It seems like we were just at the L. Ron. Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Annual Achievement Awards. Oh, yes, it was last October when they combined the 36th and 37th annual awards. Now it is back on track with their ceremony again being held in April.
This year, we had two tables reserved for GLAWS members, although, for various reasons, about half of the members expected were not able to attend. This included president of GLAWS, Tony Todaro and his wife Lilly, who, for the first time in two years, came down with a bad cold.
Dinner started with a salad. I don’t know how you get overly excited by a salad. I like a chunky salad with big chunks of carrots, bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, etc. My philosophy about lettuce is that it’s only a bed for the good stuff, but the salad did have apples and walnuts, and that was different.
Unlike last year, I didn’t know anyone receiving an award, but I enjoyed it all the same. I have to admit, I did get choked up with some of the more moving acceptance speeches.
John F. Thompson, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General and former Commander of the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile System Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, gave the keynote speech. He essentially reminded us that it is us, the science fictions writers, who explore the possibilities of the future.
It was a wonderful evening with great food and longed-for company. I haven’t seen Steve, Neil, and Nic in person in over two years.
We missed you Tony and Lilly.
Dennis Amador Cherry
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