LASFS Minutes ("Menace")
Meeting # 4003, May 1, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Eylat Poliner presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Larry Niven  

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


Eylat Poliner called meeting #4003 to order at 8:05.  


Menace from the previous meeting were read. Jerry Pournelle bid $5 to name them “the number of the beast”.  They were approved.


Patron Saint Larry Niven


Mike Stern: Larry is probably the nicest guy in the LASFS.  Larry is a cool guy, he’s nice, and I have never seen Larry mad at anything.


Matthew Tepper: one of the many things I like about LN is when he was a young man he decided to become one of the great SF writers, and by years of hard work, became one.


Eylat: He’s a good sweet person.


Jerry” We went to dinner for his birthday last night with his nephew and Steve Barnes. He’s looking pretty good, still getting work done, living weirdly with his wife recuperating in the hospital. I would never call him the nicest guy I know.  You have never seen him angry which is just as well. You don’t want to see him angry.


Mike Stern anecdoted: at a Westercon, he and Ed Green set up as beggers.  Ed had a sign reading, “will run cons for food”.  Larry’s read “will write novels for food”.  


Joe Zeff:  That year, their activity became the most memorable fanac of the year.


Larry Niven was given three cheers and a tnuctipun.


Matthew Tepper notes that Al Feldstein, seminal editor of MAD magazine, has died at the age of 88.

Mike Stern announced Cal Cotton’s funeral is tomorrow at 9:30 in Riverside.

Cal Cotton "The Moor Tarik" The Black King at Riverside National Cemetery

Viewing will be from 10am to 8pm thursday may 1 at Harrison ross mortuary 1839 firestone blvd. Los angeles ca 90001

Graveside service will be at 9:30AM sharp at Riverside National Cemetery on May 2. @ Shelter #3

No floral arrangements are allowed at this location.


CLJII announced we had a good relaxacon over the weekend.  Nobody died, everyone had a good time, and we made a little money.


May 1, Board election, and discussion of minimum age requirements for procedural officers.

May 8 Milt Stevens on our horrible reputation and how we earned it

May 15 Auction

May 22 would have been Tim Powers

May 29, Matthew Tepper hosts chocolate for trivia.  Or maybe lemon meringue for quadrivia.


Marty Cantor rose to announce the meeting of board gamers, Friday Night Dice.  Some of them have started meeting at the clubhouse on Friday nights.


Registrar Michelle announced guests.  Welcome back to Chan Williamson after a 15 year absence.  Guests are Abraham Parra, Chantelle Williamson, Simone, Dan Yan, Ashley Soto, Jason Davil, Allison Shenker, and Robert Crawfoot.


Committee Reports


David Okamura had announced the SpaceX launch.  The first stage was supposed to attempt a soft landing.  Rough seas broke the rocket apart.  But the next day, instrumentation reported it had successfully ignited and landed on the surface of the ocean. They hope for a dry land soft landing sometime later this year. Now they’re suing the Air Force because they’ve been launching satellites without seeking competitive bids.

IT’s time for spring cleaning on Mars.  Dust accumulates on solar panels.  Opportunity was visited by an obliging dust devil. It’s now as clean as it’s ever been. The dust devil has been named Ajax.


CLJII: His publisher declared a spring sale, and declared a sale on his books.  Sales Rank has decreased from over a million to the 30 thousands.  That means he sold a book.


Announcements Fannish committee reports reviews announcements misc


Scott Beckstead is looking for volunteers to man the table at Gaslight Gathering.


Mark Poliner has a birthday tomorrow.


Francis Hamit: DaVinci’s Demons, Orphan Black.  See them.  They’re excellent series.


Eric Hoffman presents Attack of the 50 Foot Trailers 1950s edition on the 22nd.  He is a Doctor Who fan.  Restoration of the lost Patrick Troughton stories.  Web of Fear is very good. Grab the series. The Price is right.


Francis notes the space alliance was using Russian engines, and we may be having difficulty with that supplier.


Board Election

CLJII announced the duties of board members.

The color of the ballot to use was auctioned off.

Milt Stevens won the seat on the Board.


Gavin Claypool reminded all that the police are writing tickets for people parked on Aetna after 9 PM.  It costs close to $100.


He then announced the new business, a proposed amendment to the by-laws.


Article IV: Procedural Officers.

Section 1: General.

A. The elective procedural officers of the Society shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Registrar, a Scribe, and a Treasurer.

B. When elected, and continuously while serving, each procedural officer shall be 18 years of age or over, and otherwise legally competent.

Section 2: Election.

The procedural officers shall be elected from the Standard Membership. The Treasurer shall be elected at the second regular Society meeting of June. The other elective procedural officers shall be elected at the second regular Society meeting of June and at the second regular Society meeting of December. Nominations for President may be made at both the election meeting and the last previous regular Society meeting. Election of the President shall be followed by nominations for and election of the remaining elective procedural officers in the following order: Vice-President, Registrar, Scribe, and Treasurer (in June only). All elective procedural officers shall take office at the first regular Society meeting of the month following their election, and shall serve until they die, resign, or are removed from office, or until their elected replacements take office. Election of procedural officers shall follow the procedure given in Article X.

[…]

Section 6: Registrar.

The Registrar:

A. shall welcome new members and guests;

B. shall supply the Secretary with guest attendance information;

C. shall respond appropriately to personal and electronic correspondence addressed to the Registrar; and

D. shall, in the absence or disability of both the President and the Vice-President, perform all duties of the President. When acting in place of the President as described above, the Registrar shall have all the powers of, and be subject to the restrictions on, the President.

It was moved to remand the motion to the Board committee to have the language cleaned up.


A motion to table the existing amendments was tabled and the revision voted on.  Vote was 11/8/3, a two-thirds vote in favor not being attained, the motion fails.


Tom Safer rose to announce a misc.  May, TSPC presents Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. 10 AM.


Milt Stevens announced his program for next week: a slide show, “Our Horrible Reputation and How We Earned it” pulp magazine covers and related materials. “Do Reptiles Have More Fun?”


Eylat was reminded to report on the Harassment Committee.  There will be something presented to the Board in June, looked it by a lawyer who specializes in the matter, and then presented to the club.


It was moved to adjourn

We adjourned at 9:10 PM.
 
Meeting # 4002, April 24, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Eylat Poliner presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Bill Warren  

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


Bang bang Eylat’s virtual gavel came down upon the table.  Eylat Poliner called meeting #4002 to order at 8:14.  


Menace from the previous meeting were read.  They were approved.


Marty Cantor had a special order of business.  Bill Patterson who has been writing about Heinlein, has died, one month before the debut of volume two of the Heinlein biography.  Marty met him in Xapa, and he was a member of Iggy, the 78 Worldcon Concom. Also met him at the first Corflu in Oakland. He was a good person even though he failed to agree with Marty Cantor many times.


Patron Saint Bill Warren


Tepper: Keep Watching the Skies


Barbara Harmon: Bill and Beverly are sort of a package deal.  She’s known them since 77 or so. They love cats.


Hare Hobbs: His knowledge of film is incredible.  He saw every one of the movies in the book, except for one in the latest book. It’s a very enjoyable coffee table size book. Get a copy if you can.


Marty Cantor: Bill is one of those unsung heroes who did all kinds of stuff for the club.  He was Lord High Janitor. When we moved into Burbank Blvd, he worked in setting up and doing work there.  He had helpers, but he was one of the more important ones doing the work.  He deserves more praise than he got.


Larry Niven: He’s a great story teller.


Jerry Pournelle: When I was editor of SFWA Nebula SF for the Year, I got Bill Warren to do a piece called The Year in SF Films. It was not picked up, even though he did it very well.


Barbara Harmon: Beverly enabled Bill to do most of what he did.  They owned a house and Beverly saved for it without telling him, and one day told him “Guess what?”


Bill Warren was given three cheers and a Beverly.


Announcements: April 24, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle speak!

Nominations for vacant board seat

Announcement of new business


May 1, Board election, and discussion of minimum age requirements for procedural officers, and other things.  (Text below)


May 8 Milt Stevens on our horrible reputation and how we earned it


May 15 Auction

May 22 would have been Tim Powers

May 29, Matthew Tepper hosts chocolate for trivia.  Or maybe lemon meringue for quadrivia.


Registrar Michelle announced: We have a new active member. Brad Lapin

Carla Schiller, joined.

Matthew T. Bivens (FND)

Daniel Kam Gordon

Diane Hart


The committee to gouge auctioned off some eggs, laid that morning. Since it was the end of the month, the Soda Auction occurred.  


There is no old business, but…

There is some new business!

Gavin claypool handled the nominations for the open Board seat.

Nominated was/were

Milt Stevens

Albert Sheehan

Hearing no further nominations, it was moved, seconded, and moved that nominations be closed.


Gavin Claypool rose again to announce a revision proposed for the by-laws.  

Provision


Article IV: Procedural Officers.

Section 1: General.

A. The elective procedural officers of the Society shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Registrar, a Scribe, and a Treasurer.

B. When elected, and continuously while serving, each procedural officer shall be 18 years of age or over, and otherwise legally competent.

Section 2: Election.

The procedural officers shall be elected from the Standard Membership. The Treasurer shall be elected at the second regular Society meeting of June. The other elective procedural officers shall be elected at the second regular Society meeting of June and at the second regular Society meeting of December. Nominations for President may be made at both the election meeting and the last previous regular Society meeting. Election of the President shall be followed by nominations for and election of the remaining elective procedural officers in the following order: Vice-President, Registrar, Scribe, and Treasurer (in June only). All elective procedural officers shall take office at the first regular Society meeting of the month following their election, and shall serve until they die, resign, or are removed from office, or until their elected replacements take office. Election of procedural officers shall follow the procedure given in Article X.

[…]

Section 6: Registrar.

The Registrar:

A. shall welcome new members and guests;

B. shall supply the Secretary with guest attendance information;

C. shall respond appropriately to personal and electronic correspondence addressed to the Registrar; and

D. shall, in the absence or disability of both the President and the Vice-President, perform all duties of the President. When acting in place of the President as described above, the Registrar shall have all the powers of, and be subject to the restrictions on, the President.

Committee Reports


Upcoming:

CLJII LA 4000 next weekend, noon-8 each day. Panels, speeches, presentations, buffet, celebration of the longevity of LASFS. $40 at the door.


David Okamura announced a moment of science.  The people on the ISS were visited by the Easter Dragon, a Falcon-9 rocket from Space-X carrying badly needed supplies.

From this morning’s news, in 1888 the Coastal Steamship City of chester was leaving SF toward Eureka and Portland, OR.  It didn’t make it out of the bay.  It collided with another ship and sank within 6 minutes.  The wreck has been rediscovered. Ironic coincidence: The ship that rammed the City of Chester was the Oceanic.  The researchers who found the ship were from NOAA.


Darnell asked where library reports go.  Library has new books, from such authors as Larry Niven.  There were four check-outs of books over 8 years old. You will be hearing about updates as we go.


Reviews Fannish committee reportsreviewsannouncementsmisc


Karl: Total lifetime units now 666.


Mike Stern: there is a wikipedia article on Dr. James Robinson, aka Dr. Jane. Article has a great possibility of being pulled because the musical community feels filking is not a valid form of musical expression. Go to Wikipedia and voice your concern.


Milt Stevens: Hugo and retro-Hugo nominations came out, and this year’s selection is stranger.  A 15-volume series is a best novel nominee. [Actually I think it’s the latest book in the series.]  A campaign by Larry Correa got one of his novels and items by seven of his friends nominated.  One of the nominees is the only person thrown out of SFWA.  Retros have Ray Bradbury as best fan writer, That’s what you get when 2000 people submit nominating ballots.  


Matthew Tepper observed Orson Wells is 1938 equivalent of Doctor Who. (He was bigger inside than out?)  Heard, about ballot, this was first time since the beginnings of Asimov SF magazine, no nominees from that magazine.


David Okamura noted that Queen Maleficent is apparently a hot property.


It was moved to adjourn to listen to the Niven Pournelle Alliance.

We adjourned at 8:54 PM.
 
Meeting # 4001, April 17, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Menace of the LASFS

Meeting # 4001, April 17, 2014

Eylat Poliner presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Elliott Weinstein  

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


Eylat Poliner called meeting #4001 to order at 8:05.  


Michelle Pincus had a special order of business.  Cal Cotton has passed.


Menace from the previous meeting were read.  They were approved.


Registrar Michelle introduced a guest or dozen

friday night, Marty brought in gamers.  

Justin Daube Travis Geluysi Joseph campbell

Jessica Campbell Justin Serrano Daniel Kam

Deborah Lazaro Larry Davidson Thomas Lucero

Jessica Guyon Sean Growler Roman Shpilfoyyet

Marty announced having made the offer of an alternate site for gaming on their website. They’ll be here tomorrow night too.


Committee Reports


CLJII LA 4000 next weekend, noon-8 each day. Panels, speeches, presentations, buffet, celebration of the longevity of LASFS. $40 at the door.

4/24: Larry and Jerry speak

Nominations for Eylat’s board seat

New business:

May 1 Board election

May 8 Milt Stevens presents

May 14 Big auctions

May 22 Tim Powers

May 29 -- Matthew Tepper hosts Trivia for Chocolate.  (Or should that be Chocolate for Trivia.)


Gavin Claypool In what classic sf novel was there an object named for our meeting number tonight?  Triumph of Time: exploratory object was known as Object 4001 Aleph Null.


David Okamura: Wondercon this weekend at Anaheim convention center. Saturday is sold out.

Moment of science:  Space-X rocket that was to resupply ISS was delayed to tomorrow.  Able to cram in some replacement parts for computer that shut down. Space-X will be doing experiments as soon as the second stage has separated from the first.  Hope to unfurl folding legs from the first stage, and see if they can do a soft landing, rocket assisted, in the ocean. Griffith Park Mountain Lion, P22, found to be suffering from mange.  Had traces of rat poison in system. Possibly concentrated in apex predator.

Matthew Tepper linked to an article in Time Magazine.  Kepler has discovered a planet, Kepler 186F, thought to be in the Goldilocks zone, but slightly larger than Earth.  T = 130 days.


Reviews


Eylat reviewed Fiddler on the Roof with her daughter playing the part of the Rabbi’s Son.  Lots of professional workers helped with the play.  Anna loves community theater. Various Olsons were involved in the production; Janis olson made the smaller props.  Jonathan Olson played Perchik the student.


Nick Smith: Comics Factory in Pasadena has decided to get out of DVD sale and rental, selling used and new DVDs. Colorado Blvd just west of PCC.


Darnell: was in Glee, eyeglasses glowing, so you can’t miss him.


Michelle Pincus rose to give us a piece of the auction -- yeah, that’s it!


The hour being very late, we honored Patron Saint Stan Burns.


Tepper” he arrived at LASFS in the late 19602s and was doing a survey for the members for his sociology class.  After surveying, he found the club congenial and joined.  He repairs cameras and video devices, and lives in Riverside.


Larry: He broke his hip at my house and didn’t sue.


Stan Burns was given three cheers and and some knitting.


Tom Safer: TSPC saturday at 10 AM, screening Frozen.


It was moved to yadda yadda yadda.

We adjourned at 9:32 PM.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 May 2014 )
 
Meeting # 4000, April 10, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

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Meeting # 4000, April 10, 2014

David Gerrold, Special Guest President presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Elliott Weinstein  


Eylat Poliner called meeting #4000 to order at 8:03.  


Eylat had some remarks, asked past officers to stand up and be recognized, and then turned the meeting over to our Special Guest President, David Gerrold


Menace from the previous meeting were read.  Michelle Pincus paid $11 to name them “The Trouble with Minutes”.  They were so approved.


Gold plated menace were read. The actual meeting number was 1889.

These menace were auctioned off.


We bid off the Menace, and Nick Smith bid $7 for them to be named “Sorry, Wrong Number”.  


We honored Patron Saint Elst Weinstein


Marc Schirmeister: one of the funniest guys in the club.  Between Ranquets and Herbangelism, very funny.  Marvelous guy and good friend.


Friend for at least 42 years. Went to guadalajara to study medicine, came back to california, and delighted to see him every Loscon at wine and cheese party.


CLJII: known Elliott a long time. He has a masterful sense of humor, and we assume his years in the LASFS have made him good at dealing with children.


Ed buchman: Elliott went to medical school without being a cadaver.


Elliot Weinstein was given three cheers and a reasonably clean butter knife.


Registrar Michelle introduced a guest. She reserves the right to introduce another guest to be named later. We have a new member, Julia Ree. First guest Bob Ree who heard about us from Julia Ree. Also introduced was Sarah Phillips, heard about us from a friend.


Committee Reports


Eylat: tonight's program is a panel on the history of LASFS, by people who joined it in various decades. June Moffatt represents the 1940s. Bill Ellern 1950s. Milt Stevens 1960s Mike Glyer 70s Karl Lembke 80s Cathy Beckstead 90s Peter Santell 00s, 2013 = Mimi Miller. Stay for the panel.


CLJII reported on the serial, Lost City of the Jungle, running another 12 weeks. A lot of the footage in this chapter was taken from 2 sources: Lost Horizons, other source is The White Hell of Pitz Palu, starring Leni Riefenstahl.

On the 26th and 27th, we have LA 4000. 2 day mini con, honoring the longevity of the LASFS. Niven, Pournelle, Gerrold, Glyer, Craig Miller, Mike Donahue, noon – 8 both days, panels speeches, fun stuff, and a buffet.

Marty Cantor had a report: He presented to the LASFS a binder containing pictures of the North Hollywood clubhouse during its last 2 years, this building before we took over, and how it's changed. It includes the wallpaper of the two old bathrooms. It's for the archives of the LASFS.

Eylat has an announcement. WE have another gift for archives. On the table over there, as people have walked in, are three posterboards: pictures from the website, and a sign-in sheet for today.

Eric Hoffman announced CD Traders is having a sale: 10% off new CDs and DVDs, Saturday and Sunday. Abandon your Wallet Ye Who Enter Here.


Moving right along: no old business.

No new business.


John Hertz brings greetings from two of his friends, Roger Hill who can't be here, and Mr. Paul Turner, who also can't be here.


Terry Brussel has a passover seder on Monday. Still looking for an office manager.

Gavin announced several of our members have a birthday on June 9. 2033 will be a hell of a birthday, because it will be our 5000th meeting.


Mike Stern had a thought. Today is Allyson's birthday.


David Gerrold said anyone planning to throw Harlan Ellison a 80th birthday party, forget it. If you want to buy him a present, he wants Netuskes.


CLJII reviewed David Gerrold pronouncing Netuske correctly. Yay!


Larry Niven: Shipstar is out. It's a continuation of The Bowl of Heaven. The second half.


David Gerrold has a copy of Lucifer's Hammer that needs an autograph. It was ceremoniously inscribed to Harlan Ellison.


Fred Patten reviewed The Flight of the Godkin Griffin by Maggie Hogarth. Very good fantasy. A copy has been donated to the LASFS library.

David Gerrold notes Fred has an eidetic memory of everything written in SF.


Liz Carlie reviewed Captain America the Winter Soldier. They are linked. Don't watch one if you haven't watched the other. See Captain America first. The movie is incredible, the acting is fantastic, and they did a good job with the character of the Falcon. Did not see the plot twist coming. (The psychologist was dead to begin with.) This is Oscar worthy material. The TV episode is a Joss Whedon episode.


Eric Hoffman is doing a retro: On a break before watching Hobbit: Smaug, watching survivors of Quatermass serials, and found he has the paperback editions of the scripts. These are fantastic reading. He doesn't like the end of the first TV serial; it gives new meaning to “talking something to death”.

David Gerrold watched Oblivion. It didn't suck as badly as expected, had one or two nice moments.

Almost Earth, got as far as the asteroid field and gravity disrupted. Will let us know if he gets any further.


Eylat wanted to do something fun: Who joined when? Stand up, and sit down when your decade is called.

David Gerrold joined in 1968, and can't imagine LASFS without June Moffatt and Bill Ellern.


David Okamura had a moment of science. Tuesday, there'll be a lunar eclipse, visible in North America. Start time is midnight, duration is a few hours. It may damage the NASA satellite.

We were hearing about the end of support for XP, and it may become more vulnerable. A more dire threat, Heartbleed. Thanks to the LASFS webmaster for alerting people about it. This affects the open ssl protocol. You may want to start changing your passwords.

Mike Stern: Yahoo was compromised, so if you logged on to Yahoo, change your password.

Wait until they make the fix.

There was much discussion.


LA Times Festival of Books is this weekend.


Anyone a member of Health Net: some computers were stolen. Heads up. Prepare to Change Passwords.


Joe Zeff: Aetna warning. If you're parked on Aetna, move your car.


One group of people to honor: our librarians. Warren Johnson,

Michael Mason

Heather Stern

Lee Strother-Vien

Sue Haseltine

Greg Barrett,

Jim Glass


David Gerrold announced Mars is at its closest approach. Watch for green flashes.


Did anyone announce the creation of magnetic monopoles? Someone has created some.


David Gerrold had an announcement: F&SF bought The Thing in the Backyard, evidence of why you don't want to piss off a writer. Should be out before the end of the year. Another story on Gordon's desk mentions LASFS in passing.


MISC: Please sign the sign-in sheet.


After a motion and a second, we adjourned to the program at 8:58.


As he was packing up to leave, the Scribe told David Gerrold “OK, now: Get off our lawn.”


 
Meeting # 3999, April 3, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Menace of the LASFS

Meeting # 3999, April 3, 2014

Eylat Poliner presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Tom Stern, Chuck Donahue

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


Eylat Poliner called meeting #3999 to order at 8:10.


The Menace were read. Paige Wiley bid $1 to call the Menace “Mary Sue sunshine”.


Special order of business:  President Eylat had a statement to read to the membership.

 

 


Last week, on 3/27/2014, we had a meeting, regarding harassment case.  One person was being accused by another of harassment. The meeting lasted about 2½ hours. This was not pleasant for anybody -- not the ones doing the accusing or the one being accused or the ones who had to run the meeting. With this in mind,


Who won -- no one, not the defendant, accuser or the club? What should we do? We should address the issue.  Currently, there is a harassment committee in place. We ARE working on a policy for harassment and a way to deal with the harasser once the act has been done.  This policy and/or disciplinary actions, will take time to transform.  We are asking for that time.  We need that time.


Also, I personally do NOT condone harassment of ANY kind.  I am hoping that the LASFS board takes the proper steps to make sure that this kind of action never happens again, and to make LASFS a safe place for all of its members, male or female.


Thank you,

Eylat Poliner

LASFS President



Thursday, April 10, Meeting 4000, the food ban is officially over.  (Elayne added “however, the messiness ban is still in place!”)


Committee Reports


Patron Saints


Chuck Donahue


Maryann Canfield: He plays one hell of a Hell game


Hare Hobbs: he was one of those LASFS members who got involved maybe too quickly and did a lot of stuff for a short time and burned out.  He was a hard worker when he worked.  


Leigh Strother-Vien: He didn’t burn out, he got a life.  He was a great person to have around for a Mah Jong game or a Hell game.


Chuck Donahue was given three cheers and a freezer to sit upon.


Tom Stern


Leigh: Tom stern is a big teddy bear and a Disney nut. He made sure to own one share so he could attende meetings.


Joan Steward: He and Marina are terrific people. He's very fun.


Tom Stern was given three Cheers and a micky and minnie wedding cake topper.


Next week is Meeting 4000.  We’ll have David Gerrold presiding, and past and present officers are welcome to attend and sit on the dais with him.  We’ll have a panel of LASFS members through the decades, moderated by CLJII


CLJII announced LA 4000 on April 26 and 27. Noon until 6 at least. There will be panels on LASFS in the SF field,  LASFS and convention running/going, LASFS and motion pictures, LASFS and fanwriting.  We also have Kelly Freas art show on Powerpoint. We'll have a short auction of some swell stuff.

Pre-registration is closed. $40 at the door.


Coming up:

4/10: meeting 4000

4/17 Big Auction

4/24: Larry and Jerry speak.



Time-bound Announcements  Reviews  Fannish Committee Reports  Miscellaneous  


Other time bound: April 17 Large Auction

4/24: We have a newly empty Board seat, so we have nominations for the vacant Board seat, and we'll have a discussion of the standing rules for Loscon


Michelle Pincus announced a bookstore in Downtown LA looking for weekend help. Part time, but for people who know their science fiction.

Registrar Michelle announced guests.

Gabriel Gentile, came with his friend Susan

Dennis Hazelett

Tamara Faulstich


We had a small auction.


We have a special guest speaking tonight.  Sandy Stoller, please introduce yourself.

Sandy Stoller, works for Rocketdyne. Engineer who has worked on a number of projects. Now working on CST-100 project, a vehicle Boeing is developing.


Matthew Tepper announced: June 2014 of Asimov’s Magazine has a LASFS member’s name on the cover for the first time, Kara Dalkey has a story in the magazine.


David Okamura had a moment of science:  Cal Tech has two programs of interest.  4/8 8-9:30 Beckman “The Future of Human Space Flight”.  Later in month, 4/26, Beckman Auditorium: Space Race Supermen, the heroes of early space flight.  Showing film, “Mercury Seven”

Recent science: Friday night’s rattle was due to a fault line we still don’t know much about: Puente Hills thrust fault. Even a 7.5 on that one could cause more damage than the Big One.  Three reasons, location, location, location.

Others were saying, checking the locations of aftershocks, they were going perpendicular to where the fault line is supposed to be. Go figure.

One article has a list of earthquake supplies.

And an update: In January Nature published a study from Japan saying they were able to revert adult cells to stem cells.  That study hasn’t survived the acid test of peer review. Now the head researcher has been accused of inappropriate conduct.

Finally, in Ukraine: we have the specter of a long-ago tragedy.  Chernobyl is in the news again. Back to the Red Forest: not only did the trees die, so did a lot of things that fed on the trees, including fungi and microbes. This is all dry tinder waiting to ignite, and if it goes, the radioactivity will go up in the smoke.


One quick thing:  Thanks to Marty and Matthew for the assistance they gave last Thursday night.


Matthew Tepper moved to adjourn to the program, it was seconded,

And so we adjourned at 8:50 PM.
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