Meeting #2740, Feb 15 1990 PDF Print E-mail

 by Matthew B. Tepper, Not-Seagate

President Pelz used the whiteboard eraser to call the meeting to order at 20:13, showing himself to be a soft touch for a change. It was going to be a short meeting, he cautioned, since he was leaving at 21:00 to catch a plane to Boston, come hell or high water. Previous week's Menace got read and approved as minorly corrected. The Treasurer's Report enumerated our dough and indicated the previous week had had two deadbeats and three guests, two of which guests apparently didn't turn in green cards. Speaking of which, Galen had a few for us this time: Tami Carson (who was shy and not in the room), Richard Wright from Washington, where "Everybody knows about LASFS," and Jason Voss.

Leigh Strother-Vien, LASFS Librarian, said that the Library inventory was going well but was running a little longer than originally expected. She showed one book with a slightly faded title of Sojarr of Titan, to the titillation of the house. Some books, said Leigh, were being discovered and catalogued for the first time. There is even one rarity, a copy of Tarzan and the City of Gold signed by the author.

The Committee for Safe Space on Fridays and Second Sundays -- i.e., the Vice Presidents -- submitted a written statement about member Mark Kramer, who brandished a knife on club property and was at length persuaded to put it away (see Appendix for text of statement). Bruce commented, "That's once."

Dennis Miller related the sad news that Sue Haseltine's baby had died. News as of the meeting was that the child had come to full term, but its heart had stopped, with the reason not yet known. Bruce said that the club would send flowers.

Shaun Lyon saw in Variety that the TV series "Friday the 13th" and "War of the Worlds" have been cancelled. This leaves only three first-run SF-oriented programs on American television: "Alien Nation," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and "Quantum Leap." Shaun urged people to write to the makers of these shows in support of their continued existence.

Marty Cantor had a remarkable business card from a hotel in Santa Monica that's looking for convention and other business. Guest Quarters (that's its name) has a card the size of a small license plate made of chocolate, with lettering and design in white chocolate icing. Seems their establishment consists entirely of suites.

Rick Foss said that CostumeCon was planning a numeric cut-off of memberships, so if you're planning on going and didn't join in advance, you should try to get there ASAP -- like tomorrow. Doug Crepeau reported on a favorable feature on Mike Jittlov on "Entertainment Tonight." R Laurraine Tutihasi reminded us that May 5 is the date of the Science Fiction Showcase here at the Clubhouse. Elayne will collect money for it if you can find her.

Committee Reports were threatened with surrealism indeed as Francis Hamit deferred to Ed Green. Ed said that the General Accounting Office audited the National Guard membership, and found such a gap between claims and reality that the New York branch is being deactivated. A San Diego judge was awarded disability on grounds of stage fright. A crime suspect saw a police dog, and countered it with a tiger. Finally, the Dutch Army (the only unionized army in the world) won a contract for its soldiers to be issued a box of condoms each month. Sounds like some of their weapons will have the safety on!

Hare Hobbs had "No LP" and "No CD" signs, for partisans of this particular debate. Alas, he didn't have any for "No Cassettes."

Mark Poliner liked Moondance by S. P. Somtow, a novel of dueling groups of werewolves in the 19th century U.S. He also liked "Driving Miss Daisy." Jack Harness enjoyed "New Year's Day," a strange movie which includes a woman becoming a saint. And that reminded President Pelz to lead us in three cheers for our own Patron Saint of the week, St. Craig Miller.

Francis Hamit said that Thomas Kenealy's The Playmaker was now remaindered at Waldenbooks, and urged people to pick up multiple copies for giving as gifts. The Plez also had a recommendation: Wyvern, by A. A. Antonasio, a novel of 17th century pirates in Borneo, India, Africa, and the New World, arrrrr. This was a giveaway at some ABA in a past year, and sat around unread until recently. "It turned out to be a wonderful book," spake Brucifer.

John La Valley liked "Always," calling it "the best Spielberg in years." Charles Lee Jackson II recommended Nightmare Logic by Matthew Hall, a murder mystery which suggests fantasy elements, not inappropriate given the author's family connections to "Dark Shadows." Konrad Wilk is finishing reading a six-novel history of the Polish people by Henryk Sienkiewicz, the Nobel-winning author of Quo Vadis. Get it in translation, if you can find it.

Rick Foss reviewed some food, namely the curried pork with duck and other goodies, available at the Moroni Sausage House in Venice, yes, Venice (where the debris meets the sea). He found it rather like the "Kurrywurst" available in Austria. Our own Bill Curry had no comment.

Frank Waller said the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" crowd is still a fun scene, after all these years. He also spoke of attending a meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics, finding it "Very liberating. It pulled a lot of the bad feelings out of my system." And a message from Misty Johnstone, relayed through Richard Costas: "The Hunt for Red October" opens on March 2nd, 1990, so ignore her previous misstatement of the date.

Ed Green mentioned a novel called The Big Lie (by some guy with a lot of consonants in his name), which was ridiculed at the time of its publication (1982) for such ludicrous ideas as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the rise of Solidarity, and my own personal favorite, the return in triumph of Alexander Dubcek. Nothing like a little speculative fiction, huh?

One final item, a bit of Old Business: Craig Miller said that some new realtors were interested in representing the club, vis-a-vis our old idea of selling the present clubhouse and buying a bigger one for less, if that were possible. This might in fact be possible, since there is an investor who seems to be in the process of buying up the whole block. Craig asked for a question on whether we want to let the new realtor list us with an asking price of $330K, so we can get a feel of this new market.

A move to table was withdrawn. Discussion included some questions: Francis wanted to know if there is a viable substitute, and has doubts that we'd be able to bring this off effectively. CL thought our chances are not so bad, so let's list and see what happens. Rick Foss said that if we're the one holdout on the block, we can use that to bargain, and find a better area where we won't be as likely to have our car windows broken. Bill Curry wanted to know if our putative new place would have a parking lot. Craig said it would, and with more space, too. Robbie Cantor summed it up by saying the question is whether we are willing to look. The motion to list passed by a hand vote.

Parking spaces were auctioned off, and a program was announced of three episodes of "Gigantor," in English, no less. And how about that? We adjourned right at 21:00, as planned.

For the record, the full text of the statement from Ken Rowand:

"The Committee for Safe Space on Friday Nights and Second Sundays. Member Mark Kramer had the lack of good sense to bring a spring-loaded knife to last 2nd Sunday and brandish it in an attempt to sell it. He was asked to remove it from the property by Ken Rowand & eventually did. We strongly hope he will not return with it."

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