Meeting #3121 Jun 5, 1997 PDF Print E-mail

President: Christian McGuire
Scribe: Pie'd Typer Beth O'Brien

President Christian McGuire called the 3,121st meeting of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society to order at 8:16 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 1997. Matthew Tepper moved to adjourn. Quick on his seat, The Prez shot back: "A move to adjourn is always in order except for the fact that you are not really Rob Cole!" Debate ensued as to whether Rob or Matthew was closer to Marty Cantor. After cantering and prancing about for a bit, the meeting trotted on.

Emperor Charles Lee Jackson, II, announced two SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS. Game show host Dennis James, who frequently appeared in TV science fiction shows such as "Batman" and "Six Million Dollar Man," passed away this week. Also departing the scene was George Fenneman, who appeared weekly on "You Bet Your Life!" Guest visitors to the show included Ray Bradbury, Bill Blatty and Phyllis Diller.

The club gave recovering Allan Rothstein, who brought his own rocket fuel tank with him, a warm welcome back to the land of the almost healthy. Allan thanked the club in general and individuals in particular for cards sent to him, and then regaled us with horror tales of his hospital stay. There was the sign on his door warning pregnant women not to enter because the residue of radioactive materials injected and or inhaled to perform various tests was still dangerous to unborn fetuses - that one really made Allan feel better. Then there was the absolutely safe test that wasn't, which caused the guy reading the EKG results after Allan regained consciousness to ask what he was doing when that happened. Allan reported the good news that the angiogram indicated that his arteries are clean. Noted a friend: "That's right. Only your mind is dirty!" To no one's surprise, Allan's doctors have told him he'll never be normal. The doctor also said that Allan must not do strenuous exercise and that losing weight will not help any - the first time in his life that he's has gotten doctor's orders he can follow!

Pie'd Typer Beth O'Brien read last week's MENACE. Editor Tim Merrigan made the reality correction, included here rather than in last week's minutes, that the clear type on the most recent issue of "De Prof" was the result of his new printer rather than the new machine from SCIFI. The Menace were approved as extra for enthusiasm, after which PATRON SAINT Jim Glass, librarian of the society in the late 1970's, was given three cheers and an overdue book. Rick Foss suggested inviting Patron Saints to attend their patronal meetings. Ed Green reported that the Board is working on a project to hang the Patron Saints from the rafters, or at least photos of them, with a one page description of who they were. Each week, the photo of that meeting's saint will be hung in the front of the room under the LASFS plaque.

Ed then ran a quick AUCTION. New BUSINESS for the evening was the nomination of candidates for President of the Society. President McGuire gave a spontaneous rendition of his duties which elicited spates of laughter, but Ed insisted on reading the official duties and requirements from the Bylaws. Those nominated were Matthew Tepper, Mike Stern, Frank Waller, and provisionally, Mike Donahue, who was not there to either accept or decline the nomination.

Registrar Selina Phanara announced GUESTS Josh and Jennifer Jasper from Pasadena, who had already gone away but were welcomed by the membership anyway. Christian made the only ANNOUNCEMENTS of the meeting: Australian filmmaker Emma Kate Croghan is has been asked to write and direct an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel The Scanner Darkly. Also, The Children of Men by P.D. James is being made into a movie.

APPOINTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS: Ed Green, Chairman of the LOSCON 24 Committee, thanked Jim Dennis, Heather Stern, Greg Bilan, Ulrika O'Brien and Liz Mortensen for their assistance in selling 44 memberships and two dealer's tables for LOSCON at the recent BayCon. The news was greeted with a round of applause. Rick Foss reported that Charlie Jackson has volunteered to assist him with programming and then announced upcoming programs. He also announced that Robert Anton Wilson, author of the Illuminatus trilogy, will appear at a meeting to be held at Marie Calendars in Marina Del Rey on June 23rd. Mike Stern announced that the fix is in for tomorrow night and invited everyone to the "Magic" tournament. He also asked everyone to include the website in their signatures so that the word gets around. Joe Zeff reported that he and Lord High Janitor Mike Thorsen were the only ones to attend the cleaning party last Sunday and urged members to attend the next one on the first Sunday in July so that more can get done. Tim Merrigan announced that the "De Profundis" deadline is June 19th.

FAANISH COMMITTEE REPORTS: Beth O'Brien reported on the Fairy Godmother Department as it has been operating in her life recently. She and her sister are being given an all expenses paid tour of Europe on the condition that they must take one of the luxury tours. Joe Zeff gave a Putridity report about a mishap with the infamous chicken cannon used to test an aircraft windscreen: What looked like two impacts by dead chickens turned out to be one by the chicken and one by the cat that had decided to get into the cannon to eat it. David Voyt reminded the meeting that there ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Eylat Eleasari reported that someone had broken the window of her car in order to steal the AAA maps, which are free to members. Matthew Tepper added that his car had been vandalized that same week to take a jacket and a tape of Bosnian folk music. Allan Rothstein joined in to note that his car has been vandalized twice when parked while he was visiting the Nivens and it was the least expensive car in a three mile radius. The hypothesis is that, since many rich folk drive cheap cars in order to avoid being vandalized, cheap cars parked in wealthy neighborhoods are attractive prospects to vandals and visigoths. Mark Poliner described the recent water slide accident as evolution in everyday life.

REVIEWS: Christian is in the process of reading eight books from the Babylon 5 series which he finds well written, light and quick to read. Eylat commented that the new "De Prof" looks great, and David Voyt described Neanderthal as a new slant on an old plot that is likely to become a Steven Spielberg movie.

MISCELLANEOUS: David Lathram reported finding a "Highlander" pendant listed for $35 available for a mere $6, and offered to tell anyone interested where to find the bargain. Matthew Tepper noted that he has accepted a new position at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which Doris Chu commented was beautiful. [Actually, I think she was commenting on the next-door Museum of Tolerance, which we run. -- MBT] Terry Hodel announced that "Hour 25" is airing in a new time slot between 11:00 p.m. and midnight on KPFK. Don Wenner reported spotting Monty Hale touring the Autry Museum with friends from Arkansas, and Mike Stern encouraged members to link to Mike Hodel's "Hour 25" web page.

We called it a night and ADJOURNED at 9:25.

Respectfully submitted,
Pie'd Typer Beth O'Brien  

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