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Friday, January 16 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
25 Years: the History of MarsCon

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Butch presents the story of MarsCon from start to finish, with help from the founding organizers, the Con’s most prominent art contributors, and frequent contributor and head of our sister Con, RavenCon.

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Butch Allen

MarsCon Godfather
James Ford “Butch” Allen is best known for his work as Chairman of MarsCon, the longest running Science Fiction Convention in Tidewater Virginia, but has a long history in Fandom in Virginia. He served as Chairman for Sci-Con, president for The Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association, and editor for “The Liberated Quark”, the clubs fanzine. Butch recently retired from NASA Langley in Hampton Virginia with 35 years of... Read More →

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John Desmarais

MarsCon Progenitor
When you’re the child of over educated parents and grow up in a family of voracious readers, your destiny lies along the path to Geekdom – and a lonely path it can be. The grand revelation occurred shortly after graduating from high school with the first excursion to an actual science-fiction convention. The revelation, of course, was the discovery that the world was full of geeks just like me. There were – as for many &ndash... Read More →
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Chuck Turnitsa

MarsCon Progenitor
In the waning days of summer, of the year 1965, the third of three massive scout ships – hailing from an obscure little stellar empire past the Crab nebula – reached her destination. The first two ships were lost. One fell victim to curious new radiation unique to our part of the Orion Arm. The second made it to our solar system, but visited the wrong world (“Mars? What is on Mars?”). The third ship, however, made it all the way to New... Read More →

Friday January 16, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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