INTERCOM NCC 74657
The Official Communique of the USS Ronald E. McNair
Boston, Massachusetts


December 26, 1997 ---------- Vol. 5 No. 2 ---------- Star Date: 35790.4

CONTENTS

Contents
Editor's Note
Aerospace Pioneer Honored
The USS McNair's Mission
Captain's Log
TV Schedule
Code 47 via Subspace Radio
Chief Medical Officer's Log
Treasurer's Report
Interracial Living Guide
Project Place
McNair Ready Room
1998 Resolutions For Voyager's Executives
Comm Channel News
From Data's Humor Chip
Female Corporate Officers Study

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EDITOR'S NOTE

Okay! Okay! I admit it. Voyager's quality level has risen this season. (Yeah, the Voyager show is a favorite "target" of mine, and probably a lot of other fans' target, too.) Seriously, the show's quality has risen some, and I'm not referring to the show's Borgette. Rather, I'm focusing on the show's scripts, plot development, and the quality of the writing.

Finally, we see in Voyager episodes with real jeopardy; real risks to the crew members and major characters. And the events deeply affect the characters' attitudes, beliefs, preferences, and actions. Finally, we see in Voyager some scripts where problems and conflict linger for several episodes.

Finally, we are beginning to see some serious soul-searching by the major characters, as they struggle to deal with these real crises. (Chakotay's vision quests have been something new and very refreshing!) Finally, the writers are taking risks and exploring the realistic impacts and difficulty of babies born in space aboard Voyager, that resulted from new romantic entanglements. (Voyager was not designed for either extended trips or complex, non-Starfleet activities like a Galaxy class starship.)

Finally, we see in Voyager some real character development behind the Seven of Nine character. Yes, the episode, "The Raven" was well written with a good, interesting story line. No, I didn't care at all for the "hockey-puck-mask" aliens in the episode. I guess the show's make-up director ran out of ideas.

Finally we see in Voyager some new romantic relationship and real lust between major characters. Hey, it's only been three years since the crew has been stranded in the Delta Quadrant. It had to happen. It's about time the show stopped being like "Gilligan's Island" and presented more romantic linkages like the Paris-Torres fling. (Do Klingon's have "flings?") I hope that the writers have the guts to stay with it, and to develop some real complications based upon the characters' relationship.

To be realistic, there should be more romantic linkages on Voyager. Think about it. After three years, it should be clear to the crew members that they aren't going to get home tomorrow, or anytime soon. Better to get comfortable and find a new mate now. Seska was right, but only now - almost two years later - do Janeway and her minions finally "get it."

Chakotay finally wised up and took advantage of his situation with Riley Frazier. Neelix is back on the prowl, after getting over Kes' departure. Even the Doctor obtained a spouse and new family in "Real Life." Janeway can't hold out forever. And, neither can Tuvok. I say to the writers and producers: don't stop with Seven of Nine, if you are serious about adding more sex to the show. At some point (soon), Seven's human libido has to reassert itself. Some one has to teach her how to date. And, who on the ship would date her?

Give us fans some more guest actors and characters that "hang out" for a few episodes. In its feeble attempts to get home, Janeway's space-buggy would quite naturally offer transit and ferry a variety of aliens across the Delta Quadrant in exchange for fuel, food or supplies. Some rowdy, sexy aliens "guest" could really liven up the show.

Meanwhile, DS9 just rolls along with consistently high quality scripts and plots. Worf and Dax's wedding was the second major wedding in a TREK series that featured recurring characters that weren't killed off. (Do you remember the first?) Perhaps Sisko's "pah" will lead him from Bajor back to Yates. By the way, where is Captain Yates? It'd be great to see her again.

I'll make this New Year's prediction. Next season, the quality of Voyager scripts will rise exponentially? Why? How do I know this? (Hint: a certain writer will move from DS9 to Voyager, if Voyager's producers are smart.) But, what I'd really like to see is Voyager's executives and writers keep some New Year's Resolutions in 1998.

Switching subjects: beginning with this issue, INTERCOM handles external links a little differently. When you click on an external link (i.e., a link that takes you from the USS McNair web site to another web site), the INTERCOM software will automatically open a second browser window. This "automatic bookmark" helps you keep place in the issue. When you finish browsing the external site, simply close that browser window. You will still see the page of this INTERCOM issue which you left, in your original browser window. Or, you can close the browser window with the McNair web site page.

And, yet another subject: it will cost you 12% more this year, or about $13,343.86, to give your loved one all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Each year the PNC Asset Management Group updates the cost of Christmas. The factors which drove up the cost this year, included the 10 leaping lords and the pear tree. If you plan to buy all of the gifts listed, as sung in the complete song (i.e., over 12 days that's 364 gifts, including 12 partridges in a pear tree, 36 calling birds, 40 maids-a-milking, 22 pipers piping, etc.), then prepare to pull $55,086.26 out of your wallet or purse.

Until the next issue, best wishes to you and your loved ones. As 1997 comes to a close, I know that I speak for the entire USS McNair crew as we wish you an enjoyable, fun and safe holiday season.

Longs de phase et prospèrent,

George Jenkins
First Officer

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AEROSPACE PIONEER HONORED

PR Newswire -- U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush led a local Chicago effort to honor Robert H. Lawrence, a Chicago native. According to an October 27, 1997 press release, Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., America's first African-American astronaut, was scheduled to be added to The Astronauts Memorial Foundation Space Mirror, in ceremonies at Kennedy Space Center on December 8. The announcement was made at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. Chicago Congressman Bobby L. Rush and Texas businessman General Robert T. Herres, Chairman and CEO of USAA, led the campaign to fund modifications necessary for the addition of Major Lawrence's name to the national monument.

"Major Lawrence was the first black astronaut, and a real pioneer in humankind's effort to reach out to other planets," said Congressman Rush. "But as the proverb says, 'a prophet has no honor in his own home' and unfortunately, Major Lawrence's accomplishments are almost unknown here in his home of Chicago. We are very proud that he will finally receive some of the recognition he deserves as a true American hero."

The Space Mirror Memorial, a national monument dedicated to American astronauts who have lost their lives in training or on a mission into space, was completed and officially dedicated at Kennedy Space Center in 1991. The AMF Center For Space Education, which is adjacent to The Space Mirror, is "the living memorial" to the honored astronauts. It is a state of the art facility, which provides space education and ongoing educational technology programs to teachers and school administrators from around the country.

Major Lawrence becomes the 17th astronaut honored by The Astronauts Memorial Foundation on The Space Mirror and within The Center For Space Education. Born Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. on October 2, 1935 in Chicago, he attended Haines Elementary School and Englewood High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Bradley University in 1956, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant into the U.S. Air Force upon graduation at age 20. He earned a doctorate degree in physical chemistry in 1965 from Ohio State University. His doctoral thesis was "The Mechanism Of The Tritium Beta Ray Induced Exchange Reaction Of Deuterium With Methane and Ethane In The Gas Phase."

Lawrence excelled ass an exceptional Air Force test pilot and was among the first to be named to the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) Program which was a precursor to today's successful NASA Space Shuttle Program. Unfortunately, Lawrence's F-104 jet crashed on December 8, 1967, at Edwards Air Force Base in California, during a training flight.

"Formal recognition of Major Lawrence as an astronaut and brave American patriot is long overdue," said Jim De Santis, president of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, which built and oversees the operation of the Space Mirror monument. "The Foundation is reaching out to the nation to ensure that Major Lawrence is honored in a manner which he deserves. We are inviting corporations, professional organizations and individuals to participate in and contribute to this momentous event which honors the nation's first African-American astronaut."

The Major Lawrence Ceremony Committee's Honorary Chairman is General Robert T. Herres, USAF (Ret.), who is the Chairman and CEO of USAA, and was a MOL classmate of Major Lawrence at the time of the astronaut's death. Major Lawrence's wife, Mrs. Barbara Cress Lawrence and son, Mr. Tracey Lawrence, as well as his mother, Mrs. Gwendolyn Duncan reside in Chicago.

For information on corporate sponsorship opportunities or to make an individual contribution for the Space Mirror modification to honor Major Lawrence and educational programs at the AMF Center For Space Education, please contact The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, 800-792-3494 or 407-452-2887. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. Your contribution to AMF and to the Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. Campaign is tax-deductible to the limits allowed by the law. For more information, write to The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, The Center for Space Education, Mail Code - AMF, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899. E-mail to jrds@iu.net.

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McNAIR'S MISSION


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CAPTAIN'S LOG

Stardate: 35779.8
Captain Kevin Johnson reporting

December 15, 1997

I hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season.

By the time you read this Major Robert H. Lawrence's name would have been added to the Space Mirror memorial at the Kennedy Space Center.

The USS Ronald E. McNair is continuing to make plans for the 5th anniversary party in January of 1998.

The CMO of the McNair is stepping down (from her position and not from the club) in order to devote more time to her studies. We wish her success.

This log has been short for a reason so that you and I can enjoy the season.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Kevin D. Johnson
Commanding Officer
USS Ronald E. McNair

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TV SCHEDULE

Here's the latest, based upon reliable web sites.

STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine - 6th Season (Unofficial)
#Date#TitleStar Date
1259/27/97525A Time to StandNG
12610/04/97527Rocks and ShoalsNG
12710/11/97526Sons and DaughtersNG
12810/18/97528Behind the Lines51145.3
12910/25/97529Favor the Bold (Part 1)NG
13011/01/97530The Sacrifice of Angels (Part 2)NG
13111/08/97531You Are Cordially Invited...51247.5
13211/15/97532ResurrectionNG
13311/22/97533Statistical ProbabilitiesNG
11/29/97RerunA Simple InvestigationNG
12/06/97RerunFerengi Love SongsNG
12/13/97RerunEmpok NorNG
12512/20/97RerunA Time to StandNG
13412/27/97534The Magnificent FerengiNG
13501/03/98535WaltzNG
01/10/98RerunRocks and ShoalsNG
01/17/98RerunSons and DaughtersNG
01/24/98RerunBehind the Lines51145.3
1361/31/98536Who Mourns for Morn?NG
1372/07/98538Far Beyond the StarsNG
1382/14/98537One Little ShipNG
1392/21/98539Honor Among ThievesNG
140?540Changes of HeartNG
141?541Wrongs Darker Than Death or NightNG
142?542InquisitionNG

STAR TREK: VOYAGER - 4th Season (Unofficial):
#DateEpisode #Prod#TitleStar Date
689/03/97STV401[169]Scorpion, Part II51003.7
699/10/97STV402[170]The GiftNG
709/17/97STV403[172]Day Of HonorNG
719/24/97STV404[171]Nemesis51082.4
7210/01/97STV405[173]RevulsionNG
7310/08/97STV406[174]The RavenNG
10/15/97Rerun[153]The Q and the Gray50384.2
10/22/97Rerun[167]Worst Case Scenario50953.4
7410/29/97STV407[175]Scientific Method51244.3
7511/05/97STV408[176]The Year of Hell (Part 1)51268.4
7611/12/97STV409[177]The Year of Hell (Part 2)51425.4
7711/19/97STV410[178]Random Thoughts51367.2
7811/26/97STV411[179]Concerning FlightNG
12/03/97Rerun[166]Displaced50912.4
6912/10/97Rerun[170]The GiftNG
7912/17/97STV412[180]Mortal CoilNG
701/07/98Rerun[172]Day Of HonorNG
801/14/98STV413[182]Waking MomentsNG
811/21/98STV414[181]Message in a BottleNG
731/28/98Rerun[174]The RavenNG
742/04/98Rerun[175]Scientific Method51244.3
822/11/98STV415[183]HuntersNG
832/18/98STV416[184]PreyNG
842/25/98STV417[185]RetrospectNG
853/04/98STV418[186]The Killing GameNG
863/04/98STV419[187]The Killing Game, Part IING

BABYLON 5 - 5th Season: "The Wheel of Fire"
Air DateEpisode#Production#Title
98/01/2189501No Compromises
98/01/2890502The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari
98/02/0491503The Paragon of Animals
98/02/1192504A View from the Gallery
98/02/1893505Learning Curve
98/02/2594506In the Kingdom of the Blind
98/03/0495507Strange Relations
98/03/1196508The Day of the Dead
98/03/1897509Secrets of the Soul
98/04/08?100?512?Phoenix Rising
98/04/15?101?513?The Ragged Edge
98/04/22?102?514?The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father
98/04/29103515Meditations on the Abyss
98/06/17?110522Sleeping in Light
TNT Rebroadcast:
B5 premieres on TNT Sunday, January 4 in a four-hour block ("In the Beginning" followed by "The Gathering") starting at 8PM Eastern, with a repeat immediately afterwards. "The Gathering" will be a reedited version with missing footage from the original and a new score by Christopher Franke.
Pilot Movie:
98/01/04----Babylon 5: In the Beginning
98/01/04----The Gathering

BABYLON 5 - 1st Season: "Signs and Portents"
Air DateEpisode#Production#Title
TNT will rebroadcast seasons 1-4 weeknights at 7PM Eastern.
98/01/051103Midnight on the Firing Line
98/01/062102Soul Hunter
98/01/073104Born to the Purple
98/01/084101Infection
98/01/095108The Parliament of Dreams
98/01/126110Mind War
98/01/137107The War Prayer
98/01/148106And The Sky Full Of Stars
98/01/159113Deathwalker
98/01/1610105Believers
98/01/1911111Survivors
98/01/2012114By Any Means Necessary
98/01/2113116Signs and Portents
98/01/2214119TKO
98/01/2315109Grail
98/01/2616122Eyes
98/01/2717115Legacies
98/01/2818120A Voice in the Wilderness part 1
98/01/2919121A Voice in the Wilderness part 2
98/01/3020118Babylon Squared
98/02/0221117The Quality of Mercy
98/02/0322112Chrysalis

Notes: Obviously, (R) indicates a previously aired episode, and NG indicates a star date not supplied during the episode. The air date is the date of the first uplink to affiliates. Actual air time will differ.

Sources: Vidiot: DS9 | Vidiot: Voyager | The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5
Credit: Thanks to Ken for The B5 data!

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CODE 47 VIA SUBSPACE RADIO

By George Jenkins, XO
Star Date: 35771.1

Getting Around: Can't find our web site? The USS Ronald E. McNair in Boston is indexed in the following search engines: Excite!, AltaVista, HotBot, HuskySearch, and Yahoo! You can also find the USS Ronald E. McNair listed at The Wormhole, Slanted Fedora Entertainment, and the Sci-Fi Resource Guide: What's New.

Reviews of the USS McNair. Here is what some of the other TREK sites are saying about our web site: "Boston-based science fiction fan club with lots of good info! Even non-members will enjoy the fan club newsletter -- well done!" -- U.S.S. Renegade TrekList - Fan Clubs and Conventions. You can contact the USS Renegade webmaster at webmaster@ussrenegade.com.

"Lebhaftlange und erweitern sich." In the television series, the 24th century universal translators work very well, with hundreds of aliens, languages and dialects most of the time. We've even seen UFP computers analyze and translate new alien languages on-the-fly. (Remember the "acne aliens," the Screan, in DS9?) But, what about 20th century technology? How close are we - humanity - today to developing real universal translators? Recently, I visited the AltaVista Translation Service, operated by Digital Equipment Corporation, the same company that brought us the AltaVista Internet search engine. AVTS supposedly translates text from English to any of several, major languages -- Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portugese -- and back again to English. Being a curious trekker, I wondered how AVTS would translate a famous Vulcan phrase, "Live long and prosper." Here are the results, when I converted this simple sentence from English to another language and back again to English:

ENGLISH (Start)TRANSLATIONENGLISH (Ending)
Live long and prosperFrench:
Longs de phase et prospèrent.
Long of phase and thrive.
Live long and prosperGerman:
Lebhaftlange und erweitern sich.
Lively-long and extend.
Live long and prosperItalian:
Lunghi in tensione e prosperano.
Long in tension and they prosper.
Live long and prosperPortugese:
Longos vivos e prosper.
Long livings creature and prosper.
Live long and prosperSpanish:
Largos vivos y prosperan.
Alive lengths and prosper.

From TOS, AVTS performed much better with the doctor's favorite lament, "I'm a doctor, not a brick layer!" Generally, the software works about as well as the Starfleet crew talked in the first season DS9 episode, "Babel." Obviously, the engineers at Digital haven't worked out all of the bugs, yet! Perhaps in five years or so we can expect dynamic web page translations in real time.

[Ensign Bill
Cosby] Ya Gotta Laugh - If you visit just one site this week (besides ours!), we suggest that you visit this one: You Can't Do That on Star Trek. The image to the right provides a clue as what this web site is about. This is a fan produced web site with many funny images from the world of TREK. If you think you're good with Photoshop or Illustrator, then you too can submit an image to one of the site's many image galleries; or to the site's annual awards contest.

Rumors from around the Internet: the movie "First Contact" has made over $92 million... everyone but Terry Farrell has signed for season #7 of DS9... Iggy Pop will portray a Vorta in an upcoming DS9 episode... Roxann Dawson dropped the "Biggs" from her name, and the actress is due to "drop" a baby girl during the show's hiatus... the "battle" of the medical holograms will continue when the LMH meets the EMH, again... some of Species 8472 is indeed stuck in the Delta quadrant, and will make another appearance this season... watch out Janeway! New aliens, the Hirogen, are coming for at least five episodes... like Neelix, Morn dies in an upcoming DS9 episode... Jeri Taylor is retiring from Voyager after this season... Voyager's crew will exhibit later this season an attitude of "embrace the adventure" rather than whine about being lost in the Delta Quadrant... for the next TNG movie: Braga is out and Piller is in as a writer... Sisko reportedly writes or has written sci-fi in the 1950's?... according to a Pocket Books' spokesperson, DS9 novels are the poorest selling series novels... we may see next season Denise Crosby again as Sela, the Romulan commander, in a DS9 episode... according to a television publication, the original marriage plans in DS9 were for Sisko and Cassidy Yates in season #5, but Paramount was unable to negotiate a deal with Penny Johnson, who is a busy regular on "The Larry Sanders Show." (Say what?!)

Can't get enough TNG? If you or your loved ones are suffering with TNG withdrawal, aim your browser at the Picard/Crusher Story Index. The site includes brief abstracts to stories featuring Captain Picard and CMO Crusher. Just click on one of the links to retrieve the full text of a story. You can even join the BONC mailing list.

Even more fan fiction is available at the Alt.Startrek.Creative Official web site. Stories are organized by television series, by content (i.e., adult, aprodies, etc.); and the site includes other sci-fi such as Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.

Still can't get enough TREK? Thinking of writing an episode for the television series? I wish you luck. You'll need it, since your script will compete with 4,000 others submitted each year. You can read about one fan's writing experience at How NOT to Write for Star Trek. And, if you are a writer looking for additional advice on writing for TREK, a good resource is the "Copyright Battles" page at the STasis web site.

Can't Find That Movie on the Web? Well now you can more easily find the homepage for major motion pictures. A couple of guys recently developed Ultimate Movies which indexes all of the home pages for major films. While the web site for "Rosewood" is listed, the web site for "First Contact" isn't.

Jazz on the 'Net. At 8:30 AM the other morning I visited Boston's own Wally's Cafe for some interesting jazz. What, you say? Jazz at 8:30 in the morning? Wally's open at 8:30 AM? That's right. If you are a jazz fan and you've either lived in Boston or visited Boston, then you've probably heard about Wally's. Both the real and the virtual cafes are worth an extended visit.

[X-29 experimental aircraft] Military on the 'Net. Looking for someone you know in the military? Lost track of a buddy? The Military City Online Web Outpost can help you easily locate them. Registration is required for some services. The web site also has some pretty cool images of tanks, aircraft, and related military vehicles in its video and sound library.

Get it on the 'Net. According to a recent Associated Press news release, the Southern Regional Education Board, based in Atlanta, will begin next month to deliver about 1,500 for-credit courses from 50 Southern universities via the Internet. Fees will likely vary by school and by course.

"Make It So... What!" Patrick Stewart probably never said this. If he did, it was off-screen. Here's an interesting web site you probably haven't browsed: The Uselessness of TREK. The web site author tries, in an unevenly funny manner, to poke fun at the institution of TREK.

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CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER'S LOG

Stardate: 35787.4
CMO Sabrina Lewis reporting

Well, another yuletide season is upon us, a time to share with family and friends and with those less fortunate than ourselves. I heard something recently regarding what makes life worth living. It isn't the goals we achieve or the money we make along the way. It's the relationships we develop along the way that make life worthwhile. During this season of good cheer, may we take the time to focus on what makes life worthwhile: on people.

As you may know by now, due to other commitments I am resigning from the office of Chief Medical Officer effective immediately. Thus, this is my final log entry. I would like to thank the Captain for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I will continue to participate in crew activities as time permits.

Best wishes to all of you for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous (in every sense of the word) New Year!

Live long and prosper,

Your Chief Medical Officer,
Lt. Sabrina Johnson

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TREASURER'S REPORT

Show me the money! Well, we will. The Treasurer's report for the USS Ronald E. McNair is available to all members. Ask the Captain or the First Officer for a copy.

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INTERRACIAL LIVING GUIDE

We've seen plenty of interracial and inter-species relationships in TREK. To name a few: Worf and Dax, Spock's parents, Worf and Troi, Data and Tasha Yar, Rom and Leeta, Troi and Riker, and Paris and Torres. So how well are we humans living up to this ideal on planet Earth in the 1990's?

The Fall, 1997 issue of Interrace magazine provided an "Interracial Living Guide." The guide included the best and worst places to live for interracial couples and families. The issue also included some statistics on the breakdown of interracial marriages in 1994:

Percent Of All Interracial Marriages - United States - 1994
43%White/Asian (includes Asian, Asian Indian & Pacific Islander)
27%White/Native American (includes Eskimo & Aleut)
23%Black/White
6%Black/Asian & other (Includes Asian Indian, Native American, Pacific Islander)

The magazine ranked the Top 10 or best places to live for interracial couples or families:

  1. Montclair, New Jersey
  2. San Jose, Calif.
  3. Denver, Colorado
  4. San Diego, Calif.
  5. Washington, DC
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  8. Madison, Wisconsin
  9. Oakland, Calif.
  10. Columbus, Ohio

The magazine surveyed 543 readers, of whom 366 were female. The youngest was a 13 year old "multi-racial" girl, and the oldest was a 78 year old man. 40% of respondents were between 20 - 29; 37% were between 30 -39. 17% of respondents were age 40 or older.

Over 200 cities were ranked, from letter grades A to F. Each respondent was asked whether they would recommend their city to others. Scores for each city were an average of the responses received.

So, how did Boston rate? Boston didn't do well. It received "2 hearts." The rating system:

4 hearts = highly recommended
3 hearts = recommended
2 hearts = tolerable
1 broken heart = not recommended
Do Not Enter Sign = Do not enter

Some other "2 heart" rated cities: Tucson, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado; Danbury, Conn.; Tampa, Florida; Augusta, Georgia; Des Moines, Iowa; Topeka, Kansas; Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; Buffalo, New York; Canton, Ohio; Greenville, South Carolina; Knoxville, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Some of the 4 heart cities: Madison, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Fremont, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Temecula, Calif.; Vista, Calif.; New Haven, Conn.; Norwalk, Conn.; Ft. Myers, Florida; Tallahassee, Florida; Lawrence, Kansas; Manhattan, Kansas; Overland Park, Kansas; Bowie, Maryland; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York; Batavia, New York; Bronx, New York; Andover, New Jersey; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Plainsboro, New Jersey; Teaneck, New Jersey; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Bartesville, Oklahoma; Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas. Outside the U.S.: Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Singapore, Philippines.

So, the cities were rated by magazine readers who live in those cities. I guess they ought to know how friendly or not their hometown is.

Want more detail, a copy of the issue or a subscription? You can reach Interrace magazine's web site at http://members.aol.com/intrace/ or via e-mail at intrace@aol.com.

George Jenkins
First Officer

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PROJECT PLACE

Just when I think that I've finally learned everything about my fellow USS Ronald E. McNair crew members, I am (again) pleasantly surprised. USS McNair crew members indeed have several "lives" outside of the world of TREK. One member even plays the didgeridoo, but that is an interesting story best saved for another issue. Today, I want to discuss, acknowledge, and congratulate one McNair crew member's volunteerism.

On Monday, November 10, 1997, Project Place celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Trattorial Il Panino restaurant at Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. The event included an awards ceremony for the organization's "Partners At Work" program. Also, the agency recognized other volunteers including our own Robbi Thomas. Congratulations, Robbi!

Several local politicians and celebrities attended the event, including the Honorable Mayor Menino, Boston City Council President James M. Kelly, and Suzanne Kenny, the Executive Director of Project Place.

The Mission of Interseminarian-Project Place, Inc., informally known as Project Place, was founded in 1967 in Somerville, Massachusetts by several college students to help runaway and drug-addicted youth. Since then, the agency has grown and expanded its services, including today a free ambulance, 24 hour hotline, runaway shelters, legal services, drug treatment programs, and a daytime drop-in center for homeless adults. At times run completely by volunteers, Project Place operates 20 different programs.

The agency is known nationwide as a training ground for social workers, psychologists, and other human resource professionals. Today, Project Place today focuses upon issues related to homelessness and joblessness. During the past year, Project Place expanded its services to include a new job training program, Project 90, to enable homeless or jobless individuals gain the skills necessary to reenter mainstream employment. Project 90 provides 40 persons each year with work education and a paid job internship. The program also includes work related services, including GED classes, job training, job opportunities, and outplacement.

If you too would like to volunteer at Project Place, send a contribution, or explore ways your firm can hire Project Place graduates, contact the agency at:

Interseminarian-Project Place, Inc.
32 Rutland Street
Boston, Mass. 02118
Phone: (617) 262-3740 -- Fax: (617) 262-3282

George Jenkins
First Officer

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McNAIR READY ROOM

Star Date: 35580.6 -- Meeting agendas are available via Internet e-mail or fax. To learn more, see us at the next ship meeting. New members are welcome! Meetings are the second Sunday of the month at 3 PM. Call or write us for directions. Contact Starship McNair at P.O. Box 255159, Boston, Mass. 02125-5159. Future meeting locations:
December '97: Ken
January '98: George
February '98: Fern hosting (at Robbi's)
March '98: Joan
April '98: Sabrina & Kevin


The meeting minutes from prior McNair meetings:

December 7, 1997. Meeting called to order at 3:15 PM at Ken's. Present: Kevin, Joss, George, Ken, Taka, Joan.

Rebelcon information passed around. Anniversary party will be on Saturday, January 31, 1998 at Weylu's at 7 pm until. Ask people for $10 - deadline on January 18. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7pm. Everyone on our mailing list will get a paper and an email invitation. Cash bar. Ken has designed the invitation. Corrections were made and we all agreed on it.

The Book signing will be the third Sunday in February rather than the Second. Date February 15, 1998.

Sabrina will be stepping down as CMO. She has 22 more classes to take. She also has a church service to conduct on the second Sundays.

Meeting adjourned at 4:15 PM.


November 9, 1997. Meeting called to order at 4:00 PM at Robbi's. Present: Ken, George, Jocelyn, Taka, Kevin and Sabrina.

Fifth Anniversary Party: Need to figure how to handle the money and ticket situation. Kevin suggested that by the next meeting we all pay $5.00 non-refundable. We should talk about what we will being doing.

We will be able to tie down the Book signing. The dates have been changed for February. Joan will have the February meeting and Fern will have the March Meeting. Second Sunday will be the book signing. Details to follow.

MEETINGS
Again, re: meetings, Ken will have the December meeting on the 7th, George will have the January 11 meeting. The February meeting will be February 9, at Joan's house. March will be held by Fern at Robbi's house. April will be at Kevin and Sabrina's. Special meetings: The Fifth Anniversary meeting will be on January 31 at Weylu's in Saugus. George will design invitations. Ken will work on it with him. For people who will be invited we will need the money by January 1. Invitations will be sent by e-Mail and Post. We will investigate the possibility of assisting our former captain and first officer to attend. We cannot pay the entire fare, but will, hopefully be able to help.

The Borg videothon will be at George's house November 29, 1997. It will begin at 11:30 am with a pancake brunch.

Away Meeting: We will go see Starship Troopers on Friday the 14th. The cost will be $20 because we cannot get discount tickets. The movie is rated R. This means that Taka and Peter cannot go. George is not planning to attend.

B-5 marathon will be held at someone's house, probably Ken's. This will be to view the last four episodes of Season 4. It will be on November 22. It will begin at 3 pm. Everyone is to bring something to eat.

Meeting adjourned at 6:02 PM.


October 19, 1997 at Jocelyn's. Present: Dumas, Johnson, Moroney and Joan and Taka.

Starship Troopers 11/14/97 - It was agreed that we would go see the movie the Friday following the opening night.

A friend of Joan's has a new book due out in February, a set of biographies of pioneering Blacks. Joan has offered to do a book signing for him and had suggested to him that the McNair might like to act as sponsors. Joan held a successful signing for his first book. We agreed that She would check with Fern who has the February meeting and see if she would be amenable to switching to March. The cost of the signing is generally borne by the publisher and/or the author, so we would be expected to put out very little money for it.

Fifth Anniversary party - Everyone is still agreeable to Weylu's. The December meeting date has been moved up to December 7, 1997.

We are sending money for the Major Robert H. Lawrence name on the space mirror; We will be sending $50.00.

Meeting adjourned.


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1998 RESOLUTIONS FOR VOYAGER'S EXECUTIVES

Dear Jeri Taylor et. al.:

Here is our list of New Year's Resolutions we hope that you, the writers and your staff should make and should keep during 1998:

1. No more time travel! Like any other Hollywood firm, you're painfully slow to recognize when you have already over-used this well-worn sci-fi plot device.

2. No more crusty old white guys. It seems like every time we meet the wise, experienced and elder leader of some alien planet or group, it's a crusty, old white male. (Take a hint from the changeling leader on DS9.)

3. Janeway's short cut. You've made the decision to axe the "bun-of-steel". The new hairstyle looks good. Stick with it.

4. Use your brains. More episodes like DS9's recent "Statistical Probabilities" that are filled with moral dilemmas, ethical issues, and difficult decisions for the major characters. Stop with the cartoon-y type kid's episodes that wrap-up all loose ends in the last five minutes.

5. Use your major characters' brains. Torres almost lost part of hers in "Random Thoughts." Please! No more stupid plot devices or story lines where the characters overlook an obvious, major fact, law, custom, activity, alien physiology, or habit of some alien society.

6. Use Seven of Nine's brains. We've seen Seven heal a dead Neelix. We've seen Seven open a portal to another dimension to fight the "insect aliens." In TNG, we saw the Borg use trans-warp to reach Federation space. Why hasn't Seven used her abilities and Borg knowledge to get Voyager home more quickly using trans-warp or some other technology? If I were Seven, I'd offer some trans-warp technology to Janeway in return for my freedom and a shuttle back to Borg space. You'd better explain these character inconsistencies really fast and soon; and why Janeway and her crew haven't asked Seven to help speed them home.

7. Stick with the story arc over the next couple seasons. (You do have one, don't you?) JMS did on B5 and it paid dividends. (Almost every adult Trekker over 28 that I know thoroughly enjoys B5.) An arc helps maintain the writing quality across shows; something which has been uneven for Voyager. I pray that you're not making things up as you go along.

8. Where is the "swash-buckler?" In Classic Trek, Kirk wasn't afraid to go "toe-to-toe" or to "mix it up" with the bad guys. Major Kyra does the same in DS9 while remaining "politically correct." (Gee, I hate that phrase!) Worf did it in TNG. What Voyager character can we fans rely upon to do this? (Hint: it ain't Janeway. She came across as stubborn and head strong in "The Year of Hell.")

9. True romance. Janeway will have a love interest in 1998. And, we see some skin.

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COMM CHANNEL NEWS

January, 1998 The 5th Anniversary celebration of the USS Ronald E. McNair at Weylus restaurant on Route 1 in Saugus, Massachusetts. Contact the USS McNair's Captain for more information.

February 21, 1998 The Creation Star Trek Giant Show in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Guests: MICHAEL DORN and TERRY FARRELL. Show Hours: 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM. General admission tickets are $17.00 in advance at TICKETMASTER OUTLETS, and $20.00 at the door.

March 15, 1998 The Star Trek Giant Show in Boston at the Park Plaza Hotel. Guests, prices and details not available at press time.

March 20-22, 1998 Lunacon '98 at the Rye Town Hilton, in Rye Brook, New York. Guests TBD.

March 22, 1998 The Official "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" & "Xena: Warrior Princess" Convention Tour '98 in Boston at the Park Plaza Hotel. Guests: HUDSON LEICK ("Callisto"). Show hours: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15.00 in advance via Ticketmaster, and $18.00 at the door.

April 3 - 5, 1998 The Pasadena Center Creation Salutes Star Trek - The Grand Slam Show VI, in Pasadena, California, with all four captains: WILLIAM SHATNER, PATRICK STEWART*, AVERY BROOKS, and KATE MULGREW. The agenda also includes LEONARD NIMOY AND JOHN DELANCIE STARRING IN "ALIEN VOICES." Also appearing: JERI RYAN, MICHAEL DORN, & TERRY FARRELL and DWIGHT SCHULTZ, LOUISE FLETCHER, ANDY ROBINSON, JEFFREY COMBS and MARC ALAIMO. Ticket information unavailable at press time. For a flyer, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
CREATION ENTERTAINMENT
ATTN: GRAND SLAM FLYER
664-A W Broadway
Glendale, Ca 91204

*Mr. Stewart's appearance is tentative at this time.

June 26-28, 1998 Shore Leave 20 at Hunt Valley, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. Guest information unavailable at press time.

July 10-12, 1998 Toronto Trek 12 at the Regal Constellation Hotel (near the airport) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A fan produced "Media Science Fiction Convention." Prices from $15 daily. E-mail: tcon@icomm.ca Hotline: (416) 410-TCON (410-8266). Snail mail: Toronto Trek, Suite 0116, Box 187, 65 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1E6

July 31 - August 2, 1998 RebelCon '98 at the Taunton Holiday Inn. Guests: a partial list including JMS of Babylon 5, John C. Flinn III, B5's director of photography and cinematographer, and Christian Ready.

Sept. 18-20, 1998 Not Just Another Con 14 at the Murray D. Lincoln Memorial Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Guests: Joe Haldeman, writer and Bob Eggleton, artist. Others TBD.

Nov. 13-15, 1998 United Fan Con in Springfield, Massachusetts. Guests TBD from DS9 and Voyager, who haven't appeared previously in New England.

2001 Noreascon *2001. The fan con of the next millenium. Memberships start at US $8.00. For more information, write to Noreascon*2001, PO Box 1010, Framingham, MA 01701-0205. E-mail: Noreascon 2000

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FROM DATA'S HUMOR CHIP

The following was received recently via Internet e-mail.

Subject: Gen X Word Definitions
Date: Thursday, November 06, 1997 9:42AM

Adminisphere - The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group. "Ask Larry, he's the alpha geek around here."

Beepilepsy - The brief seizure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.

Blamestorming - sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.

Brain Fart - A byproduct of a bloated mind producing information effortlessly. A burst of useful information. "I know you're busy on the Microsoft story, but can you give us a brain fart on the Mitnik bust?" Variation of old hacker slang that had more negative connotations.

CGI Joe - A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and charisma of a plastic action figure.

Chainsaw consultant - an outside expert brought in to reduce the employee headcount, leaving the top brass with clean hands

CLM (Career-Limiting Move) - Used among microserfs to describe an ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.

Cobweb Site - A World Wide Web Site that hasn't been updated for a long time. A dead web page.

Cube farm - an office filled with cubicles.

Dead Tree Edition - The paper version of a publication available in both paper and electronic forms, as in: "The dead tree edition of the San Francisco Chronicle..."

Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss. Derived from the experiences of Dilbert, the geek-in-hell comic strip character. "I've been dilberted again. The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week."

Dorito Syndrome - Feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction triggered by addictive substances that lack nutritional content. "I just spent six hours surfing the Web, and now I've got a bad case of Dorito Syndrome."

Ego surfing - scanning the Net, databases, print media, and so on, looking for references to one's own name.

Elvis year - the peak year of something's popularity -- Barney the dinosaur's Elvis year was 1993.

Glazing - Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open. A popular pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings. "Didn't he notice that half the room was glazing by the > second session?"

Gray Matter - Older, experienced business people hired by young entrepreneurial firms looking to appear more reputable and established.

Graybar Land - The place you go while you're staring at a computer that's processing something very slowly (while you watch the gray bar creep across the screen). "I was in graybar land for what seemed like hours, thanks to that CAD rendering."

Idea hamsters - people who always seem to have their idea generators running .

It's a Feature - From the adage "It's not a bug, it's a feature." Used sarcastically to describe an unpleasant experience that you wish to gloss over.

Keyboard Plaque - The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer keyboards. "Are there any other terminals I can use? This one has a bad case of keyboard plaque."

Mouse potato - the on-line generation's answer to the couch potato.

Ohnosecond - that minuscule fraction of time in which you realize you've just made a big mistake.

Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or telecommute.

Prairie dogging - something loud happens in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

Salmon Day - The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed in the end.

SITCOM - stands for Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage.

Squirt The Bird - To transmit a signal up to a satellite. "Crew and talent are ready...what time do we squirt the bird?"

Stress puppy - a person who thrives on being stressed-out and whiny.

Tourists - those who take training classes just to take a vacation from their jobs -- "We had three serious students in the class; the rest were tourists."

Under Mouse Arrest - Getting busted for violating an on-line service's rule of conduct. "Sorry I couldn't get back to you. AOL put me under mouse arrest."

World Wide Wait - The real meaning of WWW.

404 - someone who is clueless, from the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found", meaning the requested document couldn't be located -- Don't bother asking him, he's 404.


Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 16:45:17 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Good Idea - funny (fwd)

A man was sitting at a bar enjoying an after-work cocktail when an exceptionally gorgeous and sexy young woman entered. She was so striking that the man could not take his eyes away from her. The young woman noticed his overly-attentive stare and walked directly toward him. Before he could offer his apologies for being so rude, the young woman said to him, "I'll do anything, absolutely anything, that you want me to do, no matter how kinky, for $100 on one condition."

Flabbergasted, the man asked what the condition was. The young woman replied, "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words." The man considered her proposition for a moment, withdrew his wallet from his pocket and slowly counted out five $20 bills, which he pressed into the young woman's hand. He looked into her eyes and slowly, meaningfully said, "Paint my house."


REJECTED STATE MOTTOS

ALABAMA: Literacy Ain't Everything
ARKANSAS: At Least We're not Oklahoma
CALIFORNIA: Se Habla Ingles
CONNECTICUT: New York City's OTHER Suburb
FLORIDA: The Gunshine State

IDAHO: Famous Potatoes ... and Neo-Nazis
ILLINOIS: Gateway to Iowa
INDIANA: Home of Dan Quayle
KANSAS: Don't Blame Us, We Voted For Dole
KENTUCKY: Tobacco is a Vegetable

MAINE: For Sale
MARYLAND: We're Better Than Virginia, Damn It!
MASSACHUSETTS: The Sue Me State.
MINNESOTA: Land of 7,000 lakes and 3,000 man-made ponds
MONTANA: Land of the Big Sky, and Very Little Else

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Love thy neighboring state, and it's economy.
NEW JERSEY: The Garbage State
NEW MEXICO: Lizards Make Excellent Pets
NEW YORK: You Have the Right to Remain Silent, You Have the Right to an Attorney
NORTH CAROLINA: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names

OHIO: Don't Judge us by Cleveland
OREGON: Jerry Garcia was here!
PENNSYLVANIA: Cook with Coal
SOUTH DAKOTA:Closer than North Dakota
TENNESSEE: The Educashun State

TEXAS: Don't Mess with Texas -- We're Armed
UTAH: Our Jesus is Better Than Your Jesus
VIRGINIA: We're Better Than Maryland, Damn It!
WASHINGTON: Keep Washington Green, Grow Hemp
WEST VIRGINIA: Incest is Best

--Author unknown


A helicopter was flying around above Seattle yesterday when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's electronic navigation and communications equipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter's position and course to steer to the airport.

The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign, and held it in the helicopter's window. The pilot's sign said "WHERE AM I?" in large letters.

People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held in a building window. Their sign said "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER." The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport, and landed safely.

After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their position. The pilot responded "I knew that had to be the MICROSOFT building because, similar to their help-lines, they gave me a technically correct but completely useless answer"

--Author unknown

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FEMALE CORPORATE OFFICERS STUDY

Unlike business firms on Ferenginar, the Ferengi home-world, there is some gender diversity within United States headquartered corporations. This week, Catalyst, a research and advisory organization, issued a press release about a recent study of female corporate officers and leading wage earners in American corporations. Excerpts of the press release are displayed below.

"CATALYST STUDY FINDS WOMEN TOP EARNERS
DOUBLING IN 2-YEAR PERIOD

Women Hold 5.3 Percent of Line Corporate Officer
Positions in Fortune 500 Companies"

"NEW YORK, December 11, 1997 -- The second annual Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners, released today, finds that the number of women top earners in Fortune 500 companies has doubled in the past two years, bringing the total to 61 women. Women make up 2.5 percent of the total of 2,458 top earners, up from just 29 women, or 1.2 percent, two years ago. The study also finds that women hold 10.6 percent of Fortune 500 corporate officer positions, slightly up from ten percent last year. Women hold only three percent (51 out of 1,728) of the highest officer positions -- chairman, vice chairman, CEO, president, COO, SEVP, and EVP; this is up from 2.4 percent last year."

"This year for the first time, companies reported the number of women holding positions that generate revenue and/or have profit-and-loss responsibility, commonly referred to as "line" positions. Women hold 5.3 percent of total line positions held by corporate officers. Twenty percent of all women corporate officers are in line positions, compared to 41 percent of men."

"Catalyst President Sheila Wellington notes that "It's encouraging to note the increases in women top earners and corporate officers. However, the new information on the small number of women holding line positions should serve as a wake-up call to corporate leaders about the underrepresentation of women in the feeder-pool to the top jobs. Corporate leaders should take steps to ensure their leadership pipelines include women."

John Bryan, Chairman and CEO of Sara Lee Corporation, sponsor of this study, points out that "Because companies routinely benchmark their business results and processes against their own past performance and that of industry peers, Catalyst has created this accurate benchmark by which corporations can measure their success in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women employees. We hope that shining a light on the numbers will result in improvement."

"Three-quarters of Fortune 500 companies -- 76 percent -- have women corporate officers, down slightly from 78 percent last year. Just under half of these companies -- 47 percent -- have more than one woman corporate officer. Twenty-three companies (5 percent), have women filling one-quarter or more of corporate officer positions."

The leading companies with female executives, as a percent of all executives, include:

"Companies with two or more women top earners include H.F. Ahmanson, Avon Products, Inc., Estee Lauder, Nordstrom, Student Loan Marketing Association, Washington Mutual. The 1997 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners lists the number and titles of women corporate officers and top earners of each of the Fortune 500 companies and cross-references the companies by industry and geographic region."

Some key findings from the study:

Women Officers and Top Earners in the Fortune 500
Year199519961997
Total Top Earners2,5002,5002,458
Women Top Earners294761
Percent of Total1.2 %1.9 %2.5%
Slightly more than one in ten corporate officers are women 10.6% of Fortune 500 corporate officers are women.
--199519961997
Total Officers11,24113,01311101
Women Officers9791,3021173
Percent of Total8.7 %10 %10.6 %

"Few women hold highest level titles: 51 women hold positions in the highest ranks of corporate America in 1997 versus 1,677 men. These women represent just 3% of the 2,430 individuals holding the following titles: chairman, vice chairman, CEO, president, COO, SEVP, and EVP."

Fortune 500 Companies with Women Corporate Officers
Year199519961997
Fortune 500 base500500500
Companies with women officers385394380
Percent of Total77%78%76%

Catalyst, a research and advisory organization, first published in 1993 its first Census of Women Board Directors of the Fortune 500 to measure women's progress in corporate governance arenas. In 1996, Catalyst launched the "Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners," which provides an accurate count of the number of women in the most senior and highly compensated management positions in corporate America.

The Census report will be available for purchase next month for the price of $90. Catalyst members, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions are eligible for a one-third discount. The Census report is also available as part of the Women Executive's Desk Set ($250), a three part series on women in corporate leadership. To order, or for more information call (212) 514-7600.


You can read more online about Catalyst's various reports at:

"Women's Representation on Fortune 500 Boards Inches Upward; Gender Parity is Achieved on a Fortune 500 Board." Oct. 1, 1997. PRNewswire.

"More women on board: Female presence as directors of U.S. corporations up 18 percent since 1994". October 1, 1997. CNNfn.

"The Board Room- Still beyond the reach of Women Executives". Select Appointments (Holdings) PLC. Sept. 1, 1997. For women in United Kingdom based companies, it's not any better, either.

"Survey Says... Glass Ceiling Still Intact." Nov. 6, 1996.

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