The WSFA Journal, November 1989

The WSFA Journal



The Official Newsletter of the Washington Science Fiction Association

November 1989                                           ISSN 0894-5411

Available from the secretary: Rachel Russell,
[address censored], Arlington, VA 22204

6 October 1989, 1st Friday

President Erica Van Dommelen called the meeting to order at 9:14 at the Gillilands.

Committee Reports:

The Secretary passed out a new journal. Yea!!!

The treasurer said we have $4946.12.

Trustees: They have a nominee for Disclave '91 chairman, which is Peggy Rae Pavlat. Elections to be held at 3rd Friday. Others can run if they want. . . .

Disclave Past: Funds from NESFA coming.

Disclave Present: Irv says we have DJ's now.

Discon III: Meeting on the 15th at Peggy Rae Pavlat's at 1 pm.

Entertainment: Dolly danced.

The Committee to Spend a Lot of Money on Something Incredibly Expensive and Extremely Controversial, headed by chairfan John Pomeranz, announced a great scientific breakthrough: weather control. Thus, the '92 Worldcon won't have to worry about a hurricane, thanks to WSFA!


NEW BIZ: Motion was made and seconded that Discon III return leftover money to WSFA. They have approximately $117, and two bills outstanding, meaning only a couple of bucks left over. After discussion, motion was withdrawn, pending Discon corporation meeting. An advisory motion showed 15 yes votes to 5 no votes.

Other new biz: Jack Heneghan wanted to know if anyone was interested in a relaxacon on the 5th Friday of Dec. (New Year's Eve weekend)

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dan Hoey is moving and invites everyone to a party coincidentally on moving day. John Pomeranz has his pump back but would like his bike back, too.

Meeting adjourned at 9:58 pm.

ATTENDANCE: I don't know, no one will admit to being at this meeting!

20 October 1989, 3rd Friday

President Erica Van Dommelen called the meeting to order at 9:17 at Kent Bloom and Mary Morman's house.

Committee Reports:

Publications, me, had nothing to say.

The Treasurer said we had $4996.16 in the kitty.

Trustees said that after the meeting an election will be held for 1991 Disclave chair, and their nominee was Peggy Rae Pavlat. Peggy Rae won by acclamation.

Disclave Past groaned.

Disclave Present wasn't present.

Discon III has been disbanded. We all applauded their hard work and worry.

Entertainment wasn't there.

The Committee to Spend a Large Amount of Money on Something Incredibly Expensive and Extremely Controversial announced plans to duct tape the San Andreas Fault, thus assuring the voters a choice for Worldcon in 1993 and giving San Francisco one less thing to worry about if they win.

Old Biz: None

New Biz: Brian Lewis proposed we donate some money to the Red Cross for Hurricane Hugo/San Francisco earthquake victims. This was voted down.

Mary Morman proposed a Science Fiction Discussion Group, to meet on 3rd Fridays at 10 pm in her basement and discuss an agreed-upon book. This motion was passed, and Mary is the Chair.

Jack Heneghan again asked if anyone was interested in a New Year Eve's relaxacon; some interest was expressed. Talk to Jack.

The 3rd Friday meeting in November will be at Philcon.
The 1st Friday meeting in December will be at Kent and Mary's.
The 3rd Friday meeting in December will be at the Gilliland's (the traditional tree-trimming party).

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Mary warned us that her house is weak and we must spread out or the floor will cave in. Blood is needed and anyone can donate blood at the Red Cross, downtown near Foggy Bottom, or Fairfax Hospital on Gallows Road, and probably many other places. Phone first for directions, rules, etc. Dan Hoey is moving Nov. 7th and we're all invited. Joe Mayhew wrote back to the Discontented Disclave Attendee and details will be published eventually.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:49 pm.

ATTENDANCE: John T. Madigan, Dick Roepke, Chris Callahan, John Pomeranz, Kathi Overton, Bill Squire, John Sapienza, Walter Miles, Steven Fetheroff, Barry Newton, Jack Heneghan, Winton E. Matthews, Elaine Normandy, Dan Hoey, Naomi Ronis, Hal Haag is not here!, Steve Smith, Erica Van Dommelen, Mike Stein, Lance Oszko, Bob MacIntosh, Victoria A. Smith, John Randolph, Rise Peters, Dave Gresham, Candy Gresham, Lee Strong, Michael Walsh, Larry Baker, Brian Lewis, Alexis A. Gilliland, Peggy Rae Pavlat, Sheryl Birkhead, Bill Jensen, Dick Lynch, Nicki Lynch, Covert Beach, Evan G. Phillips, Joe Mayhew, Daniel B. Burgess, George Shaner, Mary Morman, Rachel Russell.

Anyone Who has, or thinks that
they may have, outstanding debts owed by Discon 3, Inc.,
please submit said to the Discon 3 Treasurer

Steven Fetheroff needs a cigar box.

A Few Corrections To the Address List

Art (Boots) Coleman
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Brian Lewis
Germantown, MD 20874

John T. Madigan
Derwood, MD 20855

Winton E. Matthews, Jr.
Washington, DC 20002

Jul and Mark Owings
Baltimore, MD 21211

Elaine and Steve Stiles
Randallstown, MD 21133

William Squire
P.O. Box 3247
Silver Spring, MD 20901

And Jack Heneghan's correct zip is 20740

(Corrections are welcome anytime, so long as it is after Christmas. Thanks!)


Aug. 23-27, 1990. CONFICTION. 48TH WORLD SF CONVENTION. Netherlands Congress Center, The Hague, Netherlands. GoH: Joe Haldeman, Wolfgang Jeschke, Harry Harrison. Fan GoH: Andy Porter. TM: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Registration: $70 attending, $28 supporting to 12/31/89, then more. MasterCard/Visa accepted Worldcon 1990, Box 95370, NL-2509 CJ The Hague, The Netherlands. US Agent: Marc S. Glasser, P.O. Box 1252, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274.

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 1990. CONDIEGO. Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA. 1990 North American SF Convention. GoH: Samuel R. Delany. Fan GoH: Ben Yalow. Fee: $65 attending to 1/1/90, $75 to 7/1/90, $85 at the door. Write: ConDiego, Box 15771, San Diego, CA 92115.

Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 1991. CHICON V. 49th WORLD SF CONVENTION. Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL. GoH: Hal Clement. Artist GoH: Richard Powers. Editor GoH: Martin H. Greenberg. Fan GoH: Jon and Joni Stopa. Registration: $75 attending, $20 supporting to 12/31/89. Write: CHICON V, Box 218121, Columbus, OH 43221-8121.

Food for Thought:

One of The All-Time Greatest-Adventures of Dick Da Xing

by Lee Cee Strong

"I think we can forget about sending transtime tourists to 21st Century Albania," Dick opened.

"But why?" inquired his superior, Charles Ah Chu, Director of Research for All-Time Tours, Inc. Dick was Chu's number one field research agent. "The Historical Research Section made it sound like a quaint, bucolic backwater, unaffected by World Wars One through Four."

"Well," remarked Dick deeply. "What the bookworms forgot to mention was the Albanian Civil War of 2002-2089.

"Civil War?"

"That's right," Dick responded agreeably. "The downfall of Communism in the late 20th Century unfortunately released every pent-up tribal hatred in the Eastern Hemisphere...."

"World Wars Three and Four," interjected Chu.

"In the case of Albania, this meant the Tosks of south Albania and the Ghegs of north Albania. No sooner had they overthrown the local Communists but they started fighting over the remaining food stocks. The civil war went on for four score and seven years. Only the outbreak of World War Five stopped the intertribal fighting."

Chu nodded glumly. "So there's no period of peace that we can send tour groups to visit?"

"I'm afraid not," answered Dick negatively. "We might send in some of those fully armed wargamers for a spot of shooting. But they'd better be well prepared. If we lose anyone, there won't even be a body to recover."

Chu's brow furrowed. "The 21st Century was too early for disintegrators. Unless you count low powered lasers."

"Worse," Dick explained dramatically. "Cannibalism."

"Cannibalism?!" breathed Chu in shock.

"That's right,"confirmed Dick. "Every morning, the Tosks would sit down to a big breakfast of ham and Ghegs.

"And every evening the Ghegs would dine on Tosk salad."

I followed his track / for many a year & / though I wandered far / I came not near. / Under the star / I was not born  / with skill to find / the Unicorn.