Meeting # 4039, Jan 08, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Bruce Pelz, Christian McGuire

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

President Matthew Tepper called meeting #4039 to order at 8:00

We have special orders of business.

Marty Cantor spoke in honor of the dozen people killed at Charlie Hebdo. We had a moment of silence in their honor.

Charles Lee Jackson, II spoke in memory of Producer director Joseph Sargent, of Outer Limits and Colossus; and actor Rob Taylor, of The Time Machine.  Eric Hoffman recalls Taylor kept acting for quite a while. He was going to return to play the Time Traveler, and a series called Outlaw. We had a moment of silence for these individuals.

Karl Lembke announced his plaque in honor of his 700th unit of platelets.

Comments from the President

Thanks to Gavin for sitting in for Elayne.

Menace from last meeting were read.  Barbara Harmon bid $5 name them “Dead as last year’s news” They were so accepted.

We do have some money in the treasury:

You can’t spend any of it.

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

Patron Saint Christian McGuire

Joe Zeff noted among many other things, Christian was once assigned position of Science Monitor, and regaled us with interesting tidbits of science.

Eric Hoffman: when not walking back and forth, he would rock from side to side. He is also part of the committee to gouge.

Matthew Tepper: At LAConIII, he hosted a SF trivia for chocolate program. People answering successfully would get a candy of some sort.

Patron Saint Christian McGuire was given three cheers and a box of See’s chocolates.

Patron Saint Bruce Pelz

Tepper: He was the backbone of the club, and it would not exist had he not been here to raise money for the building.

Marty Cantor: aside from knowing more about fandom than anyone, he helped Marty quite a bit. Marty bought a computer, and Bruce funded Marty for an issue or two of a fanzine, getting No Award going. The annoying thing about Bruce: fanzines had been willed to Bruce, but he went and died first. He is a pillar of the LASFS

Larry Niven: Bruce pelz collections were vast and included a complete run of The Green Lantern, which Larry read through at Bruce’s house. He then wrote the Green Lantern Comic Outline.

CLJII:  Bruce was a gung-ho sort of fan. When he got involved and interested in a new subject, he pursued it to ground, caught it by the teeth, and worried it into submission. He earned every merit badge as a scout, and became an Eagle scout with merit. He amassed collections in fandom as well, including The Saint, Ellery Queen, con badges, buttons, etc. He was a canny businessman, bringing books to the club to sell. He was very good at sizing up a person and finding books the person would enjoy, and suckering them into buying whole series of books. He sold CLJII magazines and suckered in some new readers.  Bruce is a cartoon character, so he’s in limbo with many others.

Scratch: He had a collection of collections. His wife put up with him immensely well.

June Moffatt: He was a con runner extraordinaire, with a finger in just about every con in the area. In 1968 after Boucher passed away, Bruce wondered if it was time to start a mystery con. Only one way to find out. Bruce chaired the first two, third was against LA Con, and the Moffatts chaired it. Ironically, in latter days, some of the newer fans knew him only as that guy who sells books.

George McUrso: first meeting, first memories of that meeting was Bruce running an auction that night. I bid on a little cartoon paperback. two rugrats were messing around. They won, and didn’t want the book.  “Okay, he [George] gets the book, you get to pay.”

Patron Saint Bruce Pelz was given three cheers and stickers on his trunk

Registrar Milt Stevens announced some guests who happen to be relatives of his, the Lopez family.

Board Member announcement:

No Board meeting Sunday, so the club will open at noon for Gaming.

Committee Reports

David Okamura had a moment of science.

In the new year, we have Resolutions. Researchers have disappointed us again. A study by Johns Hopkins has shown that chance overwhelms non-chance causes of cancer. Phooey.

A sugar molecule in red meat has been linked with cancer, apparently by causing inflammation in the human body.

More optimistic news: they’ve found a new antibiotic that deals with resistant strains.

Consumer Electronics Show is now featuring car companies. A self-driving car took its riders all the way to the show.

SpaceX has canceled the latest resupply mission to the ISS this Saturday. The Air Force will be approving SpaceX to bid for its satellite launches.

Two weeks’ clippings are on the wall over the snack table.

Programming (CLJII)

1/8/15: Eric Hoffman and Barbara Harmon talk about Kirk Allen, star of the Superman serial we’ve been seeing

1/15/15: Auction

1/22/15: No program scheduled

1/29/15: Krypton Radio surprise program.

Board meeting Feb 8, present Loscon bids.

Tribute to Walt Lee coming soon.

In other news, next month we resume FWEMS with a day of films starring Martha Heyer, titles to be announced later on. Two weeks from tonight, we begin Mysterious Doctor Satan.

Announcements, Regular or Time Bound

George McUrso announced for those interested in 1981 feature length The Last Unicorn, Peter Beagle is taking it on the road, and will be at Laemmle #7, 5240 Lankershim at 10:30 AM. You can see both the film and the author. He’ll be in Long Beach, Buena Park, Encino, Oxnard, and West LA. There is a website listing locations. you can buy tix online.  Connor (Freff) Cochrane is the manager.

Philip Pournelle Thanked everyone for the many prayers and well wishes. Good news is Jerry can walk with a walker, and climb some stairs. Doing quite well, all things considered. Grateful for visits, help, thoughts and prayers.

Also, about Bruce Pelz: early childhood memories from Burbank clubhouse: Bruce and Elayne dragooned him and his brothers into helping with construction, as Philip and Elayne were the only ones small enough to fit in rafters and saw away old pipes. Bruce was one of many honorary uncles looking out for the brothers at LASFS, conventions, and other venues, keeping them out of trouble despite their best efforts.

No Old Business

No New Business


CLJII saw Gallivant: found it intermittently funny, and was whelmed by it. Will continue to watch it, but it didn’t really grab his interest.

George reviewed a historical mystery. True Detective by Max Allan Collins, a private detective in Chicago in the early 30s. Detailed look at 1930s Chicago. If you want to know what Untouchables was really like, this is a good book.

CLJII: Saw Agent Carter, which I give a slightly more elevated thumb to, a 6 for recreating post-war era, and a bit too self-conscious in attitude toward Peggy Carter. Interesting, and won’t be on long. Watch it if you like the other Marvel stuff.

Fargo, finally caught the end of it. Very quirky, and if you like Billy Bob thornton, you’ll like this.

The Aetna Warning was given.

Eric Hoffman: anyone getting hooked on True Detective, it’s the start of a long series of books, borderline fantasy, because we get mixed up in historical events, including the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

Frank Waller: Agent Carter -- it’s got all the elements he likes. Cars. Girls. Mystery. A Plot!!!.

Hare Hobbs: Agent carer is one of those shows going back to Wonder woman. One of those shows where watching the woman overpowers the plot line.

Gene Porter: in honor of Dr Pournelle who helped to destroy the Russian empire, I wish to say for future history that the United States and Israel are going to have to blow up Iran. Dr Pournelle might agree.


no misc!!!

Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:55 PM
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