Heinlein Goes Into Hall of Famous Missourians on 8/23

"Artist's proof" of Heinlein bust by artist E. Spencer Schubert .

“Artist’s proof” of Heinlein bust by sculptor E. Spencer Schubert .

The Heinlein Society is organizing a post-MidAmeriCon II relaxacon in Jefferson City, MO to coincide with the official ceremony inducting Robert A. Heinlein into the Missouri House of Representatives Hall of Famous Missourians.

The Induction Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. on the floor of the House chambers, followed by a light coffee/tea reception until about noon.

(MidAmeriCon II ends Sunday, August 21.)

The Society has arranged a group rate of $89/night (plus taxes and fees) at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, with a group dinner planned on August 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m., followed by the use of a function room for a fannish talkfest until 1:00 a.m. if need be. For details, contact Keith Kato, President of The Heinlein Society, at chairman@heinleinsociety.org.

Room reservations are due by July 23 to get the group rate (latecomers will be given the group rate if there are rooms available), and names of attendees are due by July 20 to receive formal invitations by the Speaker of the House (latecomers will be seated in the Visitors’ Gallery). Dinner menu selections will be available in late July; orders for the group dinner must be placed with the Capitol Plaza Hotel by close of business, August 17.

Travel from Kansas City to Jefferson City is available via Amtrak, or privately driven cars.  There are flights on American Airlines leaving Jefferson City from the local Columbia Regional Airport (COU) to the Dallas-Ft. Worth and Chicago O’Hare hubs.

The Heinlein bust will be unveiled at MidAmeriCon II.

[Thanks to Keith Kato for the story.]

7 thoughts on “Heinlein Goes Into Hall of Famous Missourians on 8/23

  1. Oh, dear. That’s rather ugly, isn’t it? And I’m with Rich, I would not have recognized it as Heinlein. It’s weirdly messy, and I always think of him looking very neat and spare.

  2. That is strange that they are only doing this now. He was selected for the Hall of Fame in 2013.

  3. This is certainly not the RAH I knew and dealt with 40 years ago for the first MidAmeriCon in 1976. This is one unattractive bust, even as these things go! Take a look at his photos on Google Images and judge for yourself.

  4. Keith Stokes: They only induct after somebody has paid to have the bust and installation made. The state doesn’t foot any of the bill.

  5. Was there some kind of miscommunication with the artist so he thought he was doing a caricature?

  6. At least when Gahan Wilson made the HPL bust, he was deliberately doing a grotesque caricature.

    This is horrible. The head’s too big, and the expression is ew. It’s like a fish-eye lens effect.

    @Lydy: Yes! The man was Navy. Literally ship-shape. I just checked Google Images to confirm. That man was dapper.

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