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Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 17:51:59 +0000 (GMT)
From: Josh Geller 
Subject: Re: (urth) Wolfe, Winchester Mystery House, Worldcon 2002

On Thu, 18 Jul 2002, Michael Andre-Driussi wrote:

> Update: I saw in the progress report for Con Jose that they are organizing
> a tour of the fabled Winchester Mystery House. I had not realized that
> access was so restrictive, I thought people could just drop in any time,
> pay the money, go inside,

This is, in fact, the case.

>                             which shows how little planning I had done.

On the other hand, if you have a very large group, it might be advisable
to make advance arrangements.

I'm taking (another) group there next week: there are only perhaps ten of
us, and we will just be showing up at the gate.

> Anyway, I decided to let the cat out of the bag and ask Gene Wolfe if he'd
> ever been, if he would like to go while at Worldcon, and if he would, would
> he rather go on the organized tour or on a separate one.

Great news that Wolfe will be at Worldcon.

I've been to Winchester House perhaps a dozen times. I'd have to say that
it is one of my favorite places in the World.

Sarah Winchester was a very interesting, very learned woman.

> He has been there before (D'oh!) and he recommends it.  He is interested in
> going while at Worldcon, but as his wife would not likely be able to go
> (wheelchair access issues), he would probably have to go without her and
> cannot commit as yet.

The garden is completely accessible, and of major interest (also free). It
may surprise some people to learn (althoughthough it did not surprise me )
that Mrs. Winchester has several varieties of datura growing there, as
well as a number of other plants with interesting reputations.

> So that's the latest.  I'm trying to sign up for the tour, myself.

I say we make an Urth list tour, whether or not GW himself can



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