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HERCULES / XENA CONVENTION:
BURBANK AIRPORT HILTON
JANUARY 17-18, 1998

A WHOOSH! Report
Photographs by Debbie Cassetta and Amy J. Putnam
Copyright 1997 held by authors



The Cub-Reporters are:

  • Bret Rudnick (BR)
  • Autumn Robertson (AR)
  • Cathy Hoffman (CH)
  • Danielle Walther (DW)
  • Debbie Cassetta Mistopholees (DC)
  • Donna Kaye Demeter (DK)
  • Dyann Esparza Geekgrrl (DE)
  • Gloria Noble SeaSting (GN)
  • Michael Evans-Layng (ME)
  • Vicky Gonzalez Bandit (VG)



Editor's Note: What follows is pictures and observations from a corps of WHOOSH! Cub Reporters who donated their time and money in order that the events and activities of the HERCULES/XENA Burbank Convention of January 17-18, 1998 would be saved for posterity.


THE CONVENTION: Overview

REVIEW OF MUSIC VIDEOS



SATURDAY JANUARY 17, 1998


1:00: DOORS OPEN
1:20: Music video salute to XENA & GABRIELLE
1:25: HERCULES & XENA: THE BATTLE FOR MOUNT OLYMPUS
1:35: BRAD CARPENTER
2:30: TOPPS XENA MAGAZINE Editor GARY GERANI
2:45: MICHAEL LEVINE Director Hercules/Xena
3:05: ROBERT TREBOR Salmoneus
3:30: ROB WEISBROT: on the writing of THE OFFICIAL GUIDE to HERCULES
3:45: HERC & XENA: "Saturday Night's for Fighting!" Music video!
3:50: The HERCULES & XENA "TRIVIA" COMPETITION
4:25: RU EMERSON
4:45: Creation's music video salute to GABRIELLE
4:50: THE HERCULES & XENA CHARITY AUCTION
5:05: ROBERTO ORCI and ALEX KURTZMAN: Writers for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
5:25: Creation's music video salute to HERCULES
5:30: ROB TAPERT Executive Producer
6:00: DANIELLE CORMACK Ephiny
6:40: HUDSON LEICK Callisto
7:20: Autographs with Robert, Danielle and Hudson
9:00PM: SPECIAL SCREENING OF XENA EPISODE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 1998


1:00: DOORS OPEN
1:25: Music Video Salute to GABRIELLE
1:30: BRAD CARPENTER: more news & gossip
1:55: Music video salute to SALMONEUS
2:00: LIZ FRIEDMAN Producer Hercules/Xena and R.J. STEWART Executive Producer Xena
2:25: A WORLD FIT FOR KIDS PSA
2:30: ROB WEISBROT: Author of THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS
2:45: BERNADETTE JOYCE Coordinating Producer Hercules/Xena
3:25: JOHN KRETCHMER Director Hercules/Xena
3:40: ROBERT FIELD Xena Editor with bloopers
4:20: Creation's music video salute to ARES
4:25: KEVIN SMITH Ares
5:05: Music Video Salute to XENA
5:10: LUCY LAWLESS
6:30: COSTUME COMPETITION
7:15: Creation's Picks for TOP TEN VILLIANS of HERCULES/XENA


VIEWS FROM THE FANS:

The Main Event

Conversations in Burbank

Is the Honeymoon Over?

Have You Experienced the Hudson Haze? The Merchandise




Biographies of Contributors

Autumn Robertson Autumn Robertson
Autumn Robertson was born in Anaheim and raised in Southern California all her life. (A whopping 15 years!) She has all but three XENA's taped and has seen all but two. It might be worthwhile to note that she have had an obsessive personality all her life, the first TV show she was obsessed with was SeaQuest, and when that was canceled, she needed somewhere to turn... Oh, and she has a pet rat named Hudson (plus two blood-sucking hamsters named Buffy and Xander.)
Favorite episode: CALLISTO (22), RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29) and INTIMATE STRANGER (#31)
Favorite line: Anything with Hudson. "Don't use. Thank you, thank you very much!" Gabrielle; HOOVES AND HARLOTS (#10). "So you're saying that today is yesterday for you, but today is today for us because we can't remember yesterday was today, right?" Gabrielle; BEEN THERE, DONE THAT (#48)
First episode seen: Bits and pieces of the HERC trilogy (#H09, #H12, #H13). First HERCULES: THE LOST CITY (#53)
Least favorite episode: It would be blasphemy for me to have a least favorite episode.

Bret Rudnick Bret Rudnick
Whoosh! Token Guy Who Lifts the Heavy Stuff
IAXS Executive Committee
"You can never have too much money or too many Amazons"
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 news reader 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 episode: HOOVES AND HARLOTS (#10), WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30), and THE QUEST (#37)
Favorite line: Xena: "What's this?" 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); Joxer: "Ha. Ha." A COMEDY OF EROS (#46); 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)

Cathy Hoffman Cathy Hoffman
I am a female single 40ish Medical Laboratory Technologist residing in Jacksonville, Florida. I love travel, humor, music, movies and all things XENA.
Favorite episode: THE BITTER SUITE (#58)
Favorite line: "I have many skills" This line has been said in many episodes!
First episode seen: The first ep I remember seeing: THE RECKONING (#06)
Least favorite episode: Take your pick! FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40) or KING OF ASSASSINS (#54)

Danielle Walther Danielle Walther
Danielle is an avid fan of most science-fiction/fantasy-type shows. She is a voracious reader and has found her perfect work - working in a book store. In her spare time (what's that? LOL) she works with the Kevin Smith fan club or can be found online at her Kevin Smith page. She is working on her first fanfiction with several fellow HerKuleans and recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Favorite episode: TIES THAT BIND (20/120), THE FURIES (47/301)
Favorite line: Ares to Xena: "Now tell me, are you really having more fun these days?" THE RECKONING (06/106); Ares: "I've been hanged, swung over a fire, and nearly shishkabobed on razor-sharp spikes. Yeah. How do you mortals get from day to day, ya know?" TEN LITTLE WARLORDS (32/208); Gabrielle: "Does an Amazon Queen beat a Warrior Princess?" Xena: "Do you really want to find out?" A NECESSARY EVIL (38/214)
First episode seen: TIES THAT BIND (20/120)
Least favorite episode: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (28/204)

Debbie Debbie Cassetta
Yet Another Keeper of the Sacred FAQ
Assistant Manager, 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: "I have many skills." THE BLACK WOLF (#11); TIES THAT BIND (#20); HERE SHE COMES...MISS AMPHIPOLIS (#35)
First episode seen: ALTARED STATES (#19)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

DonnaDonna Kaye (dkaye@unixg.ubc.ca)
Donna Kaye is a 41 year old assistant text buyer at UBC Bookstore in Vancouver, Canada. When not working, she is either in front of the telly watching endless sitcoms (ELLEN and 3RD ROCK top the list) or in front of her new toy, her very own computer at home, slogging through her mail. She collects TV-related memorabilia and is the proud owner of MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. trading cards, comics, etc. Of course, her XENA collection is growing daily.
Favorite episode: THE BITTER SUITE (#58)
Favorite line: Too difficult to determine, especially not having yet watched ONE AGAINST AN ARMY (#59)
First XWP episode: THE QUEST (#37)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)


Dyann Esparza Dyann Esparza


A woman of mystery.





Gloria NobleGloria Noble (Gnoble1237@aol.com)
My name is Gloria Noble and I'm a Navy veteran living in Los Angeles. I'm from Monterey, California and, after moving to Los Angeles, I used my G.I. Bill benefits to attend Pasadena City College and UCLA with a major in psychology. However, I have never worked in that field. I worked for fourteen years as a legal word processor for some of the major law firms in Los Angeles. I currently have my own word processing service. I enjoy reading, photography, travel, nature, animals, spending time with my friends, and everything XENA.
Favorite episode: THE BITTER SUITE (#58)
Favorite line: Sung by Xena in THE BITTER SUITE (#58) "The love of your love is you."
First XWP episode: MORTAL BELOVED (#16)
Least favorite episode: KING OF ASSASSINS (#54)

Michael Evans-Layng (mevanslayng@ucsd.edu)
Native Californian, born 10-6-53 (calculate the total yourself!). Early space program fanatic; youngest credentialed reporter at the launch of Apollo 11. BA in Cultural Anthropology (UC San Diego). MA in European History (UC San Diego). PhD in Social Psychology of Higher Education (UCLA). Married 22 years and still madly in love. Two kids (Boy 8, Girl 5), both firecrackers. Never joined a fan club before joining the Lucy Lawless and Xena clubs. Principal Policy Analyst and Statistician (I call myself an "Information Broker") in the Planning Office of UC San Diego.
Favorite episode: Light - A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39), Dark - THE BITTER SUITE (#58)
Favorite line: Xena: "I have many skills." THE BLACK WOLF (#11), TIES THAT BIND (#20), and HERE SHE COMES...MISS AMPHIPOLIS (#35).
First episode: THE PATH NOT TAKEN (#05)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

Vicky Gonzalez (Bandit) (vickyg@home.com)
I'm a San Diego, California native, yep they really do exist! My roommate introduced my to XENA, which has now become a small obsession of mine. And when I'm not enjoying XENA eps and other XENA-related "stuff," I love sports, music and art. So I fill up the non-XENA time working, I'm a software developer (or nerd as my brother says) or playing softball, tennis, soccer, listening to Sarah McLachlan and Melissa Etheridge, playing PC video games (like Riven & QII) or just spending time with friends and family.
Favorite episode(s): DREAMWORKER (#03), A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39), THE DEBT (#52-#53) and THE BITTER SUITE (#58)
Favorite line: Ahhh My NEW fav line is from ONE AGAINST AN ARMY (#59). Xena to Gabrielle, "You're my source ... don't you know that by now?"
First episode:SINS OF THE PAST (#01)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

AmyAmy J. Putnam (monk@world.std.com)
A native New Englander living in Boston (certified damn yankee), I moved to the "big city" from NH after graduating from Wellesley College. My day job is cust. service/tech support but my real work is photography, primarily music-related. I've been published in some national magazines and local papers, and hope to someday make this my bread and butter. I'm also a music junkie, with over 1300 CDs at home (faves include Indigo Girls and Patty Larkin among many). I watch LOTS of TV (*grin*) and I'm a weekend warrior softball player (*smile*).
Favorite episode(s): A DAY IN THE LIFE, THE DEBT I & II, ALTARED STATES
Favorite line: Gabrielle in HOOVES AND HARLOTS: "I'm sorry, you must have mistaken me for a pet; from A DAY IN THE LIFE: Gabrielle: "You do have weapons, don't you? Xena: "I like to be creative in a fight, gets my juices going." Gabrielle: "Can we cook with your juices?"
First episode: I *think* it was THE TITANS
Least favorite episode: I'm ambivalent towards a few, but don't really have a *least* favorite.




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