Meeting of February 3, 1984, at the Gillilands'; Alexis Gilliland presiding.
The meeting was called to order at 9:15. It was agreed to waive the reading of the minutes as the February WSFA Journal was available. However, there is a correction to the January 6th meeting's "Old Business" section. NOTE: Delete the last line which reads: "A final decision of whether WSFA shall give $1,000 to Connie shall be made at that time." Change to: "On the basis of that information, WSFA will decide what action is to be taken." As the treasurer was absent, his report was waived.
PUBLICATIONS: The February WSFA Journal was passed out.
Doll reported on the shuttle flight takeoff of that morning and stay tuned this week for further developments. Also, raga muffins will be served this evening. Furthermore, she reminded everyone that Bobclave/George The Party takes place on the last weekend of this month.
Chairwoman Jane Wagner noted that 99% of the flyers are in the mail.
ConStellation Chairman Mike Walsh passed out three pages which contained Connie's expenses, revenues and outstanding bills. It was decided by a vote of 18 Yea, 4 Nay and 8 Abstaining that WSFA "forgive the $1,000 donation debt that ConStellation owes it with the understanding that no further requests or demands be made of WSFA from the ConStellation Corporation".
NEW BUSINESS: Zip!
The meeting collapsed at 10:07.
Meeting of Feb. 17, 1984, at the Olivers'; Alexis Gilliland presiding.
The meeting was called to order at 9:17. It was unanimously agreed to waive the reading of the minutes which helped as the secretary had inadvertently left the transcribed minutes at home. The treasury stood at $5,678.20.
PUBLICATIONS: The February WSFA Journal was still available.
ENTERTAINMENT: Alexis, speaking for Doll, reminded everyone that George/Bob Clave is next weekend. Everybody should bring some type of munchie.
DISCLAVE '84: Joe Mayhew, speaking for Jane Wagner, noted that there vill be a committee meeting at George/Bob Clave. Also, to Committee Heads, start drafting your helpers.
OLD BUSINESS: Zip!
NEW BUSINESS: Kurt Freedman brought to the club's attention the upcoming Gross National Parade scheduled for Sunday, April 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 (rain or shine) which will march down K Street; from the intersection of M and 18th to the intersection of M and Wisconsin and south on Wisconsin to K Street in D.C. This is sponsored by WMAL's Trumball and Core for the benefit of the D.C. Police Boys and Girls Clubs. For more details, see the secretary for a flyer.
The meeting expired at 9:26.
ABOARD THE CONDOR - The launch of a 10-ton rocket built by a private firm in Redwood City was scrubbed Monday afternoon after a nitrogen-gas leak and electrical problems developed at the launch site, 200 miles off the coast of Baja California.
The launch was called off at 3:30 p.m. by Michael Scott, president of Starstruck, the Redwood City firm that had hoped to fire the rocket three miles into the atmosphere. His decision came after the nitrogen gas, needed to open and close crucial valves in the rocket, began to leak.
As workers tried to find the source of the leak, an electrical short caused the rocket's nose cone to separate from the booster section. When a smoldering odor was noticed, 2.000 pounds of liquid oxygen fuel were released and both sections of the rocket were dumped into the ocean. They later were recovered.
The unsuccessful launch took place in the Pacific Ocean, about 200 miles west of Baja California and 280 miles southwest of Long Beach.
The rocket was carried to the site aboard the Blue Fin, a 165-foot oil-supply vessel. Starstruck crew members and other observers watched from aboard the Condor, an 88-foot fishing boat from Santa Barbara.
The nose cone's payload bay was filled with personal items belonging to Starstruck crew members and employees, including jewelry, stuffed animals, business cards and two bottles of champagne.
"We are very disappointed, but this is par for the course in rocketry," Starstruck spokesman Roy McDonald said after the mission was canceled. "Problems like this are bound to happen. But we are going to get back in the air."
He said repairs could take two weeks once the rocket is back in Redwood City.
Meanwhile, Starstruck is considering launching another rocket within a month.
The above was taken from the San Jose Mercury News.
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UNFAITHFULLY YOURS is an uproariously entertaining comedy concerning love and jealously, starring Dudley Moore and Nastassja Kinski. Not since 10 and ARTHUR has Moore been so humourous (although he fared quite well in the underrated LOVESICK).
Moore portrays symphony conductor Claude Eastman, married to Italian film star Daniella (Kinski). During a concert, Claude tells us his reasons for wishing to kill his young wife. Through a misunderstanding, Claude's manager Norman (Albert Brooks) hires a detective to keep an eye on Daniella during a four-day trip of Claude's. Although the misunderstanding is resolved, Claude learns Daniella is obviously having an affair.
Very early on we learn it is all untrue, but the jealously mounts in Claude as does the circumstantial evidence, and he believes his protege violinist Max Stein (Armand Assante) to be the culprit.
The comedy is well-timed, and climbs at a reasonable pace as Claude fantasizes his fool-proof plan of revenge. Of course in its execution (so to speak), nearly everything goes comically astray.
Host notable in the film is a sequence in which Claude and Max perform on violins in Max's father's restaurant. Convinced of his friend's betrayal, their duet becomes fierce and frantic, fabulously choreographed, remarkably resembling an Errol Flynn/Basil Rathbone sword fight.
Screenwriters Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson and Robert Klane make a fine team in this remake of the 1946 Rex Harrison comedy. Directed by Howard Zieff, UNFAITHFULLY YOURS is a tremendous addition to motion picture humor. Even for non-Moore fans, this movie is a must-see.
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The WSFA Journal is the miscreant monthly newsletter of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Editor-in-Chief: Beverly L. Brandt, 3326 Lauriston Place, Fairfax, VA 22031. Telephone No.: (703) 573-8230
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March 30, 1984, 8 pm til ?
This month's title art is by a new WSFA member, Terry McCune. His version of an alien leprechaun is unique!
Also included in this issue: Charles Gilliland on Pages 1 - 4, Alexis Gilliland on Page 2, Virgil Finley on Page 2 and Joe Mayhew on Page 3.