Meeting #3115 Apr 24, 1997 PDF Print E-mail

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

Vice President Joe Zeff was unable to believe that the scribe had the correct meeting number on her outline form for taking minutes, so he tried to gavel the already adjourned 3,114th meeting of The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society to order at 8:12 p.m. The scribe protested, and the 3,115th meeting was called to order on April 24, 1997 at 8:13 p.m. Matthew Tepper tried the Rob Cole maneuver and moved to adjourn. There was no second to the motion so the meeting continued.

There were no SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS. Pie'd Typer Beth O'Brien was asked to read the Menace of the last meeting, which were applauded and approved as out and about. PATRON SAINT Bill Warren was given three cheers and exhorted to keep watching the skies. Matthew Tepper ably conducted an AUCTION, raising lots of money for the club - much of it from parking spaces receiving generous price supports from Treasurer Robbie Cantor.

BUSINESS: Bruce Pelz asked if the LASFS would like to accept a new duplicating machine as a gift from SCIFI, with certain parameters. Bruce observed that the current machine is old, cantankerous, and somewhat messy, like a lot of LASFS members, but it works, unlike many a LASFS member. The proposed donation is a new Gestetner photocopier/mimeograph machine, next to the top of the line, which can reduce and enlarge as well as print in color. The gift comes with a service contract good for 100,000 copies or one year, whichever comes first. The service contract can be extended by the club in the future for $476.00 per year. The parameters are that: 1) Access be limited only to people checked out in the use of the machine, which has both key and user code security devices; and 2) The machine must be secured. Discussion ensued, with lots of members looking into the horse's mouth. Good sense finally prevailed: A motion to accept the donation passed many to one.

GUESTS: Greg Barrett was Acting Registrar this evening. He introduced Phil Therou of Culver City and Eric Luchsinger of Carter Lake, Iowa. The guests were warmly welcomed and given a round of applause.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Fred Patten announced that he has finally received a supply of the March issue of "YARF!" for sale. Tom Safer announced that the Angeles Chorale and the UCLA Chorale will be performing the Brahms "[German] Requiem" and the Verdi "Ave Maria" on June 7th - see him for further information.

APPOINTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS: Emperor Charles Lee Jackson, II, reminded members that they can bypass the informational greeting when calling the LASFS to leave a message by pressing the <*> key. He also noted that there will be no FWEMS presentation this month, since the time has been usurped by Tra La La Con. Next month, however, will feature a special Memorial Day presentation on the theme of "The Recent Unpleasantness." Tim Merrigan announced that the current issue of "De Profundis" is here. This is the 300th issue and is 38 pages long. Tim has printed his entire backlog of reviews, letters, etc. that have been waiting for space. The Guy With the Sideburns announced that tonight's program will be a Daffy Duck cartoon special presented by Tom Safer and that next week's program is open. The Emperor reminded members that elections for all procedural offices will be held at the second meeting in June, with nominations for President accepted at the first meeting of that month. Mike Donahue set visions of Tra La La Con dancing in our heads, after which Mike Stern invited us to visit www.lasfs.org, which has lots of old Menace available for perusal. [Including, now, these! -- MBT]

REVIEWS: Hare Hobbs described Kevin Anderson's Fallout as a good book, not anything special, but enjoyable. Len Moffatt talked about the "Los Angeles Times" Book Fair at UCLA last Saturday, where he saw Hare asleep on the lawn. Jeff Stansfield reported that the recent space launch to insert Gene Roddenbury's ashes into orbit for six years went well, with no glitches. Jeremy Bloom saw a nicely written IMAX film at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas about the first L5 colony on the moon which, when running out of water, captures a comet by landing on it - a feat he thought might be difficult to pull off.

FAANISH COMMITTEE REPORTS: Matthew Tepper regaled us with a story of poetic justice: A lit cigarette carelessly discarded by a smoker working at the $1 million luxury home of the President of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company reduced it to a row of charred pilings. Cecil Rose joyfully announced the birth of his second grandchild, Audrey. The proud grandpa will be joining the rest of the family to celebrate the event as soon as he can get out of town. Joe Zeff reported that, on a recent visit to the "Useless Pages" on the web, he found The Eye of Argon, misspellings, typos, no ending, et. al.

MISCELLANEOUS: Jeff Stansfield related the story of some high school kids who prepared and distributed a publicity flyer announcing that the high school science club had analyzed the local water supply and found a high concentration of hydro oxide in the water, which has been known to cause hydration and death. The results were similar to Orson Welles' broadcast in 1939 - great panic, people boiling tap water to avoid hydration, and lots of fun for those in the know. The Emperor announced that various television broadcasting networks will be running sitcoms and other shows in 3D next month. Charlie will make available the special glasses needed to view these broadcasts effectively from the LASFS's supply of same - anyone interested should see him. Janis Olson gave a Perversity of Leisure report about elephants in South Africa, which are currently in overabundant supply. Following criticism by environmentalists for culling the herd, a park administrator tried to solve the problem by placing the female elephants on the pill, with results contrary to expectations: increased interest by bull elephants.

On that load of bull, the meeting was adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Pie'd Typer Beth O'Brien  

 
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