Whoosh! Issue Eight - May 1997



Kym Masera Taborn (ktaborn@lightspeed.net)
WHOOSH! Editor-in-Chief
Chairperson, IAXS
BA History 1980. MA Music 1984. JD Law 1991. When not busy with various Xena activities, Kym practices law for the federal government in the Central Valley of California. Kym was the founder and first Chairperson of the Board for IAXS. Kym is 38 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 and look forward to hanging out at Carl Junior's this summer.
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 Betsy Book bsquared@interport.net
http://www.users .interport.net/~bsquared/
WHOOSH! Webmaster
Vice Chairperson, IAXS
Betsy Book is a Web and AOL 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 Tricia Murphy (panthera@ix.netcom.com)
President Emeritus, 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 Cynthia Ward Cooper (cyn@netcom.com)
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! Tom Simpson (thomas@xenafan.com)
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 Rita Schnepp (schnepp@pepperdine.edu)
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 (http://pc-rschnepp.pepperdine.edu), 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 Debbie Cassetta (dcassett@duke.poly.edu)
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)

Heparin Karen Maeda Allman (Heparin@eor.com)
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 Diane Silver (dwsriter@idir.net)
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 Bret Rudnick (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.ed u)
WHOOSH! Production Assistant
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)


Ed Ed Baker (Oshram@aol.com)
"Perdicas: His Growth as a Character, and His Influence on the Development of Gabrielle"
IAXS Project #274
Ed Baker is a double major (English/History) from the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1987 and has spent the last ten years trying to find a job other than teaching in which he can use his skills. When he's not watching/talking about/writing fanfic about/ obsessing over Xena, he's either doing pretty much the same with Star Trek, burying his nose in a book (of nearly any type), rooting for the Chicago Bulls, or trying to find the newest hard-to-get action figure. Lately, he's also taken up a fascination with the band Dead Can Dance (great stuff to listen to while working on Xena articles and fanfic!) and wants to take this opportunity to again thank everyone who planned the NYC Xenafest for doing the best job that could have been done.
Favorite episode: FISTFUL OF DINARS (#14)
Favorite line: Xena, to Joxer, about Meg: "She'll be the victim of a lot more circumstances when I get my hands on her." WARRIOR...PRINCESS...TRAMP (#30)

Ephany Ephany (ephany1@aol.com)
"I'm Guilty! Confessions of the Woman Who Threw Lucy Lawless out of the Infamous Chat"
Special to WHOOSH!
I have been a hardcore nutball since September 1996 and cannot imagine how I survived outside the Xenaverse for so long! I am 20 something, like to read (fanfic!), bicycle, train dogs and yes, I really have bungee jumped. Being a queen seems to have earned me a lot more respect in the Xenaverse!
Favorite episode: A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)
Favorite line: Xena: "I like to get creative in a fight, it get's my juices going!" Gabrielle: "Can we cook with your juices?" A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39)

Maria Maria Erb (maria@erb.mv.com)
"Xena Is the Mother of Invention"
Special 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)

Ryan Ryan (PenandSwrd@aol.com)
"The Unanswered Question: AOL Live Chat with Renee O'Connor, April 23, 1997"
Special to WHOOSH!
There is a rumour that Ryan (PenandSwrd) is the evil twin of Bret Rudnick. The two have never been seen together. There are also rumours that one of them is in fact merely a secret identity for the other, but no one knows which is which.
Favorite episode: Any of the Amazon ones
Favorite line: In complete agreement with Autolycus when he says, regarding the Amazon village, "I may just retire and settle here." THE QUEST (#37)

Bret Rudnick (brudnick@ivanova.harva rd.edu)
"What the Heck Is a Chakram, Anyway?"
IAXS Research Project 144
Mr. Rudnick is a staff member of WHOOSH! For his biography, please refer to the staff section above.

Anita Louise Anita Louise Silva (LoisAnne@concentric.net )
"Trial and Triumph of a Fan Club"
IAXS Project #235
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 episode: ALTARED STATES (#19)
Favorite line: 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 (richan@aol.com)
"Puritanism, Transcendentalism, and Capitalism in XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS"
IAXS Project #258
I am turning out to be a deconstructionist, one who searches for the similarities between several works of literature, film, or television. I caught this bug the first time I realized that the movie ALIEN was based on the movie THE THING. Now I am taking XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS apart to see how it works. I have found that it is fun and easy to do -- the XENA production staff have borrowed so heavily from other sources that watching an episode is like playing Trivial Pursuit. This has given me a great appreciation for the XENA staff for two reasons: (1) They must have sifted through mountains of source material, and (2) when they write an episode they intertwine enough allusions together that careful thinking is required to deduce them all.
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."


No puritans, transcendentalists, or capitalists were asked any questions about the alledged lesbian content in XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS in the production of this magazine.


Officers of the Board (All Hail the Board)
Chairperson: Kym Taborn (ktaborn@lightspeed.net)
Vice Chairperson: Betsy Book (bsquared@interport.net)

Members of the Board (All Hail the Board)

Cynthia Ward Cooper (cyn@netcom.com)
Supreme Keeper of the Sacred FAQ

Tom Simpson (thomas@xenafan.com)
Graphics Consultant and Designer and Official Chakram Catcher

Rita Schnepp (schnepp@pepperdine.edu)
Encyclopedia Xenaica Administrator

Debbie Cassetta (dcassett@duke.poly.edu)
Yet Another Keeper of the Sacred FAQ

Karen Maeda Allman (heparin@eor.com)
Assistant Editor

Diane Silver (DSWriter@idir.net)
Assistant Editor

Bret Rudnick (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.ed u)
Minister of Good Clean Fun

Tricia Murphy (panthera@ix.netcom.com)
President Emeritus

Clayton J. Powers (lrdnlson@capital.net)
Military/Political Affairs Advisor

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 have access to an internet e-mail address and 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 the self-sacrificial WHOOSH! staff. 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.

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 xenafan.com 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.

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