Heroes of DragonCon 2005

Tech Ops from DragonCon 2005 Film Fest

Many are the people who helped to make our appearances at this year’s Con a success. There’s the Chairman General of the Con. There’s the Tacketts who handle guest services. There’s Leigh, Queen of X-Track, who gives us cookies. There’s our Sponsors, who provided us with swag to hurl at the heads of you, our readers who came out (we’ll be starting the Sponsor pic parade here shortly, in fact).

There are the aforementioned readers…you whackjobs who come out to panel after panel to see us (we’re still unclear as to why) and now somewhere around 78 of you, by our count, stuck around for all ten hours of the film festival. You’re all mad weasels and much respect to all of you.

However, we’d like to take a second to throw a spotlight on a group of folks who probably don’t get much love. They’re the unsung heroes of the Con, and at the risk of sounding like a Budweiser commercial, we wanted to give a big salute to the Tech Ops crew. At least four members of our staff have worked tech crew for stage productions, so we know what it’s like to be behind the scenes, dealing with crazed performers, and trying to pull off the whole thing without it all imploding on you. So to all you fine folks in black with headsets, a big “Hell yes” we shriek.

Especially, though, big thanks go out to Alan and Sam (L-R, pictured). They were the two guys who took care of us. And even though Sam was exhausted, and I think (the night was a blur) on two occasions it looked like we were going to be left to our own devices so the poor guy could get some shuteye…he did not abandon his post. We agreed to run the boards and stuff, but Alan couldn’t get Sam to freaking leave. We tried to throw plenty of Jolt and food and stuff at him to keep him alive and we even threw some swag at both guys as a small measure of thanks.

So thanks, amigos. You rock some serious toast and helped make this the best Gonzo Film Fest in its seven-year span.

(To please our sponsors, I’ll simply take this opportunity to point out that the swag in question was a Star Wars model from AMT out of RC2 and some DVD boxed sets from Comedy Central)

By | 2017-09-24T23:55:01+00:00 September 7th, 2005|Stimuli|11 Comments


  1. Dindrane September 7, 2005 at 10:21 pm

    Leigh, who, when necessary, provides SUGAR-FREE cookies. :)

  2. The Griffin September 8, 2005 at 10:47 am

    My 1st DC and this was the coolest thing I have ever been to. Gonnzo fest was awesome. Much laughter and comrodery between people, as well as some great movie and tv clips. Widge rocks. Thanks for all of the great gifts and caffine.

    P.S. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry

  3. bandwith | broadband September 11, 2005 at 9:57 am

    hey! look! Its a picture of me!!!! (on the right)

  4. Widge September 11, 2005 at 1:44 pm

    Sam, what is up? You rock, sir.

  5. bandwith | broadband September 11, 2005 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve already got plans in the works to get a better venue for next year… or at least a better screen.

    *evil grin*

  6. bandwith | broadband September 11, 2005 at 3:27 pm

    … and I linked the article to the TechOps forums.

    *really evil grin*

  7. Widge September 11, 2005 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t think any of us would begrudge a bigger screen, oh no no… :)

  8. Kat September 12, 2005 at 12:07 am

    Being part of the TechOps crew, I really appreciate your thanks. To put your minds at ease, I will vouch that Bandwidth (Sam) got sleep that next morning, as he slept under a table down in Harris for about 6 hours. Not much, but at least he slept. :) Looking forward to hopefully seeing you guys again next year!

  9. bandwith | broadband September 23, 2005 at 11:59 pm

    oh god.. i’m now a header at the techops website… http://techops.net/images/toppers/42.jpg

  10. Widge September 24, 2005 at 12:24 am

    Kat: Belated thanks for your comment, and
    Sam: That’s the price of fame, kiddo. Grip it and deal. Next up will be the offers for the TV movie.

  11. bandwith | broadband September 25, 2005 at 1:47 am

    TV movie!? am I to work it… or star in it… perhaps both, and get paid for it too ;)

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