It was 1981 and the Con Committee had been given a “reprieve” to have the 1981 convention at the El Cortez Hotel. Despite the fact that it had been taken over by a religious organization, they were willing to allow for us to have one more convention. HOWEVER, there were some serious stipulations including the requirement that no alcohol was to be served on the premises. On Saturday night, we had already been informed that we would no longer be allowed to use the El Cortez as the convention site after this year. When word got out of this fact, several of our guests (who shall remain nameless) went on a “beer run” to allow our last night to go out in style. The next morning, as I was walking towards the hotel lobby, I saw that the entire pool had been covered with floating beer cans. The hotel manager, who was VERY unhappy, pulled me over and this conversation occurred:
Manager: You KNOW that we’re going to have to clean the pool.
Me: Well, you better because it’s filthy!
Former Programs Coordinator and Con Executive Vice President.