Day Two, parts 2 & 3 --
The Heinlein Society did have a few other things taking place on
September 3, in addition to the Twenty-ninth Annual, consecutive
Virginia Heinlein Memorial Blood Drive.
At 3 PM, Friday, September 3, we held our Third annual corporate
scheduled as a "S.I.G." (special interest group) event on the
"Liberty A," at the Sheraton hotel. Present were five of six board
Charles N. Brown (publisher-editor of Locus); Dr. Yoji Kondo (by
attorney to the Chairman); Alan Milner, Bill Patterson, and David
board officers, the president, who presided, and the
tempore, Jane Silver; and fifty-two members, and three guests.
Dr. Kondo, who filed his power of attorney, timely expressed his
being able to attend because of job and family-related matters. Joe Haldeman,
who was scheduled by convention programming for a Convention panel
time as the corporate meeting, also timely expressed his regrets at
The usual order of business was followed: reading and approval of
of the last annual corporate meeting (held at Torcon), financial
president and chairman's report to the membership.
In addition, Dr. Yoji Kondo (who had been elected by the board in
two years of a term vacated by resignation) and Joe Haldeman (who
elected by the board in 2003 to fill one year of a term vacated by
having expressed a willingness to continue to serve as members of
directors for a full three-year term, were unanimously reelected by
membership to fill full three-year terms as directors.
There was no other business on the agenda; and after the board's
officers replied to all questions of the membership, the president
chairman, upon a proper motion, adjourned the meeting at 3:37 PM,
further business appearing.
The usual, more detailed minutes will be available from the
request, and will be presented for approval at the next annual
Third Part -- Dinner and Annual Heinlein Award
At 6 PM, the Society's Fourth Annual Robert A. Heinlein Memorial
held at the Belvidere Ballroom, 2d Floor, Hilton Boston Back Bay
Dalton Street, Boston, commencing with a reception and cocktail
hour. At 7
a well-prepared dinner commenced. At 8:15 PM, an audio and visual
the Internet was established with Sir Arthur C. Clarke, at his home
Sri Lanka (where it was 6:15 AM, the following day, Saturday,
mode of audio visual presentation was via a Macintosh iBook using
hardware and iChat software. Some rather extraordinary efforts were
to establish this linkage, and were resolved only by the diligent,
and truly extraordinary efforts of the general manager and staff of
a Macintosh reseller (authorized dealer), in Columbo, Sri Lanka. A
grateful thanks and commendation is being sent not only to the
staff of BT Options, but also to Apple's Asia subsidiary and to Mr.
Cupertino, himself. The problem of establishing a good audio visual
basically one, I understand, of packet drops aggravated by the
uncertainty of connection to Sri Lanka.
The Society's President then began the presentation of the 2004
by introducing Mr. Tedson Meyers.
Mr. Tedson Meyers, Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation was
physically on Sir Arthur's behalf accept the awards to convey them
Lanka, noted that he would likely be present in Sri Lanka to complete his
by discussing them with Sir Arthur himself within a month or six
Meyers is a noted lawyer in the telecommunications field, recently
active practice, and has other significant accomplishments ranging
of a company in the 1st Marine Division in Korea in 1953 to being
president of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. He was accompanied
step-son, and expressed his great regrets that Mr. Arthur Dula, the
trustee, could not be present at the dinner as he looked forward to
Dula again as he and Mr. Dula have served jointly on space law
by the American Bar Association and other organizations in past
injured his ankle so seriously, the day before the dinner, that
surgery will be required he has been ordered by his doctor to avoid
allow it to heal properly. Mr. Dula also expressed, before the
regrets through the Society's president, to the audience that he
Mr. Meyers gave a brief address on the aims and accomplishments of
Foundation. While he was doing so, the connection with Sri Lanka was
on a large screen behind the podium, and Sir Arthur C. Clarke
person upon that screen visible to all the audience.
Our presentation program of the actual Award to Sir Arthur began
introduction to the audience attending the dinner by Mr. Charles N.
senior incorporating member of the Society's board of directors, who
Sir Arthur since 1953. The award was then presented by the four
of the independent judges' panel for the award, Larry Niven, C.
Gilliland, Captain, USNR, Ret'd, and Professor of English, USNA
Joe Haldeman, and Michael Flynn, last year's Heinlein Award
newest member of the independent judges' panel. Messrs. Niven,
Flynn, we all know, are noted SF authors (but Capt. Gilliland
published author, and his latest published work is reviewed on the
The entire event was recorded, audio and visually, and a CD rom will
edited as a clear historical record of the event. Audio and visual
satisfactory throughout for those attending in the Ballroom in
audio was a bit unsatisfactory to Sir Arthur on the Sri Lanka side
the program. A clear recording of what he could not hear for a time
presentation will be provided, of course, to Sir Arthur, first.
Briefly characterizing the presentation comments made, Mr. Niven
leadoff during his and Captain Gilliland's presentation of the wall
the award to Sir Arthur that is was obvious to all that, if the
is to be made to living persons for excellence in SF and scientific
advancing humanity's exploration of space, there is no living person
before and deserves the award more than Sir Arthur C. Clarke, for
of achievements. After additional comments and Captain Gilliland's
comments, Joe Haldeman and Michael Flynn awarded Sir Arthur the
medallion with the sculptured portrait of Robert A. Heinlein
award. The Baltimore SF Society, it should be noted, which
artist's commissioning, design, and creation of that work of art,
medallion, as well as the plaque, and had contributed financially to
production, and also offered its regrets in not having an official
representative present at the dinner.
Sir Arthur, by means of the invention of which he is the
"godfather," ComSat, then addressed the audience briefly. The
chairman then thanked Sir Arthur for accepting the award by
real time by an audio and visual connection; and regretfully then
the connection with Sri Lanka.
We next went to a presentation of the 1969 interview in which Arthur
Robert Heinlein discussed Apollo 11 with Walter Cronkite on the day
first moon landing.
Slightly more than mid-way through the 29 minute interview, an
call was received from Sri Lanka. Technicians had significantly
audio feed on Sir Arthur's end, and he graciously requested that the
be restored as he wished to address the evening's audience further,
being a somewhat more civilized time in Sri Lanka as well.
There is one thing, short of failure of electricity or fire, that
the undersigned to stop the 1969 interview without completion. Sir
request was it.
Sir Arthur then reappeared on screen and delighted the audience by
and answers to their questions for an additional fifteen or so
introduced us to "Dainty" a small chihuahua dog he has recently
Dainty, he observed, possibly comes from a planet where the aliens
Then, finally and regretfully, after all questions were answered,
was thanked again by the Society's President for his gracious and
participation in the night's affairs, and the connection to Sri
There followed a dance, after all were thanked for their attendance.
wife Andrea actually let old two left feet lead her onto the dance
begin the dancing portion of the evening.
Later, there was the usual post event affair on into the wee hours
Society's suite. Further, deponent sayeth naught.
More details later.
Early warning; This being Sunday, September 5, there will be a
this evening at 8 PM. in the Heinlein Society suite, Rm. 2401,
Hilton, 40 Dalton St., by Bill Patterson of a further chapter of the
Heinlein biography. Any persons interested are invited to attend the
Light refreshments. [Latest update: my wife has talked me out of the
procedure for the reading I'd proposed. E.g., Exit One: For Heinlein
Members Only. Exit Two: The Critics' Lounge.] ;-)
A report on Saturday, later, possibly after I get a second cup of
Hope we see you all soon.
David M. Silver
President and Chairman of the Board