Sagal made his debut on “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” as a panelist in 1998 before becoming host of the show, which is broadcast from Chicago.
He has often identified himself on the radio as a science fiction fan. He attended Noreascon 3 (1989) and met his literary heroes, including Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl.
His other Chicagocentric credentials include recording the narration for a self-guided walking tour of the city’s famous Field Museum of Natural History (which my sister-in-law used to call “the stuffed animal museum.”)
The full press release follows the jump.
PRESS RELEASE #17
Chicon 7 Announces NPR’s Peter Sagal as Special Guest
Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention,
Chicago, IL – August 30 to September 3, 2012
Postal queries to: Chicon 7, P.O. Box 13, Skokie, IL 60076
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 16, 2012
Chicago, Illinois, USA – Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is delighted to announce Peter Sagal, the host of National Public Radio’s irreverent weekly news quiz “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” as a Special Guest. Sagal, who has often identified himself on the radio as a science fiction fan, will impart an additional dose of Chicago into Chicon 7 with his knowledge, humor, and skills.
Peter Sagal attended Noreascon 3 (the 1989 Worldcon), where he got to meet some of his literary heroes, including Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl. In January 1998, he made his debut on “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” as a panelist before becoming host of the show in May of that year. Sagal published his first book, “The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them” in 2007. He also recorded the narration for a self-guided walking tour of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.
On Saturday, March 17, Peter Sagal will be Toastmaster at ?An Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe,? where supporters of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame and members of Chicago’s literary and arts communities will gather to present leading science fiction and fantasy writer Gene Wolfe with the first Fuller Award, acknowledging an outstanding lifetime contribution to literature.
Chicon 7 is the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except for 1942-45 when there was no event due to World War II. Chicon 7’s Guests of Honor are five-time Hugo winning author Mike Resnick, artist Rowena Morrill, art agent and collector Jane Frank, science fiction fan and former Worldcon chair Peggy Rae Sapienza, and astronaut Story Musgrave. Chicon 7’s Toastmaster is John Scalzi.
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