First Copperhead Award Goes To Duarte

Fred Duarte Jr. Photo by Mark Olson.

Fred Duarte Jr. Photo by Mark Olson.

The convention-running group ALAMO, Inc., the Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization, debuted the Copperhead Award at Smofcon last weekend.

Fred Duarte, Jr. (1957–2015) is the first winner of the new award, voted to him posthumously by the ALAMO Board of Directors.

The Copperhead Award will be awarded “on an occasional basis to an individual who has made an extraordinary impact on Texas Fandom.”

Fred made an indelible impact on Texas Fandom as a conrunner, a fan, and most importantly as a friend. As a conrunner, Fred had a deep resume. He chaired or co-chaired two World Fantasy Cons (2000, 2006), four Armadillocons (1987, 1988, 1992, 1995), a Westercon (1996), and Smofcon 13 (1995). He ran the WSFS division for LoneStarCon 3 (2013), was vice-chair for LoneStarCon 2 (1997), and headed the “Program ‘Oops’” department for Noreascon 3 (1989).

The Copperhead Award trophy will be designed and cast by Chesley Award-winning sculptor Vincent Villafranca of Wise County, Texas.

[Thanks to Scott Zrubek for the story.]

LoneStarCon 3 Names New Chair

Randall Shepherd announced today he is the new chair of LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 Worldcon now less than six months away.

He takes the place of original co-chairs Laura Domitz and Bill Parker who are continuing in the role of vice-chairs.

Shepherd has held various titles while serving on the LSC3 con committee — most recently vice-chair. A change of this magnitude means more than just swapping titles but the only insight Shepherd offered in his announcement was this: “As the convention heads into its final six months, a decision has been made by the ALAMO Board, in discussion with all affected parties, to streamline the organization and decision making processes.”

ALAMO is the nonprofit corporation behind LoneStarCon 3.

Shepherd’s statement ends:

For the team as a whole, our aims are unchanged. We will continue to focus on promotions to bring in more members, and on delivering an exciting convention which we can all be proud of and which showcases the best that Texas and Texas fandom has to offer, as we welcome the world to San Antonio.