Sixty-five Westercons will have preceded Westercon 66, and the convention will continue in the years to follow.
From the website of LASFS, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society
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.
The westercon.org website maintains a history of the convention and its governing documents.
A copy of the current version, under which Westercon 66 is being organized, is also available on our ByLaws page.
Westercon Business Meeting
In accordance with the Westercon Bylaws and Standing Rules, Westercon 66 will be holding the Westercon Business Meeting sometime during the first part of the conference. This is the meeting at which business proposals and possible bylaws or rules modifications and amendments can be made.
In the event one should prove necessary, Westercon 66 will also hold a special Site Selection Business meeting on Sunday.
Full details of the meeting schedule will be updated and published here closer to the conference dates.
One of the important traditions at Westercon is selecting the site of a future Westercon, specifically the one being held two years after the current one. Westercon 66 will therefore be conducting site selection for Westercon 68.
All supporting and attending members of Westercon 66 are entitled to vote in site selection. Details on how to bid, and the timetable for the voting process, may be found on our Site Selection/Bidding page.