/60 Boise [BoyCon]Owyhee Hotel Rog Phillips Guy and Diane Terwilliger
14 7/01-7/02/61 Oakland [Baycon]Hotel Leamington Fritz Leiber [Pro], Jack Speer [Fan] Honey Woods, GGFS
15 6/30-7/01/62Los AngelesHotel AlexandriaJack Vance [Pro], Alva Rogers [Fan]Albert J. Lewis, LASFS
16 7/04-7/07/63 Burlingame Hyatt House Hotel Kris Neville [Pro]; F.M. & Elinor Busby [Fan] Al haLevy, Little Men
17

9/04/64 

(combined with the Worldcon) 

Oakland [PacifiCon II] Leamington Hotel Edmond Hamilton & Leigh Brackett [Pro]; Forrest J. Ackerman [Fan] Al haLevy & J. Ben Stark
18 7/03-7/05/65 Long Beach Edgewater Inn Frank Herbert [Pro]; Anthony Boucher [Fan] Steve Tolliver, John Trimble
19 7/01-7/04/66 San Diego Stardust Motor Hotel & Country ClubHarlan Ellison [Pro]; John & Bjo Trimble [Fan?] Dennis N. Smith
20 7/01-7/04/67 Los Angeles Sheraton-West Hotel Marion Z. Bradley [Pro]; Lon Atkins [Fan] Ted Johnstone, with Brandon Lamont as acting chairman during con
21

9/01/68

(combined with the Worldcon)

Berkeley [BAYCON]Hotel Claremont Philip Jose Farmer [Pro]; Walter J. Daugherty [Fan]Bill Donaho, Alva Rogers, J. Ben Stark
22 7/03-7/06/69 Santa Monica [FUNCon II]Miramar Hotel Randall Garrett [Pro]; Roy Tackett [Fan] Chuck Crayne, Bruce Pelz
23 7/02-7/05/70 Santa Barbara Francisco Torres Jack Williamson [Pro]; Rick Sneary [Fan] John & Bjo Trimble
24 7/01-7/05/71 San Francisco [SFCon '71]Hilton Inn Avram Davidson [Pro]; Don Simpson [Fan] Jerry Jacks
25 6/30-7/04/72
(combined with Mythcon)
Long Beach Edgewater Hyatt House Lloyd Biggle Jr. [Pro]; Len Moffatt [Fan] Dave Hulan
26 6/30-7/04/73 San Francisco [SFCon '73]St. Francis Hotel Larry Niven [Pro], George Barr [Fan]; James Nelson Coleman [Special] Jerry Jacks
27 7/03-7/07/74 Santa Barbara Francisco Torres Philip K. Dick [Pro][5] Charles Burbee [Fan] Fred Patten
28 7/03-7/06/75 Oakland [OakLaCon] Leamington Hotel David Gerrold [Pro]; Charlie & Dena Brown [Fan]; Ian & Betty Ballantine [Special] Lois Newman, Craig Miller
29 7/02-7/05/76 Los Angeles Hyatt House Hotel Horace L. Gold [Pro]; Gregg Calkins [Fan] Bruce Pelz
30 7/01-7/04/77 Vancouver, BC Totem Park Residence Damon Knight [Pro]; Frank Denton [Fan]; Kate Wilhelm [Special] Fran Skene
31 6/30-7/04/78 Los Angeles [Westercone]L.A. Marriott Hotel Poul Anderson [Pro]; Don C. Tompson [Fan] Ed Finkelstein, Mike Glyer
32 7/04-7/08/79 San Francisco Sheraton Palace Hotel Richard Lupoff [Pro]; Bruce Pelz [Fan]; Sherry Gottlieb [Special] Jerry Jacks
33 7/03-7/06/80 Los Angeles Hyatt House Hotel Roger Zelazny [Pro]; Bob Vardeman [Fan]Milt Stevens
34 7/02-7/05/81 Sacramento Red Lion Inn C.J. Cherryh [Pro]; Grant Canfield [Fan] Michael Garrels
35 7/02-7/05/82 Phoenix The Phoenix Hilton Gordon R. Dickson [Pro]; Fran Skene [Fan]; Robert Asprin [Special] Randy Rau, CASFS
36 7/01-7/04/83 San Jose [Westerchron] Red Lion Inn Phil Klass [Writer]; Alicia Austin [Artist]; Tom Whitmore [Fan] Lee Forgue
37 6/29-7/03/84 Portland Portland Marriott Hotel Harlan Ellison [Pro]; F.M. & Elinor Busby [Fan]; Alex Schomberg [Artist] Steve Berry, Pam Davis, Bryce Walden, OSFCI (Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc.)
38 7/03-7/07/85 Sacramento Red Lion Inn James Hogan [Pro]; Paula Christ [Fan] Michael Garrells
39 7/03-7/06/86 San Diego Town & Country Hotel David Brin [Pro]; Karen Schaubelt Turner [Fan], Greg Bear [Toastmaster]Gail Hanrahan, Mitchell Walker, Curtis White
40 7/02-7/05/87 Oakland [Episode XXXX] Oakland Hyatt Regency & Convention Center Gregory Benford [Writer]; Aubrey MacDermott [Fan]; Lela Dowling/Ken Macklin [Artist]; Leslie Fish [Filk] Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
41 7/01-7/04/88 Phoenix Hyatt Regency Phoenix Sheraton Phoenix Robert Silverberg [Pro]; Craig Miller [Fan]; Real Musgrave [Artist] Terry Gish WARM BODY MEMBERS
42 6/30-7/04/89 Anaheim [Conosaurus]Anaheim Marriott Hotel John Varley [Pro]; Arthur Hlavaty [Fan] Lex Nakashima (became sole chair during run up to con), Patrice Cook?, SCIFI  2500
43 7/05-7/08/90 Portland Jantzen Beach/Columbia River Red Lion Hotels Ursula K. LeGuin, Vonda McIntyre, Kate Wilhelm [Pros]; Art Widner [Fan]; Steve Perry [Toastmaster]Patty Wells, John Lorentz, OSFCI  
44 7/02-7/06/91 Vancouver, BC Gage Residence Hall, University of British Columbia William Gibson [Pro]; C.J. Cherryh [Pro]; Jerry Kaufman [Fan]; Suzanne Tompkins [Fan]; Steve Jackson [Gaming]; Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden [Editor]; Warren Oddsson [Artist]; Verna Terrestriel [Lensman] Terry Fowler  
45 7/02-7/05/92 Phoenix [Westercolt] Phoenix Omni Adams San Carlos Hotel; Phoenix Symphony HallJennifer Roberson [Pro]; Pat Mueller [Fan]; Rick Sternbach [Artist] Bruce Farr  
46 7/02-7/05/93 Seattle Bellevue Red Lion Greg Bear [Author]; F.M. & Elinor Busby [Fan]; Wally Weber [Fan], Wally Gonser [Fan]; George Alec Effinger [Toastmaster] Richard Wright  
47 7/01-7/04/94 Los Angeles [Conozoic] Los Angeles Hilton George R.R. Martin [Pro]; William Rotsler [Fan]; Real Musgrave [Artist] Noel Wolfman, SCIFI 1444
48 6/30-7/03/95 Portland Jantzen Beach/Columbia River Red Lion Hotels Vernor Vinge [Pro]; Elayne Pelz [Fan]; John R. Foster [Artist]; Ray Villard [Science] John Lorentz, OSFCI 1827
49 7/04-7/07/96 El Paso Camino Real Paso Del Norte & The El Paso Convention Center James P. Blaylock [Author]; Howard Waldrop [Author]; Brad W. Foster [Artist]; Arnie & Joyce Katz [Fan]; Pat Cadigan [Toastmaster] Richard Brandt, Fred Duarte, El Paso Science Fiction & Fantasy Alliance, FACT ???
50 7/03-7/06/97 Seattle Seattle Sheraton Dr. Martin M. Greenberg [Writer Past]; J. Michael Straczynski [Writer Present]; Amy Thomson [Writer Future]; Victoria Lisi [Artist]; Jack Cohen [Science]; Walter J. Daugherty [Fan]; Spider & Jeanne Robinson [Music] Sally Woehrle, SWOC (Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee) ???
51 7/02-7/05/98 San Diego [Concept 1998] Mission Valley Marriott Katherine Kurtz, Scott MacMillian, Sue Dawe [Fantasy Artist]; David W. Clark [Fan] Dianna Hildreth, CAASM 1173
52 7/02-7/05/99 Spokane [Empirecon] Doubletree Inn C.J. Cherryh [Author]; Barbara Hambly [Author]; Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Author]; Alicia Austin [Artist]; Wendy Pini [Artist]; Ellen Datlow [Editor]; Larry Baker [Fan]; Betty Bigelow [Toastmaster] Bob Ladd, Team Maroon ???
53 7/01-7/4-00 Honolulu [Conolulu] Sheraton Waikiki Dan Simmons [Author]; Ctein [Artist]; John Lorentz [Fan] Kathryn Daugherty, SFSFC 244
54 7/05-7/08/01 Portland Jantzen Beach & Columbia River Doubletree Hotels Tim Powers [Author]; Mike Glyer [Fan]; Frank Lurz [Artist] Dean Koenig, OSFCI 1293
55 7/04-7/07/02 Los Angeles [Conagerie] LA Airport Radisson Hotel Harry Turtledove [Author]; Robert Lichtman [Fan]; Beth Meacham [Editor]; Ross Chamberlain [Artist] Bruce Pelz, SCIFI 1000
56 7/03-7/06/03 SeaTac SeaTac Doubletree Bruce Sterling [Author]; Lisa Snellings [Artist]; Connie Willis [Toastmaster]; Saul Jaffe [Fan]; Claire Eddy [Editor] William Sadorus, SWOC 1400
57 7/02-7/05/04 Litchfield Park AZ [ConKopelli] Wigwam Resort C.J. Cherryh [Author] did not attend; David Cherry [Artist]; Heather Alexander [Music]; John Hertz [Fan]; Diana Gabaldon [Local Author]; Virginia Hey [Media] Craig Dyer, WesternSFA 850
58 7/01-7/04/05 Calgary Alberta [Due North] Westin Calgary S.M. Stirling [Author]; Dave Duncan [Canadian Author]; Mark Ferrari [Artist]; Tom Doherty [Publisher], David Hartwell [Editor], Dr. Phil Currie [Science], Cliff Samuels & Eileen Capes [Fan] John Mansfield, Randy McCharles, CWSFA [Canada West Science Fiction Association] 450
59 7/01-7/04/06 San Diego [Conzilla] Mission Valley Marriott Walter Jon Williams; Bob Eggleton [Artist]; Bobbi Armbruster [Fan]; Kevin J. Anderson [Toastmaster] James M. Briggs, SDSFC [San Diego Science Fiction Conventions] 599
60

originally 7/06-7/09/07, moved to  

6/30-7/03/07 

originally San Jose Doubletree, moved to San Mateo [Gnomeward Bound] San Mateo Marriott  Tad Williams [Writer]; Theresa Mather [Artist]; Christian McGuire [Fan]; Jay Lake [Toastmaster] Michael Siladi, SPFII [Society for Promotion of Fannish Interests, Inc] 825
61 7/03-7/06/08 Las Vegas JW Marriott Resort Kage Baker [Writer]; Lubov [Artist]; Milt Stevens [Fan] James Stanley Daugherty, Conventional Wisdom 313
62 7/02-7/05/09 Tempe AZ [FiestaCon] Tempe Mission Palms Todd Lockwood [Artist]; Alan Dean Foster [Writer]; Stanley Schmidt [Editor]; Jim & Doreen Webber [Fan]; Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden [Toastmasters] Mike Willmoth, Leprecon Inc.  
63 07/01-07/04/10 Pasadena CA [Confirmation] Hilton Pasadena Rudy Rucker [Pro]; John D. Berry [Fan]; Marc "Schirm" Schirmeister [Artist] Christian B. McGuire, ISL [Institute for Specialized Literature]  
 6407/01-07/04/11
San Jose, CA (ArmadilloCon)
The Fairmont, San Jose
Patricia A. McKillip [Pro Writer]; Phil & Kaja Foglio [Artists]; Mike Wilmoth [Fan]  Glenn Glazer, SFSFC [San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc.]
 
65
07/05-07/2012

Seattle, WA

(Conclusion)

Doubletree Hotel, Seattle Airport
Robin Hobb aka Megan Lindholm [Author]; Frank & Brianna Spacekat Wu [Artist]; Art Bozlee [Science]; Chaz Boston-Baden [Fan]
 Bobbie DuFault
 
 6607/04--07/2013
Sacramento, CA
Hilton Sacramento Arden West

Nicola Griffith & Kelley Eskridge [Author]; Eric Shanower [Artist]; David Maxine [Small Press Special Guest]; Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, Chris Burgess [Fan:  "The Three Who Rule"]  

 

Kevin Roche & Andrew Trembley
 
 67 07/3--6/2014Salt Lake City, UT
Marriott (Downtown at City Creek)
Cory Doctorow [Author], Chris Garcia [Fanzine Editor], Mary Robinette Kowal [Author],    Brandon Sanderson [Author], William Stout, [Artist],     Howard Tayler [Cartoonist],  Bradley "Dr. Zombie" Voytek [Neuroscientist ], Dan Wells [Author], Larry Correia [Special Guest Author] and David Farland [Special Guest Author] David Doering
Advisor:  Mike Wilmoth
Erin Ruston
 
68*07/2 -- 5/2015

* to be held in conjunction with Conjecture 13 and ConChord 27
San Diego, CA
Town & Country Resort & Conference Center
Spider Robinson (Author), John Picacio (Artist), Seanan McGuire (Fan), William F. Nolan (Special Guest)
Vixy & Tony (ConChord GoH), Morva Bowman & Alan Pollard (Interfilk Guests - ConChord)
Ron Oakes
 

 

* The 1954 Worldcon was combined with the Westercon that year, with John W. Campbell as Worldcon GoH and Jack Williamson as Westercon GoH. The Worldcon "Executive Committee" consisted of Lester Cole and Gary J. Nelson; the Westercon Chairman was J. Ben Stark. Robert Bloch was MC at the combined Convention Banquet.
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