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On The Jazz Newsletter: Volume 3 Issue N°12

Date: March 15, 1997
Author: Nicole Pellegrini
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DATE:   March 15, 1997
ISSUE:  12
VOLUME: 3

Current newsletter + mailing list subscribership: 155
Current newsletter-only subscribership: 247
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Hi all! Lots of little news tidbits this issue.

NEWS AND ANNOUCEMENTS:
A-Team Philly Fest '97
1st annual 1997 Dwight Shultz fest - California
Dwight Schultz on "Lois and Clark" this weekend
Dirk Benedict spotting
Proposed 'zines from Rita Ractliffe
Plans Scams and Vans #4

ARTICLES AND TRANSCRIPTS:
"Just a little cameo"

VCR WATCH
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NEWS AND ANNOUCEMENTS:

A-TEAM PHILLY FEST '97: Well, some responses have finally come in, so I'm going to propose a party date of Satruday APRIL 5. The drill, for those of you who have come in the past, will be the same - festivities to start around noonish, plenty of food, drinks, and fun. Plenty of A-Team videos and games (including the Mr.T board game, or help me with the giant A-Team coloring book I just recently found!) Location is Center City, Philadelphia - easily accessible by car or train from areas outside of Philly, just ask me for more details.

Please RSVP as soon as possible, so I can have a reasonable head-count on ho to expect. Friends, significant others, and anyone else invited as well.
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1ST ANNUAL 1997 DWIGHT SCHULTZ FEST: I figured Rachael would want me to include this announcement in the newsletter as well...

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 18:16:06 -0800 (PST)
From: Rachael Fontana
To: [email protected]
Mime-Version: 1.0

Announcing the 1st annual 1997 Dwight Shultz fest. Featuring A-Team episodes, Alone in the Dark, Victim of Love, various guest appearances on TV shows and much much more! (Thank you Nicole for the dubbing!) I live in Northern CA in Humboldt County. Anyone that would like to come (Bay area people?) I will provide housing! It is on March 20 which is a Thursday. We plan to start about 1pm (maybe later if people need it) and plan to finish sometime on Friday! E-mail me if you are interested. Rachael
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DWIGHT SCHULTZ ON "LOIS AND CLARK" THIS SUNDAY: Don't forget to watch "Lois and Clark" and see Dwight Schultz's guest appearance. L&C airs 7PM, EST Sunday on ABC.
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DIRK BENEDICT SPOTTING: The following comes courtesy of Rhonda...

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 09:49:01 -0800
From: reudaly
Organization: appel associates
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: [email protected]
Subject: NEW DIRK SPOTTING

This morning (Friday) the local morning show here, GOOD MORNING TEXAS, had Dirk Benedict on to talk a little bit about KAMAKAZEE COWBOY and to make a recipe "Buckwheat Noodle Pancakes."

They said some nice things about Dirk, about The A-TEAM in general, and basically lost control to Dirk, it was great. What was even better was Dirk's appearance, considering he flew in just for this show. For those who've been concerned about how thin he's been looking, he looked FANTASTIC on this show. He's gained a little more weight he doesn't have the chicken neck or the hollow cheeks anymore.

I've mentioned to Nicole, that given some time, I should be able to get a transcript done of the segment for the newsletter (Hopefully including the recipe for the pancakes) and they were all making noises about bringing him back to actually talk more about the diet, because Dirk said he couldn't talk and cook at the same time.

Rhonda
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PROPOSED ZINE ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM RITA RACTLIFFE: I received the following flyer from Rita just the other day and wanted to pass along the information...

DEJA VU - An A-Team Novella. Book Two of the "Nightmare" Trilogy.

He looked at her squarely. "I'm going back, Maggie. I've got to. It isn't just Raskin...there are more POW's back there and I can do something about it." He stood silently, waiting for her reaction.

As the full realization of what he said hit her, she lashed back, stunned. "You can't. Hannibal, you can't. You're too well known in that area now. It would be suicide if you were captured." He looked at her soberly and nodded. "What if you do get caught again? Who'll pick up the pieces? Hannibal, dammit, this is insanity. You can't really mean this!"

Hannibal took her into his arms. "Yes, Maggie, I do...and when you think about it, rationally, you'll see I'm right."

"What if you're hurt - what are we supposed to do then?! Wasn't once enough, goddammit?!?"

Her pushed away slightly, looking at her intently. "If I get hurt, or worse...well, we'll just have to live with it."

"You mean I'll have to live with it!" She flung the words furiously at him. Angry, and deeply hurt that he would even consider doing this to her again, she twisted out of his arms and escaped to the sanctuary of the kitchen, damned if she would let him see her frustrated tears...

...Later when his rationale had penetrated and calmed her some, she came back to him. "You wouldn't be the man I love if you did any less. But I'm just so damned scared. You're a wanted man...over there..." Her eyes blinked rapidly, trying to keep the tears from spilling over.

"I'm a wanted man here, Maggie. Not that much differece." He reached down and pulled her up from her crouched position, wrapping his arm around her tenderly, saying nothing, figuring it was best for the moment...
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Gathering together his rag-tag ensemble, Hannibal Smith plunges once again into the jungles of Southeast Asia, this time bent on the rescue of throwaway POW's, knowledge of whose existence was brought out by one of their own who managed to escape the US military death squads out for his head. The Team's mission takes them into Thailand, where Doctor Hue rejoins his maverick American friends to aid them in their travels about Cambodia, while laying ghosts of his own to rest. Dodging bandits, drug warlords, Vietnamese and Khmer soldiers, the intrepid band must mount increasing obstacles to even get near their objective, never mind carry it out. And armed with the knowledge that the U.S. GOvernment may be their biggest predator only serves to toughen their resolve to succeed at this mission and finally bring the truth home. However, a devastating bit of knowledge from Vietnam at the end of their trek will change their lives irrevocably.

DEJA VU contemplated for late fall 1997 publishing date. Adult situations and language, age statement over eighteen mandatory. For information or to be pu on our mailing list, please send an SASE to:

RITA D. RACTLIFFE
15500 ERWIN, #297
VAN NUYS, CA 91411

Also, a few people seem interested finally in getting this other 'zine started, so I'm reposting part of Rita's flyer for TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS:

'What were the reactions to the "trial" of the A-Team from all the people they assisted over the years? Did any of them try to help in any way? At least, try to find out what was happening? Make any grass roots efforts to help, etc? It's an interesting premise and could show after-the-facts of what happened to a lot of these people... ow the A-Team's assistance changed their lives.

Well, this weird person is looking for such stories...more like vignettes, reminiscences and the like. if enough interest is exhibited, could even do an adult section; however, no "/" material is sought.

Stories should be 1-10 pages in length, typed (and if you have Word Perfect or Microsoft Word, disks as well).'

If you're interested in this 'zine idea, contact Rita at the above given address.
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PLANS SCAMS AND VANS #4: ...is now officially full. We've already got 120+ pages of material, and I have to declare it closed if we're going to make it for a mid-May publication date. However, that doesn't mean stop sending your stories, it only means they will be used for PLANS SCAMS AND VANS #5 or one of our other proposed 'zines (see the listing on the Sockii Press homepage at http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~pellegri/sockii.html. Most of these themed-zines will be left open for sure until the end of this summer - if not enough response to a given title is received by that time, what A-Team stories have been submitted and accepted will be used instead for PLANS SCAMS AND VANS.)

So, what that also means is it's time to ask for proofreaders. Let me know if you'd like to help with proofing PSV#4 or some other stories for other 'zines. You will receive a discount towards the purchase of a 'zine by proofreading.

I'd also like to thank those of you who have sent in your postcards and shareware fees for PLANS SCAMS AND VANS #3. While we had some troubles getting the electronic format set up at first, it seems to have been well received as an inexpensive alternative to the printed format. And, since people actually *have* been sending in fees (I knew A-Team fans in general were honest types! :-), look for announcements soon about electronic versions of some of our back issues becoming available as well.
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ARTICLES AND TRANSCRIPTS:

Thanks to Gill Dunn who sent me some Star Trek related news clippings this past week! Here's just one of them, related to Diwght's appearance in the last Star Trek movie.

"Just a little cameo..." (Source of article unknown).

Lou Anders talks to actor Dwight Schultz about his appearance in "Star Trek: First Contact."

Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, among the most popular of Star Trek's large litany of recurring characters, makes a delightful cameo appearance in Star Trek: First Contact. That cameo, however, owes its existance not to the script, but to Director Jonathan Frakes. The script of ST:FC called for Zefran Cochrane to be accosted by an over-zealous leiutenant who would inappropriately shower the historical figure with embarassing compliments. "It was Jonathan Frekes' idea to bring me into it," explains Schultz, "because I was a lieutenant that everyone who had seen Star Trek: Tne Next Generation was familiar with. Jonathan called me and said, "It's just a little cameo. Would you do it? I said, 'Of course, I'd love to be in the show. I'd give anything to be in it.' I love Jonathan. He's so much fun to be with. I'm very appreciative that he brought me in."

Once Schultz's availability was confirmed, writers Braga and Moore set about on a quick retouching to make the anonymous lieutenant more in keeping with the angst-ridden Reginald Barclay. "They made it Barclay-esque, more recognizable, as opposed to just a generic, 'Hello. How are you? It's nice to meet you,' which was what the character was originally." The results make the interaction between Cochrane and Barclay a special moment for Star Trek fans. "It's like a groupie following a famous actor around. He ambushes Jamie Cromwell and just goes on and on. Those who are familiar with ST:TNG and Barclay will get a kick out of his enthusiasm. It was only one day of shooting, but it was a blast.

"I almost didn't find the location!" laughs Schultz about his single day of shooting. "I was sure I had missed the turn off somewhere. We were shooting in the Angeles national Forest, up around 6,000 feet, and I was confident that I was going to be able to get there, and I was practically late. I almost missed it. I could have. I was going to go down this other road, and I would probably have missed my call by about two hours if I'd done it. I had to go back and find a phone and call my manager to make sure that I was on the right track. Finally, I saw somebody else who was lost and followed them to the set."

Schultz particularly enjoyed being able to share a scene with James Cromwell. "His stock had just started to soar because of Babe, and I got to meet him, and we had some lovely conversations. He's a really decent and dear fellow."

In the ST:TNG episode "The Nth Degree", Barclay temporarily merged with the USS Enterprise's computer. A similar fate may befall the actor as well. "I just got a brand new whiz bang computer, and I'm net surfing for the first time. This is unbelievably exciting to me. I am stunned by what's in there. It's overwhelming. It almost makes you tremble. It's encyclopedic information about the most minute topics. It's everything and anything that you can imagine. I've been wanting to do this for a long time, but I didn't have the money and the time. So I've been doing this almost non-stop. I"ll be found in cyberspace somewhere. I may get lost in there. I may never come out. I may enter somebody's computer someday, and that's the only way I'll be seen again!"

These days, Schultz says he is recognized more for Barclay than anything else. "Even more than The A-Team. Of course, I did 100 episodes of that, but I was less recongizable. Barcaly is much closer to me. It always amazed me that the character was popular at all. I'm floored by it sometimes."
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VCR WATCH:
DWIGHT SCHULTZ
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07:00pm Sun Mar-16
ABC .... LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SU 7-8pm ...... Ser/Adve "AKA Superman". An obsessed Superman fan seduces Jimmy after mistaking him for the Man of Steel in disguise. CC, Stereo.
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09:00pm Tue Mar-18
LIFETIME ... CHILD OF RAGE (1992) ** (NR) ......... 9-11pm ..... Movi/Dram A minister and his wife adopt a little girl and her brother without knowing of the abuse in their past. With: Mel Harris, Dwight Schultz, Mariette Hartley. NR
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DIRK BENEDICT
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03:00am Mon Mar-17
WGN .... BEJEWELLED (1991) ** (NR) ............ 3-5am ...... Movi/Come Two children and a would-be sleuth help a Boston curator recover her museum's stolen gem collection. With: Emma Samms, Denis Lawson, Dirk Benedict, Jean Marsh, Jerry Hall, Frances de la Tour, Jade Magri, Aeryk Egan, Trevor Peacock, John Bird. CC, Stereo. NR
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GEORGE PEPPARD
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08:00pm Sat Mar-15
TCM .... BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961) *** (NR) 8-10pm ..... Movi/Roma New York playgirl Holly Golightly puzzles a writer who lives below. With: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Mickey Rooney, Villalonga, John McGiver, Dorothy Whitney, Stanley Adams. NR 09:30am Tue Mar-18
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A+E .... BANACEK .............................. 9:30-11am .. Ser/Crim "The Vanishing Chalice". A playboy (Cesar Romero), his girlfriend (Sue Ane Langdon) and a rich man (John Saxon) appear to have stolen a Greek chalice from the Boston Museum.
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03:30pm Tue Mar-18
A+E .... BANACEK .............................. 3:30-5pm ... Ser/Crim "The Vanishing Chalice". A playboy (Cesar Romero), his girlfriend (Sue Ane Langdon) and a rich man (John Saxon) appear to have stolen a Greek chalice from the Boston Museum.
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MR. T
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08:00pm Thu Mar-20
TBS .... ROCKY III (1982) ** (PG) ............. 8:05-10:05pm Movi/Acti Old foe Apollo Creed trains ex-boxing champ Rocky Balboa for a rematch with brutish Clubber Lang. With: Sylvester Stallone, Mr. T, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Ian Fried, Hulk Hogan, Aldo Silvani, Tony Burton. PG: Adult Situations, Violence
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04:00pm Sat Mar-15
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 4-5pm ...... Ser/Dram "Waiting for Insane Wayne". The team pretends to be mercenaries to protect a teen-age squatter (Moosie Drier) from an unscrupulous landowner.
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08:00pm Sat Mar-15
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 8-9pm ...... Ser/Dram "The Crystal Skull". Stranded on a remote island with Face and Frankie, Murdock is worshiped as a deity by Polynesian warriors.
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04:00pm Sun Mar-16
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 4-5pm ...... Ser/Dram "The Duke of Whispering Pines". B.A.'s old girlfriend (Sheila DeWindt) calls on him to find her investor husband, B.A.'s former school rival.
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04:00pm Mon Mar-17
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 4-5pm ...... Ser/Dram "The Big Squeeze". The team works from a pub to stop a loan shark (Joseph Sirola) from terrorizing small businesses. Guest: Wings Hauser.
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08:00pm Mon Mar-17
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 8-9pm ...... Ser/Dram "The Spy Who Mugged Me". Murdock poses as a secret agent to investigate a terrorist group based in Monte Carlo. Guests: Roy Dotrice, Toru Tanaka.
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04:00pm Tue Mar-18
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 4-5pm ...... Ser/Dram "Beneath the Surface". The team helps Face's old high-school buddy (Tom Villard) locate a sunken Spanish galleon filled with treasure.
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08:00pm Tue Mar-18
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 8-9pm ...... Ser/Dram "Without Reservations". Assassins setting a trap for the attorney general hold Murdock, Frankie and wounded Face prisoner in a restaurant.
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04:00pm Wed Mar-19
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 4-5pm ...... Ser/Dram "Mission of Peace". The team outmaneuvers swindlers plotting to evict a group of enterprising senior citizens. Guest: Jason Evers.
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08:00pm Wed Mar-19
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 8-9pm ...... Ser/Dram "The Grey Team". A group of senior citizens protects a scientist's teen-age daughter from the KGB. Guests: Lew Ayres, John McLiam.
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04:00pm Thu Mar-20
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 4-5pm ...... Ser/Dram "The Trouble With Harry". A mobster, avenging his brother's death, stalks an alcoholic ex-boxer. Guests: Hulk Hogan, William ``The Refrigerator'' Perry.
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08:00pm Thu Mar-20
FX ..... A-TEAM ............................... 8-9pm ...... Ser/Dram "Pilot". Reporter Amy Allen (Melinda Culea) hires framed, fugitive soldiers-of-fortune Hannibal, B.A., Murdock and Face (Tim Dunigan), to rescue a kidnapped colleague near Acapulco. Part 1 of 2.
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That's all for this issue!

Stay tuned, and stay on the jazz...

nicole (http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~pellegri/)
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"The main motive for going beyond the rim...there's a
heck of a big Taco Bell out there...." jms
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