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!


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.



Put chairs away.

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

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