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Pournelle Joins Board of Directors of The Heinlein Society Milner Reelected to Second Three-Year Term

SEPTEMBER 5, 2005--The Heinlein Society announced today following its annual corporate general meeting that noted writer Jerry Pournelle has been elected a member of its board of directors and that mortgage broker Alan Milner has been elected to a second three-year term. Both Dr. Pournelle and Mr. Milner were unanimously elected by The Heinlein Society membership attending the meeting.

Pournelle, who received one of two Heinlein Awards given the previous evening at the Cascadia Con banquet in Seattle, had previously been asked by Mrs. Virginia Heinlein, on several occasions well prior to her death in 2003, to join the board of the charity she incorporated in November 2000, agreed to accept his nomination and election earlier in the week before Labor Day.

Dr. Pournelle was born on August 7, 1933, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, receiving a direct commission as a Lieutenant of Artillery in the field in Korea. After Korea, he obtained advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering and political science including two PhDs from the University of Washington. In the 1960s, he served as Executive Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, making use of that experience later when he edited Robert Heinlein's unpublished "How To Be a Politician" which was released as Take Back Your Government!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). He 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. He has served as a past President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. His fiction and non-fiction writings are extensive. Jerry is married to Roberta Jane nee Isdell. They have four sons and one daughter and currently reside in Studio City, California.

Mr. Milner was born in Brooklyn in 1948, attended Brooklyn Technical High School and City College of New York, and is a certified Master NLP practitioner. He has been a journalist, freelance writer, public relations consultant, fundraiser, software developer, counselor, therapist, and management consultant specializing in nonprofit organizational development, serving as a director for such diverse organizations as Interseminarian, Inc., and the United Jewish Appeal. He was the founder and director of the nation's first substance abuse hotline, and pioneered service programs for substance abusers, runaways, abused women, People with AIDS, and at-risk youth. Father of an adult son and retired from human services since 1996, he has since been instrumental in the development of internet-based mortgage companies, and currently resides in Florida, where he is a senior mortgage consultant. He is a charter member of the Heinlein Society, a board member since 2002, and has served as the fundraising chairman since the inception of the Society.

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Heinlein Society Directors: Secretary-Treasurer Jane Silver, President and Board Chairman David Silver, and Director Alan Milner, at September 5 General Meeting.

Heinlein Society President David Silver, who presided over the meeting said, "The Society welcomes the commitments of Dr. Pournelle and Mr. Milner to their service as its Directors and expects with their help to continue its record of achievements in years to come."

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