October 11, 1999

What's New


IT WAS MARVELOUS!!!! I don't know what more I can say about Far Point! It was THE best convention I've been to in a LONG time. I had a ball and I hope everyone who attended had as much fun as I did. Peter Jurasik was superb, Peter Woodward and Carrie Dobro were fantastic -- and surprise guest Bob Krimmer was a hoot! The other guests there were no slouches either! JAMES DARREN -- ahhh -- I think that I'll have to get copies of the DS9 episodes featuring Vic Fontaine! This man is marvelous. Not only does he look stupendous -- he can croon a tune that will melt your heart! Mary Kay Adams, who I remember more from her "Guiding Light" days than as Na'Toth on B5, was one of the sweetest people. She and Peter J. had a great time dancing to one song James sang on stage Sunday afternoon. Krimmer got into the act as well -- dancing with Peter J. Now that's a match made somewhere! More on this later.


The 2nd Annual Galaxy Ball, hosted by Robert Beltran from ST Voyager, will be held on October 30 in Los Angeles at the Marriott Hotel Los Angeles Airport. It supports the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. Robert has gathered a stellar (no pun intended) group of individuals this year -- the guest list is phenominal! Included so far are:

Bruce Boxleitner
Jason Carter
Walter Koenig -- new addition
Robert Trebor (Xena & Hercules)
Kate Mulgrew
Robert McNeill
Ethan Phillips
Tim Russ
Garrett Wang

I think that it is marvelous that this individuals are giving of their time for this very worthwhile cause!

You can learn all about it over at Galaxy Ball . Send an e-mail note to: If you aren't on the web, you can write to Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, Inc., 8949 Reseda Blvd., Suite 109, Northridge, CA 91324-3943 or call (818) 718-6363; fax (818) 718-6362.


I have added a couple of new sections to The Zocalo. One is Letters. Sometimes there's something you want to share and there's no appropriate place -- so send me a letter and I'll put it into the Letters section.

The other new section deals with CHARITIES. While at Far Point this weekend, I learned about two charities that will tug at your heartstrings! One is supported by Peter Jurasik and he did one heck of a job this weekend raising money! A little baby is in need of a double transplant -- liver and intestines! Peter is putting a tremendous effort into supporting the National Transplant Assistance Fund. Their web site is at National Transplant Assistance Fund. More on this soon from Peter.

There are a LOT of other charities supported by the B5 Cast and others in the science fiction community -- like the Galaxy Ball at the top of the page! I'll be gathering more information to place on the Charity page so that you can learn about what these wonderful people are doing to help those who are less fortunate.


Here's something you will NOT want to miss. The Fan Club has just placed two items out at the ebay auction site. Both items are unique!

Babylon 5 Season One Poster -- never before available to the public. This poster hung in the B5 Production Office for 5 years. Use this link B5 Season One Poster.

In 1997, Warner Bros. ran a congratulations announcement in the Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter after Babylon 5 won the Hugo Award for "Severed Dreams". This announcement has been professionally framed and was Douglas Netter's personal copy. Use this link to view the poster and place a bid Severed Dreams poster.

BABYLON 5 CALENDAR FOR 2000: The new official Babylon 5 2000 Calendar can now be viewed at CalendarMart. I believe it's being done by SlowDazzle in the UK.

A word of news from Ranger Gail! Uncomyn Gifts is taking orders for the Babylon 5 2000 calendar. Uncomyn Gifts is a great place to show for B5 merchandise, so THANK YOU Gail and Uncomyn for the calendar availability.


From JMS: As an FYI to those who've been waiting, RISING STARS #2 makes its appearance this week at a comics store near you. It's a good one, concerning invulnerability, what it *really* would mean, what good or bad results would come of living with it...and the mystery of how you kill someone who can't be killed.

BABYLON 5 SIMULATION GAME: People over at have organized a petition to voice fan support for the game. If you would like to participate in the petition, please use this link Petition 2 For those of you who prefer the more direct approach, a letter can be dropped to the following address: David Grenewetski, President, Sierra On-Line, Inc. 3380 146th Place S.E., Suite 300, Bellevue, WA 98007.

Babylon 5 Profiles Cards: One of our Rangers tells me that the card set has been delayed until October 13.

NEW SECTION AT THE ZOCALO: Other Science Fiction News. If you have information about another science fiction program you watch you want to share, pass it along and it will be posted on this new page. It's a way of sharing your views, opinions about other programs you enjoy.


I'm trying to line up some guests for chats, so stay tuned! We had a lot of fun with Marjean Holden, Carrie Dobro and David Allen Brooks. We'll do more soon.

JMS Speaks

I have gathered some of the more interesting and important postings from JMS on various on-line services. Click here for JMS Postings Last updated: October 6, 1999. JMS recently made a statement regarding the future of the Babylon 5 Fan Club. Read Fan Club Transition .


The following members of the Babylon 5/Crusade "family" will be celebrating birthdays this month. May they have many, many more

Jeff Conaway - October 5
John Vulich (Optic Nerve) - October 10
John Copeland - October 13
Linda Huse (set costumer) - October 16


Peter Woodward is currently in South Carolina filming "The Patriot" -- a new Mel Gibson movie! Peter's character is General O'Hara! Peter is also at work on Men at Arms a half hour entertainment series documenting use of weaponry through demonstration, reenactment and film clips. Peter is Creator/Writer and it is being produced by Greystone Entertainment.

Jason Carter's episode of "G vs E" will air on October 31. The episode title is "Cliffhanger". He also has a unique item in our Trading Post section. Take a peek Trading Post item.

Daniel Dae Kim was recently spotted in the new Kevin Costner movie "For the Love of the Game"!

Bill Mumy has a new CD out. It's entitled "In the Current".

Gary Cole will appear in "Side Man", Warren Leight's story of a jazz musician and his family and career, for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company this fall. Gary will be joining the cast, which features Rondi Reed, midway through the run, starting sometime in mid-October, and continuing through November 7.

Bruce Boxleitner has a new book coming out in November, "Frontier Earth" For more information about the book, visit For a review of the book, visit the BB Grapevine.

Sept. 13: Mira Furlan will be performing in the New Group world premiere of CRANES, a play by Dmitry Lipkin at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street in New York City). Previews begin October 8 and the play officially open October 20th. The show closes on November 14. For tickets call (212) 279-4200. Visit for information about ticket prices and show times.


This week's discussion topic: What was your favorite Crusade episode -- and why?

Visit the Discussion Topic page to see what other topics have been discussed. Discussion Topic

Share your views with us! Send in your submissions to The Zocalo. Please put Discussion Topic in the subject line.


The Gathering script is still available through October 8. Use this linke to place your order The Gathering .

Midnight On the Firing Line Episode One/Season One -- went on sale yesterday at It's $20 and available only during October! Use this link to place your order Midnight Script.

Something you all have been waiting for -- JACKETS! Yes, Crusade jackets are now on sale -- during October only -- for $250. Here's a link to Crusade Jacket.

Here's the description:
[Available to the public for the first time: the original Crusade cast and crew jacket. This oversize wool jacket features Dolman sleeves, a satin lining and a snap closure. This special order item is only available for the month of October only. For December delivery.]

Crusade Writer's Bible

This is a 25+ page publication that gives background on the series, the main and supporting characters and even a little on the Apocolypse Box! This is just like the document given to potential writers of episodes for the series. Use this link to purchase a Crusade Writer's Bible from The Fan Club.

Membership Credits:
The Club has a chart up at that shows what credit you will receive based on your membership expiration date.

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

Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, by phone at 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 or fax to 1-818-753-7655. If you are outside the US/Canada, the phone number is 1-425-643-9939. Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 9-5pm PST.

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.


Precedence Entertainment has a number of collectible card games associated with Babylon 5. They even have announced one for "Crusade"! Check out their website at for release dates and upcoming products.


FINAL RECKONING IS OUT! It includes a bonus excerpt from the next "Babylon 5" novel, LEGIONS OF FIRE: THE LONG NIGHT OF CENTAURI PRIME, by Peter David. This novel launches the three-book Centauri Republic series, and THE LONG NIGHT OF CENTAURI PRIME is scheduled to go on sale the first Tuesday of December.

LEGIONS OF FIRE will be followed by two more LEGIONS OF FIRE novels which will weave through Babylon 5 and Crusade territories. In the second half of next year or the beginning of 2001, Jeanne Cavelos (of THE SHADOW WITHIN fame) will begin her Techno-mage trilogy.

Precedence Entertainment and DelRey Books have entered into a cross-marketing agreemnt for Babylon 5 products. What does this mean? When you buy the next DelRey Book there will be a mail-in coupon in the back of the book. You will send that into Precedence for a special promotional card, completely tournament legal in the CCG.

You can read the entire press release on the News Page .


Todd Brugmans has created another wonderful toon for our enjoyment. Thanks Scotsman

Convention Calendar

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:

Best of Both Worlds
October 23-24, 1999, Sydney University
Guests: Bruce Boxleitner, Richard Biggs, Marjean Holden, Sandra Bruckner (B5 Fan club)

For more information, send e-mail to Adele or Brian at or visit their web site at

October 23-24, Bristol, England
Place: Stakis Bristol Hotel
Crusade Guests: Peter Woodward

For more information, send a SAE to: Convergence, 46 Brins Close, Stoke Gifford, BRISTOL< England, BS34 8XU. Visit their web site at


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'll start up an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .

Our Photo Gallery

We've captured some of the ComLinkers on film -- yes, at conventions. Here are just a few pictures people have sent along for all of us to share Convention Pictures If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at or

Zocalo Trading Post

We know a number of you collect the B5 trading cards from Fleer/Skybox and collectible cards from Precedence. If you want to trade with others here at The Zocalo, this area is reserved for postings of that sort. Use this link to see what others have to trade. Trading Post. To list items to trade, 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.

TRADING PARTNERS: Here's a suggestion for those of you in the US or abroad that find it's really hard to get your hands on Babylon 5 merchandise -- whether it's magazines or whatever. Why not find yourself a trading partner! For example, I have a great friend in the UK -- Mark -- who helps me with all the magazines published in the UK that feature B5 or Crusade! He sends me the magazines and in exchange, I send him things he can't get in England -- like the trading cards or the novels or the "Rising Stars" comic books! There are a lot of things that you can exchange -- and it's FUN too!


TV Zone - Issue #119 -- has a great special feature on Crusade. It's a good behind-the-scenes look at "Patterns of the Soul". This was a big episode for Carrie Dobro's character "Dureena" and the photos from the episode are great! Also included are some reviews of Crusade episodes -- in the back of the issue! Don't go there if you are a FAN of the series!

Cult Times - Special #11 -- Has the entire Crusade cast on the cover! Cool! They do a good job of talking with the cast about their characters and how they felt about the series!

Cult Times -- #48 - September -- talks with John Copeland about his efforts on Crusade as producer and director. John has been intricately involved in all aspects of the show and always has valuable insights.

The Zocalo - Today, Issue #2

Since I know some of you would prefer a hard-copy of the newsletter, here's what could be produced. Use this link to view the PDF file. The Zocalo, Issue #2. 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.

Babylon 5/Crusade Links

We haven't forgotten all the wonderful pages created in support of Babylon 5 or Crusade. They now have their own page! Use the link at the top of the page or Links Page.


For readers in Canada, visit the Babylon 5 Information Page for the latest on Crusade and Babylon 5

The lucky folks in Bellingham, WA will begin viewing Crusade on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 9pm. It's available via Roger's Basic Cable out of Vancouver, Canada.

Channel Nine in Australia will begin showing "Crusade" on September 30.

Norway's TV2 has purchased the rights to Crusade. No air date has been announced.


October 9
7 am ET/PT -- "Falling Towards Apothesis"
8 am ET/PT -- "The Long Night"

October 16
7 am ET/PT -- "Into the Fire"
8 am ET/PT -- "Epiphanies"

October 23
7 am ET/PT -- "The Illusion of Truth"
8 am ET/PT -- "Atonement"

October 30
7 am ET/PT -- "Racing Mars"
8 am ET/PT -- "Lines of Communication"


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