From the HBD Archive
From: Darryl Richman <darryl@ism780c.isc.com>
Subject: re: AHA conference cost
Date: 1989-03-21 22:06:51 GMT

From: hplabs!utah-cs!cs.utexas.edu!raven!rcd (Dick Dunn)
"One of the questions bearing on the comparison of conferences is whether
"the conference is viewed as a fund-raising activity. I don't think USENIX
"_per_se_ is a fund-raiser...the tutorials might be, but they're separate.
"I would hope that the AHA conference is not seen as a fund-raiser, because
"they do other things (like the beer festivals) to raise money.

I wonder how well they'll do this year at the beer festival. When the
conference and the festival coincided, it was sort of a Mecca for the
homebrewing community. When I figure the costs for hotel and plane
flights, this national will be over $750. I certainly am not gonna
spend another $400 to go drink beer for a couple days.

On the other hand, comparing the AHA conference to Usenix isn't really
fair; Usenix has got to attract many thousands of people. Last year's
national conference had 2-300 in attendance. I suspect that there are
a lot of fixed costs that don't (to a large extent) depend on the size
of the function.

--Darryl Richman

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