Balticon 13

(Don - 10th)

1979: April 13-15

Hunt Valley Inn, Timonium, MD

GOH: Poul Anderson

Balticon 13 was Don's tenth con; however, there is nothing on record to indicate that he realized that fact at the time.

Since the con itself started on Friday the 13th, there was a big Friday evening party hosted by Gore DeVol: costumes, cash bar, prizes, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers. The program guide also says "The musical group 'Clam Chowder' will be appearing from 9:00 - 10:00 PM in the esculator (sic) lobby, and possibly at other times not scheduled."

With Mike Jittlov as a guest, this may have been Don's first exposure to his work.

Don seems to remember Mary Mand and him hanging out in the hotel lobby on Easter morning, making fun of the mundanes in their Easter best..."Oh, look, Martha, isn't that a lovely costume she has on?"

The Hunt Valley Inn had added a swimming pool since Balticon 12, and Don spent many happy hours immersed in the water. He also visited the Amateur Film Festival, where he saw "Intestines from Space," a wacky film about some strange invaders.

By now Balticon was reognized as a major regional con, a far cry from Don's first Balticon in the Reisterstown Hilton. The list of pros fills one complete page of the program book, and the program book itself is chock-full of publishers' advertisements...a sure sign that the con was beginning to be taken seriously.

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