Whoosh! Issue Eleven - August 1997


August 1997

VirginiaVirginia Carper
"Volcanoes: the Foes of the Gods"
IAXS Project #228
My goal is to be a garden variety human being. My friends know me as a squirrel. I am, however, a card carrying member of the Squirrel Lovers Club, and do squirrel studies. The FRB.GOV means that I am in U.S. Federal Government Service, and proud of it. My husband, the Civil War Buff, introduced me to things military. Together, we have visited every Civil War battlefield in PA, DEL, MD, W.VA.., VA, and NC. I am also a disability activist. My family watches XWP for the marvelous things Xena does and for Joxer , the warlord with autism. (Yes, we all have various disabilities.)
Favorite episode: ULYSSES (#43)
Favorite line: Xena to Gabrielle: "Are you alright?" Gabrielle: "I just had to get rid of my squid friends." LOST MARINER (#45)
First episode seen: WARRIOR PRINCESS (H#09)
Least favorite episode: A NECESSARY EVIL (#38)

GillianGillian G. Gaar
"An Interview with Hudson Leick"
Special to WHOOSH!
Gillian G. Gaar first contributed to fanzines in the Rocky Horror Picture Show days of the late '70s. Later she put out her own 'zines, including "For The Love Of Kate" (on Kate Bush - duh!). Even later she became a "real" writer, and has contributed to big rags like Rolling Stone and still slaves for Seattle's own The Rocket (we always knew Seattle was cool). She's also written a book, "She's A Rebel: The History Of Women In Rock & Roll." Please buy it. I don't care if you read it. I don't get any extra money if you read it! Now you *know* I'm a real writer!
Favorite XWP episodes: RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29)
Favorite XWP line: Velasca: "I want Gabrielle!" A NECESSARY EVIL (#39), largely 'cause of the delivery; it's the line my Xena friends and I still say and crack up over. Close second: Vampirette whose overlarge vampire teeth made her lisp: "No, mathter. They got away. He and hith idiot companion were wescued by Thena!" GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (#28), I still go around saying "Mathter!"
First episode seen: Not sure. My mother told me about the series ("There was a woman dressed like a Valkyrie beating up men like in 'The Avengers'") and one night while channel surfing I saw the last 15 mins. of an episode; either the one where Ares was Xena's dad [TIES THAT BIND (#20)] or A FISTFUL OF DINARS (#14)]
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40).
Favorite moment of subtext: Gabrielle, on her wedding night [RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29)]: "Perticus, I've never been with a man before. Have you? (heart-stopping pause during which my Xena salon pals and I nearly spit our drinks out) Been with any other women?"

RichardRichard LaFleur
"THE PRICE: an Application of Maslow's HIERARCHY OF NEEDS"
IAXS Project #291
Richard LaFleur completed his Master's Degree in Mathematics at Boston College. He is married and has a daughter (a young Warrior in her own right). Richard has taught mathematics and computer programming from the junior high school levelthrough college. He was also a software support instructor at Raytheon Data Systems and is now part of the software engineering group at a CAD/CAM company in the Boston area. He has completed 25 years of military service, retiring as a First Sergeant from the Massachusetts Army National Guard. His interest in mythology, psychology and ancient history first turned him on to XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. The rest, as they say, is history.
Favorite episode: RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29)
Favorite line: From Xena's prayer in RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29) to "anyone who's listening": "*Please* don't let that light that shines off her face go out. I couldn't stand the darkness that would follow."
First episode seen: THE BLACK WOLF (#11)
Least favorite episode: GIANT KILLER (#27)

NicholasNicholas Nayko
"Callisto: Die Furie?"
IAXS Project #299
BA in political science 1972. MS in systems management 1976. Works for the Federal Government. Interested in history and militaria, especially Russian. I've enjoyed traveling domestically and abroad, seeing different cultures.
Favorite XWP episodes: ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (#17) and RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: "We all eventually become who we pretend to be" BLIND FAITH (#42)
First episode seen: THE GAUNTLET (H#12)
Least favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (#24)

Rob Reyes
IAXS Project #161 (E-mail edition only)

BretBret Rudnick
"An Interview with Michael Levine"
Exclusive to WHOOSH!
"An Interview with Robert Field, Part 2 of 2"
Exclusive to WHOOSH!
Mr. Rudnick is a staff member of WHOOSH! For his biography, please refer to the staff section below.

TyldusSteven L. Sears
"Tyldus Interviews Himself: Response to Last Month's Editorial And Then Some"
Special to WHOOSH!
Mr. Sears is the Supervising Producer of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS

DianeDiane Silver
"The Shock of Recognition. A Lesbian Appreciation of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS"
IAXS Project #074
Ms. Silver is a staff member of WHOOSH! For her biography, please refer to the staff section below.

Shelley Sullivan
"The Gabrielle Scrolls, Scroll 2"
Special to WHOOSH!
When I am not flyfishing, filling out baseball line-ups, or earning a dinar or two, I am indulging my Xena obsession. I have been a fan since the initial airing of SINS OF THE PAST (#01), and if the VCR had not been in existence, I would have had to invent one.
Favorite episodes: DREAMWORKER (#03), THE GREATER GOOD (#21), and THE QUEST (#37).
Favorite line: Xena about the villagers: "Kill 'em all!" TIES THAT BIND (#20)
First episode seen: SINS OF THE PAST (#01)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

JimmyJames Uhl
"Xena: a Role Model for Teenagers?"
IAXS Project #305
James Uhl was born on December 5, 1982. He was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He enjoys basketball and messing around on the computer. He likes also to do stuff with friends. His favorite thing to do is watch XENA and other Xena related things.
Favorite XWP episodes: THE GREATER GOOD (#21)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: "I like to be creative in a fight, it gets my juices going." A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
First episode seen: Do not remember
Least favorite episode: DEATH MASK (#23)

DebbieDebbie White
A WHOOSH! Series
Debbie White is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and is currently studying Animal Science at Southern IL University at Carbondale. She is 20 years old, single, and has watched Xena since the first Sins of the Past (i.e., the beginning).
Favorite XWP episode: REMEMBER NOTHING (#26)
Favorite XWP line: Gabrielle: "If you don't know, it must be Xena." (ORPHAN OF WAR, #25)
First episode seen: SINS OF THE PAST (#01)
Least favorite episode: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (#28)

BradBrad Williams
"The Declining Bodycount on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS"
IAXS Project #052
I am 29 years old. I spent 6 years in the Marine Corps. I have a BS in Criminal Justice and am currently working on a business degree to go along with it. I like fishing, golf, and writing.
Favorite XWP episodes: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: "Now take it easy, there were no good leaves in the bush." A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
First episode seen: THE GAUNTLET (HTLJ #12)
Least favorite episode: A COMEDY OF EROS (#46)


KymKym Masera Taborn
WHOOSH! Editor-in-Chief
BA History 1980. MA Music 1984. JD Law 1991. Kym practices law for the federal government in the Central Valley of California. Kym was the founder and first Chairperson of the Board for IAXS. Kym is 39 and lives in Bakersfield, CA with Wes, her incredibly patient husband of ten years, and Ira, her loyal nine year-old son. Both her and Ira each have their own five-inch Xena action figure and look forward to hanging out at Carl Junior's this summer.
Favorite XWP episode: It is still...DREAMWORKER (#03)!!
Favorite XWP line: Gabrielle to Xena: "You're not much for girl talk, are you? Of course, you're not like most girls." PROMETHEUS (#08)
First episode seen: CRADLE OF HOPE (#04).
Least favorite episode: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (#28)

Betsy Betsy Book
WHOOSH! Webmaster
Betsy Book is a 27-year-old Web and AOL Production Manager for iVillage, a Silicon Alley start-up. Her hobbies include reading, watching television, and corrupting young boys from Utah. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is building her summer t-shirt collection. If you would like to send her a t-shirt, feel free! Send it to: 328 Flatbush Avenue, Suite 331, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
Favorite XWP episodes: DREAMWORKER (#03) and WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30)
Favorite XWP lines: Princess Diana talking about Xena: "She looks just like me, *before* I've brushed my hair." (WARRIOR...PRINCESS, episode #15); MEG as XENA: "Hold it right there! In the blink of an eye I can split the skull of anyone who moves with my trusty... shamrock!" (WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP, episode #30)
First episode seen: CHARIOTS OF WAR (#02)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

BretBret Rudnick
WHOOSH! Token Guy Who Lifts the Heavy Stuff
When he's not working for a big Science/Engineering company that (amongst other things) designs, builds, launches, and operates exploratory spacecraft, Bret writes fantasy novels and short stories. Bret is a man of many skills, having also previously been an olympic-qualified archer, a drummer in the Butch Grinder Band, a newsreader for Public Television Station KVCR, and a Deputy Sheriff for the County of San Bernardino, California. He also collects Japanese swords, armour, and art. He and his dog hunt down stray Bacchae in New England.
Favorite XWP episode: HOOVES AND HARLOTS (#10), WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30), and THE QUEST (#37)
Favorite XWP line: Autolycus: "I'm not just leering at scantily clad women, you know, I'm working!" THE QUEST (#37)
First episode seen: CRADLE OF HOPE (#04)
Least favorite episode: GIANT KILLER (#27)

CynthiaCynthia Ward Cooper
Supreme Keeper of the Sacred FAQ
Cynthia Cooper was born in Fort Riley, Kansas on December 18, 1959, to a young Army officer and his Southern belle wife. Her early years were marked not only by incessant travel, but also by the knowledge that her birthdate had been calculated to maximize her parents' tax benefits. After a number of adventures, including her rather surprising matriculation from Rice University, Cynthia moved to Dallas, where a promising career as a neo-punk hair model was cut short due to an unfortunate follicular accident. While waiting for her hair to grow back, she earned a master's degree in library science, and is presently masquerading as a technical librarian in a Dallas-area public library. Present obsessions include bad horror movies, Richard III, and the study of ritual cannibalism (though she hastens to assure all that she's a vegetarian). Cynthia has been an ardent Xenite since the very first episode of XWP, and frequently expresses the opinion that the world would be a far better place if everyone would just sit down together and watch Xena once a week.
Favorite XWP episode to rewatch: ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (#17)
Favorite XWP episode overall: THE GREATER GOOD (#21) and REMEMBER NOTHING (#26)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: Xena: "I've got nothing but bad news for you" DESTINY (#36).
First episode seen: SINS OF THE PAST (#01)
Least favorite episode: A SOLSTICE CAROL (#33)

RitaRita Schnepp
Encyclopedia Xenaica Administrator
Rita Schnepp, also known on-line as Athena/Rita Reckless, is a Network Engineer at Pepperdine University. She lives in Los Angeles, CA. Rita 'was' a triathlete whose favorite hobby was cross-country running until she came across "Xena: Warrior Princess" on the 'telly' back in October of '95. She has since grown into a 'Xenaficionado' and veritable couch potato. Having been through "Xena De-tox" twice, she can now make it once around the block without having to stop to watch a re-run. She is creator of the "Coffee TaWk" website, (http://pc-rschnepp.pepperdine.edu), and a member of the Southern California Xenafest I, II and III organizing committees.
Favorite XWP episode: SINS OF THE PAST (#01)
Favorite XWP line: Salmoneus to Xena: "You should always address your troops from the right side. It's your GOOD side...NOT that you have a BAD one!" (THE GAUNTLET, HTLJ #12)
First episode seen: WARRIOR PRINCESS (HTLJ #09)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

Laura Sue Laura Sue Dean
WHOOSH! Correspondent
"News, Gossip, and Rumors"
I was born and raised in TOPEKA, KANSAS. I am a twenty-(mumble) year-old aspiring actress transplanted to Hollywood and adore watching, learning and reporting to fans all about XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. When I am not obsessing about myself or the show, I love to shop till I drop, hang out at the Phoenix Room, and "dish" with my other actress friends (Tori Spelling and Shannon Dougherty). I've just completed my first major film role: the mother in "Little Ezekiel" and have several television commercials under my belt. My manager (Stanley -- short for Stanislavsky) swears that my career is ready to take off...I hope he's right!) Favorite XWP episode: THE QUEST (#37) (Oooh! Didn't Renee just nail_that *entire* episode? Gives me chills when I watch the amazing work she did there.")
Favorite XWP line:Gabrielle to Iolaus :"I would tell her how empty my life was before she came along... about all the things I've learned from her, and and that I love her" THE QUEST (#37)
First episode:THE GREATER GOOD (Hey Powers That Be! We want more SALMONEUS episodes of XWP, PLEASE!)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS and any "Gabby-lite" episode

Tom Tom Simpson
WHOOSH! Art Director and Betsy's Whipping Boy
Giant lizards destroying buildings and toasters taking over the world are only some of the strange products from Tom's wacky imagination. Tom has worked in public television, at MTV, and currently works as a web producer at CitySearch. From time to time when he's not busy smooching his significant other he runs a little Xena page. He also enjoys watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other fine television products. Television is our friend, we should all love and respect it. It gives so much and asks so little. And that's all he needs to say.
Favorite XWP episode: ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (#17)
Favorite XWP line: MEG as XENA: "That's Xena with a capital 'Z'!" (WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP, episode #30)
First episode: WARRIOR...PRINCESS (#15)
Least favorite episode: THE TITANS (#07)

DebbieDebbie Cassetta
Yet Another Keeper of the Sacred FAQ
Debbie Cassetta lives in New York where she works as the Director of Operations and Information Systems at a university in NYC. A doctoral candidate in American Studies at NYU, she also teaches United States history to college students and tutors illiterate adults in reading. Known around the Xenaverse as Mistopholees, she is a member of the NYC XenaFest Committee and president of Sword and Staff. Her other interests include photography, reading, science fiction, and anything Star Trek.
Favorite XWP episode: ALTARED STATES (#19) and IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (#24).
Favorite XWP line: Xena, pulling herself and Gabrielle out of a well: "Loving every moment of it!" (ALTARED STATES, #19); Xena: "I have many skills." (THE BLACK WOLF, #11; TIES THAT BIND, #20; HERE SHE IS...MISS AMPHIPOLIS, #35)
First episode seen: ALTARED STATES (#19)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

ChrisChris Clogston
WHOOSH! Proofreader
My B.S. degree is in Biology (1980) but I've enjoyed a busy non-Ph.D career in biochemistry --I've authored or co-authored over twenty scientific papers in journals such as Analytical Biochemistry, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Blood, Cell, Nature, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Protein Expression and Purification and in several years' of Proceedings volumes: Techniques in Protein Chemistry. I've co-authored a chapter on the folding of human recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in Protein Folding: In Vivo and In Vitro, published by the American Chemical Society. However, I am not a Bard. I'm a native Southern Californian and therefore have a proficiency in disaster preparedness. I've co-authored the Research Disaster Recovery plan at my place of employment and am a member of the Emergency Response Team there. I became involved in Xena fan activities shortly after the Burbank convention. Seems to have had something to do with obtaining the chakram at the charity auction. I currently hold memberships in: The Protein Society (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities International Arthurian Society, North American Branch, The Mythopoeic Society, Society for Creative Anachronism.
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
Favorite line: Minya to Gabrielle: "What's it like to travel with the hottest warrior in the butt-kicking biz?" A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
First episode seen: FISTFUL OF DINARS (#14)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

BethBeth Gaynor
Beth Gaynor lives in Columbus, Ohio (go Buckeyes!) and works for small company called DPEC. She edits, codes, and organizes text from books to make them into courses that people take on their computers. Outside of the office, she is often spotted at the Columbus Zoo, where she volunteers as a docent. This usually involves answering the question "Where's the bathroom?", although she gets breaks from that long enough to talk about the animals and help the keepers. Beth is peeking around the corner at her thirtieth birthday and stays young and vigorous by battling for house supremacy alongside her husband against their two cats. So far, the struggle is too close to call.
Favorite XWP episodes: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39) and THE PRICE (#44).
Favorite XWP line: Meg: "Your little friend just kicked my b*tt." WARRIOR... PRINCESS... TRAMP (#30)
First episode seen: DESTINY (#36)
Least favorite episode: HERE SHE COMES...MISS AMPHIPOLIS (#35)

DianeDiane Silver
WHOOSH! Assistant Editor
Amazed by her fervent Xena addiction, Diane Silver was once a serious sort who would have scoffed at the idea of a whoosh or a chakram cam. Today, she loves them. Silver has been a professional writer for more than 20 years, including stints at United Press International and The Wichita Eagle. She once took a brief detour into politics, working as press secretary for a Democratic candidate for Kansas governor. Currently an editor for a nonprofit foundation, Silver is also pursuing a freelance writing career. Her second book, THE NEW CIVIL WAR: THE LESBIAN AND GAY STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, will be published by Franklin Watts in 1997. She is at work on her third book, a memoir called SACRED MOMENTS: THE JOURNEY OF A LESBIAN MARRIAGE. Her work has also appeared in national publications, including Ms. magazine. A graduate of Michigan State University (Hi there, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert), Silver shamefully admits to never having been much of a Spartan sports fan. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her son, dog and two cats. A recent convert to the internet, she posts on the mailing lists as Silver and on the NetForum as Freedom2.
Favorite XWP episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? (#24)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: I have many skills. THE BLACK WOLF (#11), TIES THAT BIND (#20), and HERE SHE COMES...MISS AMPHIPOLIS (#35).
First episode seen: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (#24)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

HepKaren Maeda Allman
WHOOSH! Assistant Editor
Karen Maeda Allman (aka Heparin) is doggedly trying to finish her dissertation so she can at last put the letters 'PhD' after her name. When not reading and publishing on multiraciality (and its interconnections with gender identity and sexuality) she is one of the booksellers of Red and Black Bookstore Collective in Seattle, Washington. Heparin is also a registered nurse, teacher, former punk rock singer/songwriter with Conflict U.S. (Unjust/Placebo Records) and has been published in music papers (Slash, Slit, The New York Rocker ), Asian American Community Papers (The Pacific Reader , International Examiner) and in academic periodicals and books (most recently in Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier edited by Maria PP Root). Rumor has that she can cook some mighty fine vegetarian eggplant dishes.
Favorite XWP episodes: THE GAUNTLET (HTLJ #12), SINS OF THE PAST (#01), and THE RECKONING (#06). (I tend to like angsty episodes that dwell on Xena's inner turmoil and have lots of Bulgarian style music in the scoring.)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: "I'm a problem solver!"
First episode seen: CRADLE OF HOPE (#04)
Least favorite episode: THE TITANS (#07)

DybkaJill T. Dybka
WHOOSH! Episode Guide HTML Coder
I grew up in Michigan, the daughter of a drive-in restaurant owner. After high school I played bass for a Detroit "alternative" band. I have a BA in English & I am currently a student at the University of Tennessee where I am studying bass and earning a MS in Information Sciences. I'm married to jazz musician and producer Darryl Dybka. I've had an unusual life & odd stuff happens to me (like almost dying from Cat-Scratch Fever).
Favorite XWP episodes: THE GAUNTLET (#H12) and CALLISTO (#20)
Favorite XWP line: Darfus: "He can smell your fear." Salmoneus: "That's not fear--that's gas!" UNCHAINED HEART (#H13)
First episode seen: CRADLE OF HOPE (#04)
Least favorite episode: GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE MOTION SICKNESS, ER, FUN (#28)


No editors were harmed in this issue, but there is one that definitely needs a vacation.


WHOOSH! is the Journal of the International Association of Xena Studies (IAXS), an amateur fan-run organization devoted to the extreme study and analysis of all things remotely related to the world-wide syndicated television show, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, a property of MCA/Universal Television. WHOOSH! is the repository of the research produced by IAXS members. WHOOSH! is released the 1st of every month. It is distributed on the World Wide Web and as a text version to members via internet e-mail. WHOOSH! is published and edited by Kym Masera Taborn through IAXS.
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