Meeting #3113 Apr 10, 1997 PDF Print E-mail

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

President Christian McGuire called the 3,113th meeting of the LASFS to order at 8:12 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 1997. SURPRISE! There were no motions to adjourn whatsoever.

Christian called on Mike Glyer to present a SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS: Mike passed on the news, which has appeared on the net, that Sam Moskowitz has suffered a heart attack, is in a coma now and is not expected to survive. Sam is a well-known New York fan who organized the 1939 World Con and has participated in fannish conventions for more than 60 years. Sam also put out such collections of essays about science fiction writers as "Seekers of Tomorrow" and "Explorers of the Infinite."

Pie'd Typer Beth O'Brien read the MENACE of the previous meeting, which were approved as a dry tenor. PATRON SAINT Elliot Weinstein, aka St. Elst, was given three hearty cheers and a reasonably clean butter knife, followed by an AUCTION run by Chairman of the Board Ed Green. An officially erased blank videotape, still in shrink rap, together with an officially blank magazine with pictures just like those in "National Geographic," except for the poses, elicited a query from Prez McGuire for Ed to describe the plot of the work formerly contained on the officially blank tape. It was decided that the plot was the standard one: boy chases girl, boy catches girl, boy gets girl - in the end.

BUSINESS: Christian read a report from the "Committee to Clean the LASFS." Participants in last Sunday's work party included Bob Null, Joe Zeff, Michael Thorsen, Christian McGuire, Joyce Sperling, Dale Hales, Michael Donahue, Nola Frame-Gray, and Dick Senseman. Acting Registrar Don Wenner introduced this evening's GUEST, Shari Gilbertson-Weber from Studio City, who was given a warm round of applause by the club. Pretty soon it will be July, when the welcomes will be even warmer.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Christian announced that actress Natalie Portman has been cast in the role of Luke and Leia's mother in the new "Star Wars" prequel and that Liam Neeson has been cast as the Jedi master who is training Obi-Wan Kenobi. Mike Glyer expressed astonishment that Liam Neeson is so talented that he can play Yoda. Emperor Charles Lee Jackson solicited purchasers for this month's "Amazing Adventures." Mike Donahue admired the new carpet and then reported on the upcoming Tra La La Con: the chili cook-off will be a gas, and Fan Guests of Honor June and Len Moffatt will be on a panel on Saturday morning on "The Greatest Fan Stories Never Told." Ed Green informed the club that he has honored a request by Sam Frank that he be removed from the Fugghead of the Year Contest. The money collected to nominate and vote for Sam will be donated to the LASFS. The current leaders in the contest are now Ed Green, Magic the Gathering, and Rob Cole, in that order. Mike Glyer moved that the winner of the contest be granted the e-mail forwarding address of This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Ed expressed problems with this concept since he is the current leader in the contest, but the motion passed many to Ed.

APPOINTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS: Rick Foss announced upcoming programs, and Tim Merrigan announced that the deadline for "De Prof" is next week. The Emperor reminded us that the next premeeting serial, beginning in about eight weeks, will the 1934 remake of "The Perils of Pauline." Charlie also noted that the FWEMS time slot this month has been usurped by Tra La La Con. May's theme is "The Recent Unpleasantness," an historical reference to the Civil War, when the films "The General," starring Buster Keaton, "Operator 13," "Virginia City," and "South of Saint Louis" will be screened. Charlie also noted that he has seen 104 films so far this year. Bob Null reported that the front building was not completely recarpeted because one piece of carpet was found to be flawed when it was unrolled and has to be reordered. He hopes that the rest of the carpet will be finished by next Thursday. Bob also noted the new seating arrangement in the front building and requested input from anyone who thought it should be different. Joe Zeff announced the results of the last Magic tournament: Drew Sanders came in first, Terry Newton second, and Darnell Coleman third.

FAANISH COMMITTEE REPORTS: Hare Hobbs noted the strange coincidence that he had decided to read one of Zenna Henderson's "People" stories before Heaven's Gate started and finished it afterwards. Joe Zeff told one of his oddities at work stories. Speaking of Science Fiction in strange places, Don Wenner informed us that the store at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage sells a book titled Literary Laurels, which features lists of literary award winners including winners of the Hugo, Nebula and Poe awards. Ed Green gave a report from the Those Wacky Damn Commies Department about a recent flap in France when a boxfull of binders labelled in Cyrillic, with papers in them, appeared in a warehouse. Turns out the binders used to belong to the former USSR, and the titles translated as "Nuclear Enabling Codes for Strategic Rocket Forces." Ed is trying desperately to get one of those things to have in his office. Betty Knight related the surrealism in every day life tale of a trip she took with several other women, one of whom she didn't know. They passed a house nearby dubbed "The Giant Flying Toilet Paper Roll from Outer Space" by a friend of Betty's. Betty was describing her ideas about the vampires that lived there to her fellow passengers, when she noted that the woman she didn't know was glaring at her. Sure enough, she was a denizen of the place and highly insulted by Americans constantly talking about such things from her country - Transylvania.

MISCELLANEOUS: Rick Foss gave an updated report of the Encounter Restaurant, a science fiction themed restaurant at LAX, which has finally come up with entertainment that fits the place: they will be giving theremin concerts on Saturday nights. Sandy Cohen reviewed the film "The Saint," which he says is much too slow paced and has an unbelievable ending. He noted that the character portrayed is not really the Saint and does not recommend it for any die-hard Saint fan. Len Moffatt then reprised the 1938 film, "The Saint in New York," which starred Louis Hayward, and many other Saint films. His all-time favorite Saint was played by George Sanders. Len noted that the current film nowhere mentions Leslie Charteris, which he said is just as well because it's not "The Saint." He opined that it is a pretty good action film, slow in the middle, but the character really is more of a James Bond type with an identity problem. Christian informed us that there is a two page article on the Hindenberg in this week's "Aviation Week," which concludes that the actual cause of the explosion had nothing to do with the hydrogen. Rather, the envelope was made out of cellulose, which is highly flammable, and ground aluminum, which gives off oxygen when it burns. Allan Rothstein related a Rush Limbaugh joke and shared the story of a listener's letter to NPR about a commentary the previous week by a woman whose sister was dying in which it was reported that the dying sister had managed to alienate her entire family. The letter writer's six year old daughter heard that on the radio and, after it was over, said "I don't believe an alien ate her family! There are no aliens."

The meeting was ADJOURNed at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Pie'd Typer Beth O'Brien  

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