Dueling For-Profit Cons

The Torontoist’s account of a local conrunning corporation’s tactics to discourage competition reminds me of LA fandom’s ancient nemesis Doug Wright.

Alan White’s website Smell the Fandom talks a bit about the tactics Wright used in the late 1970s while attempting to dominate sf conrunning in LA. (Drill down to page 27 of Alan’s autobiography “Boomer’s Lament.”) And this PDF is a copy of a flyer Wright sent to his mailing list in 1978 denying stuff he’d done and making accusations against other conrunners that harmed their reputations.

[Torontoist link via Isaac Alexander.]