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Saturday, December 10th, 2016
6:55 pm
[apostle_of_eris]
ride/room share
Do I know anyone from Chicago driving to Confusion?
And is anyone looking for a roommate?
I can make it if I can find both . . .
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
11:26 pm
[jeffreyab]
It's that time of year again, time for the annual AASFA summer picnic!
THE FACTS:
WHERE: SouthEast Area Park, E. Ellsworth Rd. and Platt Rd. (NW corner) Ann Arbor, Mi 48108
*   This is the same park as last year, different from previous years.
*   Linked at the bottom is a map of the park.
*   We have rented out the covered shelter for the event, please meet there.
WHEN: SATURDAY, July 11th, 12pm - ?, 2015
*   During the picnic there will be a ConCom Meeting and an AASFA Board Meeting (these are open to anyone)
WHAT:
Voting:
*   Voting on Pro, Science, Fan, and Artist/Music/Gaming/Other GOH's (4 total)
*   Please send nominations to nominations@aasfa.org<mailto:nominations@aasfa.org> (comments/direct replies will not be considered nominations)
*   When you send a nomination, please include some information about the person and what category they would fall into.


Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
12:53 pm
[elizilla]
Larry Tucker
Larry Tucker passed away early this morning. The hospice program says that they were ensuring his comfort and that he did not suffer.

No funeral arrangements have been made yet, but the hospice program says that the VA is working on it and they will let us know. I will pass word along whenever I hear more.

I have been going to see him twice a week since he has been in hospice, and I think he was ready to go. He didn't like the nursing home, he didn't like the tubes, and he was just plain tired.

Ad astra, Larry.
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
4:10 pm
[elizilla]
Larry transitioning to hospice
Larry is still in St Joe's. He has made some progress since his surgery two weeks ago. He is conscious, and he's off the ventilator. But they cannot keep weight on him and he is weakening. Today he has been officially transitioned to hospice. He will be in St Joe's for several more days at least. He is currently in room 253 North.

Let me encourage people to visit him! The parking is free and convenient and the room is easy to reach from the main entrance. It's a single room. The hospital vibe is not extreme. There are no limits on visiting hours, you do not have to sign in or register, you just go in. When Larry is awake he is generally pretty alert. He doesn't talk, but he follows what you say and smiles at jokes. He tires VERY fast so you should not stay long. Five minutes is plenty. If you are on the east end of Ann Arbor and can find a few minutes to poke your head in and say hello, it means a lot to him.

When/if they get his lung secretions down, he'll be transferred to a long term care facility called Whitehall, which is on Morgan Rd in Pittsfield Twp. Once he goes to Whitehall he will not return to St Joe's. He will receive palliative care and they will do their best to make him comfortable there. I will let people know when he is moved.
Sunday, March 31st, 2013
7:32 pm
[elizilla]
Larry Tucker back in hospital
The nursing home sent Larry back to the hospital today. He is now in St Joe's again. When I left he was still in the ER, but they were getting ready to admit him. They said he would be in room 670 North, but that could change depending on what happens. He did not respond to my presence in any way, even when I went right up to the bed and stroked his hair and spoke to him, even though they said he had not been sedated.

This looks pretty serious, gang. They don't know what is wrong with him yet, but the doctor pounced on me the minute I walked in the door, wanting to ask me what I thought Larry's wishes were for end-of-life stuff. Has anyone here ever had such a conversation with Larry, back when he could communicate better?

I will go over to St Joe's again tomorrow evening to check on him, and keep people posted.
Friday, July 13th, 2012
12:49 am
[jeffreyab]
2014 ConFusion Guest of Honour nominations!
To celebrate our 40th convention I nominate the following people:

Author Guest of Honour Jo Walton

Her blog

http://papersky.livejournal.com/

Her posts on Tor.com:

http://www.tor.com/Jo%20Walton/


Fan Guest of Honour Filker and Conrunner and founding Stilyagi Air Corps member Mark Bernstein since he has been around from the beginning and is evcen a current member of the concom I thought it would be a nice honour.

His blog:

http://markbernstein.livejournal.com/

Science Guest of Honour Economist Paul Krugman I met him briefly at the Montreal worlcon and he is a big science fiction and fan of Charles Stross

His website:

http://krugmanonline.com/about.php

His blog at the New york Times:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

Special Guest of Honour Author and Editor George R.R. Martin

George is a best selling author and editor has a show on HBO called Game of Thrones and attended a few ConFusions in the past even when he was not a guest of honour.

His not a blog:

http://grrm.livejournal.com/

His homepage:

http://georgerrmartin.com/

Probably my favbourite Guest of Honour at ConFusion of the last 24 years or so.

Got better nominations? Then get them in to: aasfa.nominations@gmail.com
Friday, April 6th, 2012
8:55 pm
[jeffreyab]
Andy Vinton has passed away 1963-2012


From the Sitlyagi Air Corps Mailing List:

It is my sad duty to tell you that Andy Vinton passed away today, from complications related to cancer. I do not know yet what arrangements will be made for a funeral or other services.
Many of us have fond memories of Andy from Tios and other fannish events over these many years.
Rest in peace, Andy...

-- Erik Kauppi
Monday, February 27th, 2012
12:39 am
[jeffreyab]
The date for the Spring Voting Meeting has been set as Saturday, March 24th
Hi folks!

The date for the Spring Voting Meeting has been set as Saturday, March
24th. The time and place are TBA, but put the date on your calendar!
There are several goals for this meeting:

1. Elect the AASFA board for the next year. If you are interested in being
on the AASFA board, or would like to nominate someone else, please send an
email with the information to
aasfa.nominations@gmail.com<nominations@stilyagi.org>.
For information of what the AASFA board is, you can look at
http://stilyagi.org/, and at the bylaws at
http://stilyagi.org/content/aasfa-bylaws for specifics.

2. Vote in the name/theme for Confusion 2013. Once again, if you have a
name idea, please send it to aasfa.nominations@gmail.com

3. Hang out and finish off the keg left over from Epic Confusion!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Lucy Kennedy
ConFusion ConChair 2013
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm
[jeffreyab]
ConFusion 2013
The lineup thus far:

Pro GoH: Charles Stross http://www.antipope.org/charlie/
Pro GoH: Mary Robinette Kowal http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/
Fan GoH: James Davis Nicoll http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/
Comic Book GoH Editor and Author : Scott Edelman http://www.scottedelman.com/

The Date is January 18 to 20 2013 which is the Martin Luther King Holiday long weekend

Website: http://stilyagi.org/
Monday, January 16th, 2012
1:56 am
[apostle_of_eris]
I can get to Confusion! if I can get to Confusion!
I need a ride from Chicago. Can leave as early as Thursday night, prefer Friday morning.
Anyone know of a possibility?

I promise to be immensely grateful.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
12:16 pm
[jeffreyab]
Rusty Hevelin 1922-2011


Rusty was a fellow science fiction fan I met at ConFusion a science fiction convention in Michigan and I last saw him at the 2010 World Fantasy Convention. He was a fixture of the dealer's room selling used science fiction paperbacks. Along with PulpCon he also started SpaceCon a relaxicon in Wapakoneta, Ohio held next to the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum on or near the anniversary of the first Moon Landing.

He was ConFusion's Toastmaster in 1980 and ConFusion's Fan Guest of Honour in 1992.

He was a quiet, friendly man and a former Marine with World War Two service as a meteorologist like a few other science fiction fans.

From File 770:

http://file770.com/?p=7815 and

http://file770.com/?p=7827

Joel Zakem says:
December 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm
From Gay Haldeman:

Rusty passed away quietly at about 8 PM. No funeral is planned—he really didn’t like funerals—but there will be celebrations of his life at several conventions, I’m sure. Thanks for your support through all this. Love, Gay

Locus Online News » Rusty Hevelin (1922-2011)
www.locusmag.com
Locus Online News

http://www.locusmag.com/News/2011/12/rusty-hevelin-1922-2011/

Rusty Hevelin (1922-2011)

— posted Tuesday 27 December 2011 @ 8:05 pm PST
Long-time fan James “Rusty” Hevelin, 89, died December 27, 2011 at the VA Hospital Hospice Center in Dayton OH. Hevelin was a member of First Fandom, entering fandom in the 1930s, and a fanzine publisher, collector, and huckster. He was fan guest of honor at Worldcon in 1981, and in 2003 received the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award for excellence in science fiction collecting. He was also one of the founders of PulpCon, an annual convention dedicated to pulp magazines. This post will be expanded with more information tomorrow.

Rusty Hevelin's report on the 1941 Worldcon when he was just 19:

RT @scottedelman: Sad to see Rusty Hevelin go. His report on the 1941 Worldcon, when he was only 19:
Denvention 1 Report by Rusty Hevelin - Denvention 3 Archive - 66th World Science Fiction Convention.
www.fanac.org

http://www.fanac.org/Denvention3/denvention1report.html

His report is interesting to read as it mentions Los Angeles would have been the sight of the 1942 world science fiction convention and that Denvention gave out awards for accomplishment.
Monday, December 19th, 2011
10:18 pm
[apostle_of_eris]
getting there?
Megabus goes downtown . . . 20 miles from Confusion.
Is there any practical way of getting to the Marriott from Detroit?
(Or, is anyone driving from Chicago with a spare seat?)

Current Mood: hopeful
11:05 am
[jeffreyab]
Epic ConFusion hotel and party reminder!
Our Hotel Liaison says book your room now you may not get one if you wait to the last minute! More info here: http://confusion.stilyagi.org/cf2012/hotel

He also says to contact him at this email if you are planning a party: hotel12@stilyagi.org
Suites and rooms on the party floor are still available.
10:59 am
[jeffreyab]
Ladies and gentlemen BAMM! the Masquerade theme is Biif Pow!! Comic Hero's and Villain's
Ladies and gentlemen BAMM! the Masquerade theme is Biif Pow!! Comic Hero's and Villain's email masquerade12@stilyagi.org for more info. http://confusion.stilyagi.org/category/confusion-2012-sections/programming/masquerade
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
12:38 am
[elizilla]
Update on Larry Tucker
Larry had a bit of a medical crisis today, and has been moved from room 415, to room 725. Still at St Joe's, for those who have been going to see him. It wasn't another stroke, and he's already stabilizing pretty well, but from what the nurses tell me he'll likely be on the 7th floor for a few more days before he goes back to the 4th floor.

4th floor is a rehab unit and is relatively homey and relaxed, with just nurses assigned to be there in the evenings, and patients who stay longer term, going to daily therapy appointments in the gym and classrooms. I'm not a hospital expert but to my uneducated eye the 7th floor is more heavy-duty medical with full time doctors swarming around, more things that beep, more tubes, etc.

He's still quite alert, and he's still making the effort to speak, which is a good sign, I think - when he feels really bad he doesn't try to talk. But he won't be eating any ice cream for a few days.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
1:49 pm
[jeffreyab]
B.T.O.P. That stands for "bring your own PUMPKIN" Pumpkin Carving Gathering
Saturday, October 29th, 2011 12 noon - whenever

Join us to carve your pumpkin (you bring) and then
we will sit around a campfire in the back yard. . .

Darby & Sharon Shaw
330 Silman
Ferndale, MI 48220
248.399.3225
Monday, September 12th, 2011
10:16 am
[jeffreyab]
Stilyagi Parties and Events who wants to host one?
Stilyagi Parties and Events who wants to host one?

The fall season is a good time to get things started again.

Here are some possible dates:

We usually have them Fridays starting about 8PM and running until the host kicks people out however if you want to have one Saturday or even Sunday that is fine too.

People have held them in places as small as one bedroom apartments and as large as the Great Oaks Common Room

September 16

September 30

October 7 is ConClave so that covers one party, I will be hosting my 30th anniversary of congoing Friday at ConClave

October 28 or 29 a Halloween Party possibility I am hosting Zombiefest on the 29th from 13 to 5 at the Sarnia Library

November 18 to slot between UCON and WindyCon the week before and Thanksgiving the week after.

Decemeber weekends are up in the air but many people do have open Christmas parties

Friday, August 26th, 2011
10:49 am
[jeffreyab]
From our mailing list: Larry Tucker is in the hospital and needs visitors

As was mentioned on this list a few weeks ago, Larry Tucker has had a stroke and is in the hospital. Since that is in my neighborhood, I have been stopping in to see him every day. I usually go up there after work. He tires quickly so I don't stay very long, usually only a half hour or so.
They say that people recover from strokes if they choose to. I think that if Larry is left alone in the hospital with no visitors, he is less likely to choose to recover. So it's important that he see people. However, this morning I woke up with a cold, and I doubt the hospital would like me to carry these germs in there. And I am leaving on Saturday on a trip; I will be out of town until September 7. Larry needs other visitors. I told him last night that I would be back to see him today. And it's not like I can call him on the phone instead - he wouldn't be able to use a phone. So I'm writing to ask that other people visit him.
What will you see if you go in? Well, some days he is very alert, and other days he is a bit more out of it. He always knows me. He cannot move his right arm or leg. He is on a swallow restriction and cannot have any food or drink by mouth. When I first started visiting him he couldn't talk and was more frequently out of it. But since he was moved to a rehab unit two weeks ago he has made progress and he can now say a few words. They are slurred and the effort tires him, but every day he does a little better with it. The more he talks, the better this will get, so it's good to encourage him to speak. He is having trouble with his vision; the nurses say that with the kind of stroke he had, he is probably seeing double. His eyes seldom look unfocused when he looks at you, but he cannot focus to read, even with his glasses on.
The rehab unit he is in works him pretty hard on weekdays, so he is very tired by evening. On the weekends he has fewer rehab appointments and is less tired, and will stay awake later. It's probably better to get there no later than 8pm or 8:30pm on weekdays. I don't know how he is in the morning since I always go in the evening.
I have left a book in his room, Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. I have been reading it out loud to him. He tires very quickly so usually we just do a page or two, and not every day. His spot is marked with a post-it note; you can offer to read to him.
He is in room 415 at St Joe's hospital in Ann Arbor. You go in through the main entrance; it is on the side facing WCC. There is plenty of free parking and it is close to the door. The elevators would be the envy of a con hotel - incredibly fast. So it is easy to get in and out.
So, please visit Larry!
Thanks! Katherine Becker


Rick Lieder and Larry Tucker recieving awards for almost perfect attendence of all the ConFusion conventions at Moonbase ConFusion


Thursday, August 25th, 2011
11:50 am
[elizilla]
Please visit Larry Tucker in the hospital
As was mentioned here a few weeks ago, Larry Tucker has had a stroke and is in the hospital. Since that is in my neighborhood, I have been stopping in to see him every day. I usually go up there after work. He tires quickly so I don't stay very long, usually only a half hour or so.

They say that people recover from strokes if they choose to. I think that if Larry is left alone in the hospital with no visitors, he is less likely to choose to recover. So it's important that he see people. However, this morning I woke up with a cold, and I doubt the hospital would like me to carry these germs in there. And I am leaving on Saturday on a trip; I will be out of town until September 7. Larry needs other visitors. I told him last night that I would be back to see him today. And it's not like I can call him on the phone instead - he wouldn't be able to use a phone. So I'm writing to ask that other people visit him.

What will you see if you go in? Well, some days he is very alert, and other days he is a bit more out of it. He always knows me. He cannot move his right arm or leg. He is on a swallow restriction and cannot have any food or drink by mouth. When I first started visiting him he couldn't talk and was more frequently out of it. But since he was moved to a rehab unit two weeks ago he has made progress and he can now say a few words. They are slurred and the effort tires him, but every day he does a little better with it. The more he talks, the better this will get, so it's good to encourage him to speak. He is having trouble with his vision; the nurses say that with the kind of stroke he had, he is probably seeing double. His eyes seldom look unfocused when he looks at you, but he cannot focus to read, even with his glasses on.

The rehab unit he is in works him pretty hard on weekdays, so he is very tired by evening. On the weekends he has fewer rehab appointments and is less tired, and will stay awake later. It's probably better to get there no later than 8pm or 8:30pm on weekdays. I don't know how he is in the morning since I always go in the evening.

I have left a book in his room, Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. I have been reading it out loud to him. He tires very quickly so usually we just do a page or two, and not every day. His spot is marked with a post-it note; you can offer to read to him.

He is in room 415 at St Joe's hospital in Ann Arbor. You go in through the main entrance; it is on the side facing WCC. There is plenty of free parking and it is close to the door. The elevators would be the envy of a con hotel - incredibly fast. So it is easy to get in and out.

So, please visit Larry!

Thanks!
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
12:45 am
[jeffreyab]
What sort of Fan, Media and Anime Programming do you want to see at ConFusion?
Greetings!

What sort of Fan, Media and Anime Programming do you want to see at ConFusion?

What sort of Fan, Media and Anime Programming would you like to a part of at ConFusion, got an idea then pitch me?

We are looking for:

Interactive items like game shows, geek offs

Panels About Making Stuff like creating a fanzine in one hour or how to do podcasts or blogs or video blogs or computer games

Panels about fandom as a social unit, where it has been, where it is and what it could be and do in the future

Starting a book and/or movie discussion group

Panels about television shows and about movies or book series

Panels on how to market yourself, your group or your product

About fandom and how to express yourself on Social Media like Google+, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
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