Guest of Honor - Toastmaster Emeritus - Rusty Hevelin
Back by popular demand, it´s Rusty Hevelin as DemiCon´s Toastmaster Emeritus (Toastmaster for life!). Rusty is one of our founding fathers here at DemiCon and we cannot do without him.
by Gay Haldeman
You´ve seen Rusty Hevelin, around for years, the guy with white whiskers who looks like Santa Claus or Dumbledore or Gandalf, depending on your, um, frame of reference or religion. He looks like a nice guy who may be a bit eccentric. Usually he isn´t wearing shoes. Usually he is wearing a T-shirt. He´s always quick with a smile, a laugh or a hug.
You probably know that he´s been a dealer (or huckster in fan-speak) for many years. He´s a serious collector of pulp magazines and is the main organizer of PulpCon every year. He´s a very popular guy who´s been a Fan Guest-of-Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention (Denvention in 1981) and a number of other conventions. He´s been the perennial Toastmaster at this convention, from the beginning. Rusty has been a fanzine1 fan for years, too, publishing several of his own and contributing to several APAs2. He´s helped to run World Science Fiction Conventions and attended them all the way back to Denvention in 1941. He´s also on panels at conventions, telling folks how to enjoy their first convention, what forgotten books are still worth reading, how to take care of your book and magazine collection, or reminiscing about the old days. He´s a master panel moderator and auctioneer.
I think I´ll try to tell you a few things you may not know about him.
So get to know Rusty if you have the chance. He´ll tell you the story behind each of the facts above, if you ask him.