Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bouchercon 1980

This was the first Bouchercon I attended. It was held in Washington, D. C. The guest of honor was Gregory Mcdonald, but I remember that Brian Garfield and James Grady were there as well. That was about it for the Big Names. I wish I had the program, but I believe I've given it to Texas A&M. As I recall, the programming was sparse. A panel or two in the morning and the same in the afternoon. Things have certainly changed, but some of the same people I hung out with in 1980 will be in Indianapolis this week. We've been meeting at Bouchercons for 30 years now, and it's become almost like a family reunion. While I'm looking forward to cruising the dealers' room and seeing a few panels, it's the friends that make the trip worthwhile. Maybe I'll even make some new friends this weekend. That's what Bouchercon is really about for me.

10 comments:

  1. Say "Hi" to the gang when you're in the DAPA room.

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  2. Texas no longer leads the way:

    Oregon man get probation for stabbing ex's fish

    PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland man who attacked his ex-girlfriend and impaled her pet fish this summer has been sentenced to two years probation, a psychological evaluation and community service.
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    Detectives Beyond Borders
    "Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
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  3. Texas has a tough time keeping up sometimes.

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  4. Bill DeAndrea was a large presence at DC, no pun intended. Bob Randisi was there, I think. Ann Byerly made her only appearance.

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  5. You're right, Cap'n. And I should have known you'd remember Ann Byerly.

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  6. But, does she remember The Cap'n?

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  7. Yes, I was there, as was Bill DeAndea and Chris Steinbrunner. The programming was in the Press Club, I think, with all of us spread out over five hotels.
    BCon IV in Bostom, in 1973, was my first.

    RJR

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  8. The only slightly nervous mid-September 2001 DC/Arlington VA BoucherCon, A Capital Murder, has been my one and only so far. Met a gentleman named Bill, and a only slightly exasperated Joe R., and a very gracious Ed Hoch (I think I managed to add to the exasperation only of Ron Goulart...had too many questions about older work, but realized the justice in his request that I let some others have the floor).

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  9. Anonymous8:23 AM

    Don't forget the Wooster, Bill. And the trip to the bookstore in Ellen's car. And dinner where she (Mrs. Nehr) demanded separate checks for a party of 30.

    *sigh*

    Good times.

    See you in Indy.

    Jeff

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  10. Anonymous8:24 AM

    My first Bouchercon, by the way, was New York in 1977. But I met most of the apa people in Chicago in '78.

    Jeff

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