|From Mark Blackman
||[Mar. 22nd, 2010|11:24 pm]
I see that you mass-distributed my e-mail to you about my merited (yet refused, wrongly, by you) "comp" membership in "Lunacon 2010" (its gross procedural irregularities earn it the quotes), thrust at people rather like religious tracts from a bother somely persistent sidewalk evangelist.|
An honorable individual wouldn't so eagerly and publicly boast about his abuse of power, disseminating how I caught you in various hypocrisies and outright untruths, but then anyone who's ever seen how you dress knows that you have no sense of shame . (This is not a cheap shot on my part - by calling yourself "MrShirt" you proclaim pride in your lack of fashion sense.)
As a longtime Lunarian and member of the Board, and a past Lunacon Chair and Treasurer myself, I might consider thanking you for confirming so dramatically and unambiguously my conclusion that you are ethically and temperamentally unfit (let's overlook lawfully unqualified for now) to serve as either Lunacon Chair or Treasurer. See that word "served"? These are positions of SERVICE, not (as your actions reveal that you think) of self-aggrandizing POWER (power to help your friends and hurt your enemies - Socrates demolished that idea some 2,500 years ago). Per the Lunarians Bylaws (which, as Lunarians Secretary, I e-mailed you, along with the separately enacted Restrictions on the Lunacon Chair) the Lunacon Chair is charged with producing a successful Lunacon, whereas you persist in demonstrating that your priority - top or, we must conclude, sole - is misusing the mechanisms and resources of Lunacon to pursue personal vendettas, regardless of the damage and embarrassment to Lunacon from whatever ill-will you generate, and even if (as witnessed by the Con Committee last year and this) you must spitefully gut (the word "torpedo" was used) the heart of the Convention by firing the Programing Director and, indeed, threatening any Department head who didn't go along it with your mania with the same fate. (This same ego-tripping and childish, spoiled-bratty refusal to abide by the Convention's regulations, this inability to put aside altruistically what YOU want and to act instead for the greater good of the Con, got you in trouble at Philcon; it was so egregious that you were sacked 2 months before the Con. You showed clearly that you cannot be trusted with ANY authority. Lunacon should have heeded the lesson of Philcon 2007, and likely would have had equally unfit officeholders not shared your character flaws or benefited from your animosities.) Put succinctly, Lunacon is OUR con, NOT (as you think) your personal plaything (and weapon). Your declination of the terms of being Lunacon Chair can only be regarded as the legal equivalent of resignation.
In my e-mail to Susan Kahn, you were given an opportunity to exhibit conciliation, and you failed the test, abysmally. (I'd say that you disappointed us, but I doubt that anyone who knows you expected any other response from you.)
Lest anyone else reading this shrug that it's safe to ignore your misconduct, who might think that your vendettas begin and end with your petty and mean-spirited life's goal to keep me off the Lunacon Program and/or Staff - not because I had nothing to contribute (I've been in Fandom for 4 decades and am a published author), or due to any deficiency in my job performance (I've rescued several Lunacons, and set standards in Program and Publications), but just so that you could deny me a "comp" membership (as I noted in the aforementioned e-mail, your scheme is circular: you deny me my "comp" membership in "Lunacon 2010" because I'm not on the Program or Staff, but the ONLY reason that I'm not on Program or Staff is that you barred me from being on the Program and/or Staff [threatening the entire ConCom with firing], and you barred me from Program and Staff primarily, if not solely, to deny me a "comp" membership) - I remind them of your much-witnessed, childish rant "Death to Philcon!" (This other vendetta of yours has also been to the detriment of Lunacon by creating incalculable ill-will between Lunacon and PSFS/Philcon.)
And even without me being at "Lunacon 2010" (so you can't use me as a scapegoat for whatever screw-ups occurred), you managed to throw a tantrum ... publicly at someone who's been part of Lunarians for 5 decades, a Life Member, a 3-time Hugo winner, one of the triumvirate who ran the last NY Worldcon, a member of the last credible NY bid, and the Fan GoH at the second-ever non-English-speaking Worldcon because of some perceived or imagined slight from years ago at a Philcon, someone whose identity, name and prominence in Fandom you were ignorant of. (Ironically, and even more embarrassingly, the panel that you ejected him from was about holding Worldcon in NYC, the subject of which, audience members later reported, you and your wife, the sole remaining panelists, knew NOTHING about. (I'm sorry, I cant provide their names so that you could bar them from Program and/or Staff at "Lunacon 2011".)
In closing, as a longtime Lunarian and past Lunacon Treasurer, and as a NYS taxpayer, I'm curious about how badly Lunacon's attendance suffered because you refused to let me be on the ConCom and do a proper Progress Report, and, incidentally, how much of Lunacon's much-depleted Treasury you siphoned to repro and distribute my e-mail to you. (An audit by Albany is long overdue. And it would undoubtedly prevent you from pulling these shenanigans at "Lunacon 2011").
I hope that you recover soon from Lunacon ... and vice versa.
(and you remain incorrigible, and, regrettably, entrusted with responsibilities, more's the pity)
From: Mark L Blackman
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 4:44 PM
Subject: Re: FW: "Lunacon 2010"
Thank you for your prompt reply. (See I can do polite insincerity too.)
As it happens, I did have problems receiving mail for 2 weeks in the fall when my mailbox was vandalized. But if your gang actually did an to reach me, they could have a) sent an accompanying letter regular mail (those are delivered and forwarded, while certified mail is delayed by need for a signature and isn't forwarded), b) tried the phone, and c) tried to e-mail me (Nuance had no trouble reaching me by e-mail).
As for my comp membership, you omitted half of the facts. What you should have said is "You don't get a comp membership because you're not on staff or Program, and you're not on staff or Program because I made damn sure to abuse my authority and, screw whatever harm it does to Lunacon, threaten the Committee with firing them if they put you on staff or Program, just like I did last year (and I'll do next year too!). I'd rather scuttle Lunacon than have you involved!" (As I said, I heard from Nuance. [By the way, let her know that Tanya is an old apa buddy of mine whom I know since the mid-'80s.] And I have eyewitness testimony from last year's Committee and an exchange of e-mails with Leigh about your threat. Poor, foolish guy, he thought that if I "behaved" and stayed out of your way last year, that you wouldn't persecute me this year.)
Barring me from being on staff or Program, and then penalizing me (cheating me out of money) because I'm not on staff or Program, is rather like the classic definition of chutzpah: the guy who murders his parents and then demands to be set free out of pity because he's an orphan. (Come to think of it, you did do that when you injured Philcon and then demanded Lunacon's sympathy for getting sacked. Of course, some of us have connections to Philcon that long predate yours and got the straight facts, and we feared - rightly, it turned out - that your same bratty, rampaging ego that put getting your way over your responsibilities as Philcon Chair would be displayed by you as Lunacon Chair. [Too bad Lunacon wasn't as wise as Philcon.] And you're still doing it even though you're theoretically not Lunacon 2010 Chair. OK, I hereby apply to be on the Lunacon 2011 Committee AND on Program. Plus I wouldn't say no to being Fan GoH. How about it?)
I lost all respect for you (as I said, I admired your willingness - which, sadly, turned out to have been brief - not to go along with Donewitz's vendetta against me) years go. (Your claim to inquiring fans that you barred me from staff & Program because I was supposedly mean to Rosenberg was glaringly absurd to anyone who knows us, who knows that we've been friends since the Sacks cons of the mid-'80s, that we've shared many meals, and that I'm one of the few people willing to work closely with him. [Perhaps you've confused me with Corrado who treats him like a servant, his chauffeur.] My reply to the query of why you barred me from staff & Program was accepted as fully plausible: "Shirt is Donewitz's friend. They room together at cons.") So you have only yourself to blame for your lack of credibility, and your reputation in Fandom as a con-wrecker. (Conjecture is lucky that you never Chaired. Did Stacey move east to prevent that?) I do feel bad that you're taking down your wife with you. I don't expect you to display a modicum of honor, responsibility & maturity and change your mind about my well-earned, cheated-out-of comp membership. Maybe MrsShirt (who's already under fire for the shady mutual selections of each other by the Chair & the Fan GoH [Tammany Hall had a word for it]) can quietly overrule you and do the apolitical, right thing.
In closing, the Lunarians (my friends & I) have been running Lunacon since before you were born. It's only around for your gang to run because of us. You're trading on OUR reputations (which makes your disrespectful treatment of me particularly loathsome). Please don't fuck it up too badly. After your gang is done with it and gets bored, or, more likely, bankrupts it so it's longer worth your time plundering, and goes away, we'd like something that we could still salvage.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.
On Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:42:04 -0400 < writes: > Mr. Blackman: > > I apologize that we did not send you a postcard. Since both the > nomination > form and the ballot for the Asimov Award were returned to us (they > were sent > certified mail), we were not aware that your address had not > changed. >
> As you know, in order to receive a "comp" membership for Lunacon, you would have had to be on the committee or staff. Since you are not on this year's committee, and were not on last year's committee or staff, you are not entitled to a free membership for Lunacon 2010. You are certainly welcome to purchase a membership at the door. Our rates are as follows:
> Full weekend - $55
> Friday - $30
> Saturday - $40
> Sunday - $25
> > Regards, >
> Michael E. McConnell
> Lunarians Treasurer
> Vice-Chair, Lunacon 2010
> Chair, Lunacon 2011
> On Mar 16, 2010, at 7:23 PM,
Susan Kahn wrote
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Mark L Blackman"
To: Sue Kahn
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 6:53:49 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada
Subject: "Lunacon 2010"
Sorry, I realize that you may be particularly busy his week but as I never received one of those post cards sent in lieu of a Progress Report, on advice of counsel, I'm writing to confirm my comp membership in "Lunacon 2010".
Mark L. Blackman