Welcome to the seventh 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 and Perdicus Kym Masera Taborn (
WHOOSH! Editor-in-Chief
Chairperson, IAXS
BA History 1980. MA Music 1984. JD 1991. When not hanging with her **new best friend**, the Perdmeister, Kym practices law for the federal government in the Central Valley in California. Kym was the founder and first Chairperson of the Board for IAXS. Kym is 38 and lives in Bakersfield, CA with Wes, her mostly tolerant husband of ten years, and Ira, her patient nine year-old son. Both her and Ira each have their own five-inch Xena action figure.
Favorite XWP episode: It still is...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)

Betsy and Joxer Betsy Book
WHOOSH! On-Line Editor and Managing Art Director
Vice Chairperson, IAXS
Betsy Book is a Web Production Assistant for iVillage, a Silicon Alley start-up. Her hobbies include reading, watching television, and organizing large XenaFests for her fellow crazed Xenites. She currently lives in Brooklyn and would rather not leave the city unless: 1) it is to visit Kym , 2) a Con is scheduled outside the NYC area or 3) she is GABducted by a group of Canadians.
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)

Tricia and Joxer Tricia
IAXS Web Page Editor
Member of the Board, 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.)

Cynthia and Perdicus 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: Xena: "I've got nothing but bad news for you" DESTINY (#36).

Tom and Joxer Tom Simpson (
WHOOSH! Art Director and Whipping Boy
Member of the Board, IAXS
Tom Simpson is the sort of guy your mothers warned you about: shy, smart, and prone to use Adobe Photoshop to pretend that he has an interesting life. Tom is rumored to be an intern with MTV productions, and to live somewhere in Brooklyn, New York. Supposedly he's a web designer, and whenever he's nearby he seems to keep mumbling about his latest update to his Xena page. Please do not feed the Tom, and keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times.
Favorite XWP episode: Just about any of 'em. Favorite XWP line: Gabrielle's hem line. Watch it go up, watch it go down. The fun never ends!

Rita and Perdicus Rita Schnepp (
Encyclopedia Xenaica Administrator
Member of the Board, IAXS
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 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)

Debbie and Joxer Debbie Cassetta (
Yet Another Keeper of the Sacred FAQ
Member of the Board, IAXS
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; TIES THAT BIND, #20; HERE SHE IS...MISS AMPHIPOLIS, #35)

Hep and Perdicus Karen Maeda Allman (
Assistant Editor
Member of the Board, IAXS
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: Xena: "I'm a problem solver!" THE BLACK WOLF (#11)

Diane and Joxer Diane Silver (
Assistant Editor
Member of the Board, IAXS
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).

Bret and Perdicus Bret Rudnick (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.ed u)
Production Assistant and Minister of Good Clean Fun
Member of the Board, IAXS
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 episodes: HOOVES AND HARLOTS (#10) and WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30)
Favorite XWP line: Xena: 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)


Virginia Carper (carperv@FRB.GOV)
"The Xena Tapestry: The Woof and Weave of Myth and History"
IAXS Project #227
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: DESTINY (#36). It brought back memories of high school Latin, Caesar's GALLIC WARS, and Miss MaCarn, the purple haired teacher who knew Caesar when he was a pup.
Favorite line: Julius Caesar to Xena: "Gaul is divided in three parts. Each with its own dialect..." DESTINY (#36)

Beth and Perdicus Mary Beth Cavert (
"The Perdica Collection"
Special to WHOOSH!
Mary Beth Cavert lives with her family in Minnesota, USA where she has been a teacher for 25 years. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration (which she ignores) and coordinates Staff (as in Professional) Development in her school and thinks it would really really benefit her colleagues if Renee O'Connor would work with her as a consultant on STAFF development.
Aside from XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, Beth's other passion is the work and life of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery. With the aid of Xena re-run season and strong coffee, she hopes to finish a biographical project on Montgomery this year titled "To the Friends of Anne." In her spare time, Beth can be found at the corner table, by the window, at the Salon de The in Gabardeen.
Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (#24)
Favorite line: "I know." THE QUEST (#37)

Christi and Joxer Christi Clogston (
"Chainmail and its Uses on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS"
IAXS Project #076
Christi Clogston is a protein biochemist currently exploring the possibilities of being something else. As a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, she once had an overwhelming obsession with the construction of chainmail. She now seems to have an overwhelming obsession with all things Xena. Having an on-going 20+year interest in the study of Arthurian and Grail-related literature as well as medieval history, mythology, science fiction, and fantasy means she is always looking for new and creative ways to store books in her house. Her life has become rather interesting (also much noisier, the house messier, and the grocery bills much larger) since she became legal guardian to two teen-aged nieces last August. With the entire household amazed at her ability to talk about XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS for hours (even days!) at a time without tiring, the Southern CA XenaGabs are a welcome outlet. Her partner of ten years and her, both being native to Southern California, will not willingly live anywhere else.
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)

Mary Draganis (
"Dark Warrior Pasts - Kira and Xena"
IAXS Project #149
My name is Mary Draganis [aka MaryD or Skippy] I've been involved in various forms of fandom (originally DS9 fandom) for quite a few years. I'm 32 years old. I work as a Network Administrator/Web Master and I love working with computers and creating web pages for work and for my obsessions! I also write fan fiction although it is currently stalled with DS9 and not Xena but hopefully that will change soon. My other interests are: Creating montages, reading, writing, collecting magnets, cricket (the game) web design, computers, archeology, email. My music tastes range from country to rock but not heavy metal. I'm involved in the Official Nana Visitor Fan Club as well as being the Australian co-ordinator for the International Xena Fan Association. That's me in a nutshell.
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39) and INTIMATE STRANGER (#31)
Favorite line: Callisto to Xena: "Same old torture, every day every day." INTIMATE STRANGER (#31)

Maria and Perdicus Maria Erb (
"Why Gab Is So Fab"
Exclusive to WHOOSH!
Maria B. Erb is a freelance writer living in New Hampshire (that's right, the state that voted for Pat Buchanan). When she's not wondering what editors are doing with her copy, she is busy working on *Seedtime and Harvest*, a bimonthly newsletter about organic gardening, and writing stuff she hopes will appear in the *Christian Science Monitor* some time.
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39) and anything with Callisto in it.
Favorite line: Xena to a bunch of thugs who've captured Gabrielle and now think Xena is some sort of goddess: "I got nuthin' but *bad* news for you." DESTINY (#36)

Tricia Murphy (
"XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and the Mortality Rate of Significant Others"
IAXS Project #145
See bio under WHOOSH! Staff

Lord Nelson and Joxer Clayton J. Powers (
"The Battle of Corinth, Part 6 of 6"
IAXS Project #08
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 episode: DESTINY (#36), THE QUEST (#37), and A NECESSARY EVIL (#38).

Bret Rudnick (
"New York City Xenafest, Reminiscence"
Special to WHOOSH
"Xena: A Demigod?"
IAXS Project #053
See Bio under WHOOSH! Staff

Pam Williamson (
"Xenable Quotes"
Special to WHOOSH!
Born and raised in the midwest, now live in the southwest. (Must be something about the "west".) Vocation: freelance medical transcriber, copy editor - self-employed (which I *highly* recommend) Avocation: acting; Guilty pleasure: X:WP.
Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? (#24) and A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
Favorite line: Couldn't possibly narrow it down to just one--or even two or five or twenty--I have *way* too many favorites.

Grace and Joxer Grace Yoshimoto (
"Southern California Xena Gathering Debuts with Great Success"
Special to WHOOSH!
Grace Yoshimoto, aka Sojourner, is a Japanese American born and bred in East LA. She loves working as a high school counselor in Monrovia, CA. She notes that pictures of Xena and Star Trek that cover her office board have done wonders in breaking down the communication barriers with her students. The students seem more at ease to talk and open up very quickly when they see the tv heroes. (Smart kids!!) Grace has master's degrees in both Special Education and Counseling. She loves jazz, yoga, theatre, foreign films, biking, Benedictine spirituality, and of course everything Xena.
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39) and RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29)
Favorite line: Xena: "No, no...lovin' every moment of it" ALTARED STATES (#19); Callisto: "My little Hercules." A NECESSARY EVIL (#38)


Officers of the Board (All Hail the Board)
Chairperson: Kym Taborn (
General busy body & insomniac.

Vice Chairperson: Betsy Book (
Whoosh Web Page Administrator

Members of the Board (All Hail the Board)

Cynthia Ward Cooper (
Supreme Keeper of the Sacred FAQ

Tom Simpson (
Graphics Consultant and Designer and Official Chakram Catcher

Rita Schnepp (
Encyclopedia Xenaica Administrator

Debbie Cassetta (
Yet Another Keeper of the Sacred FAQ

Karen Maeda Allman (
Assistant Editor

Diane Silver (
Assistant Editor

Bret Rudnick (
Minister of Good Clean Fun

Patti Casciano (
Xena Corps Commander

Tricia Murphy (
IAXS Webpage Princess

Clayton J. Powers (
Military/Political Affairs Advisor

DISCLAIMER: This issue did not require Thomas Simpson to do any fast-forwarding whatsoever. However, the New York XenaFest cannot make that claim.

A special thanks to Tom Simpson (again) 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!)


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.
© 1996, 1997, 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 #7 - April 1, 1997

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