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In that first year I got to meet quite a few idols when we staged a Starburst Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention in London. The advantage of running an SF magazine was that most of the local celebs in the SF world had heard of us, so we were able to persuade more than our fair share to attend.
A partial guest list included Guest of Honour Ray Harryhauen, Barry Morse, Paul Darrow, Jacqueline Pearce, Ingrid Pitt, Caroline Munro, Dana Gillespie, Dave Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Milton Subotsky, Roy Ashton, Martin Bower, Harley Cokliss, Mat Irvine, Brian Johnson, Terrance Dicks, Ian Scoones and Richard O'Brien.
Incredibly, we premiered John Carpenter's The Fog and ran a whole host of sci-fi and horror classics in the Convention's screening room.
And yet all this was accomplished on the tiniest of budgets and a three month lead time.
Sometimes I think about what we could have achieved if we'd made the effort to organise the event properly ...