Whoosh! Issue 13 -
October 1997


This Month's Whoosh! Contributors:
Issue 13, October 1997

Virginia Carper Virginia Carper
"An Exploration of the Descendants of Xena, et Alia"
IAXS Project #273
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 (#H09)
Least favorite episode: A NECESSARY EVIL (#38)

Kathleen Kathleen M. Cummings
"An Interview with Charles Siebert"
IAXS Project #139
I came to Xena roundabout, as a fan of Charles Siebert. I dropped in to see his work, found I liked the show, and decided to stay. I've spent the last 38 years coordinating my interests: Sherlockian and Victorian (costuming and lecturing) and history and theater (serving on the board of trustees of and a tour guide at the U.S. Grant Cottage, writing and performing historical re-enactments). Someday I hope to bring my mid-eastern dancing skills to a Xena con!
Favorite episode: TEN LITTLE WARLORDS (#32)
Favorite line: Xena to Draco: "I have MANY skills" COMEDY OF EROS (#46) (it's the way she says it!)
First episode seen: DEATH IN CHAINS (#09)
Least favorite episode: HERE SHE COMES...MISS AMPHIPOLIS (#35)

Nusi P. Dekker Nusi P. Dekker
"A Trip to Greece: Ruminations on Xena: Warrior Princess"
IAXS Project #103
Native Californian, born 1951 (old for a Xenite, but my 81-year-old father is an ardent fan!) I live in the Bay Area and work at UCSF Medical Center, where I manage an oral pathology research lab. I run experiments on human biopsy tissue (mostly cancers) and am primary or co-author of over 30 research papers. I was an art major before I switched to cell biology, but I still love ancient art and mythology. I have never in my life done any fan thing until Xena!
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39) and THE PRICE (#44)
Favorite line: "You are a part of my heart" ULYSSES (#43)
First episode seen: DREAMWORKER (#04)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

Douglas Eby Douglas Eby
"Women and Violence on Screen"
IAXS Project #286
www.Rocamora.org/WomenTa lent.html
Douglas Eby writes about creative growth and talent development, especially related to gifted women. He has interviewed a number of talented women in entertainment and other fields, and hosts the Gifted Women Forum on America Online (keyword: online psych). His personal Women & Talent site is connected with the Rocamora School, which provides awareness training resources to enhance creativity and self-actualization.

Marnie Echols Marnie Echols
"The Dark Side of the Force: Xena and Darth Vader"
IAXS Project #281
Two years ago I was a German Literature major at the University of California. After my first year, I decided that I didn't want to be an academic all my life, although I was good at it. So now I am studying graphic design, in hopes that next year I will earn an internship at ILM, George Lucas' post-production effects company. I've been all over the board in terms of interests, from Goethe to Monty Python. I do a lot of reading, from heavy stuff to the excellent Star Wars novels (which I highly recommend); and the only things I turn the TV on for are Xena and Dr. Katz. Both of the subjects of my first Whoosh article grace my computer desk with their presences, as action figures.
Favorite episode: DESTINY (#36), THE PRICE (#44), SINS OF THE PAST (#01)
Favorite line: Xena to Hower: "And you've got a snowball's chance in Tartarus with me, you got that?" A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
First episode seen: THE RECKONING (#06)
Least favorite episode: DEATH IN CHAINS (#09)

Jim Gordon Jim Gordon
"The First Xena Novel: The Empty Throne by Ru Emerson"
IAXS Project #355
43. Married 10 years, wife Cathy, hypnotherapist, son Max, age 6. Location: San Francisco Bay Area. Work: self employed recycler. Car: 68 Bug, 88 Taurus wagon. Music: Blues, ambient, Grateful Dead. Computer: Macs (2), naturally. Other TV shows: X-Files, King of the Hill, any war movie. Hobbies: WWII military history, building scale models, tweaking the Macs, glue of all kinds, wilderness camping. Philosophy: Existentialism vs. the Golden Rule
Favorite episode: RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29)
Favorite line: Meg as Xena to Joxer: "I need your sword in my service RIGHT NOW!" WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30)
First episode seen: THE WARRIOR PRINCESS (#H09)
Least favorite episode: A SOLSTICE CAROL (#33)

Richard LaFleur Richard LaFleur
"Xena: Warrior Princess Quest Update"
IAXS Project #328
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 level through 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 out of 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)

Rhonda Nelson Rhonda Nelson
"The Female Hero, Duality of Gender, and Postmodern Feminism in Xena: Warrior Princess"
IAXS Project #173
I am a graduate student in Information Design and Technology and manage to find time to watch Xena every week and attend Xena nights in bicoastal bars, when I can. My Xena doll has a role in a collaborative graduate video project.
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
Favorite line: Xena says to Gabrielle with stars of great love in her eyes, "You don't know how much I love...(trailing off)...that" THE PRICE (#44)
First episode seen: CALLISTO (#22)
Least favorite episode: TEN LITTLE WARLORDS (#32)

Margo Nussbaum Margo Nussbaum
"Confessions of a Xena Freak" (e-mail edition only)
IAXS Project #218
Age: 27. Gender: Female. Residence: Midwest. Occupation: Manager of comic book store full-time/Rec. Coord at group home part-time. Hobbies/Interests: XWP, of course, traveling, playing guitar, computers.
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
kearn Favorite line: Miss Artyfice: "Honey, I'm no princess, I'm a queen!" HERE SHE COMES...MISS AMPHIPOLIS (#35)
First episode seen: THE GREATER GOOD (#21)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

Pangan Kathleen Pangan
"With Xena as a Role Model, Nothing Is Impossible" (e-mail edition only)
Special to Whoosh!
Examining the XWP episodes, watching reruns of Star Trek: TNG, and dreaming of getting a guy that has cute hair like Lucas on Seaquest Dsv are the usual events in my day along with waking up with the perfect hair-no tangles. (You can see I'm really into this hair thing). I still think that seeing Ted Raimi switch from being this quiet follower in Seaquest Dsv to 'Joxer the Mighty' is pretty funny. Xena and Gabrielle are fun to watch, and the way the whole fight scenes are choreographed is amazing.
Favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)
Favorite line: Meg: "With my trusty...shamrock!" WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30)
First episode seen: SINS OF THE PAST (#01)
Least favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)

Bret Bret Ryan Rudnick
"An Interview with Chris Ryan"
"An Interview with Bernadette Joyce"
Exclusives to Whoosh!
Mr. Rudnick is a staff member of Whoosh! For his biography, please refer to the staff section above.

Alfredo Alfredo Sanchez
"Confessions of a Non-Believer"
A Whoosh! Fan Opinion

Diane Diane Silver
"A History of the Online Xena Community. Part 1: September 1995 to June 1996"
A Whoosh! Archive Project
Ms. Silver is a staff member of Whoosh! For her biography, please refer to the staff section above.

Debbie White Debbie 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 episode: REMEMBER NOTHING (#26)
Favorite 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)

Whoosh! Staff:

Kym Kym Masera Taborn
Whoosh! Editor-in-Chief
http://userzweb.lights peed.net/~kym
BA History 1980. MA Music 1984. JD Law 1991. Kym practices law in the Central Valley of California. Kym was the founder of IAXS and currently is the President for Life. 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.
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
http://www.users .interport.net/~bsquared/
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 enjoying the upcoming Xena fandom social season here in New York.
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 (#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 (#30)
First episode seen: CHARIOTS OF WAR (#02)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

Bret Bret 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: 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)

Cynthia Cynthia 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: THE ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (#17)
Favorite XWP episode overall: THE GREATER GOOD (#21) and REMEMBER NOTHING (#26)
Favorite XWP line: 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)

Rita Rita Schnepp
Encyclopedia Xenaica Administrator
http://pc-rschnepp.peppe rdine.edu
Rita Schnepp, also known online 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

Tricia K. Heintz Tricia K. Heintz
Webmaster, IAXS Site
Tricia Heintz 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 35 and resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, 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: 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.)

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: THE ROYAL COUPLE OF THIEVES (#17)
Favorite XWP line: Meg as Xena: "That's Xena with a capital 'Z'!" WARRIOR... PRINCESS... TRAMP (#30)
First episode: WARRIOR... PRINCESS (#15)
Least favorite episode: THE TITANS (#07)

Debbie Debbie 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: "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)

Chris Chris 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)

Beth Beth Gaynor
Whoosh! HTML Coder
http ://arcane.eng.ohio-state.edu/bgaynor/xenarate.htm
Beth Gaynor lives in Columbus, Ohio (go Buckeyes!), and designs courses for DPEC, a computer-based training company. 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)

Marian Marian Pappaceno
Assistant to the Editor-In-Chief
Marian Pappaceno was born to the glitter city of Las Vegas in 1964. Always the tough gal, she was happy to play the role of the bad guy with the neighborhood kids, usually as a thief or alien-come-to-conquer-earth. An artist at heart, she draws constantly when not at her job in nuclear medicine. As mistress of The Temple Of Joxer, she does not take kindly to Ted-bashing and lusts after anyone who knows all the words to his song.
Favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40) Hey! Someone hadta!
Favorite line: Gabrielle with centaur dropping in hand: "...don't eat....Oh, thank you...thank you VERY much!" HOOVES AND HARLOTS (#10)
First episode seen: FISTFUL OF DINARS (#14)
Least favorite episode: THE TITANS (#07)

Jacquie Propps Jacquie Propps
Personal Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief
Jacquie spends most of her time learning the art of Dorian rhythm gymnastics. Somehow she escaped her childhood in Cucamonga , California. She fled to the Bay Area, and subsequently earned an BA in Broadcast Communication Arts at SF State. (Folks, 6th Floor Merced rocked!) Currently, she shares a three bedroom house on an acre in the Oakland hills with her life- partner, Rebecca, who's starting to get a bit tired of Jacq 's obsession. Real Work (c'mon -- how can anything that's non-XWP-related be real?) happens at a Country format radio station in San Francisco. Yes, she loves the music -- the more twang, the better! In addition to writing radio copy, Jacquie welcomes other creative writing challenges. She still has the Dixie Cup, but Rebecca doesn't let her wear it outside of the house.
Favorite episode: SINS OF THE PAST (#01); THE GREATER GOOD (#21); and INTIMATE STRANGER (#31).
Favorite scene: The Joxer "pinata " and face-smash cam. INTIMATE STRANGER (#31).
Least favorite episode: Xena in Callisto's body: "What have you done with Gabrielle?". Callisto in Xena's body: "Well, she's my little friend now!" INTIMATE STRANGER (#31)

Christine Christine Kearns
Assistant to the Token Guy
I'm originally from NY, but in 1995 I moved to Harrisburg, PA because I have a thing for mountains and fresh air. I'm 28 years old and am currently unemployed. I was an asst. manager of a retail store until a injury to my knee. So right now, I'm spending most of my time working on computers and doing desktop publishing from my home. My career goal is to become a film director or a spy for the CIA. Neither seems likely at the moment.
When I'm not working on my web page or doing something else Xena related (which is not often), I can be found in front of the television cheering on the WNBA, especially the NY Liberty. I'm very involved in politics. I am a huge "Titanic" and history buff. I have a strange fascination with vampires and spies. I am an avid reader, though most of what I have read in the past 8 months is fan fiction. I also love to write, but I haven't yet posted any Xena fan fiction. I have often said that my alter-ego is a warrior, but I have the heart and soul of a bard.
Favorite episode: Any episode which shows Xena's darkside: SINS OF THE PAST (#01), DESTINY (#36), IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? (#24), THE RECKONING (#06), and DREAMWORKER (#03)
Favorite line: It's a tie! Xena: "First thing is that a sword is not a staff" RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29); Xena: "Tell Hades to prepare himself. A new Xena is born tonight. With a new purpose in life...Death!" DESTINY (#36)
First episode seen: CHARIOTS OF WAR (#02)
Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELLS TOLL (#40)

Dyann Dyann Esparza
Mail Bunny, IAXS

Dinah Dinah Malone
Skewing viewer demographics, 53-year-old Dinah was born into an Air Force family in Las Vegas, when it was a one-casino town. She grew up in Texas, primarily San Antonio. Dinah graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in American Literature. And, in a previous incarnation, was a Mormon missionary for two years in Germany. She eventually moved to San Francisco to become a therapist but instead ended up working in the printing industry as a typesetter. After years of working in back rooms with computers, a virtual hermit, almost a misanthrope, she bought a TV, found XENA and is now a much friendlier but obsessive XENA fan, using her missionary skills to convert new Xenites. Favorite XWP episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39) Favorite XWP line: Xena to Gabrielle: "You are a gift to me." A SOLSTICE CAROL (#33) First XWP episode: DESTINY (#36) Least favorite episode: FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (#40)

Adrienne Adrienne Dandy
I'm an underemployed twenty-four year old Canadian. Since finishing my degree (in History no less) I spend much of my time wondering what I'm going to do with my life, wandering the Web in a Xena withdrawal haze in search of fun new Xena content, and being really happy about the nearby new grocery store-sized bookstore.
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
Favorite line: Xena: "Those aren't happy memories for me!" BLIND FAITH (#42)
First episode seen: THE RECKONING (#06)
Least favorite episode: THE EXECUTION (#41)

Diane Diane Silver
Contributing 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)

Hep Karen 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!" THE BLACK WOLF (#11)
First episode seen: CRADLE OF HOPE (#04)
Least favorite episode: THE TITANS (#07)

Jill Jill 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)


During the past year: The Editor-in-chief was not treated for "exhaustion", though she did undergo several hair revisions; No HTML Coders shouted "I miss UNIX!!"; The Assistant Editors didn't stage a coup, although they were bribed a few times; Researchers never faked a fact in broad daylight; The Heavy Lifter didn't wear a truss; The Xenaica Admisistrator was never seen reading MAD Magazine; The WebMaster never left a mark on the Whipping Boy; The Keeper of the FAQ was never caught watching "Plan 9 From Outer Space"; The Gossip Columnist was never seen in a shirt with sleeves; The Art Director never doodled in crayon on the walls; The Proofreader never said, "let's leave it PottyDia and see if they notice"; No one ever proved that the "Joxer Virus" was the fault of the Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief; and the Assistant to the Token Guy never spilled the coffee.

Copyright Notices:

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 #13 - October 1, 1997

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