Fan Guest of Honor
Michael Siladi has been an active fan since 1973, when he attended his first convention, Equicon, in Los Angeles. He started working on conventions in 1975, and has been working on conventions ever since. He has been involved in all areas of convention operations, and is currently Chairman of BayCon 2008, being held at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara over Memorial Day Weekend. He was recently Chairman of Westercon 60: Gnomeward Bound, held at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel in July 2007.
Michael enjoys teaching others how to run conventions, and leads the occasional “Conventional Wisdom”, the San Francisco Bay Area Convention College. He served three times as Chairman of Construction, a predecessor to Conventional Wisdom. He was the Chairman of SMOFcon 17, the international science fiction and fantasy convention organizer’s convention, held in New Orleans in December of 1999.
He serves on the Boards of Directors of a number of fan-related corporations, including Artistic Solutions, Inc. (parent of BayCon) and the Society for the Promotion of Fannish Interests, Inc., (parent of Westercon 60 and of Conventional Wisdom). He has also served as a Director of the San Diego Speculative Fiction Society, Inc., (parent of Conjecture) and as a Director of San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., parent of the 1993 and 2002 WorldCons.
Michael has been involved in the computer industry since high school, and has been an avid computer hobbyist since the dawn of the PC era. He is currently employed as a senior information technology professional for the University of California at Santa Cruz. In his spare time, his other hobbies include astronomy, photography, and petting his cats.
Michael thanks the Loscon 35 committee for honoring him as their Fan Guest of Honor.