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The Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy World Exposition was a major convention held in 1977 in Tucson. It was billed as 'the event of the millennium', which sounds like a fair description given who and what was there. However, it appears to have only been held once. Fans ignored the awkward name and dubbed it Nudlecon, from the organiser, Robert Nudelman.
Beyond the astounding guestlist (the ratio of pros to fans was about 1:1), it seems to have been a particularly memorable event. Johnny Weissmuller celebrated his 73rd birthday with a party there. Charles A. Purchase and Raymond E. Mondoux refitted an original Apollo trainer to bring to the event. W. Scott Kardel, now a college professor but then a fourteen year old fan, described the con as 'seriously awesome' in a blog post called Encounters with Greatness (blogspot.com). He focuses on James Doohan, but also mentions Robert Heinlein, Charles Conrad and Carl Sagan, none of whom were listed on the ad that you can see below.
It also apparently 'nearly killed' David J. Schow, whose essay about it, Bloodstock: Four Days of Stress, Chaos and Wonderment, originally published in Monsters from the Vault #27 and later collected in DJStopia, was nominated for a Rondo Award in 2011. The first two pages can be read at Monsters from the Vault (monstersfromthevault.com) for free.
Chronology of Arizona Conventions
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Nudlecon had too many guests to list in the table above. Check out these names!
L. B. Abbott, Forrest J. Ackerman, John Agar, Poul Anderson, Jack Arnold, Tex Avery, Ralph Bakshi, Whit Bissell, Mel Blanc, Robert Bloch, Frank Capra, Lin Carter, Charles Conrad, Roger Corman, Buster Crabbe, Jim Danforth, Gordon R. Dickson, James Doohan, Harlan Ellison, Lee Erwin, Philip José Farmer, June Foray, Mrs. Frank Frazetta, Frank Kelly Freas, Friz Freleng, Clyde Geronimi, Arnold Gillespie, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Harryhausen, Robert A. Heinlein, Chuck Jones, Jeff Jones, Jack Kinney, Richard Matheson, Robert McCall, Clarence Nash, Dennis O'Neil, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Pal, Frederik Pohl, Mae Questal, Dr. Carl Sagan, Charles Schneer, Jim Steranko, William Tuttle, Boris Vallejo, A. E. van Vogt, Johnny Weissmuller, Albert Whitlock, Jack Williamson, Robert Wise, Roger Zelazny.
Index of Ephemera
Map (1.8 MB)
One Page Flyer (Colour) (3.3 MB)
One Page Flyer (B&W) (199k)
Pocket Program (2.6 MB)
Two Page Flyer (4.3 MB)
Video Program (3.3 MB)
Last update: 13th November, 2018