Welcome to the third issue of WHOOSH! The Journal of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF XENA STUDIES (IAXS).

IAXS is a voluntary amateur organization of arm- chair scholars who wish to devote time to the contemplation and study of all things to do with the world-wide syndicated television show, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS (XWP) and to share their findings in a supportive and creative environment.

WHOOSH! was created as the repository for the creative output of IAXS members. Membership to IAXS only requires that each member make at least one contribution to WHOOSH! once per year.

This issue was possible only through the hard work of IAXS members who submitted some very thought provoking and fun papers, and the technical and creative help of Betsy Book, the On-Line WHOOSH! Designer and Tricia Murphy, the IAXS Webpage Editor. Without these people's dedication and service, above and beyond the call of duty, you would not be reading this.

WHOOSH! will strive to be eclectic and entertaining. We will try to offer varying viewpoints on the general to the specific, from the popular to the arcane. You should be able to get a very intense Xena fix whenever you visit our pages. We want you to reminisce, laugh, ponder, and mostly, be entertained.

WHOOSH! could not have been possible without the help of its staff and contributors.


Kym Masera Taborn
WHOOSH! Editor-in-Chief
Captain, U.S.S. IAXS
BA History 1980. MA Early Music Performance Practice 1984. JD 1991. When not busy with various Xena or Star Trek activities, Kym practices law for the federal government in the southern San Joaquin Valley in California. She is currently serving appointed terms on the Hearing Board for the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District; the Greater Bakersfield Legal Aid Society; and the organization Advancement and Improvement of Minorities (AIMS) for government employees. Other than being an insomniac, Kym was the founder and first Chairperson of the Board for IAXS. In her free time, Kym also edits RESISTANCE IS FUTILE, a Star Trek parody newsletter; XENA MEDIA REVIEW, a XWP world press review; and THIS WEEK IN XENA NEWS, a bibliography of XWP news articles. Kym is 38 and lives in Bakersfield, CA with Wes, her tolerant husband of ten years, and Ira, her eight year-old son. Both her and Ira each have their own 5 inch Xena action figure.
Favorite XWP episode: 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)
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Betsy Book
WHOOSH! On-Line Administrator
Second Officer, U.S.S. IAXS.
Betsy is a graduate student and freelance Web designer. If all goes well, neither of these things will be true by the end of the year when she will get a master's degree and a real job. In addition to Whoosh! she maintains a Web zine called "Eat This!", a guide to cheap eats in NYC and "Talkback!", a Web zine about art and technology. Although she does not require that every Web zine she is associated with end in an exclamation point it somehow ended up that way.
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)
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Tricia Murphy
IAXS Web Page Editor
First Officer, U.S.S. IAXS.
Tricia Murphy is a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, and a member of Teleport's Nonprofit Web Builders Guild. She has previously written columns for the Star Trek publication "Resistance Is Futile", and continues to write when the mood hits. Tricia is 34 and resides in the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend, two children, two cats named "Zeus" and "Xena", an iguana named "Taz", a box turtle named "Gerdie", and a cockateil named "Zoey". Though she stakes no claim to the wild ducks which converge on her patio every day, she does feed the poor things when they peer begging in her window.
Favorite Episode: MORTAL BELOVED (#16) and A ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (#17)
Favorite line in XWP: It would be too difficult for her to list her favorite line from XWP, as there are too many. (Basically, she has a decision-making impairment. Yet, she does find herself laughing quite often during any episode with Salmoneus or Joxer.)
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Rita Schnepp (
Encyclopedia Xenaica Administrator
Member of the Board, IAXS
Rita G. Schnepp, also known on-line as Athena/Rita Reckless, is a Network Engineer at Pepperdine University. She lives in Malibu, CA, and was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. A former Ironman Triathlete, she loves cross-country running. She is the creator of the "Coffee TaWk" website (, and a member of the Southern California Xenafest I & II Organizing Committees.
Favorite XWP episodes: 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)

Cynthia Ward Cooper (
Supreme Keeper of the Sacred FAQ
Member of the Board, IAXS
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: "I have many skills" (THE BLACK WOLF, #11)

Debbie Cassetta ( Keeper of the Sacred FAQ Trainee
Debbie Cassetta lives in New York City where she works as Budget Director at a university there. In addition, she teaches American History to college students and is a doctoral candidate at New York University. Her other interests include photography 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: "I'm lovin' every minute of it!" (ALTARED STATES, #19); Xena: "I have many skills." (THE BLACK WOLF, #11)

Tom Simpson (
WHOOSH! Graphics Consultant and Designer
Tom is a 23-year-old film student at BYU masquerading as a graphic designer, photographer and web publisher. He hopes to graduate someday, and even aspires to find gainful employment at some point in his career. He's a softie for massages and just loves to eat brownies (not that he's giving hints or anything :-)
Favorite episode: WARRIOR. . .PRINCESS
Favorite quote: Well, if you shot 10 arrows at me, how many do you think I'd miss. XENA: Only one. GAB: That could be a problem, huh?
In addition to helping other Xena fans with their Web sites, Tom maintains his own digital tribute to the Warrior Princess at:


Carmen Carter (
"Visual Metaphor in XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS"
IAXS Research Project #022
Carmen Carter works at a printing plant in Northern Virginia, a job which provides her with the opportunity to read tomorrow's bestselling novels months before they show up in the bookshelves. And she gets paid for this. Go figure. She herself has written three media novels based on STAR TREK and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
Favorite episodes: DREAMWORKER (#03), THE GREATER GOOD (#21), REMEMBER NOTHING (#26), and THE RECKONING (#06).
Favorite line: Gabrielle to Xena, after Xena confiscates Gabrielle's 'breast' dagger: "It's not like your breasts aren't dangerous enough."

Anita Firebaugh (
IAXS Research Project 055
Anita Firebaugh is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to local publications. She is currently working on Masters Degree at Hollins College, a biography, and a novel. She is obsessed with XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS to the exclusion of almost all other TV shows.
No vital brain functions were damaged in the writing of her essay.

Linda Knighton (
"XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS: A Native American Perspective"
IAXS Research Project 058
Linda Knighton, also known as Simahoyo, is a resident of Seattle. She holds a BA in historical research from Boise State University, was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and a title searcher. She now works in Washington State Politics as a fundraiser for Washington State NARAL. She is the former Co-chair of the Association of Southeastern Tribes, a member of the Pan-American Indian Association and is active in Native Community activities.
Simahoyo is currently writing a novel set in Germany in the Sixth Century.
Favorite XWP episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (#24)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: "Get right to it...I like that." DEATH MASK (#23)

Clayton J. Powers (
"The Battle of Corinth" Part 3
IAXS Research Project #08
VITAE: BA MA International Relations concentrating in National Security Studies State University of New York At Albany. 1988.
Single. Born 1/22/1954. Hobbies, Military History, Current Events, Computers. Supercop. #XenaWP Channel on StarLink. Board Member IAXS.
Favorite episodes: REMEMBER NOTHING (#26), THE GREATER GOOD (#21), HOOVES & HARLOTS (#10), and MORTAL BELOVED (#16).

Bret Rudnick (
"Fait Accompli? Or Just Fate? Ruminations on REMEMBER NOTHING"
IAXS Research Project 067
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. 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) and WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: "What's going on here?" Gabrielle: "I'm... an amazon princess?" Xena (rolls eyes): "Great." (HOOVES AND HARLOTS, #10); Xena after being goosed by Joxer: "Are you suicidal?" (WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP, #30)

Kym Masera Taborn (
"Mysteries Surrounding the Creation of the Syndicated Television Show XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS"
Kym Taborn is the editor-in-chief of WHOOSH. More information about her is listed in the Staff Vitae.

Debbie White (
"Changing Times: SINS OF THE PAST"
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)


Officers of the Board (All Hail the Board)
Chairman: Kym Taborn (
General busy body & insomniac.
President, M&M's Anonymous, IAXS Chapter.

Vice Chairman: Tricia Murphy (
First Officer, USS IAXS
IAXS Webpage Princess.

Chairman of Vice: Betsy Book (
Second Officer (i.e. Data), USS IAXS
Whoosh! Web Page Administrator

Members of the Board (All Hail the Board)

Members with Portfolio:

Cynthia Ward Cooper (
Supreme Keeper of the Sacred FAQ

Debbie Cassetta (
Keeper of the Sacred FAQ Trainee

Clayton J. Powers (
Military/Political Affairs Advisor

Rita Schnepp (
Encyclopedia Xenaica Administrator

Members without Portfolio:

Karen Maeda Allman (
Dana Barker (
Gerilyn Bosse (
Patti Casciano (

A special thanks to Tom Simpson and Carol Burrell who graciously allowed Whoosh! to use images from their own fabulous XWP Web sites. (Thanks to CJ for capturing the images on the Logomancy site!) We encourage all Xenites to go immediately to and Logomancy. (Well, as soon as you're finished with Whoosh!)

DISCLAIMER: No IAXS Staff member jumped out any windows while preparing this issue. However, one did look rather longingly at a window for an uncomfortable amount of time.


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 17th 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.
© 1996, Kym Masera Taborn.
WHOOSH! in no way intends to infringe upon the rights of holders of copyrights held and/or referred to in this non-profit fan publication. All original stories and artwork are copyrighted to the authors. WHOOSH!, IAXS, and Kym Masera Taborn holds an unlimited reprint license on all original material appearing in this publication.

Whoosh #3 - November 17, 1996

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