The WSFA JOURNAL
"Moving Right Along"
Volume 7 Number 5
Meeting of October 9 [sic - 7], 1983; at Gillilands', Alexis Gilliland
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 P.M. Say what?
The meeting was called to order at 9:15 P.M. As the last minutes were
lengthy, and the latest WSFA Journal was present, it was decided to
waive reading the minutes. Read them to yourself! Any corrections will
be made at the next meeting. As the treasurer didn't arrive in time
for the meeting, his report was also waived.
PUBLICATIONS: The September/October Journal was passed out.
ENTERTAINMENT: Doll Gilliland announced that they have a new
addition to the family: a new kitten. As he's new to the house -
having only arrived today - quote: "you may pet him, but don't
pick him up." Unquote.
Also, if you want to see "Brainstorm", see it soon as it may
not be around very long due to poor audience turnout.
OLD BUSINESS: Zip!
NEW BUSINESS: Ditto!
- Kim Weston noted that the Westview Cinema 2 in Baltimore is a good
place to see "Brainstorm".
- Jane Wagner related that: a) Mike Walsh and Scott Dennis are not
present as they're out in Ann Arbor, Michigan, helping Mr. Moose get
married tomorrow. (Congratulations, Mr. Moose, er ... Mr. Monogamoose!)
b) She has managed to combine a business trip with attending World
- Joe Mayhew announced that next year's UniCon - July 20th-22nd
- will have Gene Wolfe as its GOH and Dawn Wilson as its Featured
Artist. Place: Sheraton Hotel, same as last year. Again, they will be
serving no booze as they hud no trouble with the hotel last year when
they handled the situation this way.
- Martin Wooster reported that the Flying Karamazov Brothers are
appearing at the Warner Theatre until Sunday (Oct. 11th). They now
have a six-piece band accompanying them. Go see them!!!
- Ellen Vartanoff announced that Douglas Adams will be at Montgomery
College at the Rockville Campus. She has flyers.
- Lee Smoire needs a ride or someone to share a cheap rental car out
to OctaCon next weekend in San Duskee, Ohio; a total relaxacon. Rooms
are $25 flat! If interested, see her after the meeting. Also, she
recent won two tickets to Frankfurt, Germany. However, due to a lack
of funds, quote: "I can get there, but I can't afford to get out
of the airport!" Unquote.
- Bill Mayhew relayed a message from Billie Grey, who lives in Wheaton:
she needs a roommate to share her apartment starting November 1st.
- Ginny McNitt announced that her hula troupe has been asked to dance
at the Smithsonian Museum. Date: Friday, Oct. 21st; Time: 12 o'clock
noon; Place: Air & Space Museum.
- Rich Kolker asked if anybody was planning on going to NovaCon; if
so, could you please take along some Brave New Con flyers? He'll be
taking some with him to RovaCon 8. Joe Mayhew volunteered to take
some. Rich also says that those people who have purchased memberships
to Brave New Con should be receiving Progress Report 1 shortly.
- Brian Lewis explained that you take the "Otherworlds
Club" form that's in the current WSFA Journal to your friendly
neighborhood Waldens Book Store (once it's been filled out), hand it
to them and wait until they hand you the envelope which contains your
membership card and all the pertinent information it contains.
- Lee Smoire again pointed out that she still has Australian 1985
WorldCon questionnaires. If interested, please see her.
- Michael Antonio Oliveri & Mary would like to split a room
with someone going to the Darkover Grand Council convention held on
Thanksgiving Day weekend. Also, he'll be driving if you need a ride.
- Beverly Brandt (your humble editor) requested that people who plan
on attending these various upcoming cons to PLEASE write up a little
report on them for the Journal. (Editor's Note: This especially
applies to those WSFA members who live out of town.)
The meeting collapsed at 9:27.
Meeting of October 21, 1983; at Olivers'. Alexis Gilliland presiding.
The meeting was called to order at 9:16 P.M. The minutes were accepted
as read. The treasury stood at $4,637.51.
PUBLICATIONS: The September/October Journal is still available.
ENTERTAINMENT: A proposal for a movie party to go see
"The Right Stuff" was voted upon. Result: Yea - 13, Nay - 0,
Abstaining - 4. So, we'll be going to see it at the Springfield Mall,
Cinema 1, at the 1:00 matinee which is $2.00. WSFA will pick up half
the fare. Alexis will take money tonight from those people interested
or you can pay at the First Friday meeting.
DISCLAVE '84: Chairwoman Jane Wagner announced that there will
be a committee meeting downstairs after the WSFA meeting.
OLD BUSINESS: Zip!
- Jane Wagner brought up the problem concerning Disclave membership
sales. John Sapienza had mentioned earlier that with our current
new status we may not sell Disclave memberships in the old fashion.
However, as he was not present and was supposed to be looking further
into the matter, it was decided to go ahead and sell the memberships
until John can supply us with the relevant data.
- At the next meeting, we will be holding elections for Disclave '85
- Mary Morman says: a) she and Kent Bloom want to host the next
Fifth Friday Party after the New Year's Party, but they don't know
when that will be. (Editor's Note: That's in March, Mary.) b) She's
taking Darkover Con memberships; they're $12.00. c) On November 5th
she'll be cooking a feast; the price is $8.00.
- Sue Wheeler has available a librarian's view of Connie. Also, at
the BSFS Dec. 10th business meeting, the program will be a showing of
"The Great Muppet Caper". Members of WSFA are invited; price
- Jane Wagner & Co. sang "Happy Birthday" to Bill Jensen.
- Mike Walsh reported that: a) Mr. Moose did indeed get married on
October 10th. Quote: "He's now Mr. Toots!" Unquote. Scott
Dennis was Best Man. (Ed. Note: Best Man For What?) Mr. Smoff says
Mr. Moose did throw out the garter, but not the antlers. End comment:
The wedding was mundane, but nice. b) He has books to sell; come and
- Joe Mayhew passed out the last issue (No.5) of "Fantagony".
He also has complete sets if anyone would like one.
- Lee Smoire says: a) she still has Australian questionnaires; b)
the Maryland Academy of Sciences will be showing a travel film of
Australia on Thursday, November 10th and Friday, November 11th.
Tickets are $3.00 and can soon be bought from Lee. Also, Qantas
Airlines is doing something - along with a dinner - on Australia;
tickets are about $13.00 or $14.00. c) she's having a party tomorrow
night in Baltimore.
- Alan Huff is also having a barbeque party tomorrow night at his
place. Next he related the interesting story of how Dave Bischoff went
up to MY to discuss doing a novelization of the upcoming TV movie,
"The Day After" but was told to forget it 'cause Uncle Sam
doesn't really want info on this film to be out as they aren't too
fond of anyone finding out how people will have to survive AFTER a
nuclear attack. Quote: "It's better if you DON'T survive!!!"
- Kathleen Aranyosi has moved in with Peggy Rae Pavlat.
- Lee Shehr won the 3rd runner-up award for Best Writer of the Year
in the magazine, "Translog, the journal of Military Traffic
- Dick Preston says he has room for 3 more people in his van for
those people attending PhilCon.
The meeting fell into the Twilight Zone at 9:38.
(Courtesy of Moonstone Bookcellars, Inc.) Key: H - Hardback, P -
Paperback & T - Tradepaperback
Aldiss, Brian: Helliconia Spring - $6.95 (T)
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Asimov, Isaac: The Currents of Space - $2.95 (P)
Edge - $3.95 (P)
Pebble In the
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The Stars, Like
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Baker, Scott: Nightchild - $2.95 (P)
Bova, Ben & Dickson, Gordon R.: Gremlins Go Home - $2.95 (P)
Chant, Joy: When Voiha Wakes - $2.95 (P)
Cleve, John: Spaceway's #14: Assignment: Hellhole - $2.50 (P)
Compton, D.G.: Windows - $2.95 (P)
Crowley, John: Beasts - $2.50 (P)
Cunningham, Jere: The Abyss - $2.95 (P)
Drake, David: From the Heart Of Darkness - $2.95 (P)
Elgin, Suzette Hadin: And Then There'll Be Fireworks - $2.50 (P)
Ellison, Harlan: Memos From Purgatory - $2.95 (P)
Eshbach, L.A.: Over My Shoulder - $20.00 (H)
Farmer, Philip Jose: Nights of Light - $2.50 (P)
Haining, Peter (Ed.): Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens - $3.95 (P)
Hancock, Neil: The Road to the Middle Islands - $2.95 (P)
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Jakuhowski, M. & Edwards, M.: The SF Book of Lists - $7.95 (T)
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King, Stephen: Pet Sematary - $15.95 (H)
Martin, George R.R.: Fevre Dream - $3.95 (P)
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McCaffrey, Anne: Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern - $14.95 (H)
Meaney, Dee M.: Death of the Raven - $2.75 (P)
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Pournelle, Jerry: Janissaries: Clan and Crown - $3.50 (P)
Robeson, Kenneth: #26, Death In Silver - $2.50 (P)
Mystery Under the Sea - $2.50 (P)
Robinson, Spider: Mindkiller - $2.95 (P)
Ryan, Alan: Dead White - $3.50 (P)
Schmidt, Stanley (Ed.): Aliens From Analog - $12.95 (H)
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Wolfe, Gene: The Citadel of the Autarch - $3.50 (P)
Zebrowski, George: The Omega Point Trilogy - $2.75 (P)
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Lucasfilm: The Art of "The Return of the Jedi" - $17.95 (T)
- Nov. 4-6:
- SCICON 5 at the Sheraton Beach Inn in Virginia Beach,
VA. Room rates: S - $32, D - $38. GOH: Alan Dean Foster, FGOH: Curt
Harpold, AGOH: Ron Miller. Membership: $13. Send a SASE to SciCon 5,
P.O. Box 9434, Hampton, VA 23670
- Nov. 11-13:
- CONCLAVE VIII at the Sheraton Hotel in Ann Arbor, MI. GOH:
Spider Robinson. Membership: $15. Write to Waldo & Magic, Inc.,
P.O. Box 2915, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
- Nov. 11-13:
- ORYCON 5 at the Portland Hilton in Portland, OR. Room
rates: S - $45, D - $50, T/Q - $55. GOH: Octavia Butler. Membership:
$15. Champagne brunch: $12. Write to OryCon 5, P.O. Box 14727,
Portland, OR 97214; (503) 761-8768
- Nov. 12:
- APRICON 6 at the Ferris Booth Hall at Columbia University,
New York City, NY. Membership: $4. Write to Barnard-Columbia SF Society,
317 Ferris Booth Hall, Columbia University, New York City, NY 10027
- Nov. 18-20:
- OUTRE-VENTION in Salt Lake City, UT. GOH: Poul Anderson,
AGOHs: Lynnanne & Michael Goodwin. Membership: $15. Write to
Outre-Vention, 2246 Windsor, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
- Nov. 18-20:
- PHILCON '83 at the Franklin Plaza Hotel, 17th & Vine
Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Room rates are a flat $59 BUT a
credit card or a one-night deposit is required. GOH: James Hogan,
AGOH: Real Musgrave. Membership: $14. Write to PhilCon '83, P.O. Box
8303, Philadelphia, PA 19101
- Nov. 25-27:
- DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL VI and MYTHOPOEIC REGIONAL
CONFERENCE at the Radisson Wilmington Hotel, 700 King Street,
Wilmington, DE. Room rates are a flat $47. Tel No.: (302)
655-0400. (Make sure you mention DarkoverCon.) Special Guests: Marion
Zimmer Bradley and Katherine Kurtz. GOH: Nancy Springer. With Jo
Clayton, Hal Clement, Diana Paxson & others. Membership: $12 until
11/12, then $15. Registration is limited to 500 attendees. Make out
all checks to "Armida Council" and send to P.O. Box 8113,
Silver Spring, MD 20907
- Nov. 25-27:
- CON-TEX at the Southwest Hilton in Houston, TX. GOH: Anne
McCaffrey, FGOH: Joanne Burger. Membership: $15. Write to Friends of
Fandom, Inc., P.O. Box 772473, Houston, TX 77215
- Nov. 25-27:
- CHAMBANACON 12 + 1 at the Ramada Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street,
Champaign, Il. Room rates: S - $37, D - $44, T - $51 & Q - $58.
Special Guest: John Cleve, GOH: andrew j. offutt, FGOH: Margaret
Middleton & Toastmaster: Al Babcock. Membership: $8 until
11/20, then $10. There will be a banquet; tickets are $11. Write
to ChambanaCon, P.O. Box 2908, Springfield, IL 62708
- Nov. 25-27:
- DALLAS FANTASY FESTIVAL at the Sheraton Park Central,
corner of Colt & LBJ in Dallas, TX. Room rates are a flat
$45. With Roger Zelazny, Alan Dean Foster, George R.R. Martin, Howard
Waldrop & others. Membership: $10 until 11/12, then $12. One-day
tickets - $5. There will be a banquet; tickets are $13.50. Write to
Dallas Fantasy Festival, 1017 Birchwood, Garland, TX 75043
11/4 Michael Harris
11/5 Joanna Dionne
11/5 Lee Shehr
11/16 Tim Childers
11/19 Bob Oliver
11/19 Linda Sweeting
11/23 Chris Callahan
11/24 Forrest J Ackerman
11/24 Jane Woodward
11/30 Martin Wooster
IMPORTANT NOTE: The birthdays of Lynn Barber on Oct. 3rd and Brian
Lewis on Oct. 24th were inadvertently left off last month's list.
Mr. Robert Lovell
P.O. Box 854
Moss Beach, CA 94038
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by Joe Mayhew
The King of Shoplift had a candy-striped Cadillac the size of a nun's
apology and a chauffeur named Luigi Crematello to drive it and swab
at it in odd moments with a big blue hanky. As the King rounded each
corner of the town a crowd of adoring citizens would line up along
the curb and sing the Shoplift national anthem, which goes like this:
Shoplift is the kind of kingdom
That you want to raise your kids in!
lots of good times and scenery
Makes Shoplift nice, ta-ding-dum.
There's more, but as each verse has to rhyme with "kingdom"
it gets silly faster than a cat in a refrigerator. Anyway, the King
stopped for a malted milk at the drugstore and had a conversation with
the soda-jerk about politics and how nice it was for kings to keep the
common-touch. Just as he was finishing his malted milk, a dangerous
looking lawyer came into the drugstore and tossed in a bomb.
The King grabbed his crown and a candy bar and tore out of the store
as fast as an army haircut. The soda-jerk started to run out too, but
the druggist said, "Hold it, Clarence!" and caught Clarence
by the belt.
"Run for our lives!" suggested Clarence.
"That ain't a real bomb, any more than that was a real
lawyer. That was just the Royal Chauffeur, Luigi Crematello in a
false-pinstripe suit. He was just creating a diversion so that
the King could get out without paying for his malted milk."
"What a cheap bastard!" said Clarence.
"Don't get so mad, everyone knows that the King is a hit and run
when it comes to paying bills."
"Then why is everyone in Shoplift so patriotic? They always stand
on the curb singing the national anthem when he goes by."
"That's the least they can do," said the druggist.
"He's a pretty good king; he hasn't collected taxes for thirty
years and doesn't wage son-killing wars, or even make long political
speeches on the television when your favorite program is supposed to
be on, and he keeps other, greedier, deadlier, and more boring people
from moving in on us, so who minds if he sharps them out of a few
bucks now and then?"
The King was outside rolling up his car windows and trying to ignore
the perpetually silly national anthem. "God!" he swore,
"That is MONOTONOUS!"
Luigi said, "Should I turn on the radio, Sire?"
"Only if you can get something besides the national anthem."
"Sorry, Sire," said Luigi, "that's about it. Maybe we
can get some new verses, people are making them up all the time."
"But why do they all have to rhyme something with
'kingdom'?" said the King.
"I don't know, Sire, but you've got to admit the tune is
The King slumped down into his seat and waved mechanically as they
passed through the adoring throng of smiling faces.