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February 16, 2000 12:31pm EST

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UPDATES: I know it may be hard to find the things that have been added to the page each day, so I'm going to try a couple of different methods. Today, I'll use this color for all updates. Tomorrow the update's information will revert to the color of the rest of the page. Only updates will be in this color. Hopefully this will help you identify NEW items.


The Zocalo will not be updated from Thursday through Sunday. I'll be at the VisionCon convention in Springfield, Missouri, showing the bloopers and doing some panels. What a great way to spend a weekend! Don't let that stop you from sending along your discussion responses or votes for your favorite episodes. It will take me a little while to catch up, but that's half the fun! Take care. See some of you soon!


There are a couple of items up on the ebay auction service that you might be interested in. The Babylon 5 Fan Club has made two posters available. They are:

Season Two Poster that hung in Doug Netter's office at Babylonian Productions.

River of Souls poster from Doug Netter's office.

The Gang


The B5 Fan Club has just made available a Season 3 jacket, just like the one worn by Bruce Boxleitner and John Copeland in this photo. This black, brushed twill jacket has a blue satin lining and is pleated in the back. There is an embroidered B5 on the front, a starburst on the back, a ranger patch on the right sleeve and a B5 shield on the left sleeve. With each purchase you also get a free B5 Fan Club button and Agamemnon hat.Visit The Station for details. The Fan Club has opened up Gold Channel for all Babylon 5 and Crusade fans. Be sure to drop in to see the exclusive photos and background material on the show. It will be updated soon.


Each month the Babylon 5 Fan Club has been releasing scripts from the series. Over the course of the next few months, the Fan Club wants to release your favorite scripts - from any season of the show. With over 100 to choose from, we need your help in selecting which ones to release next.

If you could choose the 20 top episodes, what would they be? Send your responses to or I'll try to keep a tally so that you can see which ones people are voting for. Deadline for voting will be March 20.

Thanks to everyone who has sent in their votes already!


Ranger Anthony reports:

Subscriptions to "Amazing Stories" can be obtained in the UK by contacting the publishers customer services on 018 5841 47 13.


Here's an update on the schedule for the Gallifrey convention this weekend.

JMS is scheduled for a presentation at 4pm on Sunday.

Fiona Avery's schedule is:

"Space Fantasy Television: A How-To -Saturday 2/19, 12:00pm
** Discussion about the planning and implementation of SF television, and the best strategies and success stories

Science Fiction Across the Pond -Sunday 2/20, 2:00pm
** Approaching the craft of science fiction from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, with writers from both the US and UK

She is doing a reading of one of my short stories on Sunday around noon-ish.

She hopes to autograph after my reading, and have scripts available for sale."


Here's the latest from JMS on the next issue of "Rising Stars":

Just to let folks know it's coming out next week. I think this one's the best of the bunch so far, and a LOT happens and gets revealed.

There is more on "Rising Stars" in the JMS Speaks section.


Top Cow Comics, Dynamic Forces and Palisades Marketing are proud to announce the introduction of two toylines from two of the most popular creators in the comics industry today. J. Michael (Babylon 5) Straczynski's Rising Stars action figure line makes its debut this summer, Michael Turner's Fathom action figure line will be on the shelves by the end of the summer. Two incredible toylines, two top creators, three terrific companies. Sculpting is underway and initial photos will be available in the coming weeks.

Amazing #599


The Everything B5 Store has a limited number of issue #597 and #599 of "Amazing Stories". Everything B5 Store. Don't know how long the issues will be available.

Just got a note from a reader indicating that Everything B5 is now out of #597.

I see they also have the Babylon 5 2000 calendar!


Mike Helba has pulled together a fantastic listing of the Babylon 5 videos for your use. He has them listed with episode titles and volume numbers. Video Listing. Thanks Mike. This is a great resource.

Mike has also been doing a lot of very nifty things over at This week he has a profile of Susan Ivanova; last week it was Jeffrey Sinclair. Both are detailed and very nicely done. Hope you'll drop over to see Mike's place. Use this link to read the Susan Ivanova Profile While there, try out the Babylon 5 Trivia. It's pretty nifty.


B Earth Don't know if you have been keeping track of the new "Battlefield Earth" movie featuring John Travolta. There have been some fantastic pictures out on the net, including this poster. John will be the guest at StarFest 2K in April. While they don't have a B5 guest listed, along with John is Kate Mulgrew, John de Lancie and Lisa Howard. For more information, go to

Guess what? Starland DOES have a Babylon 5 person coming to the convention. Stephen Austin, yes our favorite Pak'Ma'Ra is joining the convention in April.

MAGELLAN -- Richard Hatch is putting together a new series entitled "Magellan". He will be showing a clip from this series at VisionCon this month. Richard had been trying to bring back "Battlestar Galactica" but has been tied up in rights. From the reaction of the fans to his initial "BG" footage at DragonCon last year, let's hope "Magellan" gets off the ground.


From: "Jim Green"

Some of us have put together a B5 Poll Site,, and a Crusade Poll Site, .

There are now two for Crusade and two for Babylon 5 from us plus links to four outside polls. This is open to the whole B5 community.

The Deja polls rate Crusade and B5. Thanks to our community, they are now 1 and 2 in the Sci-Fi ratings.

You can suggest topics and question and vote for future ones. We are also looking for links.

Give us your opinion, thanks

Stephen Austin


We had a great chat with Stephen Austin on February 3. The transcript is now available at the TNT website. Be sure to drop over to Stephen's and check out the convention calendar to see if Stephen will be attending a convention near you!


There are a couple of regular chats that you might want to take advantage. One is over at Mike Helba has organized a weekly chat on Wednesdays at 10pm EST.

Another chat is starting up at Groucho's Yahoo Club site. The chat is scheduled for the first Sunday of each month beginning at 5:30pm ET on Sunday. Groucho's is a good place to drop over and chat anytime. I've found a pretty good group of people there at lunchtime (12pm EST).


Ranger Sean says that CRUSADE is now scheduled for a video release in the UK. Each tape will contain 2 episodes; the seventh tape will have only one. Warner UK will release the first two tapes on March 6 and then release one tape per month. For more information, plus a look at the video sleeves, check out


Harlan Ellison will host Beyond 2000, a series of radio dramas based on clasic SF stories and novels. The show premieres on National Public Radio in April. "This will be the most ambitious attempt at doing (science fiction) radio drama since the 1950s, when Dimension X and X Minus One were on," Ellison told Sci-Fi Wire. You can read more about the upcoming series at Sci Fi Wire.


I've added a new page to the reference index. This page covers magazines like DreamWatch, TV Zone, StarBurst and others that have covered Babylon 5 and Crusade over the last several years. This index will expand as I add more issues and new magazines.

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.


Peter Woodward has heard you all asking why he had no photo with his father, Edward, during their Crusade episode together. He now has a photo from "The Long Road" that his father will be signing. Peter will have the photo with him at upcoming conventions.


Date: 2/16/00 9:36:06 AM EST
From: (Cripe, Helen L.)

John Vickery (Neroon, Mr. Welles) had a small part as a lawyer in last night's episode of Judging Amy.

Date: 2/11/00 12:57:10 PM EST
From: (Marlies Singh)

Hi, Sandy,

Jason Carter will appear in the episode "Eleven Angry Men & One Dick" of the show "3rd Rock From the Sun" on February 18. Here on the East Coast it runs at 6 PM daily.

I usually post Jason Carter's upcoming TV appearances on the forum at his fanclub ( or at the Jason Carter/Marcus Cole Forum of Fans ( - just in case any of his fans haven't found those sites yet.

Marlies Singh

A&E has begun showing the "Murder She Wrote" episodes that jms co-produced and/or wrote. Last night's episode (Wednesday) has Andrea Thompson.

Date: 2/10/00 12:21:52 PM EST

Hi, Sandy!

Mike Vejar directed last night's (2/9/00) episodes of BOTH "Seven Days" and "Voyager"! "Seven Days" was by far one of their best episodes, stylish and creative! Great work!

Date: 2/10/00 6:57:38 PM EST
From: (jeff feroce)

Hi Sandy:

Had a B5 sighting the other day. I was watching the 1985 movie "Weird Science" (Anthony Michael Hall, etc) and spotted Robert Rusler as one of the high school kids in the movie. He had a few lines and played along side Robert Downy, jr. as one of the "in-crowd" teens.

Date: 2/9/00 11:11:25 PM EST
From: (Louis Bonnell)

Hi Sandy,

In Sunday's (02/06/00) X-Files, Mark Rolston, who played Karl Mueller in the Eps "The Quality Of Mercy" pn1117,tn212 was featured as Mr.Lapaire...the grief stricken father of an abucted little girl. It's a two parter so he'll be in this Sunday's(02/13/00) show.

Also,I've seen Mary Jo Slater's CSA credit on some...that is one,show recently but I can't recall the show. Sorry.

Ranger Bill


Last updated: February 14, 2000

This section has a lot of information, directly from JMS. Read about working with WB in the early days of the show; his upcoming "Amazing Stories" short story and production of "Rising Stars". What does he think of Jerry's upcoming campaign? Check out the latest in the JMS Speaks section.


Tim Choate's play "Medea" by Euripides, opened this past weekend. Tim plays Jason (of the Argonauts and Golden Fleece fame). Performances are every Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 6pm through March 12th at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Old Town Pasadena. The address is 35 South Raymond Street inside the historic Brayley Building. Parking is conveniently located next door. Tickets are $18 (students and seniors are $12). Reservations and other information can be had by calling (626) 440-0821.

Michael O'Hare will be appearing in an upcoming "Law and Order" episode entitled "Black, White and Blue". The episode was shot last week, so we can start looking for it in about 6 weeks.

Jason Carter has come out with a second, expanded edition of his poetry. This edition includes photos from Jason's own collection as well as his unpublished poems. You can order a copy at Pipeline Productions.

Bruce Boxleitner begins filming an episode of "Outer Limits" this week. Ranger Debra reports that Bruce will be playing a presidential candidate in the episode.


OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #20 . The theme of this issue is "Time Travel". Stephen C. Smith examines the nature of time travel and looks at the science behinnd the time travel events in Babylon 5. The special Babylon 5 timeline continues in this issue. War Without End - Part 2 is featured in the Station Log and Zathras takes center stage in a number of features. I have to admit, the feature on The Zocalo Today is really, really nice!

TV Zone #123 - Are you interested in visual effects or fantasy art? Then here's an issue for you. Wayne Barlowe, the artist who brought the creepy creatures in "Thirdspace" to life is interviewed in this issue. The sketches showing his early perception of what was needed in this TV movie are awesome.

TV Zone Special #36 - Bruce Boxleitner talks about his new book, "Frontier Earth", his work on the B5 CD-ROM "Into the Fire", shooting the final episode of Babylon 5, "Sleeping in Light" and a lot of other topics.


This week's discussion topics:
Every character on Babylon 5 changed over the course of the series. Which character do you feel changed the most -- and what changes were the most significant?

Readers have sent in some great responses. Follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page. Send an e-mail message response to either The Zocalo or bruckner@isnnews.nt..


Last year, when TNT canceled J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade, a group of fans joined together in an effort to save the show. As we fought together, we discovered that we shared not only a love of Babylon 5 and Crusade, but also a passionate commitment to the progressive values advocated in these shows and other quality science fiction. To put this energy to use, a group of us have formed a new nonprofit corporation, The Ulysses Foundation, which will raise money for research that combines scientific progress and social justice. The proceeds of our fundraising campaigns will be donated to reputable research institutions engaged in projects that reflect our interests.

In the spirit of the Excalibur's mission and in honor of Crusade, the Ulysses Foundation is proud to announce our first campaign:

Crusade for a Cure:
A Call to Arms against AIDS

". . . to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield."

Crusade for a Cure is a year-long fundraising drive culminating in a convention and gala dinner, the purpose of which is to raise money for research toward affordable AIDS vaccines and treatments.

The convention and dinner will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, in Costa Mesa, California on September 15-17, 2000. David Allen Brooks and Maggie Egan are *confirmed* as guests, and Peter Woodward, Carrie Dobro, and Marjean Holden have expressed their willingness to participate. Invitations are also being sent to Daniel Dae Kim, Gary Cole, Tracy Scoggins, Richard Biggs, Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Conaway, Tim Choates, Steven Furst, Fiona Avery, Evan Chen, John Vulich, and others. (Note: Guests reserve the right to cancel their appearances due to emergencies or other professional commitments.) All profits from the convention, dinner, and sales of related merchandise will be donated to a premier AIDS research foundation.

For further information and to order tickets for the convention and dinner come to the Ulysses Foundation website, In the near future, Crusade for a Cure merchandise including t-shirts, postcards, and more will also be available on the site. You can send questions about the convention to Send all other inquiries to or




Bill Mumy - February 1
John Schuck - February 4
Michael Beck - February 4
Ardwight Chamberlain - February 16 (the voice of Kosh)
Karen Harrell - February 21
Majel Barrett Roddenberry - February 23
John Iacovelli - February 25
Matt Plummer - February 26
Babylon 5 History

2260 - The Babylon 5 War Council decides to contact the First Ones
2260 - Michael Garibaldi received the Book of G'Quan from G'Kar
2259 - The first Rangers arrive on Babylon 5
2221 - Birth of Michael Alfredo Garibaldi

February 22, 1993 - The Gathering Premieres in the US

** These dates are taken from the SlowDazzle calendar. I hope they are close!


For February, the B5 Fan Club has two scripts available.

"A Voice in the Wilderness", part 1 can be ordered using this link.

Voice 2 The autographed version of "A Voice in the Wilderness" is available via this link.

Voice 3 To order "A Voice in the Wilderness" - Part 2 use this link.

To order the autographed version of Part 2, use this link.

Babylon 5 Bible -- The original Season One Babylon 5 Writer's Bible. This massive tome weighs in at over 60 pages with comprehensive backgrounds on all characters and story arc; as well as guidelines for writing SF for TV. This document is peppered with original (color and B&W) illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to place an order Babylon 5 Writer's Bible.

Babylon 5 Series Treatment -- This beautifully bound original Babylon 5 Series Treatment written in September 1988, was used to sell the series. It contains different characters than were ever seen in the show. This treatment was ONLY given to Network/Studio heads. This document is peppered with original color illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to order your copy from the Emporium Babylon 5 Series Treatment.

Ordering Information: There are a number of ways to order merchandise from the Club:

Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, or by fax. The Fax number is 1-818-771-1677.

FOR PHONE ORDERS: Here are the numbers to use: 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 . Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 10-6pm PST. If no one answers the phone, please leave your credit card information on the voicemail. Val and Tony do process orders based on the time-stamped voicemail messages. Be sure to leave your phone number as well, just in case they have any questions.

You can send a check or money order for merchandise -- made payable to Babylon 5 Fan Club -- to Official Babylon 5 Fan Club, P.O. Box 856, North Hollywood, CA 91603.

** For all orders done by mail, it's best to send in an order form with your check or money order. Use this link to get a copy of the Order Form. There is a new reference list as well, so that you can check to see what merchandise is still available. Ref List.


cartoon Another toon from Todd.

I'm moving some cartoons from Todd and Tye over to a new page so that you can enjoy them longer than just a week. Check out the new Toons Page!

There's an interesting competition going on right now over at ToonZone. It's asking people to submit a "punch line" for a B5 cartoon. Pop over and try your hand at filling in the bubble!

Got toons? Want to share them? Drop me a line at and let's chat!



Andreas Katsulas has been added to the roster of guests at FarPoint this year. Dates are October 6-8.

Tim Choate will be conducting two signings in Germany next month. One signing is in Stuttgart at Cinefest (March 20). The other signing is in Bochum at The Movie Shop (March 19). I'll post more information when it's available.

For further information, check out the convention calendar.


The Convention Reports page includes: Sci-Fi Cruise, Best of Both Worlds (Sydney), Praxis, Tropicon, Slanted Fedora (Raleigh), Vulkon (Orlando) and United Fan Con are now loaded in the Reports section. My report on Far Point, with a few photos is also there. Catch the new photos in the convention photo gallery.

If you have experiences you'd like to share -- or photos -- send them along. We'd love to see/read them.


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 The Zocalo. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .


I've received some new photos from John Upton, Paul and Marti Baltrunas and Nancy & Grieg Pederson of conventions to share. They are now in the Photo Gallery Thanks for sending them along. They are wonderful!

If you have photos to add to the convention gallery, let me know. If you'd like to start a reader's gallery, that's possible as well. Just send along your photo and I'll begin a rogue's gallery for everyone to enjoy!

If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at or


Want to know what conventions are ahead for the Babylon 5 and/or Crusade cast and crew? Use this link Convention Calendar.

Coming Up Next:

Gallifrey One
Feb. 18-20, 2000; The Airtel Plaza Hotel; Van Nuys, CA
Guest: J. Michael Straczynski, Peter Woodward, Carrie Dobro, David Allen Brooks, Fiona Avery, Maggie Egan, Julie Caitlin Brown

For more information, send a note to Gallifrey Conventions, PO Box 3021, North Hollywood, CA 91609 or call 818-752-3756. Visit their web site at:

February 18-20, 2000; Springfield, MO
Guests: Michael O'Hare, Wortham (Bob) Krimmer

For more information, call 417-886-7219 or write to Visioncon 2000, PO Box 1415, Springfield, MO 65801-1415. Visit their website at .


There are some new and interesting items in the Trading Post. Take a look. If you have items you'd like to trade, post a note here. If you need a particular item, the Trading Post or Message Board could help you find it. Use this link to see what is listed. 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

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.

The Zocalo - Today, Issue #3

I just put out a copy of The Zocalo Today - Issue #3 in PDF format, for those of you who like to have a hard-copy version of the newsletter. The Zocalo, Issue #3. You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat to open the file. If you don't have that, please go to Adobe and download a copy of the software.


We haven't forgotten all the wonderful pages created in support of Babylon 5 or Crusade. They now have their own page! I've added a few new ones, so be sure to use the button at the top of the page or Links Page.


February 19
7 am ET/PT "Phoenix Rising"

February 26
7 am ET/PT "Day of the Dead"

March 4
7 am ET/PT "The Ragged Edge"


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!


If you would like to take some flyers to a convention to help spread the word that The Zocalo is Back! drop me a line. I'll be glad to send you some in the mail. I've created a PDF file that can be downloaded and printed. Flyer Thanks for helping to spread the word about The Z!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (
The Zocalo Today


BABYLON 5 Awards Your web site, "The Zocalo Today", has been chosen to receive the BABYLON 5 UK TOP FLIGHT award ! Your coverage of the J. Michael Straczynski universe of Babylon 5 and Crusade is top flight ! Late breaking news, books, merchandise, cast & crew tid bits and humor, The Zocalo Today seems to be a one stop fan resource.

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