MidAmeriCon II Video Archeology

I’m just back from this year’s Worldcon in Kansas City. I’ve been working on the Video Archeology project, doing restoration and editing on video transferred from the many boxes of tapes in the Scott Imes Video Archive (Geri Sullivan is running the project).

This has been a blast, and I’m looking forward to finishing up and seeing the results on the FANAC Fan History channel on YouTube.

We had two big visible wins at and around the con.

This year’s Hugo Presenter, Pat Cadigan, wanted to use clips from our video to bracket this year’s Hugo ceremony, showing her assisting Bob Tucker at the Hugo ceremony 40 years ago at the first MidAmeriCon.  They looked remarkably good up on the huge mainstage screens (given that the original footage was standard-definition video and fairly badly underexposed).

And the Kansas City Star used the clips we made available to them of the Star Wars Q&A session, cut together with movie footage of what was being described, on the kansascity.com web site here (don’t know how long links remain valid there).

Adventures in Archiving

Or, sorting the piles.

Sorting through very old to-file piles
DC bag handed out at LA Con, and containing stuff from then.

The original envelope from Torcon 2, also, with stuff from then in side it as well. Plus my own envelopes with Torcon 2 and Minicon 8 photos and other things.

And that innocent looking little digest-sized booklet under the DC bag? That’s the Midamericon program book.

Kodalux mailers
Apparently I not only remember these, I still have a couple.