After graduating from high school in Germany, I moved to San Jose, CA for college, eons ago. San Jose was where I had my first piece of writing published (an interview with ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith), won my first literary award (a Phelan Award, 3rd place, for a short story), attended my first con and worked on my first con committee (the Fantasy Symposium), worked my first job in comics (night clerk at a comic shop), and my first bookstore job (Books Inc.). I stayed in San Jose for 10 years and built friendships that remain strong.
Eventually that bookstore job sent me to San Diego. I did more writing, worked in comics some more, moved to Arizona, married Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell... if you read this blog you probably know all that. Point is, San Jose was formative for me in a lot of ways, including in my various professional lives.
In a couple of weeks, Marcy and I will be in San Jose, for our first visit together. We're officially going for WorldCon 76, the world science fiction convention (and home of the Hugo Awards), and most of our time will be spent there. But we'll try to check out some of my old haunts, as well. We signed up pretty late, so don't appear to have been added to any programming [but there's been a bit of a brouhaha over programming, which may or may not (but probably won't) result in us getting added]. If that changes, I'll update.
Over Labor Day weekend, we'll be at CoKoCon 2018, here in Phoenix. Programming hasn't been finalized yet, but I'm sure we'll end up on something. Again, I'll post an update when I know.