LASFS Minutes ("Menace")
Meeting # 4021, Sep 04, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Greg Bilan, Emil Luwish


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4021 to order at 8:00


This will be a short meeting because of tonight’s program!


Special order of business: We note the passing of Joan Rivers, voice of character Dot Matrix in the Spaceballs franchise. She was also in Iron Man III. She was 81.


Comments from the President


Menace from the previous meeting were read. Sharon Sheffield bid $2 name them “Direct from Nash-Ville.” They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report


Treasury:

We have money. You can't spend any of it.


Patron Saint Greg Bilan


Marty Cantor: He’s not here today, which means Marty had to set up the chairs for the meeting.


Scratch Galloway said of Greg, he helps.  He paid to have his brother made a saint, and he’s a good Klingon.


Marty: Greg has been very helpful.  He also used to do a lot of cleaning up, set-up of chairs and furniture.  He came up with the idea of signing LASFS up for the Festival of Books.


Scratch: His normal mode of transport is quite green: bicycle.


Patron Saint Greg Bilan was given three cheers and a Double Gulp of blood wine!



Patron Saint Emil Luwish


Scratch: Never met him, but his son obviously thought highly of him.


Patron Saint Emil Luwish was given three cheers and a dutiful son!


On Friday nights, the clubhouse is open at 5, and until 11, for boardgaming.


Registrar Michelle Pincus introduced guests.  Last Thursday, Mishell Baker introduced herself.

We also have Svetlana Tzeneva.


Committee Reports


Board Member presentation:

None


Programming (CLJII)

As the Lantern O’Jack was passed to pay for the Autumn Holiday Party, on Sunday, October 26.  There will be a number of haunted house films, including one about a haunted lighthouse. 2PM until 10 or so.

9/11: A break.  

9/18: Big Auction

9/25: We will have a 20-minute Powerpoint presentation on Halloween Haunts, Highlights, and Hijinks.

10/1/14: Board nominations  (Milt Stevens is stepping down)



David Okamura rose to report on some science.

The Albino monocoat cobra, the terror of Thousand Oaks, has been captured.  It is now at the LA Zoo for observation. Marcia Minsky heard the “gentleman” had been told the sacs had been removed.  Then several weeks ago, he’d been bitten. If his ex had not found him, he’d have died.

In Long Beach, a 70 year old man has died of West Nile, and there’s a Caribbean virus that cause horrible pain in the joints.

Every half century or so, we have a massive supernova.  Not something you want to be too close to.  On January, people noticed a supernova in the cigar galaxy. Also, Betelgeuse could blow at any minute. When it does, its brightness will rival the Sun.  

About 10 million years ago, a nearby cluster of supernovas went off like popcorn, creating a bubble called The Local Bubble.


Vice President Debra Levin announced TSPC this month is on the 20th at 10AM.  Aladdin, in honor of Robin Williams, cartoons prior to the movie.


The Committee to Gouge the LASFS had a small auction. Among items auctioned is The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat (Oliver Sacks)


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Elayne Pelz announced a new saint.  Barry Workman has been assigned week 40 (October 2, this year).


(Gabriel Genteel) approached Tom Safer to borrow the occasional cartoon night to be a substitute host.


No Old Business


No New Business


Reviews


Frank Waller saw Guardians of the Galaxy.  It was very good.  He was not bored.


Marcia offered a time bound. Sunday afternoon at 2PM is a Loscon 41 meeting.


Elayne announced a giant book sale October 4, 9-6 at Elayne’s house in Granada Hills. This will be a sale of donations, culls, etc.


Eylat was at ENT (audiologist) and has been declared legally deaf.  At least now it’s legal!



Misc



Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:47 PM
 
Meeting # 4020, Aug 28, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Meeting # 4020, Aug 28, 2014

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Allan Rothstein


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4020 to order at 8:00


Nothing much this time.  We’ve put off the cockroach eradication program on account of lack of access in the library. Some 3-4 weeks from now, we’ll have a cleaning party to prep. Then, early the next morning, they’ll spray and we have to clear the building for 4 hours.


Comments from the President


Menace from the previous meeting were read. June Moffatt bid $5 name them “I don’t know what do you think we should name it, Karl?” They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report


Treasury:

We have some money. Don't spend any.


Patron Saint Allan Rothstein


One L Alan, he’s a beast.  Two L Allan, he’s a priest.  But of milk I’ll bet a gallon, you won’t find any three L Alllan!


Matthew Tepper rose to call Allan a delightful, sweet, kind hearted, generous man who only had 62 years on this planet. Took Matthew in when his health was bad.  Matthew’s health got better, and Allan’s got worse.  A couple of incidents that stand out.  On the way back from a shopping trip, Allan spotted a yard sale, including a giant Micky Mouse. Allan collected micky mouse items. He laborously dragged his oxygen tank over, spoke with the lady running the sale, came back with the statue.  So Allan, how much was it?  “I got the lady to agree to take $10 for it.”  How much was she asking?  “Five”


CLJII: Allan A Rothstein was a hale fellow well met.  In his duties as probation officer, CLJII remarked he was a gentleman and an officer.  Later in life, when required to drag around his oxygen, he found out his doctor forbade him to take exercise, but he needed to go out and walk.  He and CLJII would go to the Glendale Galleria and walk there. He got one of his children to marry into the comic book industry.


Joe Zeff: another story: a few years before he died, he made a fannish committee report about his health.  His doctor told him losing weight would not help with his medical condition, nor would exercise. He was thrilled at getting doctors instructions he was sure he could follow.


Tom Safer: Once, with the Angeles Chorale, Tom performed a piece Allan’s son Steven had written. Allan attended the concert as a proud father.


Jerry Pournelle: Allan and I were never very close, but were pretty good friends.  Not long after we’d moved to the second clubhouse, Allan invited him to be a guest at his son’s bar-mitzvah.  Fortunately, Elayne Pelz sat next to him and explained the arcane rites to him.  Then was the party at the Odyssey. It was a nice reception and party, and sometime during the party, he was informed he and Bruce Pelz were the guests.  That meant being among the four people who lifted the kid in the air on a chair and bounced him around.  The boy was eventually appointed resident composer at UCLA.


Marty Cantor: he was strongly Jewish, and a minister of ULC, and so he officiated at the wedding of Robbie and himself. We were the first to get married at the second LASFS clubhouse. Good memories.


June Moffatt: Allan liked to shoot road thingies, but he went for sign thingies. Once he went to her place, drove around, saw sights including apartment buildings named after Carpenter songs.


Matthew Tepper: Allan shared a middle name with another famous LASFS member.  Anson.


Patron Saint Allan Rothstein was given three cheers and a Mickey Mouse outfit!


Registrar Michelle Pincus introduced.guests and new members.  

Valerie J Ortega, Steve Goodpaster, R J Ryan-Seuter, Cat Ellen, Maggie Secara, and Laurel Greenstein.


Committee Reports


Board Member presentation:

None


Programming (CLJII)

The Lantern O’Jack was passed to pay for the Autumn Holiday Party, on Friday, October 26.  There will be a number of haunted house films, including one about a haunted lighthouse. 2PM until 10 or so.

8/28: Panel: Creating a fantasy world: SP Hendrick, Robert Seuter, Maggie Secara

9/4: Robert A Heinlein tribute

9/11:  A break.  

9/18: Big Auction

9/25: We will have a 20-minute Powerpoint presentation on Halloween Haunts, Highlights, and Hijinks.


David Okamura rose to report on some science.

The ground has been moving. Fortunately, it was before the crush season.  They should be able to salvage the crop.  Overall, the western US has been rising.  The drought has taken away so much weight that on average, ⅙” elevation change on the crust. The mountains around LA have gone up around half an inch. If we replenish the water, the land will subside. But even that half-inch change can influence the local climate.

A place that’s already dry, the race track, has rocks that move and leave tracks.  Scientists have thought it was wind that blew the rocks around when the ground was muddy. Scientists have caught the process.  You need rain, ice, sun to partly thaw the ice forming a layer of water under the ice that lubricates. Under these conditions, a very light wind will move the rocks.

Private use of drones:  The National Park Service doesn’t want drones in the parks.  One crashed in Yellowstone, causing damage that will take years to heal.   Disney has filed three patents on uses of drones. Flying screens.  Flying tinkerbell. Virtual firework shows.


Tom Safer: TSPC on 9/20 presents Aladdin by Disney. Starts at 10 AM.


Jerry Pournelle had a comment.  Back when he and niven were doing research on Death valley for scenes in Footfall, the mystery of the roving rocks was very much unexplained.  Speculations ranged well into the fantastic.


The Committee to Gouge the LASFS had a small auction.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


It being 10 minutes to 9, the Aetna warning was given.


Tom Safer announced a real strong drama -- Prisoner of Zenda 1952, Hollywood Library, 2 PM Ivar just north of Selma.


Marty Cantor announced tomorrow night there will be gaming at the club.


No Old Business


No New Business


Reviews

Bill Green went to Coppercon. Last year they lost a ton of money.  This year they cut back. It was a pretty good convention, with everything but masquerade and party. They had a tax lawyer on tax planning for the coming zombie apocalypse. He wrote a book full of undeadpan humor.


Misc


Marty Cantor mentioned gaming convention down by airport.  People who like gaming can play games at the club between 5:30 and 11:00.


Frank Waller announced ladies night out and food trucks and a car show on Magnolia Blvd, 7-10.

Creature Features has a thinhg on Saturday: Rat Fink and related stuff.


CLJII: This morning’s big news was the San Rio company is not a kitty. By this afternoon, San Rio had rethought.  


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:53 PM.
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Meeting # 4019, Aug 21, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Meeting # 4019, Aug 21, 2014

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Fuzzy Pink Niven, Michelle Pincus


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President Marty Cantor called meeting #4019 to order at 8:00


For those worried about such things, we have a cockroach problem.  We’re paying for Dewey already, we’re going to have them bring in a hit squad. Between 8 and 10 AM on a Thursday, the inside will be sprayed.  The day before, we’ll have people show up and take everything out of the kitchen, bathrooms, and put them on tables.

Volunteers willing to show up Wednesday evening and the following Thursday before the meeting should give e-mail to Marty Cantor.


Comments from the President


Menace from the previous meeting were read. June Moffatt bid $2 name them “Carl’s Folly” They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report


Treasury: All spent!

***** total


We are on Agenda Lite because we have a big auction tonight.


Patron Saint Marilyn (“Fuzzy”) Niven


Scratch:  Fuzzy has been known to wear pink, is married to a well known SF author, has an expanding taste for jewelry, and been known to host important meetings at their house such as the Civilian Advisory Council that Niven and Pournelle were on, and works tirelessly directing the management of art shows.


Nick Smith: She has a wide range of artistic pursuits, including lace.  She is one of those with a sense of esthetics that goes in interesting directions. And she’s organized.


Jerry Pournelle:  She has the impossible task of keeping Larry Niven connected to reality.


Larry Niven: Marilyn’s been through hell and is coming out the other side.  She was 3 months on her back with no knee.  She’s now had three artificial knees, and is learning to work the third one, and is learning to use a walker.


Marty Cantor: You can only say nice things about her; she’s a nice person.


Patron Saint Fuzzy Pink Niven was given three cheers and a Jane Russel movie! (as long as it doesn’t last 18 hours…)


Patron Saint Michelle Pincus


Marty Cantor: she happens to be our Registrar.


Marcia Minsky: from what I can recall, she’s been registrar for over ten years, and that is the longest that any registrar has held the position to the best of her recollection; enjoys playing mah jongg and occasionally playing Hell.


Paige Wiley: handed Michelle flowers.


Tom Safer: She has a tireless work ethic and I don’t know a nicer person to be at the club.


John DeChancie loves this little chick.


David Okamura enjoys seeing the Wild Elf Girl and looks forward to friday night Mah Jongg games.


Larry Niven: Michelle Pincus holds civilization together locally.


Nick Smith: What people don’t see is Michelle tries to make connections between visitors and the club.  She was the first non Pelz to talk to Nick about the workings of the club.


Joe Zeff: When she’s in the mood, she’s a good Hell player. She’s also lifetime positive in the game.


Mike Thorson: It should be noted that she is not just a procedural officer, but a member of the BOD and an Evans Freehafer award winner.


Patron Saint Michelle Pincus was given three cheers and a no-three bid.


Patron Registrar Michelle Pincus introduced Louis Mazza,

Betsy Hobbs, Chuck McFate, and possible others.


Committee Reports


Board Member presentation:

None


Programming (CLJII)

As the Lantern O’Jack was passed to pay for the Autumn Holiday Party, on Friday, October 31

8/21: Big Auction  (Bring Money)

8/28: Panel: Creating a fantasy world: SP Hendrick, Robert Souter, Maggie Sicara

9/4: Robert A Heinlein tribute

9/11: A break.  

Later in September, we will have a 20-minute Powerpoint presentation on Halloween Haunts, Highlights, and Hijinks.

Fourth Sunday of this month, the 24th, conclusion of tribute to films of 1939. Miracles for Sale, Destry Rides again, The Man they could not hang, Never say die.

This is the last FWEMS of the year, but we’ll have films at the Autumn Holiday Party and the Winter Holiday Party.


David Okamura rose to report on some science.

Nature Intrudes again.  Occasionally we sight bears in the foothill communities. Today, a matter of concern: residents of Seal Beach, Long Beach, Belmont Shore, and nearby are reporting coyote sightings.  Some pets have gone missing. The coyotes seem to be very bold and not afraid of humans.

Less of a nuisance are seals intruding on a local beach. The response is to close the beach.

A family in Orange videotaped a creature passing through their yard.  This is the first sighting of a badger in Orange County.  No one reported any particular odor from the badger.

Smaller creatures, such as West Nile virus. Virus Detectors: There’s a population of captive chickens throughout the city that get blood tests to see if they have West Nile. If they show up positive, they know mosquitos with the virus are in the area.

The two Americans infected with Ebola are doing much better now. They have been released.

As for other microbes: A Soviet scientist has said when cleaning out debris from ISS, they cleaned out exterior illuminators.  They’ve found microbes and plankton.


Tom Safer announced there will be a special TSPC on the 23rd, starting at 1PM, Tribute to Robert and Richard Sherman. Charlotte’s Web, The Happiest Millionaire.

Next TSPC is 9/20, Aladdin by Walt Disney as a tribute to Robin Williams.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Marty Cantor announced tomorrow night there will be gaming at the club.


No Old Business


No New Business


Reviews


Milt Stevens Our current serials is a sub-genre of rocket suit things.  A fanzine on EFanzines.com has a zine called Fadeaway.  Issue 42 has an extensive article on rocket suits in movies.  It also has a long article on propeller beanies. There’s a lot of neat stuff in this fanzine, and a lot of neat stuff on EFanzines.com.


Jerry Pournelle reviewed a book titled Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by Christopher Tolkien.  He’s taken the translation of Beowulf his father did and an entire section of JRR’s lecture notes on Anglo Saxon literature.  It will tell you more about both Anglo-Saxon and Beowulf than you actually want to know.


David Okamura: OC Register had a nice piece about the Saturday premiere of the next season of Dr Who.  They have a nice blurb for the Time Meddlers.


Misc


None!


Strategicon Gaming Convention is next weekend, down by LAX.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:43 PM
 
Meeting # 4018, Aug 14, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Meeting # 4018, Aug 14, 2014

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Ed Hooper, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Merrigan


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4018 to order at 8:00

President Marty read a letter from Roy Kettle, OBE

This is a piece from The Guardian, and it treats fandom quite nicely.


Matthew Tepper notes retro-Hugo winners, including some LASFS members.

1939 winners: Best Novel, T.H. White:  The Sword and the Stone

Best Novella: Who Goes There, Campbell


Find the rest online.


We had some special orders of business.  CLJII announced the passing of Robin Williams, from “Mork and Mindy” and Popeye.  Also passed is Arlene Martel, “Outer “Limits”, “Star Trek”.


Comments from the President


Menace from the previous meeting were read.  Christian McGuire bid $1 name them “Insert a clever pun here” They were so accepted, atrocious as they sound..


Treasurer’s Report


Treasury: All spent!

(We do have some money.)


Patron Saint Mark Bilan


This is not the brother we’ve met.  Mark may be deceased.


Patron Saint Mark Bilan was given three cheers and a rich Klingon relative!


Patron Saint Bjo Trimble


Scratch: A lady of many talents, had referral jobs on movies, including costume design for Flesh Gordon. She has the historical fact of keeping Star Trek on the air.  (The only known successful writing campaign to bring back a TV show, except for Jericho and a couple of others.)  She’s made a saint out of her husband.


Christian and her husband are a verb.  Trimble. Things went into their house, stayed there, and reappeared at some other time.  Bjo was one of the chief instigators of getting the first shuttle named Enterprise.  Evans-Freehafer winner, and key person at keeping the club moving.  She was involved in the invention of the art show at SF cons.


Nick Smith: Amazing fan artist, wackiest except for Schirm.


Hare Hobbs: Bjo took what she did with STrek and applied it to fighting for the space program.  owed thanks for that.


Jerry Pournelle: just prior to the assassination attempt on Reagan, the pro-space letters were running higher than those of the veterans.


Tom Safer: It’s been a long time since he’s seen her, but she put on Equicons, and she’s a fun person.  


Christian: Involved in creation of film cons.  Other people created Equicon, the Trimbles co-opted it.  She was the dancing girl in The Genie, with Fritz Leiber as the genie.


Eric Hoffman: She wound up getting him in conventions because he had friends with film rental libraries.


Scratch: She was in the SCA. Early member.


CLJII: She is the one who told an entire convention of people that CLJII was the conscience of the LASFS.


Patron Saint Bjo Trimble was given three cheers and a Trouble with Trimbles.



Committee Reports


Registrar Michelle introduced some guests: Don Glut, filmmaker and writer

Andrew Mayne, Steven L Sears, Corbin Galvein, Kayla Locks, Kyte Lockett


Board Member presentation:

None


Moment of Science: David Okamura rose to speak about a couple of updates.

The Grizzly Story has come to the attention of the Director of US Fish and Wildlife Service. They have no intention of reintroducing grizzlies to the state.  If they find their way on their own’ they’ll be accommodated.

Lifeguards at Manhattan Beach had to warn people there were four juvenile Great White sharks in the area.

Ebola: experimental drug hasn’t been tested for safety, efficiency, or anything else, so there are ethical concerns.  It’s so bad now, the WHO has given its OK to use it under these circumstances.  Liberian physicians have been given a couple of doses.

There is a hotel that will soon have a robotic bellhop. It shuttles small items from the main desk to the guests’ room. Don’t tip; hit it’s “like” button.



Programming (CLJII)

Why are there sharks at LAX?  They found out the Jets are there.

8/14: Tom Khamis presents the new DVD release of the film Uncle Forry’s Ackermansion

8/21: Big Auction  (Bring Money)

8/28: Panel: Creating a fantasy world: SP Hendrick, Robert Souter, Maggie Sicara

9/4: Robert A Heinlein tribute

9/11: A break.  

Later in September, we will have a 20-minute Powerpoint presentation on Halloween Haunts, Highlights, and Hijinks.

Fourth Sunday of this month, the 24th, conclusion of tribute to films of 1939.


Tom Safer announced TSPC for the Third Saturday this month, the 16th.  Little Shop of Horrors (1986) at 10 AM.  There will be a special TSPC on the 23rd, starting at 1PM, Tribute to Robert and Richard Sherman. Charlotte’s Web, The Happiest Millionaire.


We had a small auction. Just a little piece of the auction. The Vallejo book brought in $7.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Peter Santel: CFO Aaturday, 1-8.


No Old Business


No New Business


Reviews


Eric Hoffman reviewed some Hammer Film stuff.  

Thriller, being re-run on MeTV. Thriller, the book.  Robert Bloch wrote many of the scripts.


Nick Smith: SF movie called Lucy.  Three stories glued together.  Nature documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman, adventure SF involving Scarlet Johanson’s character, and worst gangster movie this side of a Hong Kong B movie. Ignore the last part, the rest is quite good.


Misc


Mike Stern would like to mention he’s now married to a dead woman.  Lucy lost her purse. She drove back here from home, saying “my purse is missing”. Getting out of the car, “Oh my, it’s on my arm.”


Joe Zeff was involved in the Million Veteran Program -- health and DNA database of as many veterans as possible.  As of latest newsletter printing, membership is 250K.  Oldest is 103 year old woman.


Tom Safer: Surrealism -- tricky salesmen trying to sell him Brooklyn Bridge.  A real bridge is for sale in Multnomah County.  Because of its age, it’s a historical monument.


CLJII is renaming his online computer poor Judd, because it seems to be dead. (That’s what you get for buying from Fry’s?) It hasn’t worked in days.  Yesterday, got a call from a helpful gentleman from someplace in pakistan.  He found many viruses in his scan that day, and he wanted to help eliminate them.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 8:56.


 
Meeting # 4017, Aug 07, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Meeting # 4017, Aug 07, 2014

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Ed Hooper, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Merrigan


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4017 to order at 8:00

Marty Cantor had a brief comment.  We have two water mains into the building, one serves this bathroom, the other which broke, serves the other bathroom and the kitchen.  It cost $3500-3700 to fix.  Insurance covered some of it.  This is why things like these auctions and other gouges take place. .


Comments from the President


Menace from the previous meeting were read.  June Moffatt bid $2 name them “supercallifragilisticexpiallidocious” They were so accepted, atrocious as they sound..


Treasurer’s Report


Treasury: All spent!


Patron Saint Edward Hooper


Tepper: Of all the people I’ve met in LASFS in the last decade or so, Ed is the most fun.  He’s up for enjoying the company of other people on little or no notice.  He is a real sweetheart.  He is a treasured friend.


David Okamura: He bleeds Dodger blue.


Karl Lembke: He is about two thirds of the man he used to be.


Scratch: He’s a good friend to all.


Karl: LINUX!!!


Patron Saint Ed Hooper was given three cheers and a Free BSD distribution.


Patron Saint Jerry Pournelle

Actually not here this week!


Scratch: Jerry Pournelle is a gentleman of the old south unless he’s yelling at you.  He writes well, he’s one of my five favorite authors, and though I’ve known him since 1971 as a person, I still call him “sir”. When reading his and Larry Niven’s work, he would frequently try to guess which is which author’s work, and was usually wrong.  


Francis Hamit: He encourages new authors, and is a good friend despite


Matthew Tepper: I value Dr Pournelle’s presence and only a couple of years ago got up the nerve to call him “Jerry” to his face and not get killed.  Though we differ in politics, I’ve learned a lot from him and consider him a great friend.  In my opinion, there have been three great pairs of collaborators, Niven and Pournelle are one of them.


Michelle Pincus: He will respect you if you can back up your arguments.


Larry Niven: Dr Pournelle has shaped my life in a lot of ways.  He got me into the Citizens Advisory Council for National Space Policy. He had a boat when we met, and couldn’t afford the upkeep.  He gave me half the boat in return for paying for the docking and so forth. This got Larry exercising more.


CLJII: Last week, Jerry sat and listened to our speaker.  Steve hadn’t realized that was Jerry Pournelle, and was very impressed when he learned.  


Barbara enjoys everything Jerry says, and he’s a good reason for coming here.


Marty: when Jerry was a pipe smoker and one of Marty’s customers at his pipe shop.


Patron Saint Jerry Pournelle was given three cheers and a former evil empire.


Patron Saint Tim Merrigan


Hare Hobbs: Tim was one of those mild natured people.  Only one time did he show any anger. We were helping Mistie Joyce move, the weekend of the Santa Claus Lane Parade.  We even told the people not to pen us in. Tim was upset.  The only thing he liked was being able to see Iron Eyes Cody.


Matthew Tepper: He is generally easygoing and relatively quiet for a fan.  He collated APA-L for 18 years. He has a trademark look: a leather hat with buffalo nickels banged into it.


Marty: Not only was he OC of APA-L, he put out De Profundis for a while. It was fairly regular, but Marty made one change … Tim would have a list of events, Marty added a calendar.


CLJII: Tim is one of the members of the club with funny animal analogs in the Woodland Area Science Fantasy Society.  Tim decided he wanted a Manx cat with a prosthetic tail.


Patron Saint Tim Merrigan was given three cheers and Collators!


Committee Reports


Registrar Michelle announced we had no guests.


Board Member presentation:

Karl: Board meeting Sunday.  Second Sunday activities follow.


Programming (CLJII)

FWEMS was canceled last Sunday because of plumbing. The rest will run next month at the fourth Sunday in August.

8/7: John DeChancie will talk to the club.

8/14: Tom Khamis presents the new DVD release of the film Uncle Forry’s Ackermansion

8/21: Big Auction  (Bring Money)

8/28: Panel: Creating a fantasy world: SP Hendrick, Robert Souter, Maggie Sicara

9/4: Robert A Heinlein tribute

Fourth Sunday of this month, the 24th, conclusion of tribute to films of 1939.


Moment of Science: David Okamura rose to talk about our local animal friends.  A program to protect whales in the Santa Barbara Channel has been implemented.  There have been collisions with cargo ships. Speed limit is 12 knots.  But since time is money, the program is paying $25K per trip.  This will also decrease diesel exhaust from the ships, as less energy is required to move at a lower speed.

Volunteers are smashing spiny urchins in the local oceans, which are eating too much kelp.

Monterey Bay has been observing what may be a world record. Octopuses tend to their eggs and don’t even eat.  They circulate water over the eggs until they hatch.  They have been documenting one octopus that’s been tending its young for 4½ years.

Finally, a less wonderful creature: The state animal, so declared after the last one was shot in the wild.  The California grizzly is similar to the Alaskan grizzly, so let’s reintroduce it.  What could possibly go wrong -- go wrong -- go wrong?

Reintroducing gray wolves to Yellowstone seems to have helped with the ecosystem there. But do we want grizzlys in California?

We had a falcon fly earlier this week.  Space-X launched a satellite. They needed the altitude so no experimental stuff. Also, earlier this week, there have been experiments between NASA and USN on the Orion system.

We think some 900 people have perished from ebola in Africa. An experimental drug seems to be helping. At least it’s helping the two Americans being treated with it.


Debra Levin announced TSPC for the Third Saturday this month, the 16th.  Little Shop of Horrors at 10 AM.  There will be a special TSPC on the 23rd, starting at 1PM, Tribute to Robert and Richard Sherman. Charlotte’s Web,

We had a small auction...



Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Francis Hamit announced he and Leigh are going to Europe for a few months. They’ll be at Worldcon next week.


Doug Crepeau had his 74th Birthday this week.


CLJII: All 8 of his books are available in paper and e-book from Amazon.


Old Business


New Business


Reviews


CLJII: The Vampire’s Ghost.  Republic feature film -- vampire picture set in Africa, written by Leigh Brackett.


Doug Crepeau: Guardians of the Galaxy -- special FX density is on steroids.


Matthew Tepper: Guardians of the Galaxy -- didn’t know about characters going in, but found the story thrilling and joyful, the characters were delightful, deep things going on in them, and the plot is a whole lot of fun..


Marty Cantor issued the Aetna warning.


Misc


None!


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:53.
 
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