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The blood drive was an important aspect of this event, for me, and I made a point not to give blood at work in the time frame that would have limited my option to do so at the Centennial. I had a slight fever the first time I tried to donate -- too close to tea-time, I guess -- so I was careful of my intake the next day and got it done, but it was so hard to pick a time to do it, what with all the great panels to choose from all day every day.
I know the drive goal was not met, but it was not for lack of effort on the part of those folks handling this part of the program; I was very impressed with their focus and earnestness. I wish there was a way to earmark future donations to recognize the work Heinlein did in this area, and get that aspect of his legacy in front of a wider audience than 'just' us fans of his writings. Any ideas on how that could be accomplished? Perhaps a t-shirt with the same logo as on the pin Centennial doners received, that could be worn on days drives occurr on the job site. Would anyone be interested in something like that? Does anyone own the logo?

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The 100-unit level was an unrealistic wish. However, Mike Sheffield made it clear that the turnout, proportional to attendance, was somewhere over the moon.

As for commemorative stuff etc. - there's kind of no one left in the HC office. I carried the torch as long as I could but it's... well, I won't say it's gone out but it is standing in a corner guttering. Not what I expected but until and unless some dedicated folks show up... it's what is.

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What's the status of audio or DVD recordings of the Centennial?

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Ah, the $64k question.

They're in the same limbo of not-quite-existence as the rest of it.


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This is Catherine Hampton, aka ariel over from SFF.net.

I just wanted to say "thank you" to all of you who have been posting pictures and retelling stories from the Centennial, which I was unable to attend. I've been a Heinlein reader since I first picked up Stranger in a Strange Land in high school and got thoroughly freaked out by the ritual cannibalism and overt sexuality, which I was not ready for in high school. <G> Ten years later, and after reading many other of Heinlein's books, I reread it and loved it. So no harm done. :-)


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Hi, Catherine; thanks for joining us. I wish you could have been at the Centennial. It was the first sci fi convention I had ever attended, and for me it was an amazing experience. My major regret was that I couldn't attend multiple simultaneous sessions; I missed so much by having to choose only one at a time. I was also torn because I used to live in Kansas City and I have family and friends there who all expected to get time with me while I was in town. The convention folks had to cancel the planned tour of Butler, and while that was a huge disappointment for me, it also opened up a little time.

Does anyone here happen to know if any of the houses Heinlein lived in in Butler or KC are still standing?

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Yes, the house he was born in (that of his grandfather Dr. Alva Lyle) is still there. I was fortunate in that we got to take a fast side trip to Butler before dashing back to KC to catch our flight home, and took some pictures of the house, the Butler library, etc.

I really should get some of them posted somewhere. :P

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James Gifford wrote:
I really should get some of them posted somewhere. :P


Somewhere accessible, please! Thanks in advance.

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dh490311 wrote:
Somewhere accessible, please! Thanks in advance.


Look at the link in my April 17th post in this thread for a site with some great photos of Butler and the Centennial (by Eric's GF).

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How long have you lived in Sunnyvale, Dan? I lived there from 1995 through 2006. If you'd been to Baycon or any of the other local general-purpose SF cons, we'd almost certainly have met. :-)

I've been in Kansas only once in my life, driving through on I-70 from Oklahoma City to Denver. I've wanted to see Kansas City for many years, mostly after reading Heinlein's descriptions of it in "Time Enough for Love". It would be nice to visit Heinlein's birthplace too. My grandfather was a Naval Academy graduate as well, about five years before Heinlein, and was a fan. I don't know why he didn't introduce me to Heinlein years before I discovered Heinlein myself, in high school. Maybe he thought the juveniles were geared more for boys and that I wouldn't be interested. <sigh> Although, to be honest, it is the "golden era Heinlein" that really grabbed my attention -- that wonderful decade between the late 1950s and early 1970s when he wrote "Stranger", "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", "Starship Troopers", and so many of his best works.

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