LASFS Minutes ("Menace")
Meeting # 4056, May 07, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Bob Null


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


President Matthew Tepper called meeting #4056 to order at 8:00


Special orders of business:

We note the passing of Grace Lee Whitney, age 85, who appeared in eight Random episodes of ST Classic.


Menace from last meeting were read.  June Moffatt bid $3 to name them “It looks like purple people eater to me” They were so accepted.


Time Bound Announcements!


Marty Cantor announced the passing of Art Widner.  Art’s grandchildren will be having a memorial for him at the family home near Mendocino.  It will be Monday, 6/22.

There will be no Board meeting this Sunday, so the club will open at noon for gaming and stuff.


Committee Reports


The Treasurer’s report: We have money

You can’t spend it.


Programs (CLJII)

May 7: A presentation about Leonard Nimoy

May 14: Kimberly Stedman from NASA talks Mars Rovers

May 21: Big Auction, and Pre-show by Tim Griffin

May 28: Schirmeister Slide Show

June 4: TBD

June 11: TBD


June FWEMS: G-Men vs the Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West.

Second week of June will be procedural elections. (June 11)


Marcia Minsky announced the hotel block for Loscon 42 is now open. Use code LOSLOSA to reserve.  Rooms are $113/night. Parking is $13/night plus tax. Book through our block and wi-fi is at no additional charge.


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:


Patron Saint Bob Null


Scratch: Bob Null was a gentleman of many talents. He could be the world’s best soda fairy, he could find things no one else could find, cheaply. He handled maintenance, and when he passed, it took seven people to fill his shoes.


Joe Zeff: Remembers at first he had quite a bit of difficulty to try the internet because he didn’t think there’d be anything on it to interest him.  After six months, Bob was lecturing Joe about how to do stuff on the Net.


Hare: Bob was a fund of information about the latest earthquake or volcano.


CLJII: We do have the ability to name something after Bob.  The space between the two buildings was the Null Space.  In the new building, the patio is now the Null Space. Bob’s family was delighted to learn this. Bob liked to discover new hobbies and dive in rather like Bruce Pelz. At one point, he became fascinated with motion picture short subjects. When he retired from his profession, he took early retirement and turned down a contractor job doing what he had done for more money. It took them four people to fill his spot. Once he had retired, he looked for ways to fill his time. He found people who were travel impaired, and gave them rides in order to share their company.


Eylat Poliner: He was always there, and could be called at a moment’s notice. She could arrange to borrow furniture from the clubhouse and he would meet her at the clubhouse. He didn’t just give us money, he gave us his soul, his well being, his love....


Frank: he actually talked to me. And I’ve quote him as being the Swiss Army Knife of humans.


Karl Lembke: at one of the many cons for which he did Logistics, he was the Soda Ferry.  The idiot running the news zine misunderstood and wrote the wrong sort of fairy.  Shortly after the mistake hit print, Bob had adapted.  He showed up wearing blue wings and carrying a wand, and came bearing sodas.


Matthew Tepper: Bob was interested in exonumia. One time, he found a medal honoring Jack Benny and bought it for Matthew. This was the sort of thing he’d do. He was interested in the history of Turkey, and of course its coinage.  Bob also gave him a CD of episodes of a radio show. It turned out to be Boston Blackie.


From the Hagiography:

the LASFS logistics guy

served many terms as vice president

was the Soda Fairy for many years

Minister of Silly Gavel

Accepted the position of fan GOH at a con provided he would also be able to do his usual committee work

twice winner of the Evans Freehafer award


Patron Saint Bob Null was given three cheers and Nothing at all.


Registrar:  Devon Black introduced herself.  Eylat dragged her here.


David Okamura observes:

We have lost the last member of the team of German scientists who accompanied Werner Von Braun from Germany and helped create the Saturn V.

Oscar Holderer was age 95.  

Sometime tonight the Russian supply ship is expected to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Space-X has successfully tested its bail-out system.

It may be we’ll have self-driving semi tractor trailers, on freeways where the task is a lot simpler.

DNA research is expanding at an incredible pace. They’ve sequenced the woolly mammoth.

They’re getting closer to editing human DNA.

A new atomic clock has been devised. It won’t lose or gain a second over 15 billion years. It can tell if it’s been moved a couple of centimeters up or down.


Jerry Pournelle reported some numbers.  When the EM drive was in a vacuum, they lost 95% of the effect, and the rest is within the bounds of error. So it seems to be a convection effect.


No Old Business!


No new business!


Reviews


Milt Stevens: Ancillary Sword is the sequel to last year’s winner. It’s the Count of Monte Cristo with some SF details. Without gender distinctions, the society is not terribly human and not very nice.  This feels like the second volume of a trilogy.  Not bad, but not as good as Three Body Problem


CLJII: went out on May 5 to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. They gave him the Senor discount on account of the holiday. He arrived for the 4:30 showing of the 2-D showing.  They didn’t have such a showing. They offered the 4:40 3-D showing. The 3-D was well done, and not overused.

They were very careful to make sure it fit right between the appropriate episodes of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Dismayed at the trend that says any Superhero movies have to have wanton destruction of property and wholesale slaughter of innocents. (I can get it for you retail) There was a good thing at the end of the picture. They gave screen credit for the creators of the characters.


Misc


Eylat notes that a woman was suing every gay person on earth for being gay. Today, a Nebraska Supreme Court threw her out.  Her case, too.


Joe Zeff: Needed to transfer files to a friend who has limited bandwidth. Bought a new Lexar flash drive. Before opening the package, noticed system requirements.


Jerry Pournelle read that now a $25 ticket given to a pedestrian for jaywalking works out to $197 after fees and whatnot. Don’t cross on the “don’t walk” sign.


Bill Green discussed religion. A missionary approached and asked if he was Christian, he said no.  Then asked if he was Catholic.


Hare Hobbs: KFI is planning a rally to campaign against the extra added-on fees.


CLJII:  From the news: about the TV program The Price is Right. They have this iron curtain for certain prizes. People behind the curtain don’t know anything about the contestants, the people on the show don’t know what the prizes are. It’s a very strict rule.  On a recently recorded episode, the woman who won the surprize showcase -- a treadmill, had had both feet amputated. Now she has a lifetime of comedy material for her act.


Put chairs away.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 9:02.


 
Meeting # 4055, Apr 30, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Larry Niven


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


President Matthew Tepper gaveled something in Morse Code calling meeting #4055 to order at 8:00


Special orders of business:


Ken Butler, who joined in the late 70s and attended through the 80s passed away sometime last year

CLJII spoke briefly about the passing of Stan Burns, honored two weeks ago this evening. One week ago, he succombed to the injuries he received in a car accident. He managed to enjoy the short span he had left, after being told he would not recover. He was a good friend


In memory of these individuals, we had a long moment of silence.


Menace from last meeting were read.  Christian McGuire bid $3 to name them “Who had the last bid?” They were so accepted.


Time Bound Announcements!


None!


Committee Reports


The Treasurer’s report: We have money

You can’t spend it.


We had an auction.  One item was a calendar, with some beautiful images.

Since the vending machine is working again, we auctioned off the last slot which goes to Diet Coke with Lime.


Programs (CLJII)

4/30/15: last meeting, about the life and career of Walt Lee, archivist and film preservationist extraordinaire. (Talk by Tom Khamis and others)  After this, a special presentation for the holiday

May 7: A presentation about Leonard Nimoy

May 14: Kimberly Stedman from NASA talks Mars Rovers

May 21: Big Auction, and Pre-show by Tim Griffin

May 28: Schirmeister Slide Show

June 4: TBD

June 11: TBD



June FWEMS: G-Men vs the Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West.

Second week of June will be procedural elections. (June 11)


Christian announced a new set of books is up for sale on the table by the entry way.


Registrar Ed Hooper introduced Cindy Lee Kimmick and Tarynn Kimmick


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:


Patron Saint Larry Niven


Matthew Tepper: We all know Larry. He’s a member of this club for eons (well, at least portions of two centuries).


Scratch: Niven is a gentleman of words, and when he decided to team up with Jerry Pournelle, the two of them worked quite well, and it gets to the point where it’s hard to tell who is responsible for which words.


Joe Zeff: remembers that one year, back when we were having the contest for most memorable fanac of the year, he got himself into second place so he could write about Larry and Ed Green, with Larry sitting on the floor of the hall, shouting out “Alms for the Rich”


Tim Griffin: Grew up in a family that is a lot of things, especially complicated.  Larry was one of the few beacons that let him know being a grown-up need not totally suck. Love his work, but enjoy him as a person even more, and he’s the man I want to be when I grow up.


Milt Stevens: One story led to a long-standing LASFS tradition. It was set at a real divorce party, and another member was the android IQ test asking what you can say about chocolate covered manhole covers.


John DeChancie: Baltimroe Worldcon 1983 -- He had just sold his first novel that winter, and this was his first worldcon as a pro. Got there and there was his editor, susan allison. She introduced him to Larry Niven. They shook hands and he headed up the escalator. Now if only I had a punch line.


Michelle Pincus: At one of her first Loscons, they had sent her over to set up the art show, which Fuzzy was running.  She saw this distinguished older woman. Fuzzy sent her to get her husband. The only person out there was Larry Niven.


CLJII: A story he hasn’t told in a long time.  When I first joined the LASFS back when dinosaurs ruled the construction site, his first convention was FUNCon. A young fan came up to him and told him he (CLJII) was Larry Niven. He was unable to persuade the kid he wasn’t Niven. CLJII thinks the kid was eventually introduced to the real Larry Niven.


Matthew: At the very same convention, had just read World of Ptavvs and Neutron Star.  He asked if someone could introduce him to Larry Niven.  Tom Digby pointed him at a man who might know where Larry Niven was, and Larry Niven turned out to know exactly where he was.


Jerry Pournelle: in 1980, after the election, Reagan’s people asked Col Kane to write this space plan for the new administration. Jerry had written on the subject, and was recruited to help with the meeting.  Where to meet?  Larry was willing to host the 80 people, including Buzz Aldrin, nine generals, Max Hunter, and a number of other folks. We worked out the commercial space act during one of those meetings.  Larry was sent upstairs with a lawyer to write up the policy. They were stuck there while everyone else enjoyed the gourmet spread.


Scratch: He did a good job. Look it up. “How to save civilization and make a little money”.


From the Hagiography:

The first person to be honored at a LASFS Fanquet (for his first professional sale) who broke the jinx by selling another piece professionally. 

Great writer of hard SF

A gracious and generous man

Regency dancer

Immortalized the chocolate manhole cover

Husband of Marilyn "Fuzzy Pink" Niven


Patron Saint Larry Niven was given three cheers and One Ring to House them all.



David Okamura observes we had a couple of passings.  The Russian supply ship will probably undergo a catastrophic re-entry.  Elon Musk’s space-x is the next launch, and will probably be crammed full of stuff.

At 12:30 PM west coast time, NASA’s Messenger craft became a crater on Mercury. It had run out of propellant. They opted for an impact and one last very close up photograph. It hit at a speed of some 8700 MPH.

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Horizon project took a surprising test launch. They got it up to the edge of space.

Scientists have solved a riddle about the sun. Why is the surface a relatively cool 10K degrees F while the corona is up to 4 million to 18 million degrees?  They’ve theorized about nanoflares, which seem to be supplying the heat. (It’s either that or SUVs.)


Jerry Pournelle: NASA thinks it’s invented the warp drive. Low probability of success, but they may have a FTL drive.


Tim Griffin: Some people have been re-doing their landscaping on account of the drought.  He’s working with the Theodore Payne foundation to promote california native plants. See him for more info.


No Old Business!


No new business!


Reviews


Milt Stevens reviewed Three Body Problem. It’s quite a book, starting with a scene where a character is watching her father get beaten to death by the Red guard. It’s got science, super science, sense of wonder, a conspiracy for an alien invasion, and at one point, they turn a proton inside out in six dimensions to make a weapon to use against Earth. (Now that’s one hell of a proton pill.)


Tom Locke reviewed Micro by Michael Crichton. It’s typical Crichton fare of technology gone awry. As usual, it has help by someone with nefarious interests.  IT requires some suspension of disbelief, especially when his shrink ray comes into play. There are serious fallacies. It’s an enjoyable read for one reading. It will be donated to the Library.


David Okamura reviewed the OC fairgrounds. Imaginology, basically an examination of science, technology, engineering for young people. This is not your usual elementary school science fair. All kinds of things were represented, and he could have spent a lot more time than he did going through it.


Misc


Frank Waller: Sunday is first of May, Super Car Sunday at Topanga and Erwin.


Put chairs away.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 9:02.
 
Meeting # 4054, Apr 23, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Bill Warren, Nick Smith


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


President Matthew Tepper gaveled meeting #4054 to order at 8:00

This will be “agenda light” because of the program this evening.

Special orders of business:


We have lost a film and TV director, Richard L Bare who directed “To Serve Man”, the Twilight Zone episode.  He was age 101. (CLJII) He also directed the series “Green Acres”, which became more fantasy the longer it went. He also directed the “behind the 8-ball” shorts.


Marty Cantor announced the passing of Art Widner, a year and a half shy of age 100. He died this week, outliving all four of his sons. He was a member of the Boston Strangers Club, chaired Boskone 1 and 2, and invented the game Interplanetary. (We still have a board). It’s sort of based on the Doc Smith universe.  He was in FAPA for a long time, and went to almost every Corflu.


In memory of these individuals, we had a moment of silence.


Menace from last meeting were read.  Scratch  bid $3.50 to name them “Now it’s gone completely out of my head” They were so accepted.


Committee Reports


Programs (CLJII)

4/23/15: A film called Time Lapse: a feature length film, as yet unreleased. The people who brought it will be here to explain it and then show it.

4/30/15: last meeting, about the life and career of Walt Lee, archivist and film preservationist extraordinaire. (Talk by Tom Khamis and others)  After this, a special presentation for the holiday

May 7: A presentation about Leonard Nimoy

May 14: Kimberly Stedman from NASA talks Mars Rovers

This Sunday: FWEMS A salute to Hammer Films: Captain Cronos, Vampire Hunter, Vampire Circus, and the Hammer-Karnstein vampire films, and others.


June FWEMS: G-Men vs the Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West.

Second week of June will be procedural elections. (June 11)


The Treasurer’s report: We have money


You can’t spend it.


Time Bound:


Waller: Antique show at Pierce College


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:


Patron Saint Bill Warren


Milt Stevens: Board member, worked on committees of early Loscons, wrote a comprehensive history of SF cinema in the 50s, done quite a bit of writing in magazines such as Starlog, was in APA-L for 500 weeks, and shows up at Loscons he’s invited to. He murdered me in a mystery novel, “Fandom as a Way of Death”.


Matthew Tepper: He was linchpin of a panel discussion on Nero Wolfe.


CLJII:  Bill has been forgotten over the years, but he was a very important element in refurbishing of the Burbank clubhouse. Most who worked on it are still around and get remembered.   He’s despised in many quarters for letting CLJII know where LASFS meets. HE published KWTS and the millennium edition of KWTS.  He’s mostly retired now, and his major project is figuring out how to go live in Hawaii


Jerry Pournelle: when editor of Nebula Book of the year, he hired Bill Warren to write the essay on the SF films of the year.


Scott Beckstead: Before Internet, Scott ran Paradox Alley, a BBS, and Bill Warren expressed opinions on the board.


Barbara Harmon has known him and Beverly for a long time. Sometimes we’re friends, sometimes acquaintances.  Bill is a very good friend of cats.


From the Hagiography:

on the original LASFS board of directors.

wrote Keep Watching the Skies, 2 volumes of reviews of '50s SF movies.

Also a fan writer

He was LASFS GOH at 1984 Loscon.

Lord High Janitor at the old clubhouse

A close friend of Bill Rotsler.  He served as Rotsler's fannish executor. After Rotsler's death,  sent all remaining Rotsler illos to Marty Canter for general use in the fanzine world.

The year that Jerry Pournelle edited the Nebula anthology, Bill Warren wrote the essay on that year's SF.


Patron Saint Bill Warren was given three cheers and Keep Watching the Skies.


Patron Saint Nick Smith


He brought cake!


Michelle Pincus notes Nick does an amazing amount for the club that most don’t know about.  He’s an all around good friend.


Gavin Claypool.  It’s very good cake.  And you can blame me because I got him to come out for the first time.


David Okamura knows him through the filk side of fandom, responsible for ConChord, a storyteller, and makes the auctions very enjoyable. He’s always been a gentleman.  He’s a game tester, and a member of LA FilkHarmonics.


Nick Smith has recently been inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame, which now has 7 LASFS members among its 40 inductees.


John DeChancie: Nick Smith is frighteningly intelligent. He may prove a danger to humanity.


From the Hagiography:

Filker

LASFS Board Member

Inductee to Filk Hall of Fame


Patron Saint Nick Smith was given three cheers and induction into the Filk Hall of Fame.


Registrar emeritus Michelle Pincus introduced Guest Barry Rosen, who found us on the web.


David Okamura observes science happened, and will tell about it next week.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


No Old Business!


No new business!


Reviews



Misc


Francis Hamit updated us on Christopher Marlowe.  A deal for North American distribution is about to be signed.


None!


Put chairs away.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 8:32.
 
Meeting # 4053, Apr 16, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Len and June Moffatt, Stan Burns


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


President Matthew Tepper gaveled meeting #4053 to order at 8:00


David Willis, the annoying guy, stood before the club to talk about Marty Cantor’s 80th birthday, last week.  We lost Leonard Nimoy, but we didn’t lose Marty Cantor! The amazing thing is he didn’t annoy people enough for anyone to kill him.


Menace from last meeting were read.  Nick Smith bid $4 to name them “Try doing THAT on Television!” They were so accepted.


There is a civil war museum exhibit Nick Smith is curating, featuring a person whom Jules Verne used as the basis for a couple of his stories, Thaddeus Lowe.  Pasadena History Museum.


Christian mentioned the table full of books, going away tonight.


Committee Reports


Treasury: We have money.  You can’t spend any of it.

_ in the treasury.

_ in all funds


Programs (CLJII)

4/16/15: Third meeting, big auction

4/23/15: Schroedinger’s Program (Maybe a film called Time Lapse)

4/30/15: last meeting, about Walt Lee, archivist and film preservationist extraordinaire. (Talk by Tom Khamis and others)

FWEMS A salute to Hammer Films: Captain Cronos, Vampire Hunter, Vampire Circus, and the Hammer-Karnstein vampire films, and others.

June FWEMS: G-Men vs the Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West.

Second week of June will be procedural elections. (June 11)


TSPC: This month’s film is Disney’s Frozen.


We honored tonight’s Patron Saints:


Patron Saint Stan Burns


Currently down from the after-effects of an auto accident.


From the Hagiography:

works as a photographer

lives in Riverside

Entered LASFS while going to USC and questioned fans for data on a college paper on "newly developing interpersonal relationships in fandom."

invented some of the LASFS poker games,

credited with many of the first set of pictures for the fan gallery


Patron Saint Stan Burns was given three cheers and an f-stop.


Patron Saints Len and June Moffatt


Marc Schirmeister: June and Len gave him one of his fond memories, doing a swing dance to music from a spring-wound phonograph he brought to a party.


George McUrso: Met them at Blustering Gales, and made sure they got nominated for the Evans Freehafer award. Len had an extraordinary career as a writer, and had pieces appear in Sherlock Holmes magazine. Along with Bruce Pelz, were founders of BoucherCon.

In honor of Len & June’s sainthood, there is a cake in the back room.


CLJII: Has known Len Moffatt forever. He’s from the area of Pittsburgh, PA, and came to California on his way to exchange greetings with the Japanese. June is very much Len’s equal in fandom.


Barbara Harmon met Len in 1957 or 58, and she and June used to double date with Jim and Len.  The Moffatts are the best people in the world


From the Hagiography:

Evans-Frehafer Award winners

TAFF winners

Fan writers

They are co-founders of Boucher-Con  [No.  It was founded by Bruce Pelz.  See http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mglyer/bruce/index.html]

long time Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes and Oz fans

At one time, they would bring young, impressionable fen into their home and civilize them.

June is a former LASFS President, as well as a former Board member


Patron Saints Len and June Moffatt were given three cheers and a deerstalker and an inverness cape.


Registrar Marcia Minsky announced a guest. Kevin Siegel, the other gentleman in a green shirt.


Nick Smith had a Board announcement.  He’s making announcements of SF-themed events for people to attend.  4/25, the people who do the Wicked Lit presentations are doing a staged reading of a Star Trek episode inside a mausoleum, Mountain View in Altadena.


David Okamura observes science happened.

SpaceX managed to launch their Dragon capsule to the ISS. The first stage landed on the barge, and nailed the landing.  But the nails were too big.

A Hollywood Celebrity was seen crawling around in Los Feliz looking for a new home.  This was P22, a mountain lion.

Apparently, Mercury should be painted black.  Why is it so dark? It may be the remnants of comet dust going around the Sun, coating the surface.

There’s been a come-back.  Brontosaurus is back!


Jerry Pournelle had a minor topic to speak about, and an ulterior motive.

Don’t try this at home, all of you makers. But if you do, let me know how it comes out.

A fellow build himself a gadget to electronically stimulate his head, and claimed it made him more creative. A Ph.D at Stanford decided to try to repeat the experiment. He went to Radio Shack and bought some components. He built himself a contraption. He got a big flash of light and proceded to win five consecutive games of Cannonball on his iPhone. He went to the race track and the results are reported in the December 2014 Wired.

In other news, every thirty million years, the Earth goes through the plane of the galaxy. A chap has a theory that because dark matter would concentrate in the plane of the galaxy, maybe that’s what causes comets to break loose from the Oort cloud.



Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


No Old Business!


No new business!


Reviews


Frank Waller heard on Radio 1070, and Shaun Crosby was on the line talking about the Star Wars convention.


Misc


CLJII: Flash Gordon e-book hit the top 100 sellers for the 25th time in less than a year.




Put chairs away.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 8:47.

 
Meeting # 4052, Apr 09, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Menace of the LASFS

Meeting # 4052, Apr 09, 2015

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Chuck Donahue, Tom Stern


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


President Matthew Tepper gaveled meeting #4052 to order at 8:00


Before the Menace, we have a few Special Orders.

Matthew Tepper announced that Andrew Porter the Music Critic also known for making a very fine English translation of Wagner’s Ring has passed away.

James Best, actor in Twilight Zone (three episodes), has also passed.

CLJII points out that James Best is also known as star of a film and sequel most widely separated in production years, Killer Shrews and Return of the Killer Shrews.

We also lost a giant of conceptual comedy, Stan Freeburg.


Menace from last meeting were read.  Ed Hooper bid $2.25 to name them “Is it Koenig or Kaynig” They were so accepted.


Marty Cantor announced the Board Meeting on sunday, starting at 11.

As Publications minister, Marty announced the webmaster is quite ill. Lee Gold is good at getting stuff posted, but Barry has not been able to put up the design modifications. He has also not been able to update the Joomla.  Anyone willing to assist, contact the Golds.

Joe Zeff moved to send an inappropriate card to the Gods. (Something with a big semicolon on the front.)


Barabara Harmon mentioned First Fandom.  members are those who attended the first Worldcon in 1939. To be an associate, you have to have been involved for at least 30 years. (S**T! I quailfy.)  Those who qualify, voter for Jim Harmon and Maury Dollins.


Committee Reports


Treasury: We have money.  You can’t spend any of it.

 

Programs (CLJII)

4/9/15: David Dean Bottrell  on Sci-Fest LA

4/16/15: Third meeting, big auction

4/23/15: Schroedinger’s Program (Maybe a film called Time Lapse)

4/30/15: last meeting, about Walt Lee, archivist and film preservationist extraordinaire.

FWEMS A salute to Hammer Films: Captain Cronos, Vampire Hunter, and others.

June FWEMS: G-Men vs the Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West.


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:

Patron Saint Elliot Weinstein


CLJII: He learned to be a baby doc in Haiti. He operates with the very best butter knife, and with the best butter. He is a fan of long standing, and is one of the fans who created a religion, maybe the best reputed of fan-founded religions.


Milt Stevens: He collaborated on Glyer and Weinstein’s Hoaxarama and started the Hogus, which we may need in the near future.  He created APA-H, an APA for people who didn’t exist.



From the Hagiography:

a pediatrician

invented a board game called For This You Die,

invented the Hogu Banquet, an alternative to the Hugo Banquet held at McDonald's.

said to be the LASFS member who most resembles Prof. Moriarty

Created Herbangelism, a religion based on the comic book character Herbie.


Patron Saint Elliot Weinstein was given three cheers and a diet of radishes to keep that whimsy up!



Registrar Ed Hooper announced guests. Bill Sussel, a friend of Jeff Kent, and David Dean Bottrel, our program tonight.


David Okamura observes Spring is here.

Spring break road trip!  Oddy-Q-5 has made its way across 3400 miles autonomously.

The Large Hadron collider is starting up after 2 years of upgrades.

You know what the Turing Test is? Basically, when you can’t tell whether you’re dealing with a computer or a human.  USC and DARPA have been working on a Sim Sensei, a virtual reality psychologist who is obviously artifical.  People open up more to AIs than to people.

We’ve had reports about advances in battery technology. In the last 2 years or so, several exotic materials have been announced. Now Stanford says they’ve created a battery with a one-minute charge time, and made of graphite and aluminum. The only problem is it has half the energy storage of a lithium ion battery.

Waller adds they had an electric car race at the Long Beach raceway.


Doug Crepeau reports on experiments with a MHD drive pulling energy out of the quantum


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


No Old Business!


No new business!


Reviews


Eric Hoffman reviewed a book, American International Pictures, by Gary A Smith.

Also, CD Trader is having a sale event this weekend in honor of Record Store Day, 10% off new CDs, DVDs, and 20% off used.  This is in Reseda, Ventura between Tampa and Wilbur.


Larry Niven said Minicon put on its 50th anniversary over the weekend, and had three writer guests of honor, an artist guest, a publisher guest, and all guests were quite enjoyable. Minicon treats their guests right. He had a wonderful time.


Misc


None!


Put chairs away.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 8:47.


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