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Meeting # 4047, Mar 05, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Meeting # 4047, Mar 05, 2015

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Dave Fox


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


President Matthew Tepper called two-bit meeting #4047 to order at 8:00


Comments from the President


We have very little to do, and lots of time to do it.  Strike that, reverse it.


We have some announcements.

CLJII eulogized a member of the Star Trek family, Producer Harve Bennett, who produced several of the Star Trek feature films. We also have an announcement.

On March 28, we will have a celebration of the life of the late Leonard Nimoy. We will have clips and rare TV interviews, guest speakers, and an opportunity for people to speak. This will run 2 PM until it ends. 6:30, we screen Wrath of Khan.

Nimoy was an actor, photographer, poet, stage actor, singer, and also was the father of LASFS member Adam Nimoy. We held a long moment of silence in his honor.

Condolences to be sent, a real condolence card.


Marty Cantor announced that on the 26th, Harlan Ellison will be here, but this is not to be a book signing event. He will be speaking member to member. He will autograph a book if it’s new, otherwise it’s $50/signature.


SFWA has an award called the Grand Master Award.  The newest honoree is our own Larry Niven.  And there was much rejoicing.


Menace from last meeting were read.  Michelle Pincus bid $5.00 to name them “These minutes brought to you by 2016, Starship Loscon” They were so accepted.


We do have some money in the treasury:

You can’t spend any of it.


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:

Patron Saint Dave Fox


Mark Poliner: Thirty years ago, came to LASFS and first two people I met was Dave and Hare, and he came back anyway.


Hare: One thing he was notorious for was being unofficial Dirty Old Man. When he died, the local strip club down the street went out of business.


Marty Cantor: read in story about how he would turn down his hearing aid.

After he died, several people were helping to clean out his place. Didn’t he leave a will? He was a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allan Poe. Bill Warren said if he left a will, it would probably be stuck to that bulletin board.


Thorson: Dave Fox was instrumental in the repairs around the club because the power tools he gave us still function.



From the Hagiography:

was voted LASFS's Official Dirty Old Man

contributor to APA-L

attended club meetings from the third meeting on, except for his time in the Marine Corps.

invented a little Mediterranean country, Khorlia, located between France and Italy. The history and lore of Khorlia may be found in the APA-L archives.

Lee & Barry Gold also published an anthology of Fox's Khorlian writings.

father of Ellen Elizabeth, known as Vixen, a Bay Area fan.


Patron Saint Dave Fox was given three cheers and a Khorlian fan dancer.


Registrar Ed Hooper: We have two guests. Maren Haugen, Darkover fan. Johnny Nicely, an Uber driver. If he drives nicely enough, does that make him an Uber-mensch?


Committee Reports


David Okamura had a moment of science.

Scientists are working to see how Curiosity is faring.

Dawn spacecraft is approaching Ceres, and seeing spots on the asteroid.

Spring Forward this Sunday. Time to do spring cleaning.

National Parks have lint camp, to clean up stuff left behind by tourists, including lint, dead skin, hair, etc. The crews of volunteers go through with tweezers and other cleaning implements.

A gray whale was spotted off Dana Point harbor, embracing a female gray whale, for 28 hours on and off.

Green sea turtles are very rare. They found a colony of 30 in the San Gabriel River. At the mouth of the river, there are two steam plants, and the turtles like it warm.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced he located the sister ship of the Yamato. He has a yacht that puts the old Calypso to shame. He was searching for 8 years, most of it spent waiting for Windows to boot up.


Jerry Pournelle had a couple of items about AI.

IBM is working on a program where you can tell Watson what you have in your kitchen and it will suggest what you ought to cook. If you need spices or other ingredients it will suggest.  One ingredient it suggested was orange peels. How does it know what orange peels taste like? It infers from its knowledge of ingredients. The fact it can infer what you will like when it can’t experience it is significant.

A quadriplegic lady, about 70 years of age, can fly an F 35. She thinks where she wants the plane to go, and it flies there. Granted, it’s a simulation, but if you can fly that, you can fly the real thing.

These stories and more www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor


Old Business!

Loscon Bids!!!


The bidders are

Heide Nichols and Robbie Bourget, with Where No Loscon has Gone before.

  • (winner) Michelle Pincus and Christian McGuire, with Starship Loscon.


No new business!


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Space-X is having a job fair, with 100 jobs, in Long Beach


Milt Stevens: Hugo nomination deadline is Wednesday.


Eric Hoffman: on the 22th, they’re having the paperback book fair in Glendale.



Committee reports


The lantern o’jack was passed to pay for snacks and treats for the Nimoy Memorial, hopefully an infinite diversity of snacks will be provided.


Programs (CLJII)

3/12/15: Larry Lytle discusses his book: the incredibly memorable  American Grotesque:  The Life and Art of William Mortensen LASFS meeting)

3/19/15: Big Auction

3/26/15: A local author will speak and not sign books.

Upcoming will be a marc schirmeister video slide show.



Reviews


Frank Waller watched the last Avengers movie, with lots of hardware and violence


Nick Smith saw Kingsmen, a modernized Steed and Peel Avengers movie, if their organization had been a private concern.  If you like Steed and Peel, you’ll like the organization of the Kingsmen. Samuel Jackson should have been reined in a bit.


Misc


Frank Waller announced it rained Sunday.  Super Car Sunday meets this weekend at the usual place. South Topanga Mall, 8 AM until 10:30 AM.


Jerry Pournelle has an e-mail from a usually reliable source. A company has bought “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and is making a movie. They’re renaming the movie.  Nick Smith notes both Moon and Stars My Destination have entered options. The title may have been a working title.


Heide Dragon Riders of Pern has been optioned, and a screen writer has been picked.


Jerry Pournelle: SFWA has decided to accept independently published and self published works for membership, and the rules are complicated. You have to have made as much money as you would have gotten from an advance from a publisher. This puts them only a year behind the Author’s guild.


The chairleader announcement was made.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 9:25 PM
 
Meeting # 4046, Feb 27, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Marjii Ellers, Bill Ellern


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


President Matthew Tepper called meeting #4046 to order at 8:00


Comments from the President


None


Menace from last meeting were read.  June Moffatt bid $2.00 to name them “Arthur” They were so accepted.


Milt Stevens recalled Sid Coleman has passed. He was part of the TV series, Stephen Hawking’s Universe. There is a write-up in today’s File 770.


We do have some money in the treasury:

You can’t spend any of it.


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:

Patron Saint Marjii Ellers


Scratch: Marjii Ellers knew costumes, had a marvelous eye, and had a nice figure. She was always willing to help those working on costumes. She also funded the Star Wars wallpaper in the Burbank clubhouse restroom.


Larry Niven: She was a pillar of the LASFS


Sue Fox: I think she would have enjoyed the upswing in cosplay. She could make the rank beginner feel like the queen of the ball.


Joe Zeff: She was a fan of regency dancing, and observed there were always more women than men, so she would assume the part of a gentleman at the dances.


Hare Hobbs: Once as fan GOH at Loscon, to thank us, she brought in a 10 lb block of chocolate to the Con Suite each day of the con.



From the hagiography

Costumer, active at Costume College

responsible for the wallpaper in the back bathroom and the tile in the front bathroom, as well as the lunar mural in the computer room

One of her most striking costumes was "The Queen of Air and Darkness"

When she was fan guest of honor at one convention, she brought a 10-pound block of chocolate to the con suite every day to thank the convention for selecting her

She generally brightened any room she was in



Patron Saint Marjii Ellers was given three cheers and a measuring tape.



Patron Saint Bill Ellern


Heide Nichols: Bill has one of the biggest hearts of any man I’ve ever met in my life. He would over-contribute on auctions to raise money for the club. He worked very hard on the Board of Directors, he worked a lot at Loscons, and he was behind a lot of great things at the club. To me he will always exemplify the sweet older gentleman.


Eylat: He has always been a very kind person. He’s going through some rough times, and I hope things get better.


Scratch: He contributes to LASFS auctions, and he’s a gentleman unless you’re bidding against him.


Frank Waller: He is always a gentleman. He is a collector of SF and fantasy stuff.


Jerry Pournelle: He was an aerospace design engineer, and I always thought of him as the adult supervision for LASFS.


Tepper: When we moved to this location, Bill was one of the crew who observed the closing of the old building along with Mike Thorson, Michelle Pincus, and Matthew Tepper.  Bill being senior, he got the job of locking the doors.


From the hagiography


(Need to generate an entry.)


Patron Saint Bill Ellern was given three cheers and a checkbook.


Registrar: No guests tonight.


Board Member announcement:


Committee Reports


David Okamura had a moment of science.

For many people, peanuts are deadly. Peanut allergies are among the most common food allergies, and cases have doubled in the last score of years.

Now we have evidence that total avoidance may have been the wrong choice. Kids who have been avoiding peanuts have a greater chance of developing allergies by age 5. Kids introduced to peanuts seem to develop a tolerance, at the rate of 81%.

Unrelated: kids who have participated in dish washing and had fermented foods have more resistance to infection, diseases, and allergy.

About cholesterol.  Yes, have eggs for breakfast. Recommended dietary guidelines are changing. Cholesterol is not that much of a concern compared with other things like sodium. Shades of “Sleeper”!

The International Space Station is being worked on.  One of the modules is being moved to make room for capsules to be arriving in the near future. They have found a water leak in one of the space suits.

The Russians have decided to go ahead and support the ISS until about 2024. Three modules that have never been launched are being kept, to be used to build an independent space station.


Hare Hobbs commented that we the dyslexic are more likely to die early, from accidents.


Programs (CLJII)

2/26/15: Books nominatable for Hugo  (Milt Stevens, Darnell Coleman, Kristen Gorlitz)

3/5/15: Loscon bids

3/12/15: Larry Lytle discusses his book:  American Grotesque:  The Life and Art of William Mortensen LASFS meeting)

3/19/15: Big Auction

3/26/15: A local author will speak.

Upcoming will be a marc schirmeister video slide show.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Michelle Pincus announced that at the Cal Tech theater, the rainbow auditorium, Alice Through the Wormhole.


Tom Locke is donating two items to the LASFS library: 11/22/63, by Stephen King; and a collection of Equinox, a horror movie reminiscent of the Blair Witch Project


Gene Turnbow: Krypton Radio is the first SF Radio station with apps for 95% of electronic platforms.


CLJII: My high school drama teacher was hired to provide voice-over effects for the first version of Equinox.

Announcing: this Sunday, 3/1, Tom Khamis hosts a day of motion pictures celebrating Maximilian Schell. Starts at 3 PM.


There was no Old Business


There was no New Business


Reviews


Lynn Maners reviewed Sabers of Paradise, by Leslie Blanch, Frank Herbert’s inspiration for the Fremen. It turns out a fair number of words Herbert used are from the Caucasian.


Michelle Pincus reviewed a movie: What we Do in the Shadows, Arclight in Sherman Oaks. New Zealand documentary about four vampires sharing a flat in the modern day. Not a perfect movie, but a good fun movie.


We also had the auction for the last slot on the soda machine. Scratch bid $15 to make it that Arizona green tea.


Matthew Tepper: He and Debra went to see an opera at the LA Music Center. The Ghosts of Versailles, by John Corigliano. It is a sort of kind of third Figaro opera. It has fantasy elements because it starts out in limbo, featuring French nobles who lost their heads in the Revolution. It gets weirder from there.


Eric Hoffman reviewed a magazine: CinemaRetro. This is chock full of information.


Hare Hobbs: Season finale of Sleepy Hollow had the characters go back to the Revolutionary War. One wears a jacket with a large zipper, and nobody notices.


CLJII: Holding a chinese menu. Under egg fu young and chop suey, it lists egg fu young, and chop suey.


Tom Locke read a blog, Unvierse Today by Frazer King. Explains why there can’t be an earth on the other side of the sun. Unlike L4 and L5 points which are stable, the L3 point is unstable and inevitably any planet there will gradually orbit around until it collides with Earth.

Saith Matthew Tepper: “Take that, John Norman!” (I guess it depends whose Gor is Axed.)


Debra Levin has been given permission to announce that Anne Morrel broke her hip in a fall. She is in the hospital. She’s doing well and may be able to go home by the weekend.

Send an appropriate card.  


Misc


Marcia Minsky reminded one and all to police their areas and put away chairs after the program.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:50 PM


 
Meeting # 4045, Feb 19, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Maureen Garrett


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


President Matthew Tepper called meeting #4045 to order at 8:00


Comments from the President


None


Menace from last meeting were read.  Marcia Minsky bid $1.50 to name them “I wasn’t here last week so I don’t know what the heck was going on.” They were so accepted.


Special Orders of Business (CLJII)

Stan Chambers has passed. He was a newscaster in War of the Colossal Beast, and Zarquor, War of the Invader.

And the voice of Roger Ramjet, Space Ghost, and others: Gary Owen.

Louis Jardin, from Gigi and My Fair Lady, Swamp Thing, and The Return of the Swamp Thing, playing the Villian “Arcane”.

We had a moment of silence for these individuals.


We do have some money in the treasury:

You can’t spend any of it.


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:

Patron Saint Maureen Garrett


Nick Smith says due to a fluke of names, she introduced FilkHarmonic to LucasFilms. Meg Garrett kept getting Maureen’s mail, found the group, asked for a copy of the songbook, and took it to her office.


She attended regularly through the 80s, and she did artwork for APA-L; she would draw a circle and put into it a world. She is a very sweet, kind and nice person, and is missed.


From the hagiography

First president of the Star Wars Fan Club

Got a job working for Craig Miller in the Official Star Wars Fan Club and later took it over. 

One of the artists featured in the Fantasy Showcase Tarot deck.  (Nine of Wands)

Donated the bathroom wallpaper


Patron Saint Maureen Garrett was given three cheers and the universe in a circle.


Registrar: We seem to have no guests now, a guest named Brendon Purlow visited on Friday.

Member David Pass was visiting this evening.


Board Member announcement:



Committee Reports


The Registrar announced we have no guests. Mariann Chang appeared Friday night.


David Okamura had a moment of science.

He remembers when “super bug” meant a VW that had been souped up for Baja.  A couple of the endoscopes turned out to be the cause of an outbreak, because of a very resistant bacterium.

We could be hit by a 30-year mega-drought by the end of this century.

In the midwest, Oklahoma, Texas, and thereabouts, they’re starting to have tiny earthquakes. They think it may be on account of fracking.

They have been finding mystery plumes on Mars. These are large plumes going into the Martian atmosphere, possibly ice crystals, maybe auroras.

Update from last week: The Big Bang item was an experiment that disproved what was thought to be a smoking gun.


Jerry Pournelle had meant to bring a paper discussing the issue.  70,000 years ago, a star came through the Oort cloud. It is now 20 light years away, and receding. It had at least one companion, a brown dwarf.

Bill Green: The stars passed less than six trillion miles away.



Programs (CLJII)

2/19/15: Auction

2/26/15: Books nominatable for Hugo  (Milt Stevens, Whisky, Darnell Coleman, Kristen Gorlitz)

3/5/15: Loscon bids

3/12/15: Larry Lytle discusses his book:  American Grotesque:  The Life and Art of William Mortensen LASFS meeting)

3/19/15: Big Auction

3/26/15: Special guest, a crotchety cranky mouthy SF author who recently had a stroke and is not in the room with us now.

2/22 FWEMS: tribute to Martha Heyer and several of her fantasy films, and hopefully, Once Upon a Horse with Rowan and Martin. First Men in the moon, rider to the stars, and others


Saturday, Tom Safer presents Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, animated, Saturday at 10.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


There was no Old Business


There was no New Business


Reviews


Milt Stevens has a novel, A Darkling Sea, James Cambias, a strong contender for the Hugo. Compared to Hal Clement.  Two alien races, quite different, one on a Europa type planet, living in the dark, navigating by sonar, and having an advanced civilization. Humans are observing, and trying to be discreet, but the aliens are not stupid. The other is a centauroid oxygen breathing race that doesn’t really like humans.


Eylat reviewed Gotham.  Gotham is a wonderful show and sticks close to canon. Get on Hulu, Netflix, or whatever and start watching it.


Matthew reviewed an opera. Met HD telecast to theaters continue.  Duke Bluebeard’s Castle by Bartok, and Iolanthe by Tschaikovsky. It did some things in a non comic opera he’s never seen before. The plot gets into what seems a hopeless mess.


Misc


Misc: Eylat has a FCR.

Has been doing conventions for 30 years, doesn't collect autographs, doesn't go geek girl. Except over Nichelle Nichols. Got groped by John Barrowman. (No, you fool, she said try the veal!) This year's Gallifrey was unbelievable.


Matthew Tepper reminded one and all to police their areas and put away chairs after the auction.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:47 PM
 
Meeting # 4044, Feb 12, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe in absentia

Patron Saint Craig Miller


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


President Matthew Tepper called meeting #4044 to order at 8:00


Special orders of business.

We have lost a beloved writer Melanie Tem.


Comments from the President


Menace from last meeting were read.  Scratch bid $1.25 to name them “Debra did it” They were so accepted.


A separate SOB: Len Wein is recovering well after serious heart surgery. Reports have been favorable.


We do have some money in the treasury:

There’s been a lot of income, but also a lot of outgo.

You can’t spend any of it.

$22,770.24


We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:


Patron Saint Craig Miller


Matthew Tepper: A close friend, and both have been members of LASFS for about the same length of time. He’s one of those media fans who made good in the Industry.


Marty Cantor: For a long time it seemed he’d be Hotel Liaison in Perpetuity, since he was very good at the job. Craig was a BNF when Marty joined in 75.  A good person.


CLJII: Back in the old days, after the first flush of exuberance on his part, there was a period of 4-5 years when he faded away from the club. He and CLJII would get together to see films. After seeing Singing in the Rain and Casablanca in the same weekend, they made a point of emerging from the Casablanca theater whistling Singing in the Rain.

Craig was employed by the Egg Company handling fan interactive publicity for The Empire Strikes Back. He expanded convention-related publicity for several producers.

He and Marv Wolfman are partners in WolfMill entertainment.


Matthew Tepper: He has always been a presence in the club.  He used to have a huge mop of wayward hair, but he has changed that over the years. Now, all he needs is to be sitting in a chair and stroking a fluffy white cat to complete the picture.  He and his wife keep cats, and keep them very well.


CLJII: He was Chairman of the Board for many years.


From the hagiography

Makes a living from genre-related activities (writer, producer, et cetera)

Has worked for Lucas Films and Henson.

Chaired many cons and also served as hotel liaison

Helped put on the first two Star Trek conventions in LA

Co-chaired the '84 Worldcon.

Won first prize for his table-setting at the L.A. County Fair.


Patron Saint Craig Miller was given three cheers and a wookie.


Registrar: We seem to have no guests now, a guest named Brendon Purlow visited on Friday.

Member David Pass was visiting this evening.


Board Member announcement:

Marty Cantor still runs Board Gaming meet-up on Friday nights.

  • Mike Thorson expressed disappointment at the presence of people bringing beverages and sharing them with members, undercutting income from the soda machine.

  • It has been noticed that items have been caused to disappear from the refrigerator, even items labeled with someone else’s name.  The Board has considered removing the refrigerator if this continues.

  • There were two bids given to the Board for Loscon 43. Both will be presented to the club at a meeting in March.


Frank Waller asked if more bids were being accepted.  No, bidding is closed.

There was some discussion about not discussing the Loscon bids, and Madam President in charge of Cuckoos called for moving on.

Gavin Claypool asked if there was a date for the bid presentation.  

Yes, there is.

May I ask what it is?

Yes, you may.  But you might be better served by looking at the date of the first meeting in March.  March 5 will be the date the bids are presented to the club.


Committee Reports



David Okamura had a moment of science.

Val Fitch who won a Nobel prize for finding an imbalance in the laws of nature has died.

After three tries, SpaceX has managed to launch its satellite, a satellite capable of viewing the entire planet at once. NASA  Unfortuntely, the landing barge was too tempest-tossed to serve as a viable landing pad.

Other articles are on the bulletin board.

CLJII mentioned a group that is proposing that there was no Big Bang, and the universe has existed forever.


Programs (CLJII)

2/12/15: none, on account of Convention

2/19/15: Auction

2/26/15: Books nominatable for Hugo  (Milt Stevens, Whisky, Darnell Coleman)

3/5/15: Loscon bids

3/12/15: Larry Lytle discusses his book:  American Grotesque:  The Life and Art of William Mortensen LASFS meeting)

3/19/15: Big Auction

3/26/15: Special guest, a crotchety cranky mouthy SF author who recently had a stroke and is not in the room with us now.

2/22 FWEMS: tribute to Martha Heyer and several of her fantasy films, and hopefully, Once Upon a Horse with Rowan and Martin. First Men in the moon, rider to the stars, and others


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Gavin Claypool: Leigh’s surgery is being delayed a few weeks.  This is a good sign; it’s not that urgent.


There was no Old Business


There was no New Business


Reviews


CLJII reviewed  Luigi’s Flying Tyres, a bumper car ride where you ride in a vehicle shaped like a giant tire on an air cushion. It’s very enjoyable, despite having to avoid being run into. It’s going away, closing after next Monday. If you want to ride on it, go tomorrow or over the weekend. There’s controversy over what will replace it. Rumor has it that it was not as popular as they were expecting. It may be more labor intensive than they were expecting, as it’s not perfectly handicap accessible.

Disneyland is being refurbished, and about a third of it was shut down for renovation yesterday.


Tepper: It turns out Disneyland shares a birthday with Matthew’s mother. (1915) The 60th anniversary will be July 17 of this year.


Misc


CLJII:  Back in December, Storybookland was closed down for refurbishing. Feared they were taking out something old and putting in something new. They have replaced the old windmill piece with Arendelle.  The last time this happened, they took out Toad Hall and replaced it with something: until protests forced its return.


Frank Waller announced SuperCarSunday at the South Topanga mall.


Debra Levin reminded one and all to police their areas and put away chairs after the meeting.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:47 PM
 
Meeting # 4043, Feb 05, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Frank Waller, Albert Sheean, Mike Glyer


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


President Matthew Tepper called meeting #4043 to order at 8:00


Special orders of business.


Comments from the President


Menace from last meeting were read.  June Moffatt bid $2 to name them “the peak of perfection” They were so accepted.


We do have some money in the treasury:

You can’t spend any of it.

We have just received a donation of $500 from SMOFcon in exchange for the use of our equipment.

Feed the pig. Feed it early, feed it often.

Pay your yearly dues.


We honored tonight’s Patron Saints:


Patron Saint Frank Waller

Elayne: He just gave us money


Matthew Tepper: He’s one of the people in the club who enjoys cars, and informs us of events.


Scratch: He has done a very good presentation of a Star Trek character, Mudd. First time he did it was quite nice.


Joe Zeff: He financed his patron sainthood by donating neat things to eat.


Jerry Pournelle: for the fun we have making fun of Frank, no one has ever asked him to do anything he didn’t do.


Michelle Pincus: He has a great sense of humor!


From the hagiography

At one time was a Star Trek costumer who appeared as Harry Mudd. 

Has donated edibles, stuffies, and wisecracks to the club

Livens up club auctions with wacky bids.

When he was a Charles's Chips rep, he would often entertains us with the bizarre seasonal potato chip flavors that are offered.

Is a classic car guy.


Patron Saint Frank Waller was given three cheers and potato flavored potato chips.


Patron Saint Albert Sheean


Michelle Pincus: He’s an amazingly intelligent person, an amateur paleontologist, helps around club and at conventions, working logistics for ISL cons.


Scratch: He knows a lot about motorcycles, having rebuilt several, likes explosives, had a large collection of large cartridges. Every so often he comes up with an inquiry, and he has an answer.  US Army, artillery corps Germany.


From the hagiography:

One of the purchaser and deliverer of donuts for a while.  He and his daughter Krystal Mae are wonderful additions to the club.

He’s always good for a good story in the library and he enjoys good beer.

He’s an amateur paleontologist.


Patron Saint Albert Sheean was given three cheers and a manga!


Patron Saint Mike Glyer


Tepper: pleased to know him for more than 40 years. Publisher of Scientifricton and File 770 fanzines.


Francis Hamit: Made a living as a writer, and Mike is one of the most professional editors he knows. File 770 has become a major trade magazine for the community, and he keeps it up out of his pocket.


Scratch: He spells better than I do


Jerry Pournelle: Keeping the old fanzine tradition alive and very well, too.


Marty Cantor; He actually concentrates on fans rather than pros. He is one of the more interesting and funny scribes we’ve had, and one of the most difficult to edit. What do you cut out to make space? And to make it even more amazing, he wrote out his minutes in longhand and read back without editing the following week.  He’s been one of my best friends in fandom, and worked on Corflu 9, along with Robbie, the Pelzes, Don Fitch, and others.


Milt Stevens: Mile is eligible for best fanwriter and best fanzine, which you can read online.


Matthew Tepper: When I say he pays attention to fans, he really does. One issue of File 770, front page had 2 items, one of which was annoucement of Stewart Shiffman and his spouse, and a report on Matthew Tepper and Debra Levin’s wedding. On honeymoon, wound up in Sacramento for Westercon, and 5-6 people came up to us, saw name badges, and said “Oh yes, I read File 770.  Congratulations!”


Jerry Pournelle: He made an excellent character in Fallen Angels.


Marty Cantor: He’s the one government IRS agent we all like.


From the hagiography:

Winner of multiple Hugo awards for his fanzine File 770.

As secretary, inserted humorous comments into the minutes

[Oh dear.  Whoever thinks he started this doesn't remember Harness minutes.]

Worldcon chair

Works for the Internal Revenue Service.


Patron Saint Mike Glyer was given three cheers and a Hibernian in your back yard!


Board Member announcement:


Committee Reports


Programs (CLJII)

2/05/15: none

2/12/15: none, on account of Convention

2/19/15: Auction

2/26/15: Books nominatable for Hugo

3/5/15: Loscon bids

3/26/15: Special guest, a crotchety cranky mouthy SF author who recently had a stroke and is not in the room with us now.


2/22 FWEMS: tribute to Martha Heyer and several of her fantasy films, and hopefully, Once Upon a Horse with Rowan and Martin. First Men in the moon, rider to the stars, and others


Substitute registrar Michelle Pincus announced a lack of guests.


Board announcements:

There will be a Board meeting Sunday

Marty had an announcement about gaming groups that have been meeting at the club.


David Okamura had a moment of science.

You may have heard NASA launched a weather satellite from Vanderberg to measure moisture in soil.

Other satellite news: Dawn satellite is getting close to Ceres, getting photos of craters

You may recall hearing that H Sap and H neanderthalis may have interbred. One of those crossbreeds may have been found in a cave in Galilee.

Researchers got a photo of a rare red fox in Yosemite.  It clutched its heart and said “I’m Coming, Elizabeth!!!”   Matthew Tepper said the appearance a century before was a 20th Century Fox.



Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Francis Hamit announced that Leigh Strother-Vien is having surgery. No details will be forthcoming, but it’s fairly serious.

He’s still working on the film Christopher Marlowe. Said he, “We’re a real film company; we have a t-shirt.” Film is coming along, and they will soon get an interim certification from the British government which can be leveraged into funding. Check it out on Facebook, like it if you can.  Leigh owns 47% of the company.  Francis is not in the cast, so he doesn’t get the chance to Hamit up.


There was no Old Business


There was no New Business


Reviews


Milt Stevens: TCM has been showing films it lists as underground. They’re strange. One a couple of days ago, Twice Upon a Time, 1983 animated. Ralph the All-Purpose Animal is tricked into obtaining the mainspring of time for Synonymous Botch, a villain.

1984 Black and White: Nothing Lasts Forever, looks like it was made in 1930 Germany, about a future New York where a person returns from France to a New York under the dictatorship of the Transit Authority. He gets a job turning back defective autos coming through the Holland Tunnel.  He winds up on a bus to the moon where he discovers a huge shopping mall.


Gavin Claypool: Twice Upon a Time: One of George Lucas’s pet projects, never release on video.


Scratch had a review: he got done reading a Soulless, a book by Gail Carriger, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series.


Registrar emeritus Michelle Pincus welcome Christian Lindke


We had a small auction, after which the Aetna Warning was given.


Charles Lee Jackson, II reviewed The Complete Bone Saga, a nine graphic novel presentation. Bone is a black and white comic strip mixing funny animals with real human beings and cartoony human beings, story of three cousins from boneville. It has funny stuff, scary stuff.  Heartily recommended.


Misc


Joe Zeff received an interesting letter from VA. /Found two occasions when he went down to VA, eligible for travel reimbursement but not received. Also received paperwork. The letter closed with the phrase, “Thank you for servicing your country.”


CLJII told of a recent phone call with Harlan Ellison. He was in a humble mood, and said he was willing to come if we’d have him. Charlie said, “Well, we let Jerry Pournelle come, so you’re welcome.”


Marcia reminded one and all to police their areas and put away chairs after the meeting.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:54 PM
 
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