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


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

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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


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.  


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

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