Directors

The Heinlein Society Board of Directors

Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

Mr. Haldeman was born in Oklahoma in 1943, received a Bachelor of Science in astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1967, and was shortly thereafter drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a combat engineer in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam as a member of the 1/22 Airmobile Bn, 4th Infantry Division, and received a Purple Heart for wounds incurred in action in 1968. After his military service, Joe enrolled at the University of Maryland for graduate studies in math and computer sciences, but dropped out to write full- time. His numerous novels, short stories, poetry, and theatrical adaptations have won substantial recognition, including the Hugo, Nebula, Ditmar, Galaxy, Campbell and Rhysling Awards, among others. Adjunct Professor Haldeman teaches writing every fall semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has taught elsewhere. Joe has served on the Board of Advisors of the National Space Society, as Science Fiction Writers of America’s Treasurer for two and one-half years; as Chairman of their Grievance Committee for 18 months and as their President in 1992-1994. Elected a Director by the Board in August 2003, he has been re-elected by the membership several times, most recently in 2016. He is married to Gay Potter Haldeman, his wife of fifty years as of 2015, and they live in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Additional information concerning Mr. Haldeman may be found here: http://home.earthlink.net/~haldeman/


Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle

Dr. Pournelle was born in 1933, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. After military service he obtained advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering and political science including two PhDs from the University of Washington. He has held many positions in the aerospace industry, and worked at Boeing, Aerospace Corporation, and the Space division of North American. His last aerospace assignment was a classified study for Project Apollo. He served as Associate Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University. In the 1969 he was appointed Executive Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Los Angeles. He was manager of the Sam Yorty reelection campaign in 1969 as well as manager of the Barry Goldwater Jr. campaign for Congress. He later made use of that experience later when he edited Robert Heinlein’s unpublished “How To Be a Politician” which was released as Take Back Your Government! (1992). Jerry is also a noted lecturer, essayist, consultant and advisor, computer columnist, and holds memberships in and has served as a board member to numerous professional space- related organizations. From 1980 to present he has been the Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, a policy advisory group. He has served as a past President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. His fiction and non-fiction writings are extensive and have been awarded recognition including the Campbell, Evans-Freehafer, Seiun, Prometheus, Forrie, Inkpot awards, and the 2005 Heinlein Award. Jerry is married to Roberta Jane nee Isdell. They have four sons and one daughter and currently reside in Studio City, California. Dr. Pournelle was elected by the membership as a Director in September 2005 and re-elected in 2008, 2011 and 2014.

Additional information concerning Dr. Pournelle may be found here: www.jerrypournelle.com


Geo Rule – Vice President/Secretary

Geo Rule

Geo Rule

Geo Rule is a native Californian returned to the roots of his Minnesotan ancestors by his wife, Deb Houdek Rule, who he had the great good fortune to meet as a result of their common membership in a Heinlein fan group. Mr. Rule has been an active participant of the Heinlein community since early 1992 as a member of the Heinlein Forum, the oldest online Heinlein fan group. Prior to his involvement with The Heinlein Society, Mr. Rule and his wife ran their own Heinlein-themed website. Mr. Rule has authored, co-authored, or has been an editor on various online articles having to do with the works or history of Robert A. Heinlein. He has served previously as Chair of the Academic section of the Society, and in addition to his board responsibilities is also currently serving as Education Chair, where he led the Society’s effort to produce the Educator’s CD available to all interested educators for free at their request. Mr. Rule also helps out as contributor to the online Heinlein Archives project. In his spare time, he is also an amateur historian on the American Civil War in Missouri, and has been published in an academic journal on the subject. He currently serves as the Vice-President/Secretary to the Society. He was elected to a three year term in 2007, and re-elected several times, most recently in 2016.


 

Keith G. Kato – President

Keith Kato

Keith Kato

Keith G. Kato was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1950. He attended UCLA and the University of California, Irvine, obtaining his Ph.D. in plasma physics at the latter under the direction of SF author Gregory Benford. From 1983-2014 Keith worked for an applied physics R&D group, but since retiring is now teaching and private consulting. He has eight patents, and has given numerous papers at scientific conferences. Keith has also been a martial artist since 1965, and holds the 4th degree black belt in Shōtōkan karate-dō. He is a patron of the arts, and in any given year sees 40-50 musicals, plays, concerts, and operas. Keith began attending SF conventions in 1972, and since 1974 has been hosting his famous “Keith Kato Chili Party” at major SF conventions around the world. He is a Charter Member of The Heinlein Society, was elected to THS’s Board of Directors in 2009, and re-elected in 2012 and 2015. From 2010-2014 he served as Vice President-Secretary, and in 2014 was selected by the Board of Directors as THS’s fourth President. Keith was also a “Cell C” mid-level manager and worker bee at the 2007 Heinlein Centennial in Kansas City. He was fortunate to meet Robert and Ginny Heinlein three times. Keith lives in Alta Loma, California, aka “Cucamonga” for all you Jack Benny fans.


John Tilden – Treasurer

John Tilden

John Tilden

John was born in New York and currently resides near Baltimore, Maryland. He first  encountered Robert Heinlein’s work as one of the cool books with the “atom” sticker on the spine in the library’s fiction section. After college, he read the uncut Stranger in a Strange Land for the first time and was prompted to go ‘online’ to the new Prodigy network to see if anyone else wanted to discuss Heinlein. He found a simple subject line entitled “Heinlein Forum” and posted a reply. Over twenty years later, the discussion of Heinlein’s work is still a pretty good way to meet interesting people online and in-person.

John works for the federal government as a mid-level IT professional. He has served on the board of his local community association and is still its webmaster. He spent eight years on the national board of his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, and serves as his chapter’s Alumni Association President. He is married with two sons. He enjoys collecting comics.

John is a charter member of the Heinlein Society and has volunteered at blood drives and local conventional panels. He was also pleased to attend and help out in a small way with the Heinlein Centennial effort, including a panel presentation about Heinlein Fandom Online that was unfortunately scheduled opposite a Spider Robinson talk. He was appointed to serve out a term in 2012 as Treasurer of the Society and elected to a three year term beginning in 2014.


 

John H. Seltzer

John Seltzer

John Seltzer

John was born in Pottsville, PA in 1949 on the Heinlein’s first wedding anniversary.  John H Seltzer is a retired Safety Engineer.  John has a BS in Industrial Technology from the University of West Florida.  He and his wife Susan have been married 46 years and live in Bellingham, Washington.  John is a relatively new addition to the Heinlein Society having joined in 2011.  John didn’t grow up with Heinlein as so many have; instead he read all of Heinlein in later life.  John volunteered shortly after joining the Society.  His first assignment was to take over administration of the Heinlein Society Facebook page.  He still looks after the page posting many interesting facts about topics that Heinlein loved.  John helped with the new Heinlein Website by moving the majority of the documents over from the old Website.  He is an Editor on the new Website and is responsible for adding many new articles and updates.  Looking for more ways to help The Society John became Membership Chairperson and began sending out new member letters, monthly dues invoices and doing monthly reports and audits.  He is also Co-Chair of the H4H program.  John helped start the H4H program by purchasing and shipping science fiction books.  The program has now shipped more than 5,700 books and continues to do quite well.  He was also a friend of William Patterson and with patient instruction from Bill wrote several articles for the Heinlein Journal.  John’s goals are to help grow membership, continue to grow the Society Facebook Page and Website with the addition of new posts and articles; get the Heinlein Journal back in publication as soon as legally possible and continue to grow the H4H program.  John was elected to a three year term in 2014.


 

Elizabeth “Betsey” Wilcox

Betsey

Betsey Wilcox

Elizabeth “Betsey” Wilcox began reading science fiction in 4th grade, when she rebelled against the age and gender appropriate books her teachers thought she should read.  Turned loose to make her own choices, she started with Robert A. Heinlein’s juvenile novels and quickly moved on to his other writings.  Soon, SF authors like Asimov, Clarke, Herbert, and Pohl were added to her must-read list.  Although she branched out into the mysteries of Doyle, Christie, Sayers and MacDonald, her mother’s preferred genre and authors, Heinlein remains her favorite author, and she often re-reads his works.  Over the years, she has corresponded with Mrs. Heinlein, and to her surprise, two of her letters have been found in the Heinlein Archives. In addition to her expansive library, she collects Longaberger Baskets and Star Wars toys.  Everything is tracked in self-built databases.

Betsey retired from the United States Air Force as a Nurse Corps Officer with 25 years of active service, 18 in education and training.  Her last 7 years were spent at three different bases in San Antonio, Texas.  She arrived in San Antonio thirty days before Hurricane Katrina wiped out the house she occupied for three years in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her last assignment occurred during a major Medical Service re-alignment.  Her expertise and ability to offer forward-thinking plans and options resulted in her selection to help build, from the ground up, a new Medical Operations Agency.

She considered joining THS several times but was detoured for various reasons.  Finally, in early 2013, she hit the Pay Pal button and was immediately drafted to help the Society at the Lone Star 3 Worldcon. Since then, she has been active on several committees and instrumental in advancing the Society’s ability to do business with electronic voting and “virtual” meetings. She was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in 2014, and elected by the membership to a three year term in 2015.


 

Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland

Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland

Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland

Dr. Gilliland is professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, and a retired naval reserve captain. He currently teaches courses there on topics ranging from Renaissance literature to science fiction. He particularly enjoyed teaching a special course on Robert Heinlein, a graduate of the Naval Academy and the author of Starship Troopers. (This is the first college course ever dedicated entirely to Heinlein.) Herb’s scholarly work tends to be concerned with naval history. He is the author of Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Master’s Mate Lawrence with the African Squadron 1844-1846, which received the North American Society for Oceanic History’s John Lyman Book Award. With Robert Shenk, he co-authored the biographical Admiral Dan Gallery: The Life and Wit of a Navy Original. Although he has written many things since, Dr. Gilliland is always proud that his very first appearance in public print was a letter to John Campbell published in Astounding magazine. He is also a member of the board for the Robert A. Heinlein Award, given annually to a science fiction writer whose work has inspired exploration of space. Dr. Gilliland was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in 2015, and elected by the membership to a three year term later in 2015.


Beatrice Kondo

Beatrice Kondo

Beatrice Kondo

Beatrice Kondo, like Buckaroo Banzai, was born going many directions at once.  Her German mother Ursula, and her Japanese father Yoji met in Philadelphia (city of brotherly love, and apparently other kinds of love, too!).  She was introduced to the works of Robert A. Heinlein by her father, at the tender age of eight.  The family lived in Nassau Bay, TX, where her father was an astrophysicist at NASA Johnson Space Center, and this is how they became personally connected with the Heinleins.  An astronaut friend, Dr. Karl Henize, attended a lecture by Robert Heinlein’s brother, and happened to have a Heinlein novel on hand, given to him by Yoji.  This occasioned a discussion of astrophysics, and eventually led to a phone call from Robert to Yoji to discuss astronomy.  Many more phone calls and letters followed, with occasional chances to socialize in person when the Heinleins visited Annapolis (the Kondo family having moved to Maryland in the interim). Continuing in her zig-zag path, Beatrice’s academic career began at the age of 15 with undergraduate studies at Loyola University in Baltimore (first math, then German language and Literature).  She then began a career in software test engineering, testing Hubble Space Telescope management and control software, before transitioning to the private sector, testing communications systems.  Eventually the siren song of higher education lured her to a return into academia, and she completed a doctorate in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2006. Her publications are in the area of molecular phylogenetics, with a special emphasis on closely-related species and the evolution of migration in New World Orioles. Recognizing a love of teaching during her graduate career, Beatrice pursued a teaching post-doc at Cornell College in Iowa, famous for its unusual one-course-at-a-time curriculum. After this, she taught for four years in the undergraduate program of the Department of Biology at The Johns Hopkins University, before joining the Advanced Academic Programs Center for Biotechnology Education in the Fall 2011.  Dr. Kondo was elected to the Board for a three year term in 2016.


Committee Chairs

Archives

Tom Cool

Tom Cool

Tom Cool

Tom Cool serves as the Chair, Archives Committee.  A resident of Santa Cruz, he conducts on-going research in the Heinlein Archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  His interests include Heinlein’s writing process.
Tom is a retired naval intelligence officer, with over 20 years of experience as a computer system engineer.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters of Science, Computer Science, from the Naval Postgraduate School.
His published work includes three science fiction novels, SOLDIER OF LIGHT (with John de Lancie), SECRET REALMS and INFECTRESS.


Blood Drives

Carlin Black

Carlin Black

Carlin Black

 

The pic is where you will usually find me.  On the computer managing a religious social media site as an atheist, blogging see below, and staying in contact with a bunch of interesting and intelligent friends on general  social media.   Clothing from personal blood donations (~250 WB) and Heinlein Society pins from blood drives I have run (5 cons ~300 units.)    The Heinlein books on the working shelf are beat up from overuse, the hardbacks and replacement paperbacks are on the public shelf downstairs.  I have read all the Heinlein fiction most several times and several a lot of times.
I was educated as a Chemist, but worked mostly in marketing. I bicycled to work long before it was cool.  Bicycles are transportation, cars are fun. Other hobbies: Singing in symphonic choirs; hiking, backpacking, and recently trail building: volunteer work mainly with ACT the Stanford GSB pro-bono consulting team to non-profits.



Education
Heinlein Award (Balticon) Liasion

Geo Rule, Acting

Geo Rule

Geo Rule

Geo Rule is a native Californian returned to the roots of his Minnesotan ancestors by his wife, Deb Houdek Rule, who he had the great good fortune to meet as a result of their common membership in a Heinlein fan group. Mr. Rule has been an active participant of the Heinlein community since early 1992 as a member of the Heinlein Forum, the oldest online Heinlein fan group. Prior to his involvement with The Heinlein Society, Mr. Rule and his wife ran their own Heinlein-themed website. Mr. Rule has authored, co-authored, or been editor on various online articles having to do with the works or history of Robert A. Heinlein. He has served previously as Chair of the Academic section of the Society, and in addition to his board responsibilities is also currently serving as Education Chair, where he led the Society’s effort to produce the Educator’s CD available to all interested educators for free at their request. Mr. Rule also helps out as contributor to the online Heinlein Archives project. In his spare time, he is also an amateur historian on the American Civil War in Missouri, and has been published in an academic journal on the subject.


Heinlein For Heros

Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland, Acting

Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland

Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland

Dr. Gilliland is professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, and a retired naval reserve captain. He currently teaches courses there on topics ranging from Renaissance literature to science fiction. He particularly enjoyed teaching a special course on Robert Heinlein, a graduate of the Naval Academy and the author of Starship Troopers. (This is the first college course ever dedicated entirely to Heinlein.) Herb’s scholarly work tends to be concerned with naval history. He is the author of Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Master’s Mate Lawrence with the African Squadron 1844-1846, which received the North American Society for Oceanic History’s John Lyman Book Award. With Robert Shenk, he co-authored the biographical Admiral Dan Gallery: The Life and Wit of a Navy Original. Although he has written many things since, Dr. Gilliland is always proud that his very first appearance in public print was a letter to John Campbell published in Astounding magazine. He is also a member of the board for the Robert A. Heinlein Award, given annually to a science fiction writer whose work has inspired exploration of space. Dr. Gilliland was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in 2015, and elected by the membership to a three year term later in 2015.


Heinlein Forum

David Wright

David Wright

David Wright

 

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Wright lives in Northwest Georgia. He was married to the former Jennelou Earnhardt, who passed away in July 2015. He has two married sons and a grandaughter.

He holds a B.A. in German from The University of The South, an M.A. in Linguistics from Indiana University and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Russian  Program of the Defense Language Institute,(formerly The Army Language School), in Monterey, California and taught Russian at Georgia State University after his Army service and before entering graduate school.

He worked as a programmer/systems analyst for several corporations, ran his own computer service for several years, and worked as Programmer/Analyst for the Health Department of the State of Georgia, and retired on July 1, 2006 with 21 years of service.

He has published in The Heinlein Journal and has written a book, (unpublished), about the influences of Alfred Korzybski and General Semantics in the works of Heinlein, and has written several articles on General Semantics for ETC, the journal of the Institute of General Semantics.

He was appointed to the board of directors in June 2006 to fill one of the positions in the newly expanded board and served one term.

He now serves as Committee Chair for the Heinlein Forum.


IAU Exoplanet Naming

Elizabeth “Betsey” Wilcox, Acting

Betsey

Betsey Wilcox

Elizabeth “Betsey” Wilcox began reading science fiction in 4th grade, when she rebelled against the age and gender appropriate books her teachers thought she should read.  Turned loose to make her own choices, she started with Robert A. Heinlein’s juvenile novels and quickly moved on to his other writings.  Soon, SF authors like Asimov, Clarke, Herbert, and Pohl were added to her must-read list.  Although she branched out into the mysteries of Doyle, Christie, Sayers and MacDonald, her mother’s preferred genre and authors, Heinlein remains her favorite author, and she often re-reads his works.  Over the years, she has corresponded with Mrs. Heinlein, and to her surprise, two of her letters have been found in the Heinlein Archives. In addition to her expansive library, she collects Longaberger Baskets and Star Wars toys.  Everything is tracked in self-built databases.

Betsey retired from the United States Air Force as a Nurse Corps Officer with 25 years of active service, 18 in education and training.  Her last 7 years were spent at three different bases in San Antonio, Texas.  She arrived in San Antonio thirty days before Hurricane Katrina wiped out the house she occupied for three years in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her last assignment occurred during a major Medical Service re-alignment.  Her expertise and ability to offer forward-thinking plans and options resulted in her selection to help build, from the ground up, a new Medical Operations Agency.

She considered joining THS several times but was detoured for various reasons.  Finally, in early 2013, she hit the Pay Pal button and was immediately drafted to help the Society at the Lone Star 3 Worldcon. Since then, she has been active on several committees and instrumental in advancing the Society’s ability to do business with electronic voting and “virtual” meetings. She was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in 2014, and elected by the membership to a three year term in 2015.


Membership Services
Online Electoral Process

John H. Seltzer, Acting

John Seltzer

John Seltzer

John was born in Pottsville, PA in 1949 on the Heinlein’s first wedding anniversary.  John H Seltzer is a retired Safety Engineer.  John has a BS in Industrial Technology from the University of West Florida.  He and his wife Susan have been married 46 years and live in Bellingham, Washington.  John is a relatively new addition to the Heinlein Society having joined in 2011.  John didn’t grow up with Heinlein as so many have; instead he read all of Heinlein in later life.  John volunteered shortly after joining the Society.  His first assignment was to take over administration of the Heinlein Society Facebook page.  He still looks after the page posting many interesting facts about topics that Heinlein loved.  John helped with the new Heinlein Website by moving the majority of the documents over from the old Website.  He is an Editor on the new Website and is responsible for adding many new articles and updates.  Looking for more ways to help The Society John became Membership Chairperson and began sending out new member letters, monthly dues invoices and doing monthly reports and audits.  He is also Co-Chair of the H4H program.  John helped start the H4H program by purchasing and shipping science fiction books.  The program has now shipped more than 5,700 books and continues to do quite well.  He was also a friend of William Patterson and with patient instruction from Bill wrote several articles for the Heinlein Journal.  John’s goals are to help grow membership, continue to grow the Society Facebook Page and Website with the addition of new posts and articles; get the Heinlein Journal back in publication as soon as legally possible and continue to grow the H4H program.  John was elected to a three year term in 2014.


Newsletter

Lisbet Weir

Lisbet Weir

Lisbet Weir

Lisbet has been a devoted fan of Robert Heinlein since she discovered him at age 17. Later in life, she  knew she had found the man she would marry when she saw that his bookshelf had an even more complete collection of RAH’s works than her own did.
Lisbet majored in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she got to study under Samuel R. Delany. She had, in fact, gone to school there for that precise purpose. She now freelances under many hats, including: writing, photography, web and graphics design, and editing.
Lisbet lives in San Francisco (which is as close as she could get to Tellus Tertius) with her husband (the one mentioned above, who further proved his worth by giving her the Virginia Edition for Christmas!) and a small indignant terrier who believes strongly in his right to fight city hall.


Scholarships

Mike Sheffield

Mike Sheffield

Mike Sheffield

Mr. Sheffield was born in San Diego, CA in 1960.  He served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Electronic Warfare Systems Specialist with the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing “Wild Weasels”.  At the end of his service in 1985 he began working at TRW Space & Technology (now Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems) where he has been for more than 30 years.  During his time there he has worked in several departments, including Quality Assurance, Satellite Integration, Test and Launch and his current position as a Software Engineer in Ground Systems.
Mike began organizing SF convention blood drives at Conucopia, the 1999 NASFiC in Anaheim, CA.  He joined The Heinlein Society in September 2001 and later that year became the chair of the blood drive committee, in which position he served until 2010, and continues to help helped organize and run drives.  He became the chair of the scholarship committee when it was formed in early 2012 and continues in that role today. He served on the board of directors from June 2006 until September 2014, and was president of the Society for the last four years of that time.
In June of 2004 Mike married his wife, Sharon, who is one of the most brilliant people he has ever met.  They live in Long Beach, CA with their cat, Shadow, and their rabbit, Basil Rathbun.  Mike has a predilection for wearing kilts, much like Lazarus Long.


Social Media

Marie Guthrie

Marie Guthrie

Marie Guthrie

Marie Guthrie was awarded her doctorate in English from the University of KY, where she wrote the first dissertation on science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein (with Virginia Heinlein’s gracious assistance and blessings). Dr. Guthrie is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Moldova, 2003-2005) whose travels have taken her to 24 countries, 45 US states, and 2 US territories (so far). She was active in Bowling Green, Kentucky’s local theatre scene as an actor and stage manager until she moved to the USVI last August. An avid SCUBA diver, she regularly dives The Wall at Cane Bay in St. Croix.


Webmaster

Rob Hays

Rob Hays

Rob Hays

Rob Hays found science fiction in general and Robert Heinlein in particular at an early age. His family moved often and he  attended 8 (or was it 9) different elementary schools in 5 different states. His first priority at each school was checking out the science fiction section in the school library. If they had a Heinlein juvenile he hadn’t already read, it was going to be a good school.
In 1973 he moved one more time to Bloomington Indiana where his future wife Barbara lived. Following in his Grandfathers footsteps he learned watch repair, eventually earning the title Certified Master Watchmaker of The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.
He became the Webmaster for The Heinlein Society in 2009.



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