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     Tuesday, September 12 2006 @ 03:04 PM EDT
    Has anyone EVER posted here???

    *echo*

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     Tuesday, September 12 2006 @ 09:14 PM EDT
    Well, here's a general club matter that I've been meaning to approach for the last year or so. How does one become a full fledged member of the Gallifreyan Embassy, if one does not live in the New York area?

    Many thanks for any help.

    Shoggoth (Dave)

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     Friday, September 15 2006 @ 07:53 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  shoggoth] Well, here's a general club matter that I've been meaning to approach for the last year or so. How does one become a full fledged member of the Gallifreyan Embassy, if one does not live in the New York area?

    Many thanks for any help.

    Shoggoth (Dave)


    Hey Dave,

    I you can consider yourself a full fledged member now. Originally we collected membership dues for members ("Ambassadors") to pay for the expense of printing and mailing a monthly newsletter and help offset the costs of the membership kit (originally a pin and membership card in addition to the newsletters. At one time the card would give you discounts are participating local vendors in our area). But since we are no longer publishing a printed newsletter (this web site has replaced it for all intent and purposes), and we no longer have membership kits... and visitors here and listeners to our podcast can voluntarily donate money to help offset the costs of delivery content electronically around the world... We have done away with membership dues.

    Now as far as this section of the forum goes... it was created in hopes that people who are still active in the club could use this space to discuss club-related matters (i.e. get-togethers, conventions, movie outings, etc.) whatever that was open to to the public to attend. But they have been somewhat shy in being active on the site. I can't explain why really.

    Ken and I have spoken about organizing meetings again... more along the lines of what DWNY and DWIN by having tavern meet-ups. The trouble with both Ken and I are that we maintain very busy and hectic schedules between everything we do respectively, that we never really could put a date together to do it. So this forum could be used for organizing such meet-ups if desired.

    Since our visitors on our site and our listeners to our podcast are from all over the world... we have developed into a global community... and it seems a little unfair to do something locally when only a small percentage of our audience can be part of it. That's not to say we wouldn't do it, but perhaps we could turn it into an event that everyone could be part of in some way (i.e. such as doing a podcast from a meetup location perhaps).

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Thursday, September 21 2006 @ 08:27 PM EDT
    Actually, if there is still a terrestrial club that meets up, I'd be interested. I have an ulterior motive for expressing this interest. Even though I have a television, I don't have the SciFi channel. What's worse, I don't have cable at all. Just curious if people meet up to watch the new episodes together. I'm on Long Island (by the way).

    I did catch some Eccelston reruns on BBC Three last week when I was in England and School Reunion played on the flight back to the States. Nice to see Sarah Jane again; she was my favorite companion.

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     Thursday, September 21 2006 @ 09:51 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  theangler] Actually, if there is still a terrestrial club that meets up, I'd be interested. I have an ulterior motive for expressing this interest. Even though I have a television, I don't have the SciFi channel. What's worse, I don't have cable at all. Just curious if people meet up to watch the new episodes together. I'm on Long Island (by the way).

    I did catch some Eccelston reruns on BBC Three last week when I was in England and School Reunion played on the flight back to the States. Nice to see Sarah Jane again; she was my favorite companion.

    The DWNY group has met on the Island at least once for a video meet. You can check out the schedule at DWNY. Most of the meets are in Manhattan and Queens.

    Taras

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     Saturday, June 02 2007 @ 10:15 AM EDT
    Louis,

    Could you point me in the direction of some general historical information about the Gallifreyan Embassy? Is there a formal date that is commemorated as the founding of the Embassy? Has it continuously existed since its founding? What was membership like in its pre-2005 heyday? What was it like in the Love and Monsters days? Was it co-founded by you and Ken, or were you guys just members of a pre-existing group that you sort of inherited?

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     Saturday, June 02 2007 @ 10:17 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] Louis,

    Could you point me in the direction of some general historical information about the Gallifreyan Embassy? Is there a formal date that is commemorated as the founding of the Embassy? Has it continuously existed since its founding? What was membership like in its pre-2005 heyday? What was it like in the Love and Monsters days? Was it co-founded by you and Ken, or were you guys just members of a pre-existing group that you sort of inherited?


    You want to read Louis 'A Journal of Impossible Things' don't you? Big Grin

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     Saturday, June 02 2007 @ 11:35 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] Louis,

    Could you point me in the direction of some general historical information about the Gallifreyan Embassy? Is there a formal date that is commemorated as the founding of the Embassy? Has it continuously existed since its founding? What was membership like in its pre-2005 heyday? What was it like in the Love and Monsters days? Was it co-founded by you and Ken, or were you guys just members of a pre-existing group that you sort of inherited?


    You will want to start here. I wrote that article two years ago to mark the 20th anniversary of the organization.

    It is actually our anniversary month now. It will be in fact, on June 18th, our 22nd anniversary. It was then, in 1985, that I founded the organization.

    The organization was loosely modeled after the Gallifreyan government... In doing so, our respective titles we held reflected that of Gallifrey. So I was "Lord President," then we had a "Castellan" and a flock of Cardinals in the High Council... Ken worked his way up to Castellan, before him, I believe we had Mitch R. and Christan C. in that position. The "Anti-Doctor" who you heard in a couple interviews (Jon Pertwee and Colin Baker) from our past on Doctor Who: Podshock was Chancellor.

    Though we made sure that we didn't get bogged down by the 'government' of the organization... by that I mean, I had witness several fan-oriented organizations that got so inthralled by the structure of the organization by constantly voting on new bylaws and regulations, etc. that the meetings seemed more like a chore than a fun experience. So I made sure that the 'business' of the club took a very minimum amount of time at each meeting... and never to get bogged down in it. So our meetings were fairly fun and pulled in a good amount of people each month.

    I was still in university at the time, but I led the organization and served as editor/designer of the printed newsletter for its first four years. But after almost a half a decade, I felt it was time for me to move on. It was a great deal of work and at the time, things have changed in the world of Doctor Who fandom. Michael Grade had been successful in his campaign to terminate the series. There were no new episodes. There were less and less dedicated events taking place... and such. But most importantly, I felt it was just time for me to move on to work on other projects. So I became the "President at Large" or "Founder at Large" or something like that... No one else took the title, but others filled in with the duties. Beth led the organization with the Anti-Doctor at that time and along with Genie, Lois, and the rest of the newsletter committee continued to publish the newsletter Ambassadors of Life and hold meetings.

    Ken stayed involved a bit more than I, but he too moved on with his other projects as well but still kept his pulse on the club.

    The club expanded to include other science fiction genres outside of British science fiction... So the newsletter covered everything from Star Trek to Quantum Leap and whatever else happened to be going on in the science fiction scene at that time in the vast chasm when there was no new Doctor Who being made.

    I would pop into meetings from time to time though Ken attended more frequently than myself.

    As time went on, many of the key people found that their lives were taking them outside of this area... they had moved across the country and perhaps by the time of the early to mid 2000's things have been quieting down in the club.

    When the news of the series coming back first came out, I felt it was time that the club steps back up and rejoice in the splendor of new Doctor Who... Genie was running the website at that point, many props to her for creating and maintaining a website for the club over the years... I felt it should be interactive. Especially since we were not meeting up on a regular basis anymore at this time and the printed newsletter had ceased publication. This website that we are now using takes the place of both. So now I was (and am) doing the website...

    Late in 2004, I had taken up listening to podcasts on my iPod as I have a bit of a commute each day. I had contacted the host of one of the podcasts I was listening to at the time stating that I wanted to start up a podcast. He had encouraged me to do so. With the new series launching in Spring of 2005, what better time to start a podcast for the Gallifreyan Embassy! The only trouble was just as I was gearing up to launch Doctor Who: Podshock... I got a bad case of bronchitis -- I was coughing up a lung (or so it seemed at the time) and my voice was shot. I really didn't want to start a podcast under those circumstances. I had already got Ken on board with the idea. It was a natural idea as Ken was already involved in radio. One of the podcasts I was listening to at the time was the James Naughton Podcast in which he spoke of doing a Doctor Who podcast if there was enough interest from his listeners. I got in touch with James and told him of my plans and how I would love to have him involved. He agreed and the rest is shall we say is history.

    The podcast didn't launch until the summer though. Tom Dillahunt was already doing PodcastWho at the time, but I didn't think we would conflict as our show was going to be different enough that listeners could enjoy both shows. We had Tom on our show early on and he still has an open invite with us. He was the first out of the gate doing a Doctor Who podcast. In hindsight, perhaps it worked out well that we were delayed in ours as I would hate to think that perhaps Tom may not have started his if there was already one out there.

    So here we are today. 22 years later.... the club is different... regenerated if you will. But so is fandom really. With the advent of the internet being common in everyone's home... it really has made a difference in fandom.

    As for all those the people that carried on the club in the lean years, hats off to them all. The club existed in some form or another throughout it's 22 year lifetime. Something I myself couldn't do alone.

    And as for the original cast of characters, we still come together when we can -- mostly at the time of the I-CON conventions. But I do miss many of them. Sadly we lost one, Rob W. in a car accident years ago -- but his enthusiasm is still alive within my heart and everyone else's he had touched.

    Be sure to catch some of our podcasts that we speak of the founding of the club... especially the anniversary ones. We will doing another one soon as well. As much fun as it is to go down memory lane, we don't want to alienate too many people with specifics, but I think in generalities, many fans -- longtime fans that were active in Doctor Who fandom probably can relate to our stories as they seem to be universal.

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Sunday, June 03 2007 @ 05:47 PM EDT
    Cool story Louis.

    I'm not sure how I came across Podshock now - and I was listening for a while before I'd ever even noticed the forum.

    20 years ago I'd become a bit of anti-Doctor Who fan to be honest. I'd watched Doctors 3, 4 & 5 throughout - but 6 was a bit too much! Nowadays I find myself wanting to spring to his defence from vicious assaults by the likes of DarthSkeptical!! Smile Laughing Out Loud Smile

    All of the above said, I found myself instinctively protective and defensive when Lew Grade stepped in and had his way.

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