The WSFA Journal


APRIL 1984

Volume 7     Number 10

WSFA Minutes

Meeting of March 2, 1984, at Gillilands'; Alexis Gilliland presiding.

The meeting was called to order at 9:15 P.M. As the March WSFA Journal was available, it was agreed to waive the reading of the minutes. The treasury stood at $5,678.20.


MEMBERSHIP: Two new members joined, they are:

        Donald and Jennifer Firesmith
        Falls Church, VA 22042
        (703) 241-5653

PUBLICATIONS: The March WSFA Journal was passed out.

ENTERTAINMENT: Doll Gilliland reminded everyone that quite a few conventions are coming up. Also. she noted that the new Tarzan movie, "Lord Greystoke", comes out around the end of this month. She'll look into the possibility of a movie party.

DISCLAVE '84: Chairwoman Jane Wagner related that a meeting had been held at George/Bob Clave with some business actually accomplished. She did point out, however, that she'd like to meet with those department heads who hadn't attended the relaxacon.

OLD BUSINESS: Beverly Brandt brought up the subject of a new hand truck/dolly for Disclave. Doll Gilliland asked that WSFA replace the one she and Alexis own which has become warped due to the beer kegs. It was finally decided that Doll should look into the cost for a heavy duty dolly and a final decision will be made at that time.



  1. Doll Gilliland reported that WSFAn Bill Berg is in serious condition in the coronary care section of Greater Southeastern Community Hospital. She asked that Alexis design and construct a Get Well card and everyone sign it that evening. Alexis complied.
  2. Brian Lewis noted that the only credits mentioned in the new "Dune" movie poster were for the special effects crew; nothing concerning the cast. Quote: "Take that as fair warning!" Unquote.
  3. Elaine Stiles announced that she's pregnant! Congratulations!!! (Ed. Note: I think there's a Preg Nancy Bug running around this club.)
  4. Bill Mayhew related that Clam Chowder will NOT be at Balticon.
  5. Linda Sweeting indicated that the "official" Connie photos - taken by her - are available for your perusal.
  6. Alan Huff reported that WSFAn Ray Ridenour is having an exhibition of his art at the Morgan State University in Baltimore starting on March 5th and will run for approximately a month. There will be a reception on March 8th at 8:00 P.M.
  7. Ellen Vartanoff is having an ASFA meeting at her place on March 23rd. Interested parties, please attend.
  8. Miriam Kelly informed the club that there will be a second night Seder down at the BSFS clubhouse. If interested, please see her for details.
  9. Eva Whitley announced that she has copies of, quote: "the only Hugo Nomination ballot you really need", unquote; it contains various WSFA members. Back your fellow WSFAns, folks!!!
  10. Avedon Carol said she didn't want to say it but she was duty bound; Please Contribute to TAFF!

The meeting eliminated itself at 9:30.

Address Corrections

                Robert Madle
                Rockville, MD 20853
                (301) 460-4712

                Jane Wagner
                Riverdale, MD 20737
                (301) 277-8724

More Minutes

Meeting of March 16, 1984, at the Olivers'; Beverly Brandt presiding.

The meeting was called to order at 9:23. It was agreed to waive the reading of the minutes. The treasury stood at $5,574.46.



PUBLICATIONS: The March WSFA Journal was still available.


DISCLAVE 1984: Zip!

OLD BUSINESS: It was pointed out that there is a Fifth Friday Party coming up at Wayne and Joanna Dionne's abode. There is a map to it in the March WSFA Journal.

NEW BUSINESS: Lee Smoire asked if anybody had anything they wanted her to take over to people attending EasterCon in England. If anyone has anything "small and light", she'd be glad to take it over.

Jack Heneghan would like to start up a WSFA bowling team. Interested people, please see Jack for details.


  1. Rebecca Prather is having a MENSA Open House at her place on April 20th. For more details, see Rebecca. Also, the free member-to-member information expertise of MENSA has been written up in a national publication. She had copies of the full page writeup on hand.
  2. Lee Smoire reported that on Sunday there will be a showing of "2001:A Space Odyssey" and "Excalibur" at the Charles Theater in Baltimore. It's a double feature; for more details, see Lee. Secondly, she noted that she had picked up a sample of a new birth control method: The Sponge! It lasts for 24 hours. In the warning, it reads: "In case of accidental ingestion of the sponge, call Poison Control Center".
  3. Joe Mayhew related the good news that WSFAn Bill Berg is now off the critical list and is doing well in Rm. 416 at Greater Southeastern Community Hospital. He is unable to talk at present due to the tracheotomy that was performed, but he'd love to have visitors. Visiting hours are 4:30 - 5:30 and 7:00 - 8:00 P.M. On a lighter note: Joe Mayhew announced his intention to run for Vice President at the next election.

The meeting was disposed of at 9:31.

Important Notices!

Debbie Ettien is looking for someone to share travel (via her car) and hotel room expenses to Kubla Khan in Tennessee. For details, call her at (301) 421-1538.

Rebecca Prather is looking for a female roommate for one or more nights at Disclave. You can reach her at (703) 534-2274.

Artists' Corner

April's Easter celebration, by WSFAn artist Terry McCune, is represented via decorated fire lizard eggs. Pernese fans, take note!

Also included in this issue: Alexis Gilliland on Page 1, Charles Gilliland on Pages 2 and 4, Warren Rodgers on Page 3, Terry McCune on Page 3, and a self portrait by Joe Mayhew on Page 4. Thanks to all who contributed.


                FY 1984 2ND QUARTER REPORT
Brought Forward as of August 31, 1983 ......... $4,944.41

  Dues ................. $   45.00
  Disclave '83 .........  2,423.43
  Interest .............     60.54
                         $2,528.97             + 2,528.97

Paid Out:
  Food & Beverages ..... $  337.41
  Printing &
    Publications .......    178.21
  5th Friday Party .....     90.72
                         $  606.34             -   606.34

On Hand as of November 30, 1983 ............... $6,867.04

                FY 1984 3RD QUARTER REPORT
Brought Forward as of November 30, 1983 ....... $6,867.04

  Dues ................. $   48.00
  Interest .............     72.17
                         $  120.17             +   120.17

Paid Out:
  Food & Beverages ..... $  244.35
  Printing &
    Publications .......    175.50
  Movie Party ..........     16.28
  Solstice Party .......    153.43
  5th Friday Party .....    100.00
  New Year's Eve Party .    100.00
  GeorgeClave Advance ..    150.00
  Disclave Postage .....    290.00
  Convention Calendar ..      6.00
                         $1,235.56             - 1,235.56

On Hand as of February 29, 1984 ............... $5,751.65

Upcoming Cons

April 13 - 15:
CAPCON located at the Villa Inn, in Lubbock, TX. Guests: Robert Asprin, Andrew Offutt, Phil Foglio, Warren Norwood. Membership: $13 OR $5 per day. Write to: Capcon '84, Box 2625, Lubbock, TX 79408
April 13 - 15:
COSTUMECON 2 located at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, CA. Hotel Rates: $55 flat! (Con for SF, Fantasy & Historical costumers) Membership: $30 attending, $10 supporting. Make checks out and send to: Fantasy Costumers Guild, P.O. Box 1947, Spring Valley, CA 92077
April 13 - 15:
ATLANTICON II located at the Sheraton Beach-Inn and Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA (ST con). Guests: Mark Lenard, Frank Kelly Freas, Ann Crispin, Phil Foglio, Doug Chaffee. Membership: $20 for adults, $8 for children 6 - 12 years of age; Write to: Atlanticon II, P.O. Box 9590, Hampton, VA 23670
April 20 - 22:
BALTICON 18 located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Hotel Rates: S/D - $60, T/Q - $70, $15 for a rollaway cot. GOH: Parke Godwin, FGOH: Mark Owings, AGOH: Robin Wood With Marta, Randall, Marvin Kaye, Alan E. Nourse. Membership: $25 for adults, kids (7 - 13 years of age) for $7.50. IF POSSIBLE; limit 2001! Write to: Balticon 18, P.O. Box 686, Baltimore, MD 21203
April 20 - 22:
LEPRECON located at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, AZ. GOH: Real Musgrave, Special Guest: C.J. Cherryh, FGOH: Sleepyhawk Simila. Membership: $20. Write to: Leprecon. Box 16815, Phoenix, AZ 85011
April 20 - 22:
MINICON 1984 located at the Leamington Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. Hotel Rates: $32, +$5, Suites: $64/$96. GOH: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, FGOH: Anet Hoonel, Musician GOH: Somtow Sucharitkul, AGOH: Steve Hickman, TM: Dave Wixon. Membership: $20 for adults, $6 for children 6 - 12 years of age. Write to: Minicon 1984, P.O. Box 2128, Loop Station, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 874-9118
April 20 - 22:
STELLAR VOYAGE '84 located at the Bond Court Hotel in Cleveland, OH. Hotel Rates: S - $42, D - $52 + $10/add'l person. GOHs: Judson Scott & Tom Savini, FGOH: Shirley Maiewski. With: Rebecca Meluch, Julia Ecklar, Bill Hickey. Membership: $40. Make checks payable and send to: Stellar Voyage, P.O. Box 99956, Erieview Station, Cleveland, OH 44199
April 27 - 29:
CONTRE-TEMPS 3 in Omaha, NE. GOH: Patricia A. McKillip, AGOH: Real Musgrave, FGOH: Ken Keller, TM: Stephen R. Donaldson, SMOF: Rusty Hevelin, Poet Laureate: Frederick Meyer. Membership: $14 'til 4/26, $16 at-the-door; Banquet $11, 2/$20. Write to: Contre-Temps 3, P.O. Box 12422, Omaha, NE 68112
April 27 - 29:
KUBLA KHAN 12 located at the Executive Inn in Nashville, TN. Hotel Rates: S - $40, D - $44. GOH: Vincent DiFate, TM: Andrew J. Offutt. Membership: $18. Write to: Ken Moore, 647 Devon Drive, Nashville, TN 37220; (615) 832-8402
April 27 - 29:
TREASURECON 2 located at the War Bonnet Inn in Billings, MT. GOH: Katherine Kurtz, FGOH: Walter A. Coslet. With: Ed Bryant. Membership: $20. Dead Smurf ceremony. Write to: Treasurecon 2, Box 22111, Billings, MT 59104; (406) 252-4398 OR 656-8353


The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes"

Movie Review

- Geoffrey L. Gould

Director Hugh Hudson has put together an astounding and definitive version of Tarzan in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (G:LoT, LoA). Starring Christopher Lambert, the feature spends much of its time depicting the upbringing of the famous Edgar Rice Burroughs' character amongst apes.

Lambert's Tarzan is unlike the muscular Johnny Weissmuller, he is lithe and scarred as one brought up in a hostile environment. His performance is enthralling as primate and as a civilized Earl of Greystoke. Even once "civilized", he occasionally reverts to primate behavior so convincingly that it never becomes unintentionally humorous. Another impressive trait is his panther snarl when angered.

High praise goes to the performances of Tarzan's primate parents and peers. As always, Rick Baker's believable makeups are incredible. The ape characters never fail to keep one's attention riveted to the action. One must also mention the sprawlingly majestic photography of cinematographer John Alcott and the stunning matte paintings of sfx wizard Albert Whitlock.

The film also makes us look at ourselves in a dark light. It can be unnerving to observe our "society" that kills without even trying to understand. We identify so completely with the apes that when danger or death overtakes any, we feel as much sorrow as Tarzan does.

On the human front, the late Sir Ralph Richardson (to whom the film is lovingly dedicated) is superb as the Sixth Earl of Greystoke while Ian Holm's Capt. Phillippe D'Arnot - finder and eventual mentor of the Earl's lost grandson - is ingenious. Jane Porter is portrayed by model Andie MacDowell and she is no Plain Jane! Her interpretation is easily the most seductive Jane yet!!!

"G:LoT,LoA", at a running time of two hours and 20 minutes, is missing some action that was edited due to time. It would be wonderful to see Warner Bros. realize the film's deserved popularity and reinstate the removed segments. Even now the movie is awe-inspiring and any additions could only improve upon perfection.

April's New Books

KEY: (H) - Hardback, (P) -
Paperback, and (T) - Tradepaperback.

Anderson, Poul & Karen: The Unicorn Trade - $2.95 (P)
Berry, Stephen Ames: The Biofab War - $2.50 (P)
Bradley, Marion Zimmer: The Mists of Avalon - $8.95 (T)
Brin, David: The Practice Effect - $2.75 (P)
Cherryh, C.J.: Voyager In Night - $2.95 (P)
Clough, B.W.: The Crystal Crown - $2.50 (P)
Dickson, Gordon R. & Roland Green: Jamie the Red - $2.95 (P)
Donaldson, Stephen R.: Daughter of Regals & other Tales - $14.95 (H)
            White Gold Wielder - $3.95 (P)
Eulo, Elena Yates: Ice Orchids - $2.75 (P)
Forstchen, William R.: The Flame Upon the Ice - $2.95 (P)
Foster, Alan Dean: Slipt - $2.95 (P)
Hawke, Simon: The Timekeeper Conspiracy - $2.75 (P)
Kaye, Marvin & Parke Godwin: Wintermind - $2.95 (P)
Kress, Nancy: The Golden Grove - $13.95 (H)
Lanier, Sterling E.: The Unforsaken Hero - $2.95 (P)
Leiber, Fritz: The Ghost Light - $7.95 (T)
Mackey, Mary: The Last Warrior Queen - $2.75 (P)
Martin, Russ: The Education of Jennifer Parrish - $3.50 (P)
Mayhar, Ardath: Lords of the Triple Moons - $2.50 (P)
Miller, Ron & Frederick C. Durant: Worlds Beyond, The Art of Chesley Bonestell - $14.95 (T)
Mitchell, Kirk: Procurator - $2.75 (P)
Prescot, Dray: # 31, Masks of Scorpio - $2.50 (P)
Saberhagen, Fred: The First Book of Swords - $2.95 (P)
Scott, Jody: I, Vampire - $2.50 (P)
Shepard, Lucius: Green Eyes - $2.95 (P)
Strieber, Whitley & James Kunetka: War Day - $15.95 (H)
Taylor, Keith: Bard II: The Voyage of Ormungandr - $2.75 (P)
Tepper, Sheri S.: The Revenants - $2.75 (P)
Wilder, Cherry: A Princess of the Chameln - $14.95 (H)
Williams, Walter John: Ambassadors of Progress - $2.95 (P)
Windling, Terri & Hark Alan Arnold (Eds.): Elsewhere III - $3.50 (P)


4/14 Bob MacIntosh
4/26 Bill Mayhew
4/29 Geoffrey Gould
4/29 John Novak


The Con Goes Ever On

- Joe Mayhew

Some of the fans who attend Hexacon don't want this secret to get out; they don't talk much about Hexacon except in safe circles, for fear that hoards of outsiders will suddenly troop up to Lancaster for their cozy little con. My life has been threatened by sinister fannish figures for merely saying I would write an honest con report, so I beg you not to read this aloud to anyone, so that we can still be sure that only readers will know about Hexacon.

Not too many fans attend Hexacon: that is to say, about the right number of the right kind of fans do. It is small enough for everyone there to be a celebrity and large enough so that someone will attend the program. Even I was on the program. Darrell Schweitzer and I were to be on a 10:00 A.M. (!) Sunday Panel. When I bumbled in around 10:05 or so, John Betancourt was installed behind the speakers' table, intending to moderate. Darrell seated himself behind the table, and, as there was no audience, I sat down in the chairs facing them. Darrell explained with considerable saliva what he would tell the audience when they came in. He had an elaborate presentation based upon our announced theme: FURTHERING RELIGIOUS HARMONY ON SPACE SATELLITES. After a decent interval, a straggle of sleepy fans had wandered in, and when the number had reached about ten, Darrell's mainspring gave a little twang and his prepared screed came stuttering forth with convolutions carefully worked out under his bedcovers with a flashlight after bedtime (I suspect). My suggestions for religious harmony included admitting only those religious types whose heads, when struck or blown into, would produce pleasing tones, and their theologies would then be played only in major triads. (Well, it worked so well for Mr. Puccini, why wouldn't it work in space?)

Despite Hexacon's reputation for skinny dipping, the con's tradition of Pennsylvania Dutch pig-outs made it unlikely that many of the nekkid swimmers would be the least bit skinny. Most of them tended to be a tad chubby. The Hotel giveth its wry consent to Hexacon's after hours gambol but the con requires that you wear your badge. (Figure it out.)

On the way to Hiller's Smorgasbord I stopped my car to remove the roof rack, which had taken to howling like a hotel full of trekkies. As I was closing the tail-gate, I knocked my glasses off and they fell down a convenient storm drain. When I got back into the car, my dinner companion Hal Clement, ever the perfect gentleman, offered to drive, but I snapped on my faithful prescription sun glassee and boldly ventured back onto the pitch dark road. Hal may have been affected, as he began to sing rousing Welsh songs the rest of the way to Miller's. When we got there, I heard that our GOH, Somtow, had broken his glasses too, and HE wasn't even driving!

I ran a great little art show, the best part of it, for me, was spending some time with a mess of artists who joined me in the art show to draw and gossip: Jim Mueller, Robin Wood, Lee Moyer, Len Kaminski and Cindy Warren carried on shamelessly for hours.

When Phil Foglio became a bit more pompous than usual at the joint temperance lecture he was giving with Somtow, our Thai charmed everyone by taking off his pants. Ask "S.P." for the details, or wait for the next time he undresses for charity.


The WSFA Journal is the ingenious 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