As this copy is being written, 22
days before the con (good novel title,
no?), it looks as though we may top any
previous convention in memberships, and
have to cope with several thousand more
people than we anticipated two years
zeago. Financing problems caused by the
imlarge number of voting memberships sold
at MAC have run us uncomfortably close
tt5to the edge, fiscally, and the flood of
^(Correspondence and new memberships
s 'beginning in May is running us ragged.
ar( There are at this writing perhaps
)n'|six or seven people working full time
ia, (and I mean twenty-hours days) on Iggy.
c[e Christ, you know it ain *t easy!
in( And, beyond the sheer physical
ea problem of setting up the first Worldcon
using multiple hotels and facilities from
0IT the beginning, the ERA boycott of Arizona erupted this past year, and the fan-
nish rumor-mill swung into full opera-
Jel tion. You should see the list of "Iggy
• Approved IguanaCon Rumors" we keep
ie( around the house for yocks . . . Christ,
you know it ain 't easy.
Oh. We also have the distinction, it
seems, of having the youngest Worldcon
Chair ever. Stand up on that box, Tim,
and take a bow - or we'll tell everyone
about Twibbit 6.
The eyes of fandom are upon us.
The Worldcon is run on psychochemicals
from Coke on up to buttermilk (de
ii gustibus . . .), Death, Ruin Destruction -
nij All Fandom Will Be Plunged Into War -
itc -And we're having the time of our
gc Before the Worldcon came, no one
sa.( would have accused any but one or two
ifi of us of being workaholics, but we're
md working ourselves ragged and loving every
minute of it. Let us pass on our happi-
iey ness with what we're doing to you. We
want you to enjoy IguanaCon, even lore
r a IguanaCon, as much as we have over the
go-past two years. Take pleasure in it! Who
ilis- has better cause? After all, Iggy is your
he Ahem. Now that we've gotten that
me out of our systems . . . IguanaCon. Yes.
we in some ways it resembles a three-ring cir-
vaScus. We're using three facilities: the Hyatt
ry.'Regency Hotel, the Hotel Adams, and the
on- Phoenix Civic Plaza, which includes the
an-Convention Center and the Symphony
illy Hall. Elsewhere in the Program Book you
ess will find hotel information and layouts.
we Immediately, here's a brief rundown on
nd what's happening in each of the facilities
iafl and who's expediting the happening.
^as The Hyatt Regency: If you're read-
nd ing this, you've already picked up your
ice membership packet, so you know that
on convention registration is in the Hyatt
Mezzanine. Other things are to be found
er. There will be a table there for the
>ut first few days of the con staffed by Cow-
est boy Dan and Tim Kelly from the Pinnacle
;ell Peak Restaurant. You can't miss the Pin-
ry/ nacle Peak people; they'll probably be the
IGUANACON PROGRAM BOOK
only persons there wearing ten-gallon
hats, cowboy boots, and six-shooters.
Local color, y'know. They're selling a
package deal: a western-style steak dinner
at the unique restaurant north of Phoenix
preceded and followed by a chartered
scenic tour of the desert up that way -
quite spectacular, if you like. Pinnacle
Peak's normal meal (they serve only one,
with a variety of steak cuts) is a 32-ounce
monster accompanied by ranch beans and
all things pertinent thereto. The deal
they're selling at Iggy calls for a mere
16-ounce chunk of beef, but you'll be
able to upgrade it when you get there.
Probably the most important
table in the Hyatt Mezzanine, however,
is the Information Desk, run by Bob
Lackey. If you need information on
anything—if you're lost, confused, have
a problem or complaint, or just need to
know the nearest place to buy shoelaces
go to the staffers there. If they can't
answer your questions themselves,
chances are that they can put you in
touch with someone who can. The
Info Desk is your main point of contact
with the Operations Department, the
people responsible for general convention services and the smooth running
of nearly everything. Don't hesitate to
approach them there.
The Adams Large and' varied
segments of the programming are to
be found in this brand-new historic
langmark across the street from the
Hyatt Regency. Among them are
the Place of Our Own programming and
lounge, the paper airplane contest, the
Iggy Trivia Bowl, and the fanzine fans',
neofans' and wargamers' rooms. On
Sunday, the Adams Ballroom will host
a sequence of Lovecraft films.
Special thanks are extended to
those who helped with membership
processing before IguanaCon. These
people gave unstintingly of their time
and effort, and deserve applause,
applause, egoboo, egoboo . . . :
Richard (Cherokee) Clark
To them, I give my heartfelt thanks.
Carol Hoag, Memberships
The Civic Plaza A short walk
from either hotel, the Civic Plaza is
actually composed of two different
buildings, the Convention Center and
the Symphony Hall. The Convention
Center will hold the Art Show and the
Hucksters' Room, as well as miscellaneous programming items. Symphony
Hall, a large auditorium seating 2,557
will be the site o the Masquerade and
the Hugo Awards Ceremonies. It should
be noted at this point that seating for
these and almost all other events will
be on a first-come-first-served basis.
Again, this is only a brief description of what will be happening. For a
more detailed discussion, consult the
IguanaCon II Procket Program.
In the long and arduous
course -- or chequered career, if you
prefer - of IguanaCon Two publications, there have been a number of
people whose support and skull-
sweat made Tim's job and mine
much more tolerable. These names
appear in a list below because we
wish to single them out for special
thanks. For outstanding devotion,
though, two names should lead all
the rest. First is Tim Kyger himself, who began his life as an iguana
in the slook-mills of publications,
and without whose long labors and
unrelenting nudzhing very little
would have gotten done. Second is
Teresa Nielsen, for long-suffering
dedication going back to PR 1 and
a willingness to do whatever the job
required. For both these people,
there is no appreciation great
enough to be put into words -
but it's there. Thanks. And so:
Teresa Nielsen - Managing Editor,
overwhelming presence, and sine
qua not enough . . .
Tim Kyger -- A royal nudzh, faithful co-editor, best friend, sine qua
non . . .
Phil Paine - Who came through,
twice . . .
Patrick Hayden - Our necessary
perfectionist . . .
Mike Lampe - For gruntwork
above and beyond the call of
duty . . .
Glen Blankenship -- For support
and willingness to blueline . . .
Gary Leach - Who passed the
I rial by Ordeal, and deserves
more recognition than he's getting . . .
To these and to the others
mentioned as Publications Staff in
previous Progress Reports - more
thanks than I can put into words.
-- Bill Patterson, Editor