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BayCon 2009: Important Announcement

(crossposted far and wide; apologies to those of you who will see this multiple times)

chairmantycho just sent the following to the staff list, with a request for distribution.

Dear Attendees,

With deep regret, I must inform you that Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon will not be able to attend BayCon this year due to illness. Unfortunately, their doctor felt it was best for Mercedes to refrain from travel at this time as she has a nasty version of the common flu. We are in contact with them, and have been told to expect her full recovery. As a long-time fan of their work, I share your disappointment. I assure you that we are doing everything in our power to have them available via internet conference, and the Hyatt has begun working with us to solve the technical aspects of making that possible. We are also working on replacement programming that will highlight and celebrate their body of work and achievements. In addition, they are still sending many of their physical works of art for you to see, as well as autographed bookplates for BayCon to distribute. They are very disappointed as well, as they were very much looking forward to meeting us here at BayCon.

We will continue to keep you posted as we re-confirm our backup plans, and work towards having Mercedes and Larry available for you by internet conference.

Thank you for your understanding,

BayCon 2009

This is the convention I am the Toastmaster for. With Fred Patton in too poor health to come, this leaves just me and Tim Kirk in the flesh. But you know what? The show will go on. I'm good at tapdancing. I'm good at storytelling. I'm not Mercedes Lackey or Larry Dixon but I do have a very cool personal story to tell about them. Plus, Tim Kirk has worked on Disney rides! How cool is that?


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May. 20th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
D. M. Atkins is scheduled to be a guest writer at BayCon. She is Lon's (uncledark) wife. I don't know how useful having an introduction before the Con would be, but I'm happy to facilitate.
May. 20th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Tim Kirk also did the art-work for the really great SPI wargame of Lord of the Rings (entitled War of the Rings). For many of us, it was him and the Hildebandts that shaped our view of Middle Earth. Yay, TIm!
May. 20th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
I know you will do great. Good luck!
May. 20th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
You are awesome. You will rock their socks!
May. 20th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
You'll do just fine.

The Internet Interview should be interesting.

*snicker* How many more words could have been fit into THAT sentence beginning with "int"? (Without bolluxing it up...)
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