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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. There is a LOT of information here for you to share.

The Zocalo Today is an interactive newsletter. We encourage interaction with our readers and like suggestions. So 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. As I said, there is a LOT of information contained there and you'll not want to miss anything.

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What's New Today

May 24, 4:02am:

RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Series: Alias 5.7; The X-Files 5.1; Touched by an Angel 4.4; Futurama 3.8; Smallville 3.7; Dark Angel 3.3; Angel 2.6; Charmed 2.5; Enterprise 2.3, and Sabrina 1.9. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 4/15/02 - 4/21/02.

SPIDERMAN: Marvel has tapped Kevin Smith to write a Spider-Man limited series, Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do. Smith will write the four-part series, while Terry Dodson (DC's Harley Quinn) and Rachel Dodson will handle the art. What will the series be about? The Marvel press release reads: "The mysterious disappearance of an old friend brings Felicia Hardy to the Big Apple in search of answers. But, as luck would have it, a certain web-slinger — who also happens to be her ex-lover — is following the same trail. " Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do No. 1 will reach stores on June 26.

THE SHADOW PROJECT: DreamWorks is moving ahead in the world of animation -- with Disney lurking either ahead or behind -- depending on your point of view. They recently hired SIMPSONS writer Brent Forrester to write THE SHADOW PROJECT, about a war between humans and shadows. The movie is reportedly a blend of computer animation and live action sequences, much like WHO FRAMED ROGER RABIT. Not a lot of detail is available about the overall story. What there is says it centers on a guy who is drawn into the ‘shadow world’ by his own shadow when an evil force upsets the balance between the real world and shadows.

CHAT WITH ANDREW ROBINSON: Andrew Robinson will be chatting with fans over at STARTREK.COM on Thursday, May 30, at 3:00 p.m. PDT. Don't miss your opportunity to talk with Deep Space Nine's "Garak", as well as his other roles, or his directing and writing. Can't make the chat, you can send in your questions in advance.

VIRTUAL STAR TREK CONVENTION: Here's one for your. Viacom Consumer Products (VCP) and virtual-conventions, llc, announced the first official virtual Star Trek convention to be held August 2-4, in tandem with Creation Entertainment's official live convention in Las Vegas. For more information, go to www.startrek.com.

LE VAR BURTON: Since the end of Star Trek, LeVar Burton has been focusing on a lot of different things, but his passion is in education for children. This year, he's done it again, dual Emmys! Burton took home Emmys for his work in front of and behind the camera on the educational series Reading Rainbow. Burton won for "Best Performer in a Children's Series" for Reading Rainbow, and also took home a trophy as co-Executive Producer (along with Twila Liggett) for "Best Children's Series" for the show. Burton won in both categories last year as well.


May 23:
Stargate SG-1 STARGATE: As Stargate prepares for it's move to SCIFI, Don S. Davis who wonderfully portrays Gen. George Hammond, looks back over his five years with the series and told SCI FI Wire that "I really think Stargate [SG-1] is a show that could go on and on and on." Unlike many other series where you just run out of stories to tell, Davis feels that's not the case with Stargate [SG-1]. "What we explore are stories based on human mythology. We can go anywhere." When asked about continuing into additional seasons, Davis said, "I love the story and I love the people. Richard Dean Anderson has more integrity, more honesty and more loyalty for his people than anyone at his level that I've ever met. As long as he wants me, I'm here."

GENESIS CODE: Reports from this week’s Cannes film festival indicate that Warner Bros. has snagged the rights to biotech thriller, GENESIS CODE about a woman who is going to give birth to a child whose DNA has been messed with by a radical religious order. The movie will be based on John Case’s 1997 book. Rupret Wainwright has expressed interest in directing from the script by Ronald Shusett (TOTAL RECALL) and Ian Rabin (HELLBOUND). Shooting is set to begin in the fall, though no stars have yet been named.

24: While we reported yesterday that 24 will not go into re-runs for the summer, it looks like some of you may be able to purchase the episodes on DVD soon. Over at www.dvd.reviewer they indicate that while Fox Home Video has not made an official announcement, 24 will soon be available on DVD. Currently scheduled for 19th August priced at £44.99, the first volume will arrive with an anamorphic transfer and Dolby Surround soundtrack. Yes, this is for the UK only! Sorry about that. Hopefully it will spread to the US as well.

CSI: While it's not science fiction, it certainly has fantastic writing and character portrayal! CSI has beaten out "ER" to become the most watched drama on TV with a 23.69 million average viewer rating (versus ER's 22.11 million) for the past season.

TRAILER RUMORS: A teaser for the next "Harry Potter" film is supposed to be attached to "Scooby Doo" whilst TrekToday reports that "Star Trek: Nemesis" is rumoured to have a teaser to be shown before copies of "Men in Black 2".

May 22:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: Andromeda 2.7; Stargate SG-1 2.5; The X-Files 2.5; John Edward 2.4; Mutant X 2.2; 3rd Rock 2.0; Buffy 2.0; Beastmaster 1.9; Earth: Final Conflict 1.9, and Relic Hunter 1.6. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 4/22/02 - 4/28/02.

X-FILES: While the series finale pulled in their highest audience since last season's finale, they weren't strong enough to survive the Survivor series capper on CBS. According to AP, "The Truth," garnered a 7.4/12 rating, while the Survivor's ratings ballooned to 13.2/21 rating. Over at NBC, The Cosby Show: A Look Back pulled in a 11.1/18 rating. The X-Files held on to beat out ABC's The Practice and all of UPN and the WB's programming. A total of 13 million viewers tuned in to see Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) reunite.

TWILIGHT ZONE: Jonathan Frakes is very proud of his first directing assignment for the new Twilight Zone on UPN. "It's an adult television show." Frakes indicated that he will be directing other episodes of the show and is working on becoming a director-executive producer for the show. "I'd love to keep working with [producer] Pen Densham. He's a wonderful writer and a collaborative guy to work with." The Twilight Zone will debut on UPN in September or October.

DEAD ZONE: Over at USA, they are ramping up for the debut of DEAD ZONE on June 16. Michael Piller, who most folks associate with Star Trek, is Executive Producer for DEAD ZONE. Over at the http://www.usanetwork.com/series/thedeadzone/ Piller said, “The first eight episodes of DEAD ZONE are as good as any eight shows in a row I've ever been involved with in this business. It usually takes an entire season for a series to find its way." There is lots more information about the show at the website, so drop over for a visit.

BECKER: While this isn't one of our regular shows to track, Terry Farrell, who starred on Deep Space Nine as Jadzia Dax for years, will no longer be seen as Reggie the diner owner on BECKER. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Terry has been let go as a part of a new creative direction that the Paramount Network TV series will take in the fall. The diner run by Farrell's character has been one of the primary settings on "Becker," but it's unclear if there will be a new person behind the counter or if "Becker's" diner days are over. Farrell was one of four "Becker" co-stars who sued the studio last year in a salary dispute that was quickly settled out of court.

24: This show has been different from the get-go. The format has been unusual and its following has been building since mid-season. With last night's season finale, you may have thought you'd catch up this summer. Well, you're going to have to wait a while. FOX has announced that they will not be airing repeats of the show anytime soon. "It was never our intention to repeat this show," says Gail Berman, president of entertainment for FOX. "We wanted to do it as special unique programming and not run into the situation of what we would face with repeats on it because of the serialized nature of the show."

ENDER'S GAME: Fresco Pictures has confirmed earlier reports that Wolfgang Petersen ("The Perfect Storm," "Air Force One") will direct "Ender's Game" for Warner Bros. The film combines the novels "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow" by Orson Scott Card in a way that will bring the most important elements of both, they say. "Together, the stories make one terrific film."

May 21:
STARGATE: There is a lot riding of Stargate's move to SCIFI in June. Executive Producer and writer Brad Wright told SCI FI Wire that "SCI FI, just like Showtime, is trusting in us that we know our show, and they're letting us make it. I think it could be very good for them and, of course, I've got my fingers crossed that we'll give them the ratings they're hoping we'll give them." Wright added that "the first three episodes of this season are huge. We're doing things in those episodes that you just don't see on a normal syndicated SF show. That is the advantage of our having been around the show long enough to figure out how to do some things and to have a crew that always wants to best themselves and go a little further and do a little better. "

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Good news for BG fans. Screenwriter Ronald D. Moore recently wrote that he was in the middle of writing the script for the upcoming SCI FI Channel miniseries. "The basis of the miniseries will be a retelling of the origin story; that is, the events that cause [the ship] Galactica and the fugitive fleet to begin their journey. There will be familiar characters from the original show, and new ones as well. I'm trying to flesh out the backstory of what led up to these cataclysmic events as well as round out many of the characters and their relationships. I can tell you that both the studio and the network are very happy with the outline and that things are going exceptionally well with this project so far."

ANDROMEDA: There have been a lot of changes to Andromeda over the last year and Kevin Sorbo told SCI FI Wire that there will be more during season three. "The biggest difference you'll see is in the writing. Our new head writer is Bob Engels, and he's from Twin Peaks and SeaQuest." Sorbo added, "Bob's got a very quirky, intelligent way about him, and not everything is expositional. The audience is left wondering, 'What was that?' and I think that's good. Not everything is spelled out perfectly. It's left ambiguous, which will be more interesting for the audience. It's certainly more interesting for us. I get tired when we treat the audience as stupid, and when I say 'we' I mean television as a whole. I get tired of not giving the audience the benefit of the doubt that they can figure things out. They can. We have sophisticated viewers. The show is going to take us to places we haven't seen yet in terms of the plotline." If I remember right, this is a turnabout from Sorbo's earlier comment about viewers. Glad he has changed his mind -- and given us a bit more credit for being intelligent beings!

STAR WARS: The opening weekend numbers for the movie have been revised. Fox reported that "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" actually grossed $110.2 million in North American theaters during its first four days in release -- about $6 million less than was projected on Sunday.

WITCHBLADE: Comics Continuium reports that production on TNT's Witchblade has been temporarily shut down. Series star Yancy Butler has voluntarily checked herself into a rehabilitation center for alcohol treatment. At this time, TNT indicates the second season of the show will still premiere as scheduled on Sunday, June 16. The network has sent out screeners of the two-parter and the network continued to air promotions for the show. Six of the 13 episodes of the second season have been completed so far. No additional information is available right now.

May 20:
TRADING POST: Ranger Jim has sent in some trading material! Check out the Trading Post to see if he has something you need -- or perhaps you have something he needs.

RATINGS: Top 10 SCIFI Channel Shows: Farscape 1.2; Bermuda Triangle 0.9; Flash Gordon 0.9; Superman 0.9; The Outer Limits 0.8; Strange World 0.7; Universal Soldier III 0.7; Dead Weekend 0.7; Yor 0.7, and John Edward 0.6. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 4/22/02 - 4/28/02.

GREATEST SF FLICKS: In the latest issue of WIRED with Steven Spielberg, the magazine picked its twenty greatest science fiction films of all time. See if you agree?1. BLADE RUNNER; 2. GATTACA; 3. THE MATRIX; 4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY; 5. BRAZIL. Catch the remainder of the list at www.cinescape.com.

WEEKEND BOXOFFICE: Despite opening in less theaters, Star Wars won the weekend box office, beating out Spiderman for the #1 slot. Here are the numbers: 1. STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES, $86.1 million this weekend, $117.0 since opening; 2. SPIDER-MAN, $46.0 million this weekend, $286.5 since opening; 3. UNFAITHFUL, $10.3 million this weekend, $29.8 since opening; 4. ABOUT A BOY, $8.4 million this weekend, $8.4 since opening; 5. THE NEW GUY, $6.5 million this weekend, $17.3 since opening; 6. CHANGING LANES, $3.1 million this weekend, $61.5 since opening; 7. THE SCORPION KING, $2.7 million this weekend, $85.0 since opening; 8. THE ROOKIE, $2.0 million this weekend, $70.7 million since opening; 9. MURDER BY NUMBERS, $1.7 million this weekend, $30.0 since opening, and 10. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING , $1.1 million this weekend, $5.7 since opening.

X-FILES: Were you one of the zillion fans watching the series finale last night? What did you think -- they certainly had everyone from the nine years of the show highlighted. That was a very nice touch. I haven't watched much of the series over it's nine-year run, but this looked like a terrific way to wrap up a very successful run -- without totally closing the door on other projects. As Mulder said, "Maybe there's hope."

B5 TRADING CARDS: I've gotten a couple of notes asking about the new B5 Trading Cards that were just released at the beginning of May. I don't have a list of folks selling them, but you can check with www.scifihobby.com. They have boxes available. I'm sure there are others. Looks like a nice set with lots of autograph cards.

May 19:
STAR WARS: The latest Star Wars movie is doing very well at movie houses. As someone pointed out, they opened at considerably fewer theaters than Spiderman did on their first weekend -- so any comparisons will have to be based done on a per-site basis. The Hollywood Reporter indicates that film did registers $30.1 million in gross boxoffice receipts on its opening day, the biggest figure ever for a weekday release.

JONATHAN FRAKES: You can catch Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker from Star Trek) in another sort of role tonight on SCIFI. He stars in LOVE POTION #9 at 7pm ET/PT.

TV FALL SCHEDULE: You'll be seeing a bit more 20th Century Fox TV this fall. They were the production champ this year -- again -- 19 new and returning series landing primetime slots on five of the six broadcast networks. Fox Broadcasting Co. came in with seven new shows and 12 returning series, not including midseason orders. This marks the fourth consecutive year that 20th Century Fox has led the primetime pack. Warner Bros. TV ran a close second with 18 series, up from 14 last year, including seven new and 11 returning shows. CBS Prods., the in-house unit that co-produces the bulk of CBS' entertainment series and now supplies UPN as well, has 15 series, a record for the division.

May 18:
STARGATE: With the airing of the final episode of Stargate at Showtime last night, we'll have to see where the story goes from here. With that characteristic twinkle in his eye and smirk on his face, Jack O'Neill led the SG-1 team off to another adventure last night -- that will put them over at SCIFI on June 7 with their first new episode of season six. With the departure of Michael Shanks from the series, Richard Dean Anderson told SCI FI Wire that the crew is getting used to new recruit Jonas Quinn (Corin Nemec). Anderson, also one of the executive producers for the show, said, "We're playing with the new character as much as we can. Corin's doing a good job, at least when we can keep him from playing with the props and get him to settle down. He'll be fine." Stargate SG-1 will kick off with "Redemption, Part I," airing at 9 p.m. ET on June 7.

STAR WARS: Everyone was wondering how Star Wars would stack up against the opening of Spiderman. Well, it did very well. Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones brought in $30.1 million on its opening day Thursday. That's the third biggest opening day of all time, passing The Phantom Menace. With the weekend ahead, we'll see what the final totals will be.

WITCHBLADE: Over at http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0205/18/index.htm David Chokachi talks about the upcoming season of Witchblade. David portrays Jake McCartey and this year he says his character will be "a little more edgy. I'm going to be put in situations where my life really gets flipped." "This season, I'm going to earn more respect from Sara, who's my training officer." Nice pictures at this site as well.


"Mother of Invention," a new episode of Jeremiah, will air on Showtime on Friday at 10:45 p.m.

Here is a brief description of the episode:

"Looking for Steve, the leader of a group Marcus may want an alliance with, Jeremiah finds Michelle (Sabrina Grdevich), who had been his lover, and her son. He and Kurdy must find out if Michelle is rebuilding a world or just piling up a private treasure."

"Mother of Invention" was directed by Neill Fearnley from a teleplay by Alan Katz and a story by Sara Barnes.

For an update on where JMS is going with Jeremiah, visit the Jeremiah Page here at The Zocalo.

For those of you who want to keep up on what is going on with Jeremiah, Ranger Monica has started up a Jeremiah newsletter. Please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeremiah-news/ and subscribe. Monica also has a very nice Jeremiah site so don't forget to bookmark that as well.


Daniel Dae Kim ( Lt. Matheson ):
Angel - Tomorrow
Monday, 20 9:00 PM EST WB
The darkly atmospheric series' third season comes to a close with an edgy and emotionally charged finale episode. After the initial torment of losing Connor (Vincent Kartheiser) to an interdimensional kidnapping, Angel (David Boreanaz) is downright giddy to once again be reunited with his son. Sadly, Connor's decision to live with his undead dad is forged in deception: Misled by the calculating Justine, the temperamental teen plots to exact (undeserved) revenge against his trusting father. In developments less grim, Lorne moves out of the hotel and makes for greener pastures; and an increasingly powerful Cordelia comes to terms with the fact that she is in love with someone other than Groosalugg (Mark Lutz).


JASON CARTER: Ranger Jelio reports seeing Jason Carter in a Chevy Avalache commercial. He was playing a crazy sidewalk homeless man. He rants about change and when he sees the car he becomes satisfied.

PAT TALLMAN: Patty is interviewed in the next issue of Star Trek: Communicator (the Star Trek fan club magazine). Pat was both a stunt woman and actress on ST:TNG.

ROBIN DOWNES: Good news for Robin fans. He has been cast in Arliss on HBO! He portrays a gay English Rock Star. Yes, he'll be singing in this one! It should air sometime in July. Robin has also been pretty busy. He has been doing a good bit of voiceover work. He recently wrapped work on an independent film with William Devane, Richard Kind and Michael Bolton entitled High Voltage.

MARJEAN HOLDEN: Don't forget to watch Marjean on Beastmaster each week. She has been getting more and more involved in the story -- and that translates into more on-screen time.


What was your favorite sub-plot or story of Babylon 5? Every episode had the main story, but occasionally, the sub-plot was perhaps more interesting. For example, in TKO the story centered around the Mutai - but the sub-plot showed Ivanova struggling to cope with the death of her father! I loved it! How about you? What is your favorite?

Send in your ideas to TheZocalo@aol.com or B5web@aol.com.


Cast Picture Ten popular science fiction actors have donated their time, images and autographs for an exclusive photograph, the proceeds of which will go to charity. For sale through the actors themselves and at , the limited-edition photo is in color, edged in white and ready to place in an 11X14 frame, and handsigned. Each of the 1,000 limited edition photos comes embossed with a seal of authenticity and numbered. The photograph is now available for a pre-sale price of $100. After Sept 11, 2002, the price will go up to at least $125.00. Among the charities to benefit will be the Penny Lane home for abused children in Los Angeles, and various September 11 funds. The actors hope to raise more than $100,000 through the charity project. The Penny Lane Home is a residential facility for children who have been severely abused, physically, emotionally and sexually. Many have "fallen through the cracks" of the social service outreach programs, and Penny Lane is their last chance at escaping the abuse.

Actors in the photo include: Patricia Tallman, known best for her roles as Lyta Alexander in Babylon 5 and Barbara in Night of the Living Dead (1990) Vaughn Armstrong, who has portrayed more guest star aliens on Star Trek:TNG, DS9 and Voyager than any other actor in Star Trek history. Currently, he holds the recurring role of Admiral Maxwell Forrest on Enterprise, as well as at least eight other Guest Starring roles on board the new Trek series to date. Stephen Austin portrayed many bizarre alien creatures on Babylon 5. His most notable was the lovable Pak'ma'ra Ambassador. David Brooks is an accomplished artist as well as actor. He is best known to the sci fi community as Max Eilerson on the Babylon 5 spin off, Crusade. Jeffrey Willerth portrayed Ambassador Kosh and was Associate Producer of Babylon 5 Robin Atkin Downes, best known for his role of Byron in Babylon 5 Carrie Dobro, Dureena Nafeel in Crusade. Tim Choate was extremely popular on B5 as Zathras (and his brothers, all named Zathras). He also portrayed Pollack on Crusade. Beata Pozniak appeared as Babylon 5's Earth Alliance President Luchenko. Ed Wasser, the evil Mr. Morden on Babylon 5.

As a special promotion, the first 100 orders will receive a special gift: former Star Trek stunt coordinator, Dennis Madalone, has donated 100 copies of his single, "America, We Stand As One," to say thank you to the science fiction fans who purchase the charity photograph. To order the photo online, go to http://www.thegalacticgateway.com, click on shop, and search on the word charity.


Farscape Over at the Farscape website, you can order the 70-minute collection of scores and themes from Music from the Original Soundtrack - Farscape.

Andromeda The first volume of the Andromeda series is about to be released on VHS and DVD! This first volume contains the episodes “Under the Night” and “An Affirming Flame.”

Enterprise All 22 episodes of the first season of Enterprise are covered in this 135-card set!


TV Zone #151 TV Zone #151: This issue marks the passing of Roswell. There are two covers -- one with Max; one with Liz. Inside you'll find a full expisode guide, a look at nine years of X-Files, a chat with Eric Johnson from Smallville and much more.

Expose 68 Expose #68: Kirsten Dunst talks about playing Mary Jane on Spiderman; working with Tobey Maguire and James Franco. Also inside you'll find articles about Adam Rodriguez from Roswell, Sabrina's Melissa Joan Hart and Lost World's Rachel Blakely.

Starburst #286 Starburst #286: With StarWars opening in May, the SF publications will be filled with interviews with cast members, production staff, etc. In this issue of Starburst, we hear from Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and George Lucas. Since Spiderman has just hit theaters, this issue also covers Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe and Sam Raimi. For regular SF readers, there are articles on Angel and Stargate.

Cult Times 80 Cult Times #80: Alias has finally started to get some exposure. This excellent series makes the cover this month and series creator J.J. Abrams talks about his creation -- and Felicity, his other work. Also in this issue, Michael Rosenbaum talks about his Lex Luthor character in Smallville and James Marsters fills you in on his hopes for the future -- and his relationship with Buffy. Lexa Doig gets a chance to speak about her dual role in Andromeda as well.

TV Zone #150 TV Zone #150: David Boreanaz and Producer David Greenwalt chat about what lies ahead for "Angel". Also in this issue: Ira Steven Behr talks about Deep Space Nine; Elisabeth Sladen talks about her role on Dr. Who and Brian Krause gives us some insight into his "Leo" on Charmed.


BABYLON 5's Schedule:



SCIFI has given me a FANTASTIC birthday present! An afternoon of B5 movies. How much better can it get!

June 2:

++ A Call to Arms is usually shown with a few more minutes included, so "Legend of the Rangers" may not start at exactly 9:00pm.


Ranger Stephen reports that Babylon 5 has moved to Bravo (Sky Digital channel 124, selected cable companies), where I think they'll be showing it at 8pm.


Carrie Dobro Peter Woodward

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.


Midnight Nation #11 Midnight Nation #11 will arrive in stores on Wednesday. This issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, penciled by Gary Frank, inked by Jonathan Sibal and colored by Matt Milla.

Amazing Spiderman #44 AMAZING SPIDERMAN: The latest issue is on news stands now.

Amazing Spider-Man #44 will arrive in stores on Aug. 14. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art by John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna.


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

Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest header
Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



After B5 Ranger Bill created this toon for his website www.wondertemp.com, but wanted to share it with readers here at the Zocalo. Thanks Bill.


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.


Here are some of our readers who are having birthdays this month:

Name: John T. Hill
Birthday: May 8

Name: Kevenn T. Smith
Birthday: May 17

Name: Sally Smith
Birthday: May 28

Name: Laurraine Tutihasi
Birthday: May 18


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.


REDEMPTION: Ranger Steve reports that a new discussion group has been created for the upcoming REDEMPTION convention. Redemption 03, 21-23 February 2003, Ashford, Kent, Celebrating 25 years of Blake's 7 and 10 years of Babylon 5. www.smof.com/redemption.


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 "Legend of the Rangers". Most of the cast was in attendance -- a great group of individuals.


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, Bill Mumy and Carrie Dobro 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.


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. The B5 Fan Club site, Thestation.com and it's store, the Emporium, 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.



Vulkon, Atlanta
May 24-26, 2002
Place: Marriot Century Center
Atlanta, GA
Guests: Bruce Boxleitner - CANCELLED. (Jerry Doyle & Tracy Scoggins will be filling in for Bruce.)
Other guests: James Doohan, Bruce Campbell, John Billingsley, Barry Morse
For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com/atlanta/a-hotel.html.

Strong Women of Sci-Fi
May 25-26, 2002
Place: Orlando, FL
B5 Guests: Claudia Christian, Carrie Dobro
For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com.

Star Trek Convention - New York
June 1-2, 2002
Place: Meadowlands Crowne Plaza Hotel
East Rutherford, NJ
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com.

Slanted Fedora, Boston Area
June 7-9, 2002
Place: Sheraton Framingham - Tara
Framingham, MA
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.

Slanted Fedora, Chicago Area
June 21-23, 2002
Place: Radisson Hotel O'Hare
Rosemont, IL
B5 Guest: Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com.

July 4-7, 2002
Place: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
B5 Guest: Carrie Dobro, Bill Blair
For more information, visit their website at http://www.originsgames.com.

Toronto Trek
July 5-7, 2002
Place: Regal Constellation Hotel
Toronto, CA
B5 Guest: Peter Woodward
For more information, visit their website at http://www.tcon.icomm.ca/tt16.

Shore Leave 24
July 12-14, 2002
Place: Hunt Valley Marriott Inn (410) 785-7000
Baltimore, MD
B5 Guest: Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Julie Caitlin Brown
For more information, visit their website at http://www.shore-leave.com.

New Worlds Con
July 13-14, 2002, Leipzig, Germany
Place: Treff Hotel Leipzig
B5 Guest: Ed Wasser
For more information, visit their website at http://www.newworldscon.de.

Vulkon Tampa
July 19-21, 2002
Place: Tampa Airport Hilton Westshore
Tampa, FL
B5 Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown
For more information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com.

Be sure to visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions featuring Babylon 5, Crusade and Legend of the Rangers cast members as guests.


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.


Theodore Bikel - May 2
Michael O'Hare - May 6
Stephen Furst - May 8
Melissa Gilbert-Boxleitner - May 8
Bruce Boxleitner - May 12
Andreas Katsulas - May 18
Doug Wise - May 21
Douglas Netter - May 23
Paul Winfield - May 22
Roy Dotrice - May 26
Harlan Ellison - May 27

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:

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
VP for Marketing and Special Features
Warner Bros.
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, 2002

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