Prolog: This is a history of the HGMS annual show. However because the show is a function of the Society, it is not always possible to separate one from the other in an historical accounting. This is particularly true in the early days when the show was a small affair held by a much smaller society. As the Society grew, functions were separated into committees who were responsible for them. But even then, some Society decisions were so far-reaching that they affected the show in one way or another. In these cases, the events or decisions will be discussed only inasmuch as is necessary to lay the groundwork for a full understanding of the situation surrounding the show.
Because the annual show has been occurring for over a half century, its history could become very unwieldy if not broken up into digestible chunks. Thus, I will split this accounting into several articles whose covered periods are dictated by logical breaks in the historical progression of the show. These breaks and article titles are as follows:
PART 1: 1948-1968 – Early Days
PART 2: 1969-1977 – Rise to Prominence
PART 3: 1978-1989 – On Top of the World
PART 4: 1990-2000 – Fall From Grace
PART 5: 2001-Present – The Phoenix
(Addendum: I will shortly be writing Parts 2 and 3. I have talked to a number of you out there who were around during those days, but it’s growing increasingly difficult to find anyone who was here prior to 1980. If you were around prior to 1990 or 1980, I would like to talk with you. Please let me know via e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] or phone [713-664-9033], and I’ll make arrangements to discuss your recollections with you. Thanks in advance!)