An unexpected B-5 fan
I don’t think that anyone who reads this blog is unaware of B-5, aka Babylon 5. Like it or not (and a lot of people like it), it does have a niche, a place in the pantheon of science fiction, television or otherwise. I had every episode taped, back in New York. I liked it quite a bit.
Now, thanks to Interesting Times, I’ve discovered that two people you all know very well like it as well, and I would never have guessed or pegged them as SF fans at all, or B-5 fans in particular:
From: Jms at B5 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Things You Don’t Expect to Hear
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Date: 2002-11-27 05:02:17 PST
So I was talking to Doug Netter this afternoon, who had in turn spoken with
Bruce Boxleitner earlier in the day about the year 2 DVD. In the course of
that conversation, Bruce mentioned something that Doug in turn mentioned to me.
Bruce had been at the White House about a month ago, in the company of wife
Melissa Gilbert, president of the Screen Actors Guild, for a discussion with
some of the functionaries there concerning acting roles moving north of the
As they’re talking, in a long conference room, in the middle of the meeting the
door oens and Karl Rove — main strategist for the Republican Party and power
behind the White House throne — comes in. He says (paraphrased from memory)
to Melissa, “I hope you’ll forgive me, but I actually here to see Bruce.”
He then tells Bruce, “I just wanted to tell you that I’m a big science fiction
fan, and that Babylon 5 is the best science fiction television series *ever*.”
Then there’s a pause, and he adds….
“And the President thinks so too.”
Upon hearing this, I went to lie down for a spell, but I fully expect to be
back on my feet by Spring, latest.
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