Meeting #3746 May 28, 2009 PDF Print E-mail

Menace of the LASFS

May 28, 2009

Robert Powell, Presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

“You know what I'm missing?” – Gizmo “A bangy thingy?” – Karl

Meeting 3746 opened at 20:13:12

Special Orders of Business

We did have one – actress Jane Randolph, the other woman in The Curse of the Cat People and one of the bad guys in Mysterious Mr M, she was the insurance investigator in Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein.

The Menace were read and approved as “Don't kill a mockingbird”.

Patron Saint

Ed Baker

We haven't had a good Ed since he stopped baking them.

Karen Anderson – Ed Baker was an Esperantist. Beware of all native-born Esperanto speakers.

CLJII – Phil Castora has an assortment of stories about Ed Baker. He doesn't like his coffee too sweet.

Joe Zeff: Another Castora comment about Ed Baker – he was supposed to be very good at blushing on cue. And he gave us lots of money.

Old Business


New Business


Committee Reports

There will be nominations for President next week.

We have a treasury report. We have money. Don't spend it.

We have a moment of science. Karen Anderson rose to tell us that on 12/30/24, 4000 scientists went to the AAAS meeting in Washington DC, and the American Astronomical Society also met there. There was a paper read on the subject of Cepheids in Spiral Nebulae. The author was worried that his paper might not be that well received. His discovery – the Andromeda Galaxy was a spiral galaxy just like the Milky Way. He was able to resolve cepheid variable stars in the Andromeda galaxy, and use these to determine how far away Andromeda was.

Now, we have guests!!! Madame Registrar introduced the hapless Tony Caroselli, who heard about us from the Internet, and is investigating the Eye of Argon.

Arlene announced we have paid for space for the WeHo book fair. October 4, Sunday, one day.

Children's reading program is in a couple of weeks. Tadao will be reading.

The Committee to Gouge auctioned off a hernia maker – a whole load of stuff from Time-Life books, and some swine flu.

Tomorrow night is dark, as is the weekend.

Time Bound Announcements

Westercon – Diane is looking for people to share the cost of a car trip to Westercon, and women to share a hotel room.

Tadao announced LaLaCon will not be taking place next month. Pins are available.


Terminator Salvation:

Hare Hobbs reviewed the movie as better than the last one. Star Trek was still more enjoyable. They did leave plenty of room for sequels.

Michelle gave Terminator Salvation a thumbs down.

Pixar's film “UP” is coming out this weekend.

Harry Potter coming out next month.

District nine also has good pre-reviews. IT's worth a look. It's similar to Alien Nation, ever so slightly.

Disney featured a Christmas Carol train and exhibit. Stuff on train was OK, but more interesting was one of the balloon theaters, where they showed some 3-D footage. If you want to see it, sorry. The train has left the station.

Also, V – the Series. One clip he recalls is where a representative is speaking to a journalist, adamant about not wanting to look bad at all.

Arlene recalled what she was going to mention. The 75th anniversary will feature a memory book. Sort of like a yearbook with pictures. June 6 at 11AM will be the first photo session. Other photo sessions will be scheduled as the photographer is available.

CLJII reviewed SF in the real universe. Last night, about 2 months ago, a series called Surviving Suburbia showed up on ABC. Last night they ran the pilot. So clearly, someone is not living his life in chronological sequence.

Next week is Presidential nominations and HG Wells' Invisible Man.

Week after is procedural elections.

Although there is no FWEMS this month, we have one June 28 – Masked Riders of the Plains.

Fannish Committee Reports

Tadao reported with weird tidings. He went to a red carpet thing at Warner Bros dressed as the Doctor. Google Tadao Tomomatsu and Wonder Woman.

Joe Zeff reported on some surrealism. Early this week, Forrest J Ackerman's name was the question on Jeopardy – as the inventor of the term “Sci Fi”.

Matthew Tepper: Rick Pohl used to be one of the writers for Jeopardy.

Jerry likes Larry Niven's line “I do not insist that my friends like each other.”


We adjourned at 21:19:15.

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