This is me with science fiction author David Brin at ConDor 98.
I was born in 1948 in Tacoma Washington.
I grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, you know, where Boeing is located, where the B-52's were built?
We used to have drills in elementary school -- we'd all climb under our pitiful little desks, hump up in a ball, hide our faces in the crook of one arm, and cover the back of our necks with our other hand. Seems like we'd wait there for hours until the teacher told us it was OK to get up. When we got to Jr. High and the Cuban Missile Crisis was in full swing, we were at least sophisticated enough to know that if war broke out, hiding under our desks was worth diddlysquat. It was at the beginning of some film in some class that I first heard the phrase "making the world safe by being so strong, no other nation would dare to attack". Wow -- the big scary men with big scary toys in positions of power really believed that, I think.
I don't remember being unable to sleep at night, but I do remember having a fatalistic attitude about it all. I knew that if war started, Seattle would be one of the first places to go, and my family with it. I just hoped I was with my dog at the end. My family did make a plan to meet in a remote town my parents grew up in should we survive and become separated.
Now add that to the war in S.E. Asia, shake it up, and ... Voila -- Hippies!!!! "Tune in, turn on, and drop out" (Timothy Leary). "Sex, drugs, and rock and roll" (I don't know who to attribute this one to).
What's *wrong* with macramé? In the seventies, I turned
out a number of fine plant hangers and wall hangings, along with several
necklaces. You just wait! Soon, all us old hippies will be
gathering around the piano in the old folks planned communities, singing
"House of the Rising Sun" and making wall hangings for Christmas presents
for our children/grandchildren. ý-P
Now being female, I've sewn for years. I do a great 8th Century Anglo-Saxon tunic. I also have a confession to make. I've never been to an SF convention! I like SF on film and TV, but have never hazarded going to a convention. As such, I've never had the opportunity to see an SF costume up close and pick it apart for technique.
IMHO, we on the BRIN-L mailing list behave ourselves remarkably well, and these guidelines are posted only as information.
We will further endeavor to remember, as David Brin says, to "Remind
yourself, now and then, to say the following phrase: 'I am a member of
a civilization.' (IAAMOAC) Our society has its flaws, but if you ponder
history, and cantankerous human nature, it's astonishing how far we've
come. We just don't say IAAMOAC often enough. ... "
Lady of the List, Bearer of the High Standards, Owner of the 7th Chalice of Betazed etc. (I still like these titles! ;+))
Note: This list was written using another set of guidelines originally composed by Donna Hrynkiw of Vancouver, British Columbia -- and is used with her permission.
Here's a little quote I got from a lawyer friend, as a tidbit for those of you who managed to read all the way down here:
"We have not succeeded in answering all of your problems -- indeed, we have not completely answered any of them!
"The answers we have found have only served to raise a whole new set of questions. In some ways, we feel we are as confused as ever; but we think we are confused on a much higher level about more important things."
For any queries or comments please email Jo Anne Bird