Meeting # 4058, May 21, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Dee Dee Lavender, Joyce Lloyd

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

President Matthew Tepper called meeting #4058 to what passes for order at what passes for 8:00.

Special orders of business: none

Menace from last meeting were read.  Scratch bid $2 to name them “Bubble Power” They were so accepted.

Time Bound Announcements!

David Okamura announced people should stay far from anaheim tomorrow. They’re kicking off the anniversary with a 24 hour marathon in the park, and this is expected to provoke gridlock.

There is going to be a marathon of the first three Star Wars movies produced here on Memorial Day. Tom Safer will be showing movies Sunday and Monday. (Sunday is horror and Monday is Hi def Star Wars)

Gavin Claypoool is trying to form a group to attend concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.  Price and show is flexible, but membership in the group gets a 10% discount on tix.

Committee Reports

The Treasurer’s report: We have money

You can’t spend it.

David Okamura updated us all on Science.

99 years ago next week, vice Admiral David Beatty uttered the classic line when he observed “There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships these days.” This was after watching two battle cruisers blow up in battle. Now this is the line for the Russian space program.  They lost another one. A Mexican communication satellite is now scattered over the Russian tundra, due to an accident 8 minutes after launch.

SpaceX is still forging ahead, and may profit from the lack of competition.

The Air Force has launched the X37B again. No clue when it will come back down. That same rocket also sent up a light sail from the Planetary Society.

Registrar Ed Hooper introduced a guest, Paul Ali, from Sunland.

May 28, slide show of Marc Schirmeister artwork

June 4, nominations for President of LASFS

June 11, procedural elections

June 18, big auction

June 25, to be announced.

We honored tonight’s Patron Saints:

Patron Saint DeeDee Lavender

Milt Stevens: she was married to Roy Lavender, hosted Petards, a club in LA that met at their house in Signal Hill. By being married to Roy, she had been around fandom for a very long time.

She was mother of Lois Lavender,

Elayne: she made really good cookies.

From the Hagiography:

Fan of mysteries as well as SF

an excellent hostess.

was active in First Fandom and N3F

helped her husband Roy put on the World SF convention in Ohio. (Mistake. It was nick and noreen falasca who chaired it.)

Patron Saint DeeDee Lavender was given three cheers and great cookies.

Patron Saint Joyce Lloyd

Christian McGuire: Introducing her to LASFS is the best thing Ed Hooper did for the club.

She has chaired a Loscon with Cathy Beckstead. She’s still active in Worldcon scene, is finance director for Kansas City Worldcon (2016).

From the Hagiography:

Has worked for years as Hotel Liaison for Loscon and other conventions.

On the Board for Gallifrey One.

Patron Saint Joyce Lloyd was given three cheers and a unicorn.

No Old Business

No New Business


Milt Stevens has read Station 11, by Emily St John Mandell, from NESFA list of best of year. It had an unpromising description, but it’s very well crafted and very well written. It follows people through the collapse of civilization after a super flu over twenty years.

Matthew Tepper reviewed Entanglements by David Gerrold (in the current F&SF), sort of a thematic sequel to The Martian Child.

Michelle: Ex Machina is amazingly well done, a brilliant movie. Does this machine pass the Turing test.

Christian McGuire: has done us all a favor by watching High Moon on the SyFy channel. Lunar exploration and resource exploitation in a universe where the Soviet Union still exists. If you happen upon it and have other things to do like laundry, do those other things first.


Elayne announced all the Hugo nominees she can obtain are in the library. A tablet is available for reading Kindle format items.

George McUrso: after 100 years, prof. Moriarty’s air rifle now exists.

Scratch: Lewis and Clark had an air rifle they took with them, and it’s in the Smithsonian.

Jerry Pournelle: we had another story conference Wednesday, and the new Avalon Settlement sequel to Legacy of Heorot is proceeding nicely. Steve Barnes is doing most of the work, and Larry and Jerry are kibbitzing.

Put chairs away.

Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 8:39.
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