Author Archives: Glenn Glazer

Kjell Lindgren Videos

One of the most exciting bonuses that Sasquan members got was the chance to view remarks made by our Special Guest, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren while aboard the International Space Station. A special thanks to Jill Eastlake for all of her work making arrangements with NASA and to Larry Schroeder, Syd Weinstein and the rest of the tech team for making this happen on the big screens in Spokane.

Note: The links lead to MOV format videos that should be automatically downloaded by your browser. You will need QuickTime or a similar program to view them.

Here is the video that was presented during Opening Ceremonies:

Kjell’s Welcome

This is a special tape for the Hugo Ceremony with Kjell’s introduction and then reading off all of the possibilities for winner, since the actual winner was not revealed prior to the Ceremony.

Reading the Nominees and Winners

Here is a little bonus joke for the Best Novel winner:

Best Novel Rocket

And lastly, here is his salute to Worldcon for the Closing Ceremonies:

Closing Video

Executive Committee Statement on Lou Antonelli and David Gerrold

The Executive Committee of Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, would like to address the matter of actions taken by Mr. Lou Antonelli with regards to one of our Guests of Honor, Mr. David Gerrold. On August 1st, Mr. Antonelli participated in a podcast in which he stated that he had written a letter to the Spokane Police Department, in which he stated to them that Mr. Gerrold was “insane and a public danger and needs to be watched when the convention is going on”.

Normally, online communications between members is not something in Sasquan’s purview to referee. However, Mr. Antonelli’s letter, which requested police action against Mr. Gerrold during the time of the convention, is within our purview. As such, we found that there was a strong possibility this act was a violation of our posted harassment policy[1], particularly if the letter had, in fact, been sent.

The Executive Committee then turned the matter over to our Operations Head, Ms. Robbie Bourget, who initiated formal proceedings in accordance with that policy. During these proceedings, it came to light that Mr. Antonelli had issued a formal apology to Mr. Gerrold and admitted culpability: he actually sent the letter, not merely claimed to have sent it.

We thoroughly reviewed all available data, including email from both involved parties, social media postings, discussions with key committee members, and so forth. The inescapable conclusion was that Mr. Antonelli had violated our Code of Conduct in this matter. The recommendation was to refund Mr. Antonelli’s membership and prohibit his entry to any convention location or function.

However, after the recommendation was made, Mr. Gerrold, as the aggrieved party, specifically requested that the Executive Committee set aside this recommendation on the grounds that Mr. Antonelli did apologize, is sending a retraction to the Spokane Police Department and because, as a Hugo Nominee, he deserves to attend the ceremony.

The Executive Committee has chosen to accept Mr. Gerrold’s request, and considers the matter closed as of this time. Ms. Bourget has spoken and corresponded with the Spokane Police Department, and they also consider the matter closed. We would like to thank Ms. Bourget for the calm professionalism she lent to the proceedings, and Mr. Antonelli and Mr. Gerrold for coming to a settlement that benefits not just them, but the Worldcon and its members.

[1] http://sasquan.org/code-of-conduct/

On Bobbie and Going Forward

Sasquan, the Worldcon in Spokane in 2015, mourns the loss of our co-chair, Bobbie DuFault, who passed away quietly in her sleep Saturday morning.

Bobbie was not only my co-chair but was my good friend. She was the person with the vision, the spirit and the persistence to win the Worldcon bid. It is ironic that after spending so many years trying to make this dream come true, it only lasted two weeks.

Bobbie will be greatly missed. The most important thing in her life was Sasquan. And In dedication to Bobbie’s memory, the Sasquan committee is committed to making this the best possible Worldcon we can, and we will continue the work she has started. I will continue to lead Sasquan as chair, along with my three vice-chairs, Glenn Glazer, Pierre Pettinger and Mike Willmoth.

Sally Woehrle

Sasquan Chair

Bobbie DuFault

Sasquan mourns the loss of our co-chair, Bobbie DuFault, who passed away quietly in her sleep this morning. Please respect the wishes of the family to not be contacted at this time. In dedication to Bobbie’s memory, Sasquan is still committed to making the best possible Worldcon we can and will soldier on in tribute to her.