2008 worldcon site selection|
I was one of the people who showered Kent Bloom with $20 bills in the lobby of the Chicago SMOFCon when in an unguarded moment he spoke of bidding for Denver, and I have a friend of the bid membership in Denver. I have tremendous respect for Kent, who I consider someone who has thought through many of the aspects of Worldcon running more thoroughly than most. He has considerable person experience working with Worldcons, and I believe he can recruit an excellent committee.
(Among his long list of credits: Kent ran the Events division at ConAdian; I was WSFS division manager and deputy chair. Last year in Glasgow he was the event producer (area/department head) for Opening/Closing Ceremonies, which meant he reported to me, and if that doesn't show the patience of a saint, I don't know what does.)
But Chicago has a massive location advantage, and will draw from a larger population base, and has a "one roof" Worldcon, which is always an advantage. And I believe that if Chicago wins, they will put together a good Worldcon too.
Poor Columbus: While I'm sympathetic to them, and they did manage to file a bid, as far as I'm concerned they've defaulted on this election.
I know I'll be voting Denver and Chicago 1 and 2 in this election; I just haven't decided which order it will be.
Hang on a minute. You are on the Hollister Bid Committee!
Oh, bother. I meant "I'm voing Denver and Chicago 2 and 3..." of course. Whoops.
Good, now to insert some subliminal messages in this post so that everyone else reading this votes for Hollister too.