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Centennial: R.I.P. 
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Just a quiet announcement to let everyone know that the Centennial is over. Really over. Really really over. (You guys over there who were working on, what was it, a "Centennial Reader"? Time's up.)

That is, the nonprofit corporation has been dissolved, all future-looking plans for the organization have been filed in the "someday" box and the web site has been converted to permanent archive status. There no longer is a "Heinlein Centennial" except in the hearts of those who attended.

A little tidying of paper files and for the first time in almost four years, there will be nothing labeled "Heinlein Centennial" or "HC" or "RAHC" anywhere on my desktop or file system.

A moment of silence, please.

Please. I really need a moment of silence. My head is just pounding.

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Post Re: Centennial: R.I.P.
Sad. :( But, the organization had to wrap up its business sometime, I suppose. Thanks for updating the website.

What I don't understand is this; I've been a Heinlein fan basically all my life. Even with the rise of Usenet and alt.fan.heinlein and the various organizations and websites that have come and gone over the past twenty years, I never got the impression that active Heinlein fandom was a very large group. I knew that Heinlein's influence on the U.S. space program was huge, because I work in that field, but in terms of avid fandom (or whatever you want to call it) I always thought we were a pretty small tribe. Or tribes, I should say - because Heinlein fandom has always been sorta ghetto-ized depending on what aspect of Heinlein's writing and philosophy you dig.

However, the Centennial really opened my eyes to the impact that this guy has had. To draw seven hundred paying guests from literally all walks of life, who all paid substantial amounts of money out of their own pockets to attend, not to mention the literal Whos-Who from academia, industry and government, was amazing. Thank you once again to everyone who thought this was important enough that they were willing to throw away their normal lives for two to three years to make this happen.

I think that the "other" group (the SIG) actually serves as a deterrent to the rise of a permanent organization that will really DO something real in furtherance of Heinlein's legacy. The sooner they go away the better.

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Jack Kelly wrote:
I think that the "other" group (the SIG) actually serves as a deterrent to the rise of a permanent organization that will really DO something real in furtherance of Heinlein's legacy. The sooner they go away the better.

You'll get no argument from me. "Dog in a manger" doesn't quite do it. I think "Old, blind, deef, surly, smelly dog in a manger" is closer. Not only do they do nothing (and never much have, the sterling efforts of a few members aside) but they prevent anyone else from doing much, both actively (they damn near sabotaged the whole Centennial, and have honked off almost everyone in the upper echelons of organized fandom) and passively (through the blind assumption of far too many fan/admirers who assume they are doing something).

The root cause of the problem is evident and short. I mean, the list of causes is short.


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Oh.

:|

Hmmm. I guess whatever grief I have at that announcement is offset by the sympathetic unburdening of the shoulders I feel on your behalf, Jim. I hope this means good things for you and the others, at least. You've certainly given enough. And then some.

We've still got 99 years to work with. Who knows, eh?


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Uri, hi! You don't speak up often enough around here.

Truthfully, the load has been very light since the end of 2007, with most of the last year spent kicking around ideas for continuation, resurrection, fresh efforts, etc. In the end, though, we found that there just isn't any current clamor for a hot new Heinlein org, that the HC structure was not really suited to continuing efforts, and that we were all too weary to contemplate further heavy lifting. There is also ongoing maintenance needed for a corporation, even a miniscule nonprofit one, and I wanted it off my desk... and there was no one to take it on.

So we close this door and put all the good stuff on the shelf for a coming thing... someday. Maybe after Rover goes to his reward.


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It just occurred to me that John Forster's hilarious "Ballad of Robert Moses" is even funnier if you sing it with a different, immediately relevant name of identical meter. Someone needs to filk this a bit.


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Thanks, Jack. The Centennial will always be something that no matter how badly I screw up everything else in my life, I will always be able to look back on with pride and fond memories.

The sons and daughters of Robert Heinlein are numerous and enthusiastic, they just aren't well organized. Buncha Loonies if you ask me :D In mounting HC we learned how he is revered by the private space community especially, which is why the space track was so prominent at KC. However, there aren't necessarily many reasons for Heinlein fans to congregate, because the reasons to do so are more or less limited to explorations of Heinlein's life and works, whereas what they really have in common is whatever particular legacy of Heinlein is the passion of their life. So the rocket jockeys would rather meet to talk about specific impulse than The Man Who Sold the Moon, which they already know by heart anyway.

It's like having a fan community for Einstein - people everywhere are doing fantastic stuff with relativity, and know where it came from, but they don't need to spend a lot of time talking about its father.


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Jim:
Thanks for the link to the Robert Moses song.

Peter:
Interesting thoughts on the nature of the Heinlein fan community.

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Robert W Franson wrote:
Thanks for the link to the Robert Moses song.

I'm a huge fan of John Forster and wish he was better known and did more recording. Some of his stuff is too dated to be widely amusing and he has a clunker or two, but his best stuff - most of it - is endlessly funny. Highly recommended.

The inadvertent connection that popped into my head just makes it funnier.


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Uri Gonda wrote:
Oh.


Hi Uri...glad to see you're here, even if we haven't seen you on the HF for a while. Of course, we don't see anyone on the HF hardly....


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