2002 Annual Gathering of American Mensa
The 2002 Annual Gathering of American Mensa, Desert Delights, was held in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. It lasted from July 3rd through July 7th. Carol Young was the AG chairman. The attendance was 1545.
This AG was in a fancy resort, for which the organizers had gotten a very favorable rate due to it not being the peak season; in early July, Arizona tends to have 100+ degree heat every day, causing many vacationers to avoid it. But they say "It's not the heat, it's the humidity"; Arizona's desert heat is dry heat, and can be put up with if you drink plenty of water.
The hotel rooms were very large and luxurious, and the resort had amenities such as multiple enormous swimming pools and a water slide. The several restaurants within the resort offered a 50% discount to AG attendees (which perhaps merely meant that their regular prices were enormously marked up). However, by its nature, things were spread out quite a bit, requiring outdoor walks through that 100-degree dry heat to get between events.
Among the speakers at this AG were the controversial Sheriff Joe Apaio.
Registration and hotel fees
Registration for the 2002 AG was $45 by 7/31/2001, $55 by 12/31/2001, $65 by 3/31/2002, $75 by 6/15/2002, $80 after. Kids 6 and under free; 6-12 half price; 13-20 $10 discount. The hotel room rate was $89 (single/double).
- Official website (Internet Archive copy)
- Yahoo Group
- Location on Google Maps
- 1995-2002 AG Historical Record (old Mensa internal documents; American Mensa member login required)
- Photo gallery
- Program book (in American Mensa site; member login required)
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