News from 6/14
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You have all heard about the Variety Ad proposal, a simple ad from the Earth
2 fans, thanking the producers, cast and crew for giving us Earth 2---to be
placed in Variety, the entertainment industry's most important news source.
And many of you have wondered---will it ever really happen? Yes, it will!
And you have asked---where do I send the money anyway?
Let the confusion, worries and grumblings cease! All is in place!!!
The ad hoc ad committee has firmed up the arrangements so
that---finally!--you can send in your pledged money for the Variety Ad
without trepidation and without any further delay! There two---count
'em---two ways to do this, and both of them are as safe as we could make
ONE: The Bank Donation Account (anything made out to Earth 2 Eden
TWO: The Money Order Place (money orders made out to Variety).
Choose whichever one you feel best about sending your hard-earned money to.
Whichever way your money is sent, it *will* get to Variety with the ad!
(Sorry for the wordiness, but I wanted you all to be very clear on the
particulars. If you just want to cut to the chase, scan down for addresses!)
CHOICE ONE: The Donation Bank Account.
U.S. Bank--Shadle Branch
Earth 2 Eden Advance Fund
227 Shadle Center
Spokane, Wa 99212
Account # 1062 029150
Any form of money is fine with this account---personal checks,
money orders, cashier's check, Canadian checks or money orders, traveller's
checks. (The usual caveat concerning cash through the mail applies, of
course---it's never a good idea.) Felicia (FLECOU) assures us that, even if
all the checks have not cleared, there will be no problem getting the money
released for the ad. (Although she could be in major trouble, personally, if
Remember to include a note or card with your name, address,
e-mail (if you have one) and how much you are depositing. You can even
write: Att: Felicia (that's FLECOU online only) but that isn't really
necessary because everyone at the Shadle Branch will know what to do :)
Checks/money orders/whatever should be made out to: Earth 2 Eden Advance
This donation bank account has been set up with the following
safeguards: Felicia is one signatory on the account, but she cannot
authorize withdrawals without two additional OK's from the two other
signatories---Barbara407 and AniMaAmin (Shoshana). The withdrawal---and
subsequent purchase at the bak of a cashier's check to Variety--can be
accomplished with permissions by fax. Both Barbara and Shoshana have fax
capabilities, so there will be no delay on their part when the deadline
arrives. The bank will keep track of all deposits and withdrawals, and these
will be available to be checked by other committee members who are not
Mailed in money can start to be deposited immediately. If you
live in that area and want to drop your pledge money off, it will be OK to
deposit in person. If you do decide to walk your pledge in, you will need
the account number!!! And ask the teller to forward personal information at
WS106 to Felicia. It should be possible to drop deposits off, in a couple of
days, with other U.S. Bank offices in the state of Washington, Oregon,
Northern California and Idaho. There will be a further update on that if
anyone e-mails me or Felicia asking for it.
You can mail your pledge money to the Shadle branch, now--- no
Canadian funds can just be sent...we don't need any special u.s.
vouchers that many businesses require, just be aware that the bank will
calculate the current exchange rate for the day.
This account may---although this is by no means clear at this
point---provide a base for the proposed fan club. One thing at a time, OK?
CHOICE TWO: The Money Order Place
Send money orders or cashier's checks or certified checks ONLY
(no personal checks) *made out to Variety* to:
c/o RFX, Inc.
710 Seward St.
Hollywood, CA 90038
If you feel more comfortable sending your pledge in a form made
out directly to Variety, this is the choice to make. The obvious safeguard
here is that nobody but Variety can touch this money. No personal checks
this way, though---we want to insulate Variety as completely as possible from
bounced checks (not that anyone would) and we also do not want Earth 2 fans
in general to be in trouble due to such nasty things. So, for money made out
to Variety----money orders and certified checks and cashier's checks. No
Canadian money---we have no way of computing it and want to inconvenience
Variety as little as possible.
On these donations also, put your real name, online name (if any),
and address. If you want a receipt, send an SASE (self-addressed stamped
envelope) and ask for the receipt. (If your pledge money comes in too late
to use, due to mail vagaries or whatever, the SASE will be used to send it
back to you.)
HOW THIS WILL WORK:
The pledged money will arrive at the two locations. On a
particular cut-off date, the amounts in the bank account and in Vivien's
hands will be totalled up. That amount will determine how large an ad we
fans can place. The bank account will be turned in to a cashier's check to
Variety and rushed to Vivien in Hollywood by the next business day, who will
have already received or will receive that day film from Stacy for our ad.
Obviously, if the account & money order total is hovering somewhere between
two possible sizes, we will have to go for what we can afford. Vivien will
go to Variety with both money and ad in hand and place the ad.
WHEN SHOULD I SEND MY PLEDGE MONEY?
Send it now! Only the amount we have available on the cutoff
date can be used towards the ad---obviously. Given the usual problems with
snail mail---which are even greater than majordomo mail---your money may take
longer than anyone could reasonably expect to arrive. So the sooner, the
WHEN IS THE CUTOFF DATE?
Don't know yet---that date will be determined by whether we
are going with the Weekly or the Daily Variety. And *that* will be
determined by your vote. (Tentatively, the cutoff date will be 6/19 or 6/20,
so it might be best to get your checks/money orders/what have you in the mail
by 6/16.) Watch for DesiJ's post which will have rate and deadline
information and closest possible publication date---which are quite different
and which will help you make your decision--and how to vote! That decision
is up to everyone out there!
WHAT ABOUT MONEY THAT ARRIVES LATE OR IS MORE THAN WHAT WE NEED FOR THE AD?
Good question. First thing is that out of pocket
costs/expenses for the ad will be reimbursed, if possible. This won't be a
lot---1) the cost of turning the display ad into the film required by the
publication --anticipatec cost: about $100. Federal Express expenses to get
the ad to Vivien in Hollywood from New York City and the bank cashier's check
to Vivien from Washington.
Nobody is getting reimbursed for long distance phone calls
concerning the ad nor for online time or any other such expense. (Too bad I
can't pledge my online bill from this!) Only for the absolutely necessary
For obvious reasons, any late money orders to Vivien will be
sent back (if and only if there is an SASE.)
IS THIS JUST FOR THE FANS ON THE EARTH 2 MAILING LIST?
I sure hope not! Feel free to post this and other notices
from the ad hoc ad committee anywhere there is an Earth 2 bulletin board.
I'll be putting this post on the AOL boards, so if any of you want to help,
you can by putting it on Compuserve or Prodigy or Genie or any other place
that has an Earth 2 board. Please let the rest of the committee know the
particulars so efforts do not overlap (we all know the confusion that
overlap causes!) and we can *all* keep track of where all this info is going
and who is taking the responsibility of getting it there in good shape---yes,
that's how you, too, can join the committee!II It's as easy as volunteering
to do something! Of course, if you post elsewhere, I really hope you will
keep this fully intact to reduce confusion and that you will also post the
information on the ad itself and the vote and Klaatu's new Ad Pledge
Challenge there, too, so that that group would have the full story, too.
IF I HAVEN'T PLEDGED MONEY BUT WANT TO SEND SOME ANYWAY, WHAT DO I DO?
If you haven't pledged yet, or if you want to up your pledge,
email@example.com is still tabulating the pledgers and still posting on his
web pages. With Klaatu's $500 Ad Pledge Challenge, the pledge itself is
important to ---make him pay!!! If you don't want to make such a big deal,
it's OK just to send your money to whichever choice you feel best about. The
only thing that really matters is how much money we have in hand when it's
needed to place the ad. If there we have $2000 in pledges but only $500 in
hand---that $500 will determine the ad size..
For your information, the ad hoc ad committee currently consists of:
Barbara407@aol.com (Barbara), firstname.lastname@example.org (John), WillowNMS@aol.com
(Stacy), email@example.com (Vivien), DesiJ@aol.com(Desi),
FLECOU@ewu.edu (Felicia), Donnijean@aol.com (Donni), AniMaAmin@aol.com
(Shoshana), firstname.lastname@example.org (Alicia), GinaT1000@aol.com (Gina),
There is still stuff to do!---and I expect that the others, like myself, have
run up their online bills close to the max trying to get this thing together.
So, if you want to help, write us. Please!!