The Charlito Project at MAC II

$3,333 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 35 months
The Charlito Project is the memorabilia organizational arm of former movie executive CHARLES LIPPINCOTT.  Charley worked on a range of movies including STAR WARS, ALIEN, FLASH GORDON and JUDGE DREDD.  

Between Aug. 17-21, 2016, MID AMERICAN CON II will be hosting the annual science fiction and fantasy WORLDCON convention. This year's MAC II is the 40th anniversary of the 1976 STAR WARS PRESENTATION where Charley presented his now famous STAR WARS slide show. In 1976, the STAR WARS slide show was followed by a Question & Answer session with Mark Hamill, Gary Kurtz and Charles Lippincott. The '76 pre-release event also included an exhibit and display of Ralph McQuarrie's art and screen used costumes and props.

For this year's MAC II, Charles will not only present his 1976 STAR WARS slide show, but he will also recreate the 1976 STAR WARS EXHIBIT using contemporary equivalents rather than the original (now invaluable) screen used items. The exhibit will include an updated section featuring rare pieces never before exhibited, including Al Williamson's original STAR WARS DAILY COMICS 2nd week pitch (the 1st week is in George's collection) and ALEX TAVOULARIS' 1975 storyboards.  

Aug 19, 2016, will be MAC II's STAR WARS day. In the afternoon, there will be a 2 hour panel on print and marketing, then, in the evening, the slide show followed by an audience Q&A session with Gary Kurtz, Alan Dean Foster and Charles Lippincott.

Charley believes information should be freely shared, which is epitomized by his facebook page. Per this philosophy, two videos will be produced from MAC II's events which will be uploaded on youtube so folks who cannot attend can share in the event. The first video will show highlights of the 2 hour panel on print and marketing, and the 2nd, the slide show and Q&A session. This gofundme is being done to raise money for the MAC II event.

The cost of mounting the exhibit, plus documenting the afternoon panel and evening event, easily surpasses what Charley Lippincott can pay for himself. There are no corporate sponsorships or backers involved. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated. Big or small, the thought is what counts. All donors will receive a flyer produced for the event featuring a Chaykin cover and history of the event.

Donors who contribute $25 or more will receive the flyer, plus a pin replicating the 1976 giveaway, and The Charlito Project patch.

Donors who contribute $75 or more will receive the flyer, pin, patch, and The Charlito Project T-Shirt.

Donors may find updates on the event via Charley's facebook page -- it's under the more formal Charles Lippincott name.
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It's two weeks since MAC @ was over, and I'm still playing catch up.


When we first got back, my body played catch up. I was in the hospital after a fall. Doctors get upset when seniors have falls -- unlike you, our younger counterparts -- falls can lead to serious problems. Seniors can die from complications of a fall.

The stress leading up to the convention meant that there was so much to be done that things like drinking water and taking a walk fell by the wayside. That's what got me into trouble. I returned from MAC 2 and was hospitalized as I had fallen. They ran a lot of tests on me -- I'm OK.

After getting out of the hospital, the people around me have been forcing me into a physical health regime. It's been hard because I was so weak before the convention I had a hard time walking around the house... Today, I walked around the house 12 times. I had to sit down after the 12th time around, but that's a helluva lot better than falling flat on my face the first time 'round.

There's only a couple of weeks left before Summer ends and Fall begins... then it will be too cold to walk outside. My asthma acts up when it drops below freezing. Before the cold hits, I need to get in as much walking as I can to strengthen my body before cocooning time.

If you've contributed to the gofundme, please be patient as we're waiting on receipt of the MAC 2 convention shipment.
Volunteer John Ketterer waits for Fedex
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For MAC 2, we had thought about gifting Al Williamson's STAR WARS DAILIES to a convention attendee who donates $5.00 or more.

Facebook friends thought using gofundme was a great way to manage the gifting of this special reward of Russ Cochrane limited edition 3 volume book, AL WILLIAMSONS STAR WARS DAILIES.

Anyone who donates $5.00 may be able to participate.

Everyone who has contributed to The Charlito Project up to now will be part of this random pool of donors. One donor will be selected at random by Gary Kurtz.

If you are picked at random as the recipient of this special Al Williamson gift, you can pick up your 3 volume, hardbound book at the MAC 2 Convention's Star Wars Exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

If you cannot pick the books up in person, your reward will be mailed to you.

Thank you, and May The Force Be With You.
Russ Cochran's AL WILLIAMSON SW DAILIES
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I want to thank folks who have contributed to the MAC II event thus far. We are far from our goal or $15K. While $15K seems like a lot of money to mount an exhibit, panels, slide show recreation and Q&A, if you look at what I've listed, you'll realize the costs are more than mounting the exhibit. The Charlito Project is bringing in guests and paying for the filming. Everyone knows filming can get pricey.

I had hoped to be able to raise the cost of this event through a gofundme, which is essentially an honor system kind of crowdfunding. The gofundme shows me how well received and supported a project is. It's a tangible proof of a project's relevance.

If you've helped, I thank you. If you can help, I appreciate your doing so. If you can't afford to help but support the project, I thank you.

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Ken Keller has finished writing up the history of STAR WARS at MidAmeriCon 1 in 1976. We'll be printing up Ken's history in a two page brochure with Chaykin's poster on the cover, and include photos of the original two page handouts we gave away at MAC I.
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Rita Ractliffe
33 months ago

How could anyone NOT be patient? Don't stress. Your well being is of maximum concern, okay? Glad to hear you're getting around better. Promise of better things to come. Take care, dear sir.

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34 months ago
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jason bickings
34 months ago

Good Luck with the show.

$40
Steven Sterlacchini
34 months ago
MS
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Martin Semple
34 months ago

All the best with MACII, Charles! Thank you so much for doing this. Have a blast, and take care of yourself.

$25
Scott Hume
34 months ago

Good luck at the Con. Wish I could be there!!

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Jason Joiner
34 months ago

Good luck from the Kurtz/Joiner archive

Rita Ractliffe
33 months ago

How could anyone NOT be patient? Don't stress. Your well being is of maximum concern, okay? Glad to hear you're getting around better. Promise of better things to come. Take care, dear sir.

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