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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago

Press Release #21

Peter Sagal Announces Withdrawal from Chicon 7 Appearance

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention,
Chicago, IL - August 30 to September 3, 2012


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"), regrets to announce that Special Guest Peter Sagal has had to withdraw from his Worldcon appearance due to conflicting professional commitments.

Peter Sagal is best known as the host of National Public Radio's irreverent weekly news quiz "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me." He has often identified himself on the radio as a science fiction fan, and was expected to impart an additional dose of Chicago into Chicon 7 with his knowledge and humor.

Sagal's commitment to filming a new documentary unfortunately requires him to be overseas during the weekend of Chicon 7, making it impossible to participate in the event. Sagal has expressed his apologies to the Chicon 7 team, saying "I'm heartbroken I won't be able to attend my first Worldcon since 1980. As it happens, I'll be in Reykjavík, or some other place less interesting than Chicago. I wish everybody all the best."

ENDS

Chicon 7 is the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except for 1942-45 when there was no event due to World War II. Chicon 7's Guests of Honor are five-time Hugo winning author Mike Resnick, artist Rowena Morrill, art agent and collector Jane Frank, science fiction fan and former Worldcon chair Peggy Rae Sapienza, and astronaut Story Musgrave. Chicon 7's Toastmaster is John Scalzi.

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