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01 February 2004 @ 11:04 pm
ConFusions Past  

So I got to wondering just exactly which Confusions I have attended over the years, and I went and looked at my personal "timeline" document. Of course, I didn't think of keeping a personal timeline until well into my life, so in order to create it I had to go back to my apazines (and a few other sources) to find references to various events. (It is interesting to note that even now I do not even a fully half-assed job [more like a tenth-assed job] of keeping up the timeline, and frequently have to refer to other materials to fill it in "later" — when I think of it.)

Anyway, I found the following entries for Confusion:

Friday, 01/28/77 - Sunday, 01/30/77
Confusion, Ann Arbor
"[Confusion] is now over (it is 6:40pm, EST, January 31 (Monday)), and even the deadest of the dead dogs have left." —Of Camelot, page 8.

January? 1980
Confusion, Plymouth MI
"And now it's Tuesday, 1 January 1980. …as far as work goes…[they] seem to be willing to let me take off some time to go to ConFusion and to drive my mother down to Tucson, so I guess I'll probably stay there and in Minneapolis until Minicon." —Somebody I Can Talk To, page 6.
"It is 8 February 1981. …I got to thinking about last year's ConFusion, which will forever burn in my memory as absolutely the worst convention I've ever attended. …And I realized that while I was not overly thrilled with the way the committee had set up and run things; the real reasons I had had an awful time were personal and interpersonal and had very little to do with the committee or with the convention itself." —A Rare and Different Tune, pages 5-6.

Confusion, Plymouth MI
"It is 8 February 1991. I haven't done any writing on this since Confusion…" —A Rare and Different Tune, page 5.

I also found two name badges:

  • Confusion 6 and/or 7, Ann Arbor
  • The 9x109 names of Confusion, Ann Arbor

From the fact that both the badges say "Ann Arbor," while two of the three entries give Plymouth* as the location, I suspect that I'm missing an entry for at least one Confusion. Can anybody pin down the dates which correspond to those name badges and help me out?

*As I recall, that Plymouth hotel (a Hilton, was it?) was the location of most Detroit area conventions for a few years in the early 80's, although I have no idea why — it was inconveniently located far from any place to eat and its restaurant's hours were quite limited. Ah well, it's all water under the reactor at this point….

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Annenetmouse on February 2nd, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
connecting names to dates
The list of past years' ConFusions is at http://www.stilyagi.org/past_years.html

That puts ConFusion 6 and/or 7 at 1980 and the 9x109 names of ConFusion (the Nine Billion Names of ConFusion) at 1981.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on February 3rd, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
Re: connecting names to dates
Thanks. I'd hoped the name badges would help me discover another Confusion I'd attended before the current era. Ah well, at least they (in conjunction with the Stilyagi web site) further confirmed two of the three I'd gleaned from my old apazines. Curious that the committee back then chose to put "Ann Arbor" on the name badge instead of Plymouth, but I guess we all firmly associated Confusion with Ann Arbor back in those days. Is that still true, or is it now thought of as "another of the Detroit conventions" or somesuch?