|AUTHOR GUEST OF HONOR SPIDER ROBINSON VIA SKYPE|
THE KID IN THE NEW CANDY STORE-
THOUGHTS FROM ARCHON 35
by Charlie Kenmore
While it is not uncommon to embellish or exaggerate fond childhood memories, there is one set of memories that stands out clearly in my mind-hunting days. I spent my early days on the south side of Chicago. Between the north-south streets were alleys, a prime hunting ground for deposit bearing bottles. Small bottles brought two or three cents, and large bottles were five and ten cents. With a couple of friends and a wagon, we’d scour the alleys for several blocks to the north. It was always to the north, because the liquor score that would cash them in was several blocks to the north. We didn’t even have to wash them out (if we waited until the owner’s wife was at the counter).
Once the day’s haul was converted to cash, it was time to make the trek back south to the mom and pop variety store. If the pickings had been really good, then perhaps a small toy was in order, or sparklers or charcoal snakes if it was near the Fourth of July. However, the one constant that we could count on was bringing home a bag of goodies from the penny candy wall, and a block of second guessing on the walk home over whether we should have taken one less sucker, and added more chocolate.
|ART SHOW AND AUCTION|
|Dr. Who Panel: Rob Levy, Mike Dugan, Cindy Mathews, Adrian Mathews|
|ZIGGY'S WEST (ZIGZAC@AOL.COM)|
|MC Vic Milan, and Guests of Honor|
Next there is the fellowship. Even before you register, you know that you are surrounded by friends and fellow travelers. The outside world may not understand you or appreciate your acerbic wit, but at Archon you are surrounded by those who will accept you for who you are (even if you were enthralled by the special effects of Space: 1999). When was the last time you walked up to a stranger on the street and asked to take her picture? At Archon, it is not only acceptable behavior, it is expected. After all, you’re family.
|COURT OF THE MUFFIN QUEEN (with Alexx Mom Cat's arm)|
|Author David Youngquist|
Hope you can all make it to Archon 36. My goodies bag is going to be a little fuller next year. I’m going to be a panelist.
See you there, CK