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Date: 2004-08-23 20:43
Subject: Thinking about Iain
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Much to my regret, I didn't know Iain well as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I have fond memories. One was a party at Iain's, Jennie's, and Chris' side-by-side apartments in Ann Arbor. The guests were watching Babylon 5 when I arrived and munching on foods mentioned during the various episodes. But what stands out in my memory was the quality of the conversations that took place as the recordings played. I'd never thought to relate B5 with real life politics — and that conversion lead to a much greater understanding of how people from other countries often view the U.S.A.

A few years later, Iain came down from Canada to attend Confusion and host a room party. Being an introvert, I knew I wouldn't be comfortable once the party got under
full swing, so I arrived early. Even though Iain was busy getting everything ready, he not only took the time to talk with me, but he also lent me his colored markers to help make signs for the party. I ended up having so much fun that I not only stuck around once the room began to fill with party-goers, but I ended up spending more time there than I did in the GT suite.

I believe Iain had the rare gift to honestly connect with people and I, for one, am always going to miss him.
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User: airynd
Date: 2004-08-29 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: B5 parties
I have exceptionally fond memories of the Babylon 5 parties at their place - those were wonderful, fun times. I remember Jennie drawing so many analogies to real-world goings-on in the episodes that I was always amazed, Chris thinking of reworking the Deep Space 9 theme song into something we didn't hate, and Iain contributing really thought-provoking comments throughout. We were all so excited as Z'ha'Dum approached...we all squealed at the end of the episodes that had the countdown to the finale and hugged each other with anticipatory glee. After the episodes, we'd all geek out and talk about implications and consequences and holy CRAP did we all ever get carried away with that show! Er, not that it wasn't *worth* it, mind you. ;-)
Happy memories, thanks.
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