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                 Issue #34               12-25-86
 
            A weekly electronic magazine for users of 
                        THE ZEPHYR II BBS 
                    (Mesa, AZ - 602-894-6526)
                owned and operated by T. H. Smith
 
                    Editor - Gene B. Williams 
 
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                            (c) 1986
  
THIS ISSUE:

   1986 is nearly done. And quite a year it has been!
   We've seen some disasters, and some wonderful things, this 
past year. A shuttle blew up. A dying boy had a dream of making 
Chr.shtmlas good for his family. Another administration got caught 
up in scandal. Our Sysop (and me too!) brought a new life into 
the world.
   For me this is "The Year of Danny." Last January we moved 
into our new house. At 6:03 AM last February 12th our son Daniel 
Gorden Williams was born. So, 1986 has been a great year for me. 
   He's talking and walking now. That's quite a Chr.shtmlas present 
in itself. 
   He's also getting into the Chr.shtmlas tree.

   Congratulations to Thane and his wife on the birth of their own 
new child!


                      1986 Issues in Review

   All past issues are available for downloading. Merely access 
the upload/download section (U), and download (D) whatever issues 
you want.

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ISH.1     1-11-86   Taking Care of Your Computer (humor)
 
   I've done 5 books on computer repair and maintenance, 1 on 
VCRs, 1 on satellite television systems and 2 on appliances. This 
issue gave me a break from the technical and accurate side of 
things. It's a nonsensical article on how to take care of your 
system, with such valuable bits of information such as cleaning 
out your printer by opening a fire hydrant on it.


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ISH.2     1-25-86   Beans, Bags and Smiler Jack (fiction)
 
   Late one night a line crept into my dreams. "Smiler Jack cut 
another juicy one." In a semi-sleep, the rest of the story played 
itself out - kinda like watching a mental movie. The next day I 
put it all down on paper.

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ISH.3     2-01-86   Nuclear War - Nuclear Winter (article)
 
   Carl Sagan has been the head force behind this. At first a 
handful of scientists got involved and demonstrated what has to 
be the most important issue ever. Now just a few years later, 
the only argument is how bad the nuclear winter will be. Even 
our own government has publicly stated that in the event of a 
nuclear war, the result WILL be a nuclear winter, with the 
very possible outcome being the total extermination of almost 
every living thing on earth, and the extinction of mankind.


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ISH.4     2-9-86    There's Always Tomorrow (fiction)
 
   Ever have a fight with someone and put off making up until 
tomorrow? Ever lay back or hold off, figuring that there is 
always time later to take care of something?

    
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ISH.5     2-25-86   The Famous Baby Issue (birth)
 
   As I said in the opening, Danny was born on 2-12-86. I've done 
a lot of things in my life, but none quite so important as being 
a part of my son's birth. 
   It just happens that I'm also doing a book on the subject. 


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ISH.6     3-07-86   Evolution

   The common misconception used by the ignorant is to incorrectly 
state that evolutionists believe that man came from apes. That's 
total nonsense.
   Where DID we come from? What events set up the path for the 
creation of mankind? And how do the scientists know? 


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ISH.7     3-15-86   The $3.75 (plus tax) Man (fiction)
 
   Some of you might remember "The Six Million Dollar Man" with 
Lee Majors. The concept was okay; the resulting TV show was a 
bit silly at times. The spin-offs were even worse.
   This one tops them all. A crop duster crashes and creams a 
field of asparagus. The doctors try to put him back together, 
between bouts in the closet with the nurses.


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ISH.8	  3-22-86   Satellite Television - Legal or Illegal? 
 
   Just a little over a century ago, communication took place 
via scraps of paper carried by men on horseback. Then came 
strings of wire to carry clicks. At the beginning of this 
century, Marconi showed that long distance communication via 
air waves was possible. Just after WW II the first commercial 
television stations went on the air.
   Now we have about 150 stations on the air being beamed down 
on us from satellites in orbit. Companies such as HBO would 
like us to believe that interception of the programming is 
illegal. 
   What is satellite television all about? Is it legal? What 
are the laws that govern it?


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ISH.9     3-29-86   Getting Started in Broadcasting 
                       (by Chris Mitchell)
 
   Our first "Guest Issue" of the year came from the Sysop of 
THE SILENT SIDE, who also happens to make his living in radio. 
Some of you might know him from his days with KUPD.
   Regardless, you might be one of those people who looks at the 
fame of a DJ and wants to get in on it. Chris gives you some 
valuable pointers from someone who has been there.


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ISH.10    4-05-86   Writing as a Career
 
   The "Career Issues" part continues with my own contribution. 
   Most of you know that I'm a fulltime freelance writer. For 
all of you who read a magazine or book and say, "I can do better 
than that" . . . this issue is for you.
   How do you break in? How do you submit? What does it take to 
become a full-fledged professional writer?


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ISH.11    4-12-86   Finding a Job.
 
   Okay. You don't want to be a writer. You don't want to be in 
radio. You may not even know what you want to be. Your primary 
goal might be nothing more than just finding a job either to 
pay the bills or to just have some spending money.
   Unless mom and dad are filthy rich and hand you everything on 
a proverbial platter, sooner or later you'll be out stomping 
around on the concrete trying to find someone willing to give you 
money for something you can do.


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ISH.12    4-19-86   The Star Wars Scheme

   Nuclear winter says that a major war could kill every living 
thing on earth. Obviously, it becomes imperative to prevent that 
war. There will be no winner. Everyone - and every thing - will 
lose. 
   So along comes the Strategic Defense Initiative, commonly 
called Star Wars.
   What's it all about? Will it work? 


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ISH.13    4-26-86   Miscellaneous Stuff
 
   Some years ago I did a column called "Rovin'" and then one 
called "Truckin'" and then one called "Did You Know . . ." All 
three involved batches of strange information, unusual news 
stories - all the silly things you don't need to know.


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ISH.14    5-10-86   Toy From the Stars

   You're a young boy who dreams of flying to the stars. Then all 
of a sudden, a space ship lands a short distance away. Out comes 
the alien creature. He uses a strange device to find where you are 
hiding in the bushes. But he doesn't zap you with a heat ray. No. 
Instead he offers to make a trade with you. 


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ISH.15    5-18-86   The Chilton Book Series

   Over and over and over I have people asking me to list some 
of the things I've written. To date I have more than 9 million 
words and 10,000 photos in print. The most recent is a series of 
8 books for Chilton - the people so well known for their 
automotive manuals. (I do their computer and electronics books.)
   This issue answers at least some of the questions.


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QUESTION            The Questionaire for those who want to 
                    participate in my newest project

   Maybe you're a parent. Maybe not. It doesn't matter. A response 
of any kind, including questions about things you don't understand 
about pregnancy and birthing will play a valuable role in the 
book I'm doing on the subject.
   Download the file, and modify it to suit your particular 
circumstances.
   Consider it your "dues" for the magazine subscription.


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ISH.16    5-24-86   Computer Repair - (part 1) 

   This one is more serious. Actual and practical information on 
troubleshooting, repair and maintenance are given. It was a 
"part 1" in anticipation for continuing articles along those 
lines. Those depended on reader response.
   Hey! The article is good. But no one responded.


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ISH.17    5-31-86   Some Short Stories

   I've been known as someone who can fill a specific number of 
column inches in a magazine. What is given in this issue are some 
short-short-shorts used at various times to prevent too much 
white space in a magazine.


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ISH.18    6-7-86    Nuclear Power (by Jim Lippard)

   Our second guest article came from Jim Lippard. It was an 
extremely well done piece on what nuclear power is all about, done 
in the wake of the disaster in the Soviet Union. 
   If you hear someone shooting off their mouth about nuclear 
power, its advantages and dangers, you have merely to refer to 
Jim's article for "the straight poop."


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ISH.19    6-21-86   Rovin'

   More stuff from my "old days" as a columnist. Weird laws. 
Unusual events. Strange but true stories.


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ISH.20    6-28-86   Ghost of Highway 12

   Imagine yourself driving down a dark road in the middle of 
nowhere. There was one hellacious party, and now you have no idea 
at all of where you are, or how you got there. The radio is 
dead. Nothing can be seen but trees and blank road.
   Suddenly a man appears in the road ahead of you. You slam on 
the brakes. Too late. Your vehicle slams into him.
   But wait! No it doesn't. It slides right through him, and his 
figure zips through the front, along your side, and out the back. 
You look in the mirror and see that he's still standing there. 
Still smiling.
   "I've come to release you from this world," he says.


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ISH.21    7-11-86   Financial Planning (by Bob E.shtmlan)

   We have Medicare - a program that continues to cut back on 
benefits, and which seems doomed to failure. We have Social 
Security which has consistently raised its rates and reduced 
viable benefits to the point where almost no one could hope 
to survive on it.
   What it comes down to - short run and long run - is that 
your future lies in your own hands. Wait too long and your 
options are extremely limited. The best time to start planning 
for the future is NOW!
   Bob tells you how.
   This is an issue to download and keep!!!


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ISH.22    7-22-86   You're In the Army Now . . . and now . . .

   At this point, no one has been drafted for over 12 years. As 
I've said on the public board, you can bluster and brag about 
your bravery all you want, but these days no one is getting 
drafted and put into danger.
   After the absurdity called the VietNam War - oops, the VietNam 
Police Action, or Training Session, or . . . - anyway, after that 
the American public began to get sick and tired of living in an 
unfree free country so that the oil companies could make a fortune.
   What is the solution? We need an army to defend our country. 
But no one wants to go. Maybe they don't want to fight. Or maybe 
a personal career is more important than the country. Whatever the 
reason, no one wants to go. At least not enough people to fill 
the ranks.
   What is the solution?


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ISH.23    8-7-86    Home Study (by Bob E.shtmlan)

   There are many people who have to work all day every day to make 
ends meet. But they are in a dead end job, and no where to go. Many 
of these people didn't think schooling was important when they had 
the time and when it was offered to them free. Suddenly they find 
themselves in that deadend and few options.
   One of the options is home study. Correspondence courses.
   Are they worthwhile? What should you look for? And look OUT for?


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ISH.24    8-16-86   Finding a Job

   A "Part 2" and refresher course, of sorts, to the previous 
article (ISH.11). Download both.


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ISH.25    8-30-86   More Rovin'

   Self-explanatory if you've been paying attention. More silly 
stories and odd bits.


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ISH.26    9-4-86    Bugs!

   You're a space explorer. Whatever you find you can file claim to, 
and later sell to others who are hungry for land and room. And you 
are lucky enough to find what at first seems to be a perfect planet. 
   You're going to be the richest man in the universe!
   But there's one little problem.
   Bring the 6-12 and the calamine lotion when you read this one!


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ISH.27	  9-17-86   Writing For Zephyr Magazine

   Especially after the previous guest issues, a number of people 
asked me what it took to submit to the magazine. (Ahhhh, the fame 
and non-fortune!) 
   This issues explains it all.
   Read it through and come up with some ideas of your own. Try 
your hand at becoming one of the elite few.


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ISH.28    10-1-86   "Rich Man - Poor Man" (by John Arbon)

   John joined those elite ranks with this issue. The world of 
the rich - and the world of the bum - come together in an 
interlinked story with a Rolls-Royce conclusion.


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ISH.29    10-10-86  "The Monsters of Terrance Peak"

   This was one of my very first published stories. It also 
happens to be one of my own all-time favorites. (Vain perhaps, 
but I *like* it!)
   The nuclear holocaust has come and gone. Very few are left 
alive. Radiation levels have caused some gross deformitites. 
Monsters live in the mountains above your Valley. Monsters that 
mutilate and eat people. You know because you've heard the 
stories and have seen the drawings of the hideous creatures.
   Your problem? You've "borrowed" a flyer, and now you've 
crashed in those mountains. There is no way down. You're cold, 
tired, hungry and scared. And the night is coming.
   Suddenly there's a noise in a nearby bush.


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ISH.30    11-3-86   "Buying a Car"

   The second largest purchase most people make is that of a 
vehicle. They also make this purchase again and again over the 
years. 
   How do you avoid getting stung? How do you make more sure that 
you'll end up with a vehicle that will take care of you for years 
to come?


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ISH.31   11-22-86   "The Geek" (by Cathy Cosgrove)

   The science fair is coming up. The prize is just what you need. 
So, what can you do to win that prize?
   Well, of course! You build a robot - The Geek, by name. But 
just at that critical moment, it malfunctions.


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ISH.32    12-1-86   "The Wish" (by John Arbon)

   John Arbon comes back to give us another short story with 
this issue, and one that developed quite a bit of reader 
response and comment. 
   What would YOU do with a magic bottle?


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ISH.33    12-9-86   Chr.shtmlas Gifts

   We all run into the problem of trying to think of something 
special for someONE special. To make matters worse, how do you 
do something like that when you're a bit short on cash?


ISH.34    12-24-86   1986 In Review

   C'mon! Don't be dumb. You just read it!!!


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Until Next Time

   And so we close another year. The next issue will come on-line 
in the next year. Volume #3, actually. This issue fills up the 
second disk to the breaking point.

   I sure hope you've enjoyed the magazine this past year. If so, 
give it your support. Participate. Contribute a guest issue. If 
nothing else, spread the word about the magazine.
   Better yet, read through ISH.15 and then run on down to the 
bookstore and buy copies of my books! Give them out as presents, 
or get the full set just for yourself.

   MERRY CHR.shtmlAS everyone. And the best wishes for the New 
Year! I hope the season is a happy one for everybody on board 
at the Zephyr!!!

Gene B. Williams
Editor - The Zephyr Magazine


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