A Mile Closer to the Stars
Mark Bernstein has been in fandom since 1973, and active in filk since 1974. He's been a guest at Consonance, Musicon, OVFF, and FilKONtario, and won the Pegasus award for his version of Robert Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth." He has released on CD of his poetry and storytelling, "Tusks Are Optional."
John Caspell is a tall, balding, myopic mesomorph. He's been reading SF for 45-odd years, playing
guitar for forty, and terrorizing conventions from Atlanta to Victoria with his filk stylings for
sixteen, lately in collaboration with his partner in crime, er, music, Brooke Lunderville.
Blues comedian, filker. Plays instruments well
Terence Chua was introduced to the filking scene at the 1999 Worldcon in Melbourne. Five Pegasus Award nominations and two GOH slots later, he's still here, and wants everyone to know
that he finds it horrifying that his songs will start to qualify for the "Classic Filk Song" category
Cheryl Clark was born in Rochester, NY, a mistake she rectified in 1990 by moving to Colorado. She was introduced to filk in 1999 and was immediately hooked. In addition to singing and
songwriting, Cheryl sews, does needlework and beadwork, and collects bats, Barbie dolls and
trivia. She also writes fiction and does computer art. In her mundane life she works for Cigna. She is single but does not have cats.
Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. A mild-
manner structural engineer in mundania, at cons he can be found on stage or in the filk room
offering songs of space flight, lunar colonies and hyperspace hotels.
Contrary to earlier reports, Paul is not the last remaining member of an ancient and noble alien race, but is the last remaining member of his band, Dr. Snark, purveyors of musical silliness.
Denise A. Gendron has been a musician and SF fan for about 40 years, but a combination of them
for only about 10. She has found the works of Lois McMaster Bujold especially inspirational, both
for writing songs and finding the courage to perform them. She is available for conversations and CDs.
Tech Writer. News Anchor. Stand-Up Comedian. Musician. Geek. These words all describe Lynn Gold, who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been active in northern California fandom long enough to watch many fen go from embryo to adult. She's been actively filking since the early 90s. Some of her songs ("He's Not On The Net," "Iguanas (They're Not Just For Breakfast Any More)," and "Grandma's Training Bra") appear on convention compilation tapes. She is also active with Consonance, the San Francisco Bay area's filk convention.
Bill Laubenheimer enjoys filking as a way to unwind from his daily preoccupation with the
popular Silicon Valley pastime of starting a software company. However, he finds himself unable to avoid mixing those environments by writing songs about computers and fandom, and even accompanying his performance with music from his computer.
Pharmacist by day, Banjola player by night, Subtle: not really..
Shy, but clear sweet voice. Also does belly dancing. Hails from Oregon
(by Kathleen Sloan)
Mary Miller loves older filk. I've been filking for how long?!? It wasn't old then
Tim Miller is a fan from the Dallas area. He has been going to conventions for 20 years now and has been
working on and helping run conventions for most of that time. He is a main force behind the Dallas-Fort Worth Fencon, and recently became an Interfilk Board director.
Anne Harlan Prather (aka Aislinn) graduated with a bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance. She
is currently completing a PH.D. in botany at the University of Washington. She has released four recordings: Space Heroes and Other Fools (1982), Storyteller (1983) High Wings (19899 and Renaissance
(1990). She has taught guitar for over 30 years.
Roberta Rogow is a long-time Fan, Filker, Costumer, and Writer, with eight audio-tapes, two CDs, and a filkzine to her credit. She has had four mystery novels published. Roberta recently retired from her position as Children's Librarian to devote more time to filking, writing, and attending SF and Mystery
Andrew M. Ross is an attorney and filker who has co-directed the music programming at Oregon's OryCon for the past three years. He lives and works in Eugene, Oregon, where he is known for his irreverent political songs, detection-oriented role playing games, and satyrical cuisine and cocktails. He and his wife, Jennifer Rosenberg, have two children.
Kathy Sands found SF at an early age, transitioning there from children's fantasy in 4th grade, but didn't find fandom till '74. Addiction to fanfiction & filk followed almost immediately, but evolution from
audience to circle-singer to performer took a couple-three more decades. She has 2 CDs to date, 3rd due later this year, mostly silly. Look for her in the dealers room.
Joey Shoji has attended many worldcons First: Denvention Two.
Leader of Filkers Plays a guitar of small size marvelous beader (by Char MacKay). Kathleen Sloan has been a fan and a filker since 1976. Originally from Ohio, she now makes Denver her
home. She has been on the Interfilk Board of Directors since 1994 and was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 200x. You can identify her by her rainbow beaded name badge holder and she can be found doing beadwork while listening to filk at filk cons all across the country. She is honored to be the toastmaster at Concertino 2009.
Harold Stein is an energetic figure at Northeastern conventions, recording concerts and open filks and
getting people copies of their own performances. He is a member of the Art Show staff and will be
attending Concertino 2009 as Techno-Guest. He has recorded and published 5 CDs so far and has a website. Harold is currently working on Kathy Sands CD #3 and the Contata 2008
Gerry and Sandy Tyra were introduced to Filk in the 1970's while Gerry was going to Purdue with Mike
Longcor. In 1999, they got into sound support and recording. Since then, they have worked WorldCon,
NASFiC, WesterCon, LosCon, Consonance, ConChord and GAFilk. Gerry's day job is a software engineer
with Lockheed Martin. Sandy's day job is hanging onto Gerry's leash.