Meeting # 4062, Jun 18, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Ted Johnstone

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

President Matthew Tepper forced meeting #4062 to cry UNCLE at 8:00.

Special orders of business:


Menace from last meeting were read.  June Moffatt bid $3 to name them “Covered with Chocolate” They were so accepted.

Michelle was in the middle of a conversation when someone handed her money.  It turns out to be for purchased books. Please stay out of the treasurer’s drawer if you’re not the treasurer.

Time Bound Announcements!

Committee Reports

The Treasurer’s report: We have money

You can’t spend it.

Programs (CLJII for now)

President Tepper is looking for a new programmer for the second half of 2015

June 18, big auction

June 25, More Like the Movies, part I.

July 2, More Like the Movies part 2

After that, to be announced.

June 28: Last Sunday of June, G Men vs the Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West, which will be interleaved. IT starts at 2 PM, should run until 10 or so.

Tom Safer announced TSPC presents something else. The film will be Yellow Submarine. Saturday June 20 at 10 AM

July TSPC will be 7/11, and film is TBA.


Milt Stevens, it turns out the Black Dragon society was real. The Black Dragon was a river in China, that marked how far into China Japanese control should go.

Registrar Ed Hooper announced no guests.

Right at 6PM we did have a returning member visit this clubhouse for the first time. Doug Abe. Alas, he had to leave after dropping off 24 boxes of books.

We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:

Patron Saint Ted Johnstone

Unable to cheer him in person since 1978

Eric Hoffman: Ted was one of the first I met in fandom. Almost as big a film and media buff as I was. Also enjoyed the things he did with Man from UNCLE books.

Nick Smiith: While he was still alive, found myself selling DAVID McDaniel books in several environments.  All the good stuff in the Man from UNCLE books came out of McDaniel’s books. He thought about how the high tech would be used in a spy novel, rather than throwing it in for looks.

Jerry POurnelle: Met at 1963 Chicago convention at a costume party. Jerry went as Radagast the Brown.  Ted comes up and says I, sir, am a hobbit.  Yes, that worked.  

12 years later, working on 20/20 visions, had him do a story. It was a good story, but a miserable affair to get the story out of him. He was very generous and would loan Jerry equipment.

There Will Be War is in print, and 20/20 Visions will be re-issued soon. So he’ll owe the McDaniels money soon.

Larry Niven: David McDaniel and Bruce Pelz introduced him to filking. Filk songs have gotten into many of his stories.

David Okamura: Lee gold still has a framed letter from David McDaniel thanking her for a favor done him. On THRUSH stationery.

June Moffatt had an argument with him about one of his stories, about a mysterious wind that appeared and disappeared, created by a helicopter. The wind was silent and helicopters tend not to be.

Matthew Tepper: He was a good friend, and a father figure. Learned everything he knew about scribing from him and promptly screwed up. He was a presence in life, and has been too long an absence.

CLJII: Met David McDaniel on first joining the club. Familiar with work from having read novels. DAGGER Affair has a scene at Boulder Dam. Found out he viewed himself as a sidekick looking fro a hero, and somehow wound up with CLJII. Discovered he was interested in motion picture direction. He was a brilliant cinematographer, so they partnered up. Working with him was fun and enlightening.

At one time he sent Charlie a letter stamped GeheimStatsPolizei, having found a bunch of Nazi-era stamps.

From the Hagiography:

Pro who wrote stories under his real name (David McDaniel) and conducted fannish life under a pseudonym

fan of Dark Shadows and Man from U.N.C.L.E.

wrote Man from U.N.C.L.E.  novels plus one SF novel and several SF short stories

LASFS scribe

filk singer and writer of filksongs, teamed with Bruce Pelz as singer

camera man and film editor. 

worked on conventions

was part of Arson, Rape and Bloody Murder (Harness, Johnstone, & Pelz)

was the inspiration for James Wong Hound, alias David McDog, in Amazing Adventures

Fanzine editor

a very good storyteller.

Patron Saint Ted Johnstone was given three cheers and a coventry full of stuff.

David Okamura monitored science for the club.

After a nice nap, the Philae comet lander woke up and phoned home. It looks like it’s getting enough light to recharge the batteries.

Folks in Mauna Loa have been isolated in a NASA experiment to see how long they could last in a Mars base style environment.

SpaceX is holding a competition on the hyperloop pod. They want to install a one-mile loop near their Hawthorne headquarters.

Watch out for sharks and drones at Seal beach.

Diets:  FDA has said we have three years to get rid of trans fats.  

A new study from England says chocolate promotes heart health. But this is milk chocolate with less of the flavenoids, so what’s the causal factor?

Old Business: We still don’t have a scribe. Attempts to recruit a volunteer have failed.

If you know anyone willing to take over as Scribe for the second half of 2015, please get in touch.

No New Business


Christin 1q84, translated from Japanese, a play on 1984. At first you think it’s one thing, then another, then you realize it’s a Japanese novel and give up. It’s a SF fantasy mystery thriller involving cults. If you like difficult reads, it’s a very good book, but it was a  challenge for him. Main character seems to have entered an alternative universe.


Tom Safer was at home working out when someone ran into his cinderblock wall. The car left the scene.

People moved to adjourn.

Put chairs away.

It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 9:15.
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