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The Zocalo Today

Welcome! I am REALLY glad you dropped by. Take your shoes off, get comfortable and stay a while.

The Zocalo Today is an interactive newsletter. If you have suggestions, please send them along. The Zocalo Today is as much YOUR newsletter as it is mine! I'm just pulling together things for you! Join our weekly discussion topic. It is just one way you can interact with other Z readers. Send along letters, sightings of B5 cast and crew in other projects, convention reports, photos, etc. Don't miss our back issues. There is a LOT of information contained there and you'll not want to miss anything.

If you have questions, drop me a line at sgbruckner@aol.com or b5web@aol.com.


December 3, 2001 4:33am


We are still experiencing some problems at the ISN News website. I am moving the current information over to our back-up site, but all links will not be active. Hopefully the problems will be solved shortly and I can get back to regular updating. However, whenever we're experiencing trouble that won't be fixed for a while, I'll drop information over to http://zocalo.multiservers.com.

What's New

The count-down for Christmas has begun. Have you selected a child to help at Penny Lane yet? If not, please do so now. Pat would really like to make this year as special as she did for the children last year -- but she needs your help. See details below.

JMS: JMS talks a bit more about the concept behind the "Legend of the Rangers" movie over at http://www.scifi.com. More below.

TRADING CARDS: Trading cards will NOT be handed out at "Lord of the Rings" premieres showing the trailer for "Legend of the Rangers" trailer. A SCIFI spokesperson corrected that statement yesterday.

Tye Bourdony from The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi, has prepared some new satires for auction -- this time benefitting Penny Lane, the home for children that Pat Tallman supports. See details below.

DIGITAL TRADING CARDS: The first "Legend of the Rangers" trading card -- Captain David Martel -- is available at the SCIFI Ranger site. Cards will be released each Friday through January 4. Be sure to go to www.scifi.com/b5rangers to get your copy of the trading cards. Send them to your friends!

AMAZING SPIDERMAN #36: The extra issues that Ranger Bill sent along from Florida are all gone. I'll try to get more copies, but Marvel has announced that they will reprint this issue, so stay tuned. Dave in Toronto has some copies and has posted a note over in The Trading Post.

JANUARY IS B5 MONTH AT SCIFI: Yes, SCIFI will be running a lot of Babylon 5 during January. On January 19 and 20, they will show "Legend of the Rangers". They will also show all the B5 movies AND Crusade. I'll post a schedule in the TV section below. THANK YOU SCIFI!

I just finished updating the B5 Cast on TV page. Ranger Fredrica sends along wonderful information each week and I've made a few additions, including Bruce McGill and Brad Dourif.

Ribbon BLOOD DRIVES: If you are able, be sure to roll up your sleeves and give blood -- both now and in a couple of weeks. The need for blood will be continual. Right now, the tremendous outpouring of volunteers has filled quotas and storage space! FANTASTIC!!! But those supplies will be utilized and a new supply will be needed soon. Check out donation drives near you. I'm signed up already.

The e-mail version of The Zocalo Today goes out on Saturdays. If you would like to be included on the mailing list, just send a blank note to thezocalo-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. If that doesn't work for you, drop me a note at sgbruckner@aol.com. I can add you manually.


December 3:
PRETENDER: Michael T. Weiss, who has played over 90 different characters during the run of The Pretender series, talked with SciFi Wire about doing the latest movie for TNT, how he was selected for the part and what he's doing now. Read more about Michael and his latest Pretender movie (which premieres on December 10) at http://www.scifi.com/sfw/advance/03_interview.html.

RAY BRADBURY: Though he is 81, Ray Bradbury feels he still has a few good books left in him. In fact, he talked to SciFiWire about his recent release, From the Dust Returned: A Family Remembrance. It came out on Halloween and will be followed in the spring by a new collection of short stories, One More for the Road.

December 1/2:
HARRY POTTER: The movie has only been out for a short time, but ABC has forged ahead and won the rights to air the movie. There is no specific date as yet, but Reuters reported that this is THE most expensive deal in TV history. The deal gives ABC all non-pay television rights to the first Potter movie and its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which is currently shooting. It includes a 10-year license for each film. ABC did not disclose how much it paid for those rights, but a source speculated to Reuters that the amount was between $60 million and $70 million for each film.

ENTERPRISE: How much impact has Enterprise had already? Scott Bakula (Capt. Jonathan Archer) has been nominated for Male Performer in a New Series for the People's Choice Awards. The program will air Jan. 13 on CBS. The series remains strong in it's timeslot at UPN. It has dominated Wednesday night, pulling in a 6.0 rating/9 share in Nielsen's Overnight Metered Market Ratings for "Cold Front." That was a 43 percent advantage over "Dawson's Creek" on The WB, which scored a 4.2/6, and even scored better than Fox's "Grounded For Life" (5.5/8) in the 8 p.m. hour.

WYATT EARP: It will be a while before the total effect of September 11 is felt in the movie industry. There have been a number of movie premieres delayed because of their story lines. However, on the small screen, we may be seeing the return of "heroes". The Hollywood Reporter reports that a trio of producers are working to develop a new series based on "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp." Producer Kate Edelman Johnson -- whose father, Louis F. Edelman, produced the original series -- says the time is right to bring a character like Wyatt Earp back to TV. "These wonderful characters who are already an integral part of our heritage seem all the more timely now, when the world is in desperate need of heroes." Having grown up with Wyatt Earp, Roy Rogers and other hero-based TV series, I can say "I'm ready for that type of TV show."

STAR TREK: NEMESIS: With production scheduled to start early in the year, casting information continues to trickle in. Over at www.trekweb.com, you'll find information about the latest addition -- British actor Tom Hardy as the mysterious villain 'Shinzon'. The deal has not been finalized, but you can read more about what could be happening in this 10th movie version of the Star Trek saga.

November 30:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Programs: The X-Files 6.5; Enterprise 4.9; Dark Angel 4.5; Smallville 4.4; The Tick 4.1; Buffy 3.4; Charmed 3.1; Angel 3.0; Special Unit 2 2.7, and Roswell 1.9. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 11/4/01 - 11/11/01.

STAR WARS: Hosting of fan sites under the official Star Wars Web site, fan.starwars.com, will cease on December 20. Thousands of sanctioned fan pages are affected. The official statement can be found at www.scifi.com.

EPOCH: SciFi's original film that premiered November 24 did very nicely for the network. Epoch had SCI FI's second-highest original movie ratings, after Frank Hebert's Dune, drawing a viewership of 1.7 million households and a 2.3 rating.

24: Hoorray! The Fox TV network has gone ahead and ordered up 11 further episodes of the series, which will bring it to its full intended 24 hour run. Fans have been concerned, since the ratings for this show haven't been good -- but the writing is tight and the production is wonderful. With the trend toward non-arc stories, this show is totally arc-related. It centers around a plot to assassinate a Presidential candidate.

November 29:
BOND 20: Production begins January 14 on the 20th James Bond film with a planned release in 2002 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the franchise. Variety reports that Halle Berry is set to co-star with Pierce Brosnan; Lee Tamahori will direct. Neil Purvis and Robert Wade (The World Is Not Enough) wrote the script for the film.

PRETENDER: TNT will soon premiere an original Pretender movie entitled "Island of the Haunted". As a warm-up for the new movie, TNT will host a marathon, which starts Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11 p.m., will continue until the TV movie premieres the following day at 8 p.m. The 21-hour marathon will include 15 episodes of the series as well as the TV movie "Inner Sense," which ended the series' run on NBC last year.

MUTANT X: The official website continues to provide a lot of information about this new series. There is now a preview of this week's episode about a young boy whose mutant ability involves controlling fire. In an upcoming episode, will feature a cast member from Andromeda.


Pat Tallman (Lyta from B5) has interviewed all the children at Penny Lane and does she have a list to fill!!!! To make it easy, this year she has opened up a new site, www.beasanta.org. Check out what the children at Penny Lane have told Pat they would like to have this year for Christmas. There are a lot of really easy items there, so pick one and let Pat know what you are taking care of for which child.

There are gift card options available as well. Last year, Tower Records was hot, it's still on quite a number of lists along with Target, Gap, JC Penneys as well. These kids do indeed need to know people care about them and this is a superb way of showing them that Christmas can be as special for the giver as it is for the receiver of a gift.

So put on your Santa hat and get busy!


SCIFI has begun scheduling chats with "Legend of the Ranger" cast members.

Here is the schedule:
Thursday, December 6, 9:00 PM ET - Dean Marshall ("Malcolm Bridges")
Thursday, December 13, 9:00 PM ET - Warren T. Takeuchi ("Kitaro")

To join the chat, go to www.scifi.com/chat and join in the conversation. SCIFI should have a transcript of the chat in a few days for those who can not make the chat.

Mark these dates on your calendar. There are two very talented actors and I'm sure they will be fun to talk with.

Alex Zahara chatted with SciFi two weeks ago and Dylan Neal came in for a chat last night. A reader pulled together a transcript of Alex's chat the other night at SCIFI. You can read it at:

An HTML version of the chat is listed at:

There is a transcript of Dylan's chat available at http://www.b5lr.com/cgi-bin/viewnews.cgi?id=1007151114.


Sci-Fi cartoonist Tye Bourdony of the Lighter Side of Sci-Fi, The Zocalo Today & Globel List Auctions are proud to sponsor Pat Tallman's Penny Lane Christmas charity effort to bring Christmas gifts to needy children. With the help of Jason Carter, Richard Biggs, Michael Forest, Virginia Hey, Marina Sirtis, & the United Fan Con, Tye Bourdony has created four satires signed by these celebrities for auction. All proceeds will go to the children of Penny Lane, by helping to buy them gifts to open on Christmas Day. All four charity satires are "one of a kind" and can only be acquired through this very special charity event.

The items are out at http://www.intothefires.com/page7.htm auction site. The auction begins shortly, so be sure to check out the satires and start bidding.


JMS recently talked with SciFi Wire about the upcoming "Legend of the Rangers" movie. He said that he relished the opportunity to delve further into the mysterious Rangers, the fighting force first introduced on B5. "I wanted to explore their history, their tradition, their philosophy." Straczynski said, "We've never done a show about an organization that's in essence a bunch of warrior priests, and particularly one about a group of alien priests."

Straczynski said the rangers are trained in the philosophy of the Minbari and the Rangers -- it's all about responsibility. "It's about asking questions. It's almost a Zen-like approach to storytelling and characterization. They look at the larger questions."

To read more about the Rangers, go to www.scifi.com.

I found a new site this morning that has the "Legend of the Rangers" trailer in a number of formats, including Quicktime, Real and Windows Media Player. Go to http://www.hollywood.com/multimedia/detail/media/1097976 and pick the player that best suits your connection to the internet. The trailer is terrific -- but only if you can see it!


Legend of the Rangers

There are new materials up at www.scifi.com/b5rangers. The trading cards are terrific and I hope you can download the short videos and flyers.

A few people have volunteered to help out in spreading the word. I'll be contacting you soon to see what we can do.


Here is the press release from DelRey on Jeanne Cavelos' next B5 novel:

The explosive confrontation between one techno-mage and the evil power that spawned him

Invoking Darkness Babylon 5: Invoking Darkness
Book 3 of The Passing of the Techno-Mages Trilogy
By Jeanne Cavelos

In Babylon 5: Invoking Darkness (Del Rey; $6.99), third volume of the best-selling Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy, World Fantasy Award winner Jeanne Cavelos brings the mages' story to a shocking climax.

The techno-mages are a mysterious order of humans and aliens implanted with extremely advanced technology that allows them to perform acts that seem magical. In Book 2, the dark secret of the techno-mages was revealed: their implants are provided by an ancient, evil race--the Shadows. By programming the implants to further their agenda, the Shadows have made the mages into agents of chaos and destruction.

Now the Shadows have engulfed the galaxy in war. As billions die and the flames of destruction rage unchecked, the Shadows seem poised for absolute victory. The mages, determined not to aid the Shadows, have withdrawn to a hiding place. Among them is Galen, who burns for revenge against the treacherous mage Elizar, who joined the Shadows and killed Galen's love. At last Galen wins permission to leave the hiding place and kill Elizar and two other enemies. Though the galaxy is being torn apart by bloody conflict, he is not to interfere in the Shadows' war; he is not to use his great spell of destruction against the mages' creators.

As Galen re-enters a war-torn galaxy, he must hold tightly to control. As much as he wants to strike against the Shadows, who infected him with the seeds of chaos and destruction, he knows that giving into those urges will only further the Shadows' ends. But once the Shadows learn of his presence, they have their own plans for Galen. In a desperate, apocalyptic battle, there's no telling who will be the victor. Or if there will be any survivors at all.

The Babylon 5 novels of Jeanne Cavelos have been highly praised by readers and critics as the best in this series, and as "real books," not TV tie-in knock-offs. Cavelos's readers include fans of the TV show and those who have never seen the show, but who love her compelling, page-turning stories.

In the front of Jeanne's latest novel is a brief paragraph that seems SO appropriate for today:

There is a greater darkness than the one we fight
It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way.
The war we fight is not against powers and principalities;
it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of
flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams.
Against this peril we can never surrender.



B5 Calendar 2002 The folks at CalendarMart have a 2002 Babylon 5 Calendar available. Go to
http://secure.venus.co.uk/bluemask/calendar_babylon_5.html to place your orders. Slow Dazzle hasn't come up with any new photos to use in this version of the calendar -- but it is Babylon 5 and will look terrific on your wall.

** Bruce at www.uncomyngifts.com also has the calendar. So you have two places where you can pick up this great calendar for 2002!


Last week, there was a notice about a new Bruce Lee movie starting production, despite the fact that the actor has been dead for several years. What do you think about using computer graphics to recreate individuals -- either living or dead -- in movies? Would you go to see a B5 movie if it had a CGI images of characters instead of live-action?

Send in your comments to TheZocalo@aol.com or B5web@aol.com. I'll post them on the Discussion Topic page for everyone to share.


The release date for Babylon 5 "In the Beginning" and "The Gathering" is getting closer -- December 4. You can order the DVD through Amazon.com now.

Ranger Adam has put a petition available for people to sign in support of more Babylon 5 on DVD. The URL is http://www.petitionpetition.com/cgi/petition.cgi?id=2625. Add your name to the list. Send the URL to your friends and have them sign up. You never know that might happen!

I have put some addresses in the section below -- for Warner Home Video. Take pen in hand and write. Your letter do count.

A few rangers have suggested that ONLY sales of the initial DVD will translate into something WB can understand. Why not purchase the first DVD -- for you and a friend. The holidays are quickly approaching and I'm sure that the new B5 DVD would be a welcome addition to anyone's collection. AND it's reasonably priced as well.


GUS LYNCH: Gus Lynch may be new to you all, but he portrays Turk in the new "Legend of the Rangers" movie. He's a terrific guy and I think you're going to LOVE his character. He's won a role in an upcoming "Dark Angel" episode entitled "Gill Girl". Gus has been pretty busy. He's also recently finished filming a remake of I Spy in which he plays General Tucker opposite Owen Wilson. He also has won a recurring role on UPN's Special Unit 2.

ENID-RAYE ADAMS: Another alumn from "Legend of the Rangers", Enid who portrays Firell, a Minbari ranger, has been cast in A Guy Thing, along with Gus Lynch and Jason Lee.

WARREN TAKEUCHI Since we've been talking about Bruce Lee lately, you might be interested in seeing Warren as he portrays the late kung-fu master in "Blow in Bag". Warren is a HUGE fan of Bruce Lee, not only for his martial arts abilities, but for his many achievement as a writer, director, producer.

JEFFREY WILLERTH: The Koshman has been really busy. After completing his "The Most" series for the History Channel, he began work on an hour-long special, "The Planet's BEST Animal Commercials" slated to air in early January. A second hour, "The Planet's WILDEST Animal Commercials" should air at the end of the same month. Jeffrey reports that both shows are filled wall-to-wall with TV ads from around the world. "We collected over 1200 commercials) and feature many pretty-damn-funny commercials that most people have never seen." Jeffrey is now in Michigan collecting background materials for an upcoming PBS series on Henry Ford. The show will air in January as part of the celebration of Ford's centennial.

CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Claudia's episode of "Relic Hunter" was on last week.

GARY COLE: Ranger Spongy Bob reports that Gary Cole was in the first episode of the new Justice League show on Cartoon network. He didn't notice until the end credits. His character was an astronaut that lands on Mars, and discovers something. Then, years later he is a senator.


A number of you have written to ask about having an index of the chronology published thusfar. Terry has given permission for this so I'm working on it. You can now find the index to the timeline published thusfar at B5 Chronology Index .

Terry Jones created a FANTASTIC Babylon 5/Crusade Chronology that was published in the Official Babylon 5 magazine. He has not stopped with the end of the series though. He has included items from the latest novels as well as things from the Crusade series. Here's a note from Terry to tell you all about it.

To look at the timeline in a different way, I have been working with Terry Jones on personal chronologies for the Babylon 5 universe. At The Galactic Gateway you will fine Parts 1-4 of the chronology for John Sheridan along with Part 1 for KOSH. Others will follow. I hope you will visit GG and give the chronologies a look.

Terry has just made two new segments of the Babylon 5 Chronology are now available. They are 2256 and Signs and Portents.


Xpose #62 Expose #62: With the release of Lord of the Rings getting closer, a LOT of publications will be focusing on the upcoming movie. In this issue of Expose, you'll find Harry Potter, Christopher Lee in "Rings" -- and Kevil Kilner's return as Boone on Earth Final Conflict, Billly Crystal on Monsters, Inc. and Heather Graham talks about "From Hell" - the latest Jack the Ripper movie!

Cult Times #74 Cult Times #74: Lexx fans will find interviews with Michael McManus, Xenia Seeberg and Brian Downey. New fans of Mutant X will learn more about John Shea, Adam in the new series. Richard Manning and David Kemper (producer and writer) talk about changes afoot for Farscape!.

StarLog #293 STARLOG #293: While Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Enterprise dominate many of the SF magazines this month, StarLog has an article for B5 fans. Frank Garcia talks with Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik, Richard Biggs, Marjorie Monaghan, Julie Caitlin Brown & Carrie Dobro in a jam interview.

TV Zone #144 TV Zone #144: Enterprise is dominating nearly every magazine cover these days. TZ grabs an interview with the new doctor, John Billingsley as Doctor Phlox. Also in the issue, James Marsters talks about Buffy's new season.

Starburst #279 STARBURST #279: The new Harry Potter movie has indeed created a stir. Have you seen all the merchandise already? Starburst talks with producer David Heyman, Director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steve Kloves. And, they also sit with young star David Radcliffe who talks about being Harry! Farscape producer David Kemper looks back on season three and drops a few hints about this season's finale!


Book #7 "Shadow Within" by Jeanne Cavelos has been very hard to find over the past year. However, the author has a few copies she will let fans purchase. If you are interested, let me know and I'll get details.

DelRey has a few Babylon 5 projects in the works. DelRey's Steve Staffel is trying to acquire the rights to the Babylon 5 novels published by Dell. His plan is to begin with the two favorites--by Jeanne Cavelos and Kathryn Drennan--and see what kind of response they get from the Babylon 5 fans. In addition, DelRey is considering publishing the short story collection, if they can pick up the license.


BABYLON 5's Schedule: 7pm each evening:

Air Date Title

Dec. 3 Sic Transit Vir
Dec. 4 A Late Delivery from Avalon
Dec. 5 Ship of Tears
Dec. 6 Interludes and Examinations

Dec. 10 War Without End - Part 1
Dec. 11 War Without End - Part 2
Dec. 12 Walkabout
Dec. 13 Grey 17 Is Missing

Dec. 17 And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place
Dec. 18 Shadow Dancing
Dec. 19 Z'Ha'Dum
Dec. 20 The Hour of the Wolf

Dec. 26 Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?
Dec. 27 The Summoning

January 2 Falling Toward Apotheosis
January 3 The Long Night
January 4 Into the Fire

January 7 Epiphanies
January 8 The Illusion of Truth
January 9 Atonement
January 10 Racing Mars
January 11 Lines of Communication

Crusade - 1:00pm ET:

January 2 Racing the Night
January 3 The Needs of Earth
January 4 The Memory of War

January 7 The Long Road
January 8 Visitors from Down the Street
January 9 The Well of Forever
January 10 Each Night I Dream of Earth
January 11 Patterns of the Soul

January 14 The Path of Sorrows
January 15 The Path of Sorrows
January 16 Ruling from the Tomb
January 17 The Rules of the Game
January 18 War Zone

Babylon 5 Movies - 9:00pm ET:

January 14 In the Beginning
January 15 Thirdspace
January 16 River of Souls
January 17 A Call to Arms

January 20 The Gathering -- special time, 3:00pm ET

January 19 Legend of the Rangers - 9:00 pmET and 11:00pm ET
January 20 Legend of the Rangers - 5:00pm ET


Crusade Cast David Brooks

You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.



Amazing Spiderman #36 Found a review of the book over at ComiXtreme.com and thought I'd share it with you.

TOP COW: For those of us anticipating the next Midnight Nation and Rising Stars issue from JMS, it looks like we'll have a while to wait! I picked up this note today:

In a press release, Top Cow Productions announced it has made some adjustments to its editorial schedule in the interest of “its continuing mission to publish the absolute highest quality level in comics while maintaining scheduled ship dates.”

Top Cow announced Fathom #13 and #14 and Tomb Raider: Greatest Treasure of All are all being cancelled pending resolicitation once these issues are complete. Midnight Nation #9 and Rising Stars #17 are both being resolicited for December 2001.

“Ultimately our goal is very simple, we want to publish the best written, best drawn comics in the industry and put them out in the month we solicit them in,” said Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. “The changes we’re making in the editorial schedule are being made to help ensure both aspects of this goal. There are a couple other scheduling changes we’ll be making, but we’ll announce those once we have them confirmed.”

**If you are having trouble finding the comic issues, drop me a line. My comic guy seems to be a HUGE JMS fan and has ordered more Marvel comics than anyone in the area!


John Cook has a new cartoon contest going. Try your hand at a punch line.

 Cartoon Contest header
 Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



Sometimes you just can't find the e-mail address for someone you know you have -- it's someone who responded to a discussion topic or you met in one of the chat rooms. You'd like to send a personal note, but .... No address!!!!

We've started a White Pages of Zocalo Readers! It's a handy way of keeping track of people -- and putting together a birthday/greeting card list as well. If you would like to be part of the listing, just send me your name, state, e-mail address and (if you'd like to have it listed) birthday (without year) to sgbruckner@aol.com. Check out the Directory of Readers.


Name: Adam Clark
State: Missouri
E-mail address: aclark@ims-1.com
Birthday: November 19

Name: Garibaldis_Uniform
State: Ohio (formerly Hawaii)
e-mail: Babylon_5Fan@yahoo.com
B-Day: November 12


The Official Babylon 5 Magazine is indexed here as well. With the closure of the magazine in May, you'll want to see which magazines you have -- and which ones you will want to collect. The index may help you make a decision on which ones to choose. The Fan Club has many of the issues at thestation.com , making it very easy to complete your collection.

Universe Today -- the Babylon 5 Fan Club quarterly can also be found here. The index gives you a rundown of what articles were presented, what interviews published.

If you have magazines that have featured Babylon 5 or Crusade that are not listed, send along their issue number and a note to indicate what the article was about. It would be nice to have a fairly comprehensive listing of Babylon 5 publications here.

I have added a listing of all the Babylon 5 novels and now the B5 comic books to the reference page. If there are other items that you feel should be included, let me know.



NW-B5 is a mailing list devoted to bringing critical information to the Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, and Northern Washington areas. More specifically, anyone north of Seattle. B5 is broadcast on SPACE:TIS in Canada, and Sci-Fi channel in the US. By subscribing to nw-b5, you'll be able to know info bringing you up to date on the current scheduling and events happening in the community related to B5. You'll also be subscribed to the list itself, which means that you'll receive email when there is a scheduling change or critical information needs to go out to you (for example, if we need to start another mailing campaign).

For further information, see http://www.nw-b5.com
John Francis
Webmaster, Listowner, and Co-Moderator

Reports of "The Gathering" are beginning to turn up on the list. John posted a mini-report, with photos, over at http://www.geocities.com/jnf.geo/nw-b5/gathered.htm#0501. You may want to check it out. It was a terrific event in which JMS showed clips from the new "Legend of the Rangers".


The Babylon 5 discussion mailing list is for any and all discussions and/or news pertaining to or related to Babylon 5 and/or Crusade. The list has been in existence for the past three years now, and has recently moved. The new location is http://lists.apparition.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl, and you can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail message to join-babylon_5-l@lists.apparition.org.


Here's a unique site for you! Jeffrey Willerth, Patricia Tallman, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Robin Atkin Downes, Rick Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Bruce Boxleitner, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Jurasik and Bill Mumy are under it's umbrella. Actors from other shows have joined the Gateway. Ted Raimi and Robert Trebor from Xena and Hercules are now at GG. To subscribe to a mailing list for GG, send a blank note to thegalacticgateway-subscribe@egroups.com.


There is never enough time to keep in touch with friends! To help out, a mailing list has been started for chatters over at the Galactic Gateway. If you are interested in joining, send a blank note to gateway-chatter-subscribe@egroups.com.


Are you looking for a particular Babylon 5 collectible? Do you have some items you'd like to trade? Then this is the list for you. To join, send a blank note to gateway-trader-subscribe@egroups.com.


The Art Gallery at The Zocalo Today is open. There are SO MANY talented people in our Babylon 5 community. We have enjoyed works by Todd Brugman and Tye Bourdony on our toons page, but there are a host of others who enjoy drawing, painting, sketching their favorite characters. Here are a few works that have been received. I have some others that will be added soon.

If you would like to share your work with us at The Zocalo Today, please send along a digital photo of your work and I'll begin putting the gallery together. If you do not have your work in digital format, drop me a note and we'll see what we can work out.


OTTAWA: Ranger Dave is trying to start up a B5 group in Toronto. He has asked me to post this information to see who is in the area and interested in getting together:

I live in the area of Toronto, Ontario and am starting up a sci fi/fantasy club/group and am looking for members. I am hoping any members who join will be more than just Trek & B5 fans. Our meetings will be at least once a month in the area of downtown Toronto on Sunday afternnons. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 18th at 1:45pm. If your interested, need more info and or have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at akalel@hotmail.com.

SYDNEY: Amanda, a member of the club 'Friends of Science Fiction' in Sydney, Australia, dropped a note to say that they will host an event with Marjean Holden on September 9. More information can be found on the convention calendar. If you are in beautiful Sydney, you may want to check out the Club. It meets at: Lidcombe Catholic Club; John St; Lidcombe. If you have questions, drop Amanda a note at Amanda_Beachcroft@msn.com.au.

There are a number of fabulous Babylon 5/Crusade Clubs around the world. I'd like to begin listing them here on The Zocalo Today. Eric dropped me a note the other day providing information about a Club in France. I know there are other clubs in Brazil, Germany, Russia -- and who knows how many here in the US. Let's get a listing together. Perhaps we can share resources, even get together as we travel around. Drop the information about your Club to me at sgbruckner@aol.com or bruckner@isnnews.net. That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.


Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July of 2000 and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. Thestation.comEmporium has been closed.


If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along. It will be posted on the B5 Fan Club/Newsletter page.

Ranger Shane in North Carolina sent in the following note about their "Jumpgate" newsletter.

Hey Sandy! Just wanted to give you an update on the NC B5 group's newsletter, Jumpgate. There's now a dedicated EMail address for submissions - jumpgatemag@bellsouth.net - and any submissions, solicited or un-, can be sent to this address. Also, issues are available for free download at the URL at the bottom of this message.

Jumpgate - The Newsletter of the North Carolina Babylon 5 Fan Club
Shane Killian, Editor


A new HELP WANTED section has been added to the Z. If you need help finding a comic book, getting a special item, etc. here's the place to post a note. Just send whatever help you need to thezocalo@aol.com.



With the events of September 11, many changes have been made to conventions around the country. If you are planning to go to a convention, please check with the organizers to see if there are any changes -- like guest cancellations, etc.

Use this link Convention Calendar. to see if there is a convention happening near you. Have a convention you would like to have listed here? Pass along the information.


Are you attending one of the conventions on the calendar? Or another one perhaps? Do you want to see who else might be there? Drop your e-mail address to TheZocalo@aol.com. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .


Slanted Fedora
January 4-6, 2002, New York City, NY
Place: Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel
East Rutherford, NJ
Guest: Walter Koenig

For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.


Do you have extra copies of B5, Amazing Spiderman, Midnight Nation or Rising Stars comics you'd like to trade? How about those extra trading cards or B5 magazines? There are a lot of fans looking for these items -- and the Trading Post can help you buy or sell them. To see what's available, just use this link to the Trading Post. To have items included in The Trading Post, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.

Pen Pals

If you are looking for someone to talk about Babylon 5 and Crusade with, the Pen Pal section is for you! Check it out! Drop a note to someone who is feeling B5 withdrawal -- BIG TIME!

People thought a Pen Pal page was a good idea. If you would like to meet people who you could chat with or share your opinions of the show with, send along your e-mail or snail-mail address The Zocalo. It will be incorporated on the new Pen Page Page.


Mary Woronov (Kka'Dath) - December 8
Sarah Douglas (Jha'Dur) - December 12
Kim Holly – December 25
Dark Hoffman – December 28
John C. Flinn III – December 28

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.


Here's a recent note from JMS on the subject:

Just an FYI to those who've been using the Ventura Blvd. mail drop for fan mail to actors....

As mentioned before, we're phasing out the forwarding of fan mail because we a) don't have the resources, complicated by b) the actors have scattered to the four winds, and it makes it very difficult to get everything to everybody in a timely fashion.

So, having provided prior notice...fan mail to actors coming to the Ventura Blvd. mail drop will be sent back. Mail to actors should be sent via their official fan clubs. I will still be taking mail there, since it's my mailbox, but that's it.

Just so's y'all know and save a few bucks on postage and returns.

JMS' mail can be sent to:

14431 Ventura Boulevard, PMB 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Warner Bros. Address:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Warner Home Video:

Mike Finnegan, Vice President
Editorial and Programming Services

Paul Hemstreet, Vice President
Special Features/DVD

Michael Radiloff, Vice President
DVD Marketing

Kristin Grossnandler, Manager
DVD Special Features

Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (sgbruckner@aol.com)
The Zocalo Today

Copyright - SBruckner, 2001

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