Magnum Opus Con 1987 Information

Magnum Opus Con 1987

Magnum Opus Con 1987

March 27-29, 1987

Columbus Ironworks Convention Center
Columbus, GA

Science Fiction Convention with Comics, Fantasy, and Gaming programming

The second MOC moved locations 100 miles to Columbus, Georgia, where it was co-organized by retailer Pat Robinson, owner of Columbus Book Exchange. It took place March 27-29, 1987, at the Columbus Ironworks Convention Center. That edition of MOC became notorious because of the death of Doctor Who actor Patrick Troughton. Although he had been warned by his doctors before leaving the UK not to exert himself because of his heart condition, Troughton appeared to be in good spirits and participated vigorously in the day's panels, and was looking forward to a belated birthday celebration, which was planned for the Saturday evening, as well as a screening of the Doctor Who story The Dominators, which Troughton had requested personally, on the Saturday afternoon. Troughton suffered a heart attack at 7:25 AM the next day, just after he had ordered his breakfast from the hotel staff. According to the paramedics who were called, Troughton died instantly. (The trauma of Troughton's death led to Pat Robinson ending his affiliation with MOC.)

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