Sunday, July 10, 2005

And so we come to the end of another Winkie Convention

It's Sunday morning, everything's done but lunch, so here's a quick rundown of what you missed (or, if you're reading this after you got back, saw) for the rest of the convention, after last night's awards.

The big event last night was Linda Sunshine's presentation on her involvement in Oz. She's the editor and/or author of 100 Years of Oz, I, Toto, and All Things Oz. She's an engaging speaker and has a lot of interesting things to say, but it's quite clear that she's not an Oz person -- which she readily admits. (Biggest problem I had was her repeated mispronunciation of "Baum." But that's a little thing I can overlook.) After a break, we had a panel present some of the pitfalls of buying Oz items online, particularly on eBay. The examination of forged L. Frank Baum signatures was particularly fascinating.

This morning, after the run-in with a ranger last year, there was no treasure hunt. (It seems that may be a one-time thing, and the new ranger will be more open to something next year. But whoever coordinates the treasure hunt may end up working more closely with the Asilomar staff. Anyway, to make a short story long, we instead met as a group to suggest ideas for next year's convention, which led to discussions and ideas on how to increase attendance and membership in the Club. Some good ideas were brought up, and unlike what's happened in the past, this time someone took notes, and it looks like the committee planning the convention may actually implement them. Already, the convention as a whole decided to open the dealers' room up early, before the auction. To Ozzy things up again, Karyl then told her version of the story "The Purple Dragon" from The Magical Monarch of Mo, Lynn Beltz got the Winkie vest as the chairman for next year's committee, and then we all said our good-byes.

So now all I have to do is check out, eat lunch, then I'm off to San Jose for my flight home. I'll talk to you later!

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