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spent only one day at the Cinvention, and missed most of the fun, I understand. But perhaps the high point in twenty years of fandom was the opportunity to inform the fans that I was now on my own, and was intending to put out a professional magazine patterned after what I thought science fiction should be, as a fan, and not as an employee of a publisher.
I knew when I arrived that I was walking into a group that might range all the way from hostile to just an attitude of "I'll believe it when I see it." So, I was rather surprised at the very warm reception given me, and also by the general opinion that my twelve years as an editor of Amazing and Fantastic were actually a good job, and although that job was in the making of the financial success of those two magazines, rather than in the promotion of science fiction toward what fandom considered its natural goal I did find that many fans liked the magazine, except for the Shaver mystery.
I left the convention with a personal "I'll prove it to them" attitude, and that's what I gained from the convention primarily. If I could give a fine bunch of people a magazine they'd like, I intended to do it. Because it was obvious that I'd get plenty of support.
Naturally I'm looking forward to future conventions -- because I like to have a good time, and I had one in Cincinnati!