Welcome to the fourth 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. Juris Doctorate 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 Book, the WHOOSH! Web Page Administrator, is a freelance Web designer living in NYC. Her hobbies include reading, watching television, and letting poor young MTV interns sleep on her futon while they look for a place to live in NYC. 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, IAXS Board Member, Official Chakram Catcher
Tom Simpson is a 23 year old film student currently between schools (graduation, schmaduation being his motto), masquerading as a graphic designer, photographer and web publisher. Currently Tom lives on Betsy's futon, and hopes to be a real boy someday. No, wait, that's Pinnochio. Tom is an intern with MTV productions and someday might find an apartment and a job in New York, however that would entail leaving Betsy's wonderful futon, and Tom's not sure if he's ready to take that step yet. It's a nice futon, you see.
Someday Tom will get back to updating his page Tom's Xena Page. Favorite XWP episode: That one where Xena kicks hinder and Gabby eats a lot. Favorite XWP line: Gabrielle: "Hey Meg, learn to read so I can write to you." (Warrior... Princess... Tramp)

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)


Ann M. Ciola (
"Black Athena: Cultural Influences in the Xenaverse"
IAXS Project #118
Ann Ciola is the oldest and most hardcore Xena fan at Binghamton University (SUNY). She is a Ph.D candidate in African Art.
Favorite episodes: DREAMWORKER (#03), THE RECKONING (#06), THE PRODIGAL (#18), ORPHAN OF WAR (#25), and REMEMBER NOTHING (#26).
Favorite line: Soldier about to be eaten by creature living in a temple: "Why are you throwing me in the temple?" Darfus: "Because I want you to get religion." UNCHAINED HEART (HTLJ, #13)

Cat Italiano (
"Ares: Mind, Body, and Soul. An Analysis of the God of War in TEN LITTLE WARLORDS"
IAXS Project #109
Cat Italiano lives just south of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Germany for three years, and while there travelled all over France, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Although Cat only began watching XWP at the beginning of the second season, she now watches it every week with her cat (he likes Gabrielle).
Favorite episode: INTIMATE STRANGER (#31)
Favorite line: Xena: "Great stocking stuffers!" A SOLSTICE CAROL (#33)

Kate Maynard (
"The Official Guide to Clan MacGab and The Gabberish Lexicon"
IAXS Project #125
Aliases: Perfessor Puppet, the Handpuppet, that sock-of-a-Gabfan, The Perf, the *hatless* one, Jeezil Pete, Sr. et al.
*Several* decades ago, a mouthy puppet was unceremoniously dropped into the laps of a Mr.& Mrs. Maynard, a very deserving man and woman type couple who live somewhere in Ohio. We cannot tell you precisely where in Ohio this place might be, because it is so often referred to as the middle of nowhere.
Mr, & Mrs. Maynard raised their puppet to be a good citizen, which of course meant that at soon as she was old enough, she hopped a train to art school where she aspired to become a thorn in the side of society. But after eight years of these shenanigans, the puppet became bored and decided to do something totally different. So this time she hopped in her pickup truck and drove to Virginny and became a machinist in the shipyards. It sure was different. She did that for ten years, and came away secure in the knowledge that she will never, ever take a vacation on a cruise ship.
Now she lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with: Carmen, a writer and stereotypical intellectual-type; her three Scottie dogs, Fergus, Annie and Millie, and three cats who don't deserve names. The puppet does what she d**n well pleases these days, including freelance art thingies and writing thingies, like covering the local loonies for small-town newspapers.
That's about all anyone needs to know. Oh, and you can always find me hangin' out on Xenaverse.
Favorite episodes: THE GREATER GOOD (#21)
Favorite Line: Callisto: "Same old torture, every day, every day." INTIMATE STRANGER (#31)

Judith K. Parker ( "It's a Wonderful Life, Xena: A Critical Comparison Between XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS' REMEMBER NOTHING and Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
IAXS Project #090
B.S., The Ohio State University; M.Ed., Wright State University. Judith lives in rural central Ohio. She has worked as a university instructor and public school teacher. She currently teaches a seventh-grade inclusion class for students with learning and behavior problems. She says, "I love thirteen-year-olds. SOMEBODY has to!" She is a poet and regular contributor to literary journals. Her recent chapbook, WAITING FOR SPRING, was published by Counterculture Press of Montgomery, Alabama.
Favorite episode: REMEMBER NOTHING (#26) and WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30)
Favorite line: Xena, to her son, Solan: "I can sing for you." (ORPHAN OF WAR, #25); Meg, in front of the mirror: "That's Xena with a capital Z!" (WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP, #30).

Clayton J. Powers (
"The Battle of Corinth" Part 4
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 (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.ed u)
"Callisto: Arch-villain Extraordinaire"
IAXS Project #077
"XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS -- The CD: a Review (of Sorts)
Special to WHOOSH!
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)

Anita Louise Silva (
"The Kiss: Xena and Gabrielle"
IAXS Project #119
Anita Louise Silva studied at the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts, having performed on the main stage in many productions. She attended the University of Wisconsin where she studied Community Action Leadership. After graduation Silva returned to the community and began to implement Social Programs. She studied at the Arizona State University/School of Nursing and has worked in Public Health many years. She took a Police Sciences Course through NAC and received her General Law Enforcement Diploma. She took this course for the purpose of assisting with her manuscript which is currently under re-write.
She was President of the Official Fan Club for the television series, CHINA BEACH. Currently she is the President of the International Fan Club for XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, and is writing a continuing story in the newsletter for the International Fan Club for XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.
Favorite XWP episode: ALTARED STATES (#19)
Favorite XWP lines: Xena: "Have I made myself clear?" Gabrielle: "No, you're still a little fuzzy around the edges." ALTARED STATES (#19)
Xena and Gabrielle climbing out of well: Gabrielle: "Did I hurt you?" Xena: "No, no, loving every moment of it." ALTARED STATES (#19).

Gregory R. Swenson (
"Alexander the Great: Blueprint for Xena"
IAXS Project #060
Musical instruments: Guitar, harmonica; Military service: Coast Guard; Rating: Machinery Technician; Modern Weapons: M16, shotgun, 45; Golden age weapons: bow and arrow; Current profession: English Teacher; Sports: Scubadiving, backpacking, bicycling, sailing. Noteworthy Travel: Hiked Grand Canyon with Scout Troop. 1968; Explorer Presidents' Congress Washington, D.C. 1971; AFS scholarship to France summer. 1974; Study tour to Hawaii. Hike into Haleakala volcano on Maui. 1975; Trip to Hawaii to visit friend in Navy. Night scubadive to spear parrot fish. 1976; Coast Guard Machinery Technician training at Coast Guard Reserve Training Center Yorktown, Virginia. 1978; Rafted Klamath River as group leader for Campfire Counsel campers. 1984; Rafted American River as gopher for a documentary video for Swenson Communications (my brother's company.) 1990; Camped Yosemite as Assistant Scout Leader 1993; Hawaiian cruise ship vacation. Bicycled down Haleakala volcanoe with my brother. 1994.
Favorite episode: REMEMBER NOTHING(#26). Xena emerges from her vision with a strong feeling of who she is and what she must do.
Favorite line: Xena to Diana in WARRIOR...PRINCESS: "Well, you're going to have to convince people you're me and I like dark."

Debbie White (
"Xena's Family: Who Are They?"
IAXS Project #051
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

Tom Simpson (
Graphics Consultant and Designer and Official Chakram Catcher

Members without Portfolio:

Karen Maeda Allman (
Gerilyn Bosse (
Patti Casciano (
Diane Silver (

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!)

DISCLAIMER: No member of the board will be personally responsible for any action done by said board members at the January 12th 1997 Xena Convention in Burbank, California.


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 #4 - January 1, 1997

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