Episode 71: Women of the First Conventions

In this episode, we’re joined by Devra Langsam, publisher of Spockanalia and organizer of the first Star Trek convention in 1972 in NY, and Lynn Cohen-Koehler, who helped organize the first Philadelphia convention in 1975.  We discuss how Star Trek changed the face of fandom and science fiction conventions, the history of early conventions, the rise of the “corporate” con, and how cons and con culture have evolved over the last 45 years.

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Hosts: Jarrah, Sue

Guests: Devra Langsam and Lynn Cohen-Koehler

Editor: Jarrah

Transcript: Andi

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Episode Image:  Registration desk at the first official Star Trek convention in 1972.  (Photo by Charles Frattini/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)


We’re Having a Giveaway!

Women at Warp is having a giveaway for two Star Trek Infinity Scarves from the Her Universe 50th Anniversary Collection.  The scarves are 100% viscose and measure 13″ x 40″ (80″ doubled over since they’re infinity scarves).  Entry is open to listeners in all countries.

To Enter:  Send an email to crew@womenatwarp.com with the subject line “Giveaway” and briefly tell us your favorite part of Discovery or why you’re not watching.  Each respondent will be entered into a randomizer and two (2) winners will be chosen.  Responses may be collected into blog post.  Entry will remain open until noon:eastern on November 12.

  3 comments for “Episode 71: Women of the First Conventions

  1. This was amazing! Hearing those brilliant women talk about what they did. How the advanced fandom. Talk about pioneers!! Hats off to them. Thank you for having them on.

  2. I want to add in the old days people would get upset if I used foul language in fanfics. Anyone reading them would be upset if they saw foul language in a story. Arguments this was not broadcast television or professional publication fell on deaf ears. I knew people who were shocked by STAR TREK IV.

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