The way it was
I don't know if any of you ever ventured to the rare Sci-Fi or comic book convention back in the 1970s, but this is what it looked like:
Don't laugh, it was the best we had. And it was awesome. There seemed to be a more "meeting of the tribes" than "marketing to the pop culture geeks" going on back then. Remember, nerd wasn't cool. It was laughed at and shunned. Now it's part of the main fabric of American culture. Things were different. And the celebrities who appeared at these things were somewhat more approachable, as there wasn't 82,000 people trying to get their autograph, just 82. Good times.