Meeting of December 2, 1983; at Olivers', Alexis Gilliland presiding.
The meeting was called to order at 9:18. As the December WSFA Journal was at hand, it was decided to waive reading the minutes. The treasury stood at $6,867.04.
PUBLICATIONS: The December WSFA Journal was handed out.
ENTERTAINMENT: Doll reminded everybody that the next meeting will be at their house and it will be the Tree Trim Party. Also, the next day they will be hosting the Solstice Dinner. If you're planning on attending, let her know what you'll be bringing.
DISCLAVE '84: Beverly Brandt is still selling memberships. Also, Chairwoman Jane Wagner announced that if you have anything to put in the Disclave flyer, please give it to Barry Newton as soon as possible.
OLD BUSINESS: Everybody was reminded that the Fifth Friday Party will be at the home of Lee Smoire and Mark & Jul Owings in Baltimore. The New Year's Eve Party - which is the following night - will be at Alan Huff's in Silver Spring. Lee Smoire had maps for the Fifth Friday Party.
NEW BUSINESS: Mike Walsh, ConStellation Chairman, stated that due to the large deficit the convention has, it will be unable to pay WSFA the $1,000 loan it owes the club. Also, would WSFA be willing to give another $1,000 to help prevent Connie from going bankrupt? After a long, heated discussion, it was decided to wait until the first meeting in January at which time Connie will present an estimate of where the money is going to be coming from and what the chances are of evading bankruptcy. Upon viewing this plan, WSFA will then decide whether or not to give Connie the requested $1,000.
The meeting boisterously adjourned at 9:53.
Meeting of December 16, 1983, at Gillilands', Alexis Gilliland presiding.
The meeting was called to order at 9:20. It was unanimously agreed to waive reading the minutes. The treasury stood at $6,612.48.
The December WSFA Journal was still available (but it vanished completely before the night was over!).
Dolly announced that we have a Xmas tree upstairs to decorate. She then read the Solstice Dinner list. (For the list, see elsewhere in this Journal.)
As Chairwoman Jane Wagner was absent, due to a death in the family, the meeting was waived.
OLD BUSINESS: Zip!!!
A motion to send a condolences card to Jane was passed. The secretary will send a card from the club.
The meeting disappeared from sight at 9:36.
1/3 Mark Owings
1/4 Kim Weston
1/9 Allan Lane
1/11 Ginny McNitt
1/20 Doll Gilliland
1/20 Gary Oleson
1/24 Bill Berg
BARBRA SHARES a special moment with her papa, Reb Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff) in "Yentl."
YENTL, MGM/UA's impressive feature, was written and directed by Barbra Streisand who stars in the title role. Rarely has a film's pre-release hype been so well deserved.
In the early 1900's in Europe, the knowledge-hungry Yentl must learn her Jewish heritage in secret, taught by her father (Nehemiah Persoff) until his death. In order to escape the traditional life of a woman, she cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to join with a Yeshiva to learn.
She quickly befriends fellow student Avigdor, well-performed by singer Mandy Patinkin (and given no songs to sing) and the two of them debate about the Talmut, life, convictions, etc. Avigdor introduces Yentl to his love Hadass, played by the lovely and talented Amy Irving.
Never has Amy Irving come across so seductive while so innocent. Her liquid eyes and manner are possibly the best points in the film.
Unable to reveal herself as a woman, Yentl's feelings are expressed in songs written by Michel Legrand, whose songs all sound the same. Alan and Marilyn Bergman's lyrics, however, make up for it as many are very witty and never halt the film "just for a song."
Because Avigdor is suddenly forbidden to marry Hadass because his brother committed suicide, he entreats Yentl to marry her, and to keep Avignor, Yentl is forced to agree.
The humor behind the farcical marriage comes into play when Hadaas begins to have feelings for her "husband" and begins to forget Avigdor. Amy Irving claims she took the part in order to be the first actress to kiss Streisand on film.
YENTL is not a film to be missed.
Seabrook, MD 20706
Blame it on the Season. A six pack of guilt, or just plain cussedness. Whatever. I am doing this crime against paper to thank you and WSFA for the consideration you have shown toward me. The Journals are very welcome.
As an old fan, and tired, I appreciate the thought; believe me.
I haven't given up on Science Fiction. I still read; mostly P.J. Farmer. But the growing crowds at the conventions and claves have more or less driven me to watch from the sidelines.
Besides, I've gone back to building model airplanes, a hobby that goes back as far as SF. To about 1932, I surmise. So you see what happens to old fans? They play with toy airplanes!
Without my help, or hinderance, the club seems to be healthy, both in members and in money.
For the coming year, bless Orwell, I see nothing but success for WSFA.
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The following is the menu of the Solstice Dinner. Needless to say, we had a Feast!!! Thanks to all of you who participated.
Hors D'oeuvres Hummus w/Toasted Wheat Crackers Kiwi Marinated Chicken Livers Shrimp Dip & Tacos Deviled Eggs Clam Spaghettini Turkey w/Dressing Sauerkraut Cornbread Beef Curry Sweet Potato Casserole Tossed Green Salad Broccoli Casserole Macaroni & Cheese a la Lewis Meatloaf Green Beans & Mushroom Casserole Fruit & Nut Bread Stuffed Peppers Blueberry Muffins Bean Salad Rice Pilaf Peas & Onions Cranberry Sauce Fruit Salad Mixed Veggies Fresh Fruit Salad Watergate Salad Waldorf Salad Strawberry Bavarian Jello Molds Pagan Tree Cake Cookies Pumpkin Pie Pecan Pie Apple Pie Cranapple Pie Rumballs Mixed Nuts Mulled Wine Champagne Punch Egg Nog Coffee Tea Beer and Soft Drinks
The WSFA Journal is the obstreperous monthly newsletter of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Editor-in-Chief: Beverly L. Brandt, 3326 Lauriston Place, Fairfax, VA 22031. Tel. No.: (703) 573-8230. Assistant Editor: Warren Rodgers