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Title: Better Idea Zine
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Editor(s): Cynthia L. Smith
Date(s): 1987-2000
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Fandom: Harrison Ford
Language: English
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Better Idea Zine is a gen zine focusing on the actor Harrison Ford and the roles he played.

It is a combination fan fiction and letterzine and was published quarterly.

It ran for 45 issues with at least one special issue.

Fan art was used on the cover/s until issue #37 when the covers were replaced by official publicity photos.

From the publisher's ad in Southern Enclave #19:
ATTENTION HARRISON FORD FANS!!! Are you looking for a different zine devoted exclusively to Mr. Ford? Hell, look no further--BetterIdeaZine is the answer. Not just a newszine, not just a fiction zine, but combination of the best of both, BIZ comes to you quarterly (3 times in 1987 - May, Sept. and Dec.). Averaging 80 pages, it's chock full of news of the doings of your favorite actor, as well as reader comments, poetry, fiction, artwork and lots of other goodies. Don't be left out. Join the other Ford fans throughout the us and around the world in keeping up with Jones (and Allie and -?-).

Regarding the Title

On the cover: "Better Idea Zine."

Inside the zine: "BetterIdeaZine."

Regarding the title of this zine series: "Ford has a better idea" is a well-known slogan from the Ford Motor Car Company.

"A Parting Shot"

"A Parting Shot" was a regular column in the early issues. They were written by Homer Sapiento.

These columns were writing with a combination of "aw, shucks" self-deprecating style combined with a massive arrogance.

Some fans enjoyed Mr. Sapiento's off-hand skewers of fans, fandom, Harrison Ford, and life in general, as well as his insults, and use of the word "kiddies" to refer to fans.

Many other fans did not, and wrote letters, as well as lengthy columns of their own, as rebuttals.

For more, see A Parting Shot.

Other Harrison Ford Letterzines

Issue 1

Better Idea Zine 1 was published in May 1987. The front cover is by Rebecca Carey.

cover of issue #1, Rebecca Carey
  • Jenny, fiction (Mosquito Coast)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento
  • other unknown content

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

I loved the first BIZ. I like the full transcripts of interviews. I must admit that I didn't like the story "Jenny" too much, but I don't think I'll like any Allie stories. I think it's impossible to write well about Allie because he's such a complex character.

I think it's good that you print dissenting opinions like Homer's. Too many fanzines try to be too rosy. Keep it up. [1]

Issue 2

Better Idea Zine 2 was published in September 1987 and contains 82 pages.

front cover of issue #2, Dianne Smith portrays Halloran of Hanover Street
  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (42)
  • Blue Jay, part one by Paula Freda, art by Paula and Tom Freda, Anne Lutz (Apocalypse Now) (34)
  • David, Beloved one by Kathy Jentz, art by Carol-Lynn Sappe (unknown fandom) (65)
  • Birds of a Feather by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (unknown fandom) (66)
  • Mosquito Coast Word Search by Danise Hegerty (75)
  • Just Friends by Catherine Anson, art by Tom Freda (unknown fandom) (77)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Classifieds (79)
  • Pen Pals (80)
  • Editor's Nook (82)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Anne Lutz, Tome Freda, Paula Freda, Carol-Lynne Sappe, Rebecca Carey and Mary Hoade (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

I just finished reading BIZ #2 — love the illos, especially the cover by Dianne Smith.

My fave pic has to be the bottom of pg. 39 — can't believe this was printed — usually paparazzi photographers throw these pics away as junk or unusable — most editors would not buy them. (Ed. Note: Guess we have Novella's editor to thank!)

So much rebuttal to Homer's "Shot" in #1. I liked Rebecca's the best — very insightful — her comments on the internal themes were right on

(paragraph 8). After reading all those objections (and one positive response) to being called "kiddies," I was surprised to see Homer do it again. I'm not offended, but so many others were that I'm beginning to doubt Homer's sanity in repeating this. Of course, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt as he may not have read these responses before writing the second "Parting Shot." (Ed. Note: You're right, Homer did not read them prior to their publication in this issue.) I quibble with Homer — what is wrong with Val Kilmer's voice?! That's part of his (and River's) attraction for me. I'm a big animation fan, I appreciate the artist's work as well as the voice actors. I'm probably the only one around who can name the actors on my fave animation series and movies! Seriously, Homer, what specifically do you dislike? [2]

I loved issue #2.

Enjoyed the fiction and poetry. Homer Sapiento is a fine writer, his style, his professionalism, his ideas always impress me.

Anne Lutz's illustrations are superb, especially the one on page 61 - her attention to detail; the table by the scenic window is an inspiration. I loved her portrayal of the Hudson Valley, the rolling mountains and valleys dotted with spruce and pine. I also liked her rendition of Callie. She caught the girl's feisty spunkiness along with her emotional turmoil.

Dianne Smith's work goes without saying. It is entrancing. And as realistic and close to photograph as you can get. I look forward to issue #3 and thank you for all your efforts to produce a first quality publication.
I want to say "Bravo"! This #2 edition of BIZ is excellent, as was in. I am very pleased that you took on this job as a zine editor. I really love the format. I really love the photos you can include. It's totally a classy zine, and I thank you for doing it. Rebecca Carey wrote a very fine LoC, or statement. A commentary? It was excellent, almost an in-depth thesis to me. Very fine writer that gal. [3]

Received issue #2 of BIZ in the mail Friday and it made my day. Wonderful, wonderful issue. You should be very, justifiably proud of yourself. It is a class act...just like the subject matter.

Dianne Smith’s cover is haunting...love the eyes; and Allie on the back is excellent. The news and reviews from England, as well as the transcribed interviews, were a delight to discover.

This is where the real value of a zine like BIZ becomes evident: making news and information and pics available to those who would otherwise miss it. And there were so many great things not to be missed. All the photos! Especially the ones from the British interviews. Thank you Anne- Marie!

Fiction was also marvelous: "Blue Jay" — I can’t wait for Part II of this. Aside from it being a story on a character that has largely been ignored, which makes it all that more a surprise, the story itself is excellent...instantly interesting, grabs your attention, eloquently written. Very, very good. Her Gil Lucas is totally believable.

I was also pleased to see Catherine Anson’s work featured. Good, tight short story. Predict we will be seeing a lot more of her in fandom fiction. (Ed. Note: Unless circumstances prevent it, we'll have another Anson story in issue #4.) LoC’s were nicely done, providing an even balance of opinions on everything from "Mosquito Coast" to Homer to "West 57th." This also applies to the rebuttals to "A Parting Shot," or replies, if you will, as rebuttal implies a negative response (Ed. Note: No, just an opposite viewpoint.). Rebecca's response was superb: logical, rational, objective, a masterpiece of reason, accomplishing all this without personal attack or insult. Impressive. Most impressive.

The whole zine is just terrific. Again, I love the layout and the "look;" the headings. I think Harrison himself would not flinch if and when he gets to peruse an issue. Think he would be pleased at the quality and the presentation. Keep up the good work.[4]
BIZ WAS GREAT. I loved it. I'm so glad you took up where (Rogue) left off. I like the whole format of the zine. Stories I can get elsewhere, but I like it because it give me access to pics and articles I wouldn't ordinarily have access to. [5]
I received BIZ #2 over the weekend, and finally put it down after the third re-read. For me, the best part is the articles that would normally be inaccessible to me, but I loved the WHOLE thing! Maybe it's my imagination, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't it seem that HF talks more in the foreign mags? Maybe because I want to see more, I am. [6]

Just received your BIZ and wanted to comment...another great issue! The cover of #2 Is breathtaking with Dianne Smith's Halloran all open-faced sincerity. So beautiful! Mary Hoade's back cover Allie is very good, too. Loved all the pics and art. Dianne's Han Solo and Wookiee on pg. 67 is cute. Looks like Han has trouble with his cleaners on Mos Eisley, or maybe with his sonic washer unit! But, he can take his time with that. He has a very nice belly-button! I also loved all the articles. The extreme close-up of Indy from TOD on pg. 7 reminded me of Humphrey Bogart and is a wonderful find. Thank you to whomever sent it!

The overseas stuff is always special. I want to thank you for printing the pic of proud pappa and baby! I'm delighted to see Malcolm (at least in profile, kinda) and am happy to see daddy's "bouncing baby boy" is so healthy! I don't think that baby fat's there to stay, and I suspect Harrison looked a lot like that when he was a baby. I also suspect he's gonna be blessed with a healthy dose of intellect. Not surprising at all in light of his parents. Malcolm even looks like he's staring at someone with that Indiana Jones stare. He's a natural! And Harrison is precious. Just to see him holding him. But he looks so young, too. I don't know whether it's the hair or father hood. Probably a little of both. Why didn't they make men like this when I was growing up?! Loved pgs. 38 and 39 with Harrison, Melissa and baby. I don't blame Harrison for signing at that photographer, and probably would have done that myself in the same situation. At least it made the guy keep his distance. He was probably worried the guy was gonna try to stick his camera in the carriage or something. That made sure he didn't! Wonder if anybody's noticed that Harrison only seems to marry women with the initials "MM". Think I'll change my name! Just kidding, but it is an interesting coincidence. A fan mentioned Harrison being called "Harry" and I tend to do it when I want to shortcut, but I agree and much prefer "Harrison." I think when he and his brother were growing up their family must have shortened their names with familiarity. You know, Harry and Terry, get down here!" I know it sounds kind of awful, but I'm sure It happened. I know the nickname I went by when I was in college I would never go by now! "Harrison" sounds so distinguished.

I haven t read all of BIZ yet, but the whole issue looks wonderful. Thank you so much, Cindy, and fellow Fordophile. [7]

Many thanks for the copy of #2. Thrilled with the way the art reproduced, thank God for coquille board! Thought the whole of this issue looked pretty good, but I have to confess that piece of fiction, Blue Jay has me totally confused, not my cup of tea at all. Not to worry, though, I'm sure plenty of other people will think it's wonderful...

WorldCon (Ed. Note: held in Brighton, England this year.) was dreadful for us HF and media fans. If the sf lot are trying to gradually succeed in squeezing us out, they are going a pretty good job. There was absolutely no programming for us at all. ..the art show was good... plenty to buy in the dealers' rooms, spent most of s my money on stills.[8]

BIZ #2: Very, very nice. Lovely Dianne Smith cover, more reviews and interviews I hadn't read, more new photos, Rebecca Carey's article on MC, full of insight and wonderfully written.

Again, what more could I ask? Even Homer was less objectionable this time. True, he mis-used the word "schlock" I think he meant to write "schmuck" — but he also said some things some younger fans might need to be reminded of: HF protected by his past successes, and it doesn't do to forget that...I think Carolyn Golledge has the right attitude toward Homer: Just laugh at his "funnies" and ignore him when he gets too opinionated. And, he's a good antidote to our female gushing.[9]

First let me begin with the cover illo by Dianne Smith — astonishing! Halloran is one of my favorite Ford characters, and this depiction is so tantalizingly beautiful and hypnotic. Bravo, Dianne!!

And, immediately, the very first interview is a real treasure. The article by Colin Dunne sums up in an articulate way the Ford mystique. Interesting that it was written from a male point of view (no gushing female hormones for Homer to carp about!). Also found the interview by Paul Attanasio very good, too. His cable-TV interview with Harrison is a gem, also. Some very interesting Ford reactions, and some thought-provoking questions on Attanasio's part. (Ed. Note: Care to transcribe it for those of us who haven't seen it?) The transcripts of the TV interviews were a nice feature, also. A lot of times not everyone can catch him on TV, usually it's unannounced, and it becomes disheartening to leam about it after the facto The "Proud Parents" section was nice. It's lovely to see him in a role we rarely catch glimpses of. I guess that's why photographs like these are important to me. They're special in that they give us some insight into the family man...loved the still on page 36... GORGEOUS. I like your use of artwork and photographs to highlight the articles and stories.

Interesting comments in the "Fan Forum." "Mosquito Coast" certainly struck deeply. No one seems blasé about it. That's great! Am sure, in part, that was a goal of both Harrison and Peter. I can't help but think that "Mosquito Coast" was ahead of its time and will be judged in retrospect as a finely-made film. Sometimes, I suppose, it takes some distancing to see the true mastery of something so different, and something unsettling. Regardless of the film's total Impact, Harrison was at his peak. And he gave one tour-de-Ford performance. No one can dispute that. I was glad to hear from the "Today" interview that he was proud of his work in "Mosquito Coast," and proud of the film. And, he was honest enough to add that he was not happy that it didn't do better...and many of us echo that sentiment. So, the BetterIdeaZine is getting better! But then, with this subject it's hard to miss! [10]

The very first item was an indication of what was to follow. Colin Dunne expressed very adequately what Just about every Ford fan feels about Harrison. It's all these intangibles that he tries so hard to keep from us that give him that tremendous appeal that transcends the so-called "pretty face" or the "bare chest" (hear that, Homer?). And the fact that this sentiment was expressed by a non-female was especially pleasing to me.

I guess my favorite piece was the "Proud Parents" spread. He cuts such a fine figure es a daddy! I absolutely adored those pictures (but for a moment I feared we had another Sean Penn on our hands!); I guess it's because it's a side of his life we so rarely get to see, and I find those pictures are the ones I turn to over and over again. And that kid ~ he's a big 'un, all right! (Has anyone contacted the NFL?) I'm so glad we got to see at least a glimpse of the newest Ford, and that particular shot was even sweeter because Daddy was in it, tool Always enjoy reading the interview transcripts, even though a few of them find Harrison repeat ing himself. He must get tired of hearing those same questions over and over again. But the Heat 57th" interview was a definite change for him. It marked one of the few times he granted an interview which was not part of his film's promotion. I could tell from the outset that he would much have preferred to be somewhere else. And Meredith's questions did nothing for his mood. There were a few times when I was afraid he would really lose his temper (I know my claws were coming out!), but I feel he handled it very well under the circumstances...

In short, keep up the great work! BIZ is a boon to my existence. I know, I'm exaggerating a little, but I think you get the general idea. BIZ is a day-brightener — every time I look at it. I am eagerly looking forward to #3.[11]

I really like this zine. I thought the front cover was beautiful. Secondly, I must say how much I enjoyed the contents. The furious argument going on over Homer's piece on "Mosquito Coast" amused me very much. Personally, I think he is wrong in his complete dismissal of the film. I didn't lite the book and only went to see the film because Mr. Ford was in it, but now it's out on video, I find the more I see that film, the more I see in it.

I think what really annoyed every one was Homer s attitude (surely deliberately trying to provoke explosions of wrath?). Anyway, the whole thing certainly put some pep into the zine and made a lively read! Regarding Rebecca Carey a piece, all I can say is - Bravo! She said it all. I liked Carolyn Golledge's reply to Mr. Sapiento, by the way, except she says at the end that women never noticed Mr. Ford when he was just a carpenter — I can't believe that!

I loved the pages of paparazzi photos from that Italian magazine — especially the gesture in the last picture. I loved the art and all the copies of photographs. You've managed to make BIZ really lively and interesting to read and to look at. Please keep on filling BIZ with art and photos, they make all the difference. (Ed. Note: Always my intention, whenever possible!) I'm very jealous about all the TV interviews you get that we don t in Europe. It's very nice to get transcripts and photos from them even if f them. I was delighted to see the photos taken during the filming of "Frantic." I wish he d stop doing that to his hair, but he still looks beautiful.

All in all, BIZ is a real

pleasure and helps fill the long gaps between movies. You've really arrived with a bang, and your zine is as much to be looked forward to as "Flip of a Coin".[12]

Congratulations on another excellent issue of BIZ. The cover is eye-catching and would compete well with many of the far more expensive zines. I read the "News and Reviews" section last because I had become accustomed to finding too much repetition. It is a much better read now it is pared and organized. The interviews were up-to-date and enjoyable, since Ford seems less guarded with his answers. I liked the teasing and frank approach to celebrity status from Ms. Vieria. A refreshing change from the usual kow-towing. I applaud Ford and Weir on HC, a vast improvement on the novel. Please continue with the "This and That" section.

Photos — my favorite is Ford giving his, ahh, "opinion" on photographers. I share his annoyance. While it may be accepted that an off-duty actor is fair game, that does not make it right. There is a time and place for photo sessions, this was not one of them. I m glad to see Ford had the guts to say so.

To be absolutely honest, I was losing interest in "Rogue" until Homer came along. His "Shots" and stories have added much needed spice, so I m thankful he s continued with BIZ. The man's courage in being so open and personal makes for the feeling that you are "conversing" with a good friend unafraid to speak his mind. [snipped] You said it all this time with "opinions don't change with the prevailing winds." Good for you. Hot Shot, not afraid of a little flak, huh?

Laughed over the Father's Day viewing of MC. What an appropriate day! The reported reactions were almost identical to my family's!

Congratulations also on "Birds of a Feather. Love or hate Homer, you have to admit he has Solo down to a "T". The dialogue is definitely e most natural I've seen anywhere In SW fiction. Ditto for the definition of the relationship between Han and Chewle. SW fans who don't buy BIZ are missing some good stuff. Thank you, Homer. More, please.

Dianne Smith's illo of the duo has the expressions spot on. But the Han on pg. 71 was too pretty for my tastes.

Catherine Anson's subject matter grabbed my attention right away. Like the last two sentences. "Fan Forum" Is also an attention-getter. Good fun.

Was very impressed with the amount of work that went into Rebecca Carey's "Return Fire." A very interesting read, though simpler language would have made for an easier read. As a teacher I applaud her comments on the lack of effective training toward more precise methods of critique. However, this does not apply to an exchange of fan opinion. No one (including Homer) claims to be writing a professional review. I'm sure if Homer wanted to, he could do better than any out there. But, there's more than enough of that dry, clinical stuff in "News and Reviews," which frankly I find boring. It's the honest trading of reactions that makes BIZ fun. This is the flaw in "Return Fire": It is based upon a misinterpretation of Homer's intent. I enjoyed RF for Its broad sweep of commentary, and second for the opinions expressed as they relate to the issue discussed, but seldom could I see the connection to "A Parting Shot." The first three listed points of attack were incorrect, i.e. Homer did not say that MC was "less than good because it flopped." I would debate issues 2 and 3, but there's no room here. As to the lengthy and intriguing analysis of the word "like" like. In its generally accepted context was exactly what Homer meant. I feel RF condescends to the readers of BIZ and to Homer by implying that we do not know the difference between "critical" and "perceptual" judgment. Homer does not lecture us or treat us like "kiddies." He assumes we know what he means. As I say, the definition of this problem is of interest as it applies to school children, but we are not children. I can't see how it fits as a response to "A Parting Shot." See what I mean? Things are never dull with Homer around! Thanks, Cindy, for including him and adding that much more enjoyment to an already entertaining zine. [13]

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, Dianne Smith
back cover of issues #3, Susan Billingsley, portrays "Allie Fox" of The Mosquito Coast

Better Idea Zine 3 was published in December 1987 and contains 100 pages.

  • News and Reviews (clippings, photos, articles from newspapers and magazines) (1)
  • Fan Forum, letters of comment (54)
  • In Search of the Past, Fordish Footsteps, article by Beth Lentz (60)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (64)
  • Jumping to Conclusions, fiction by Kathy Jentz, art by Carol-Lynn Sappe (Frisco Kid) (67)
  • Blue Jay, part two, fiction by Paula Freda, art by Anne Lutz (Apocalypse Now) (68)
  • When You Wish Upon a Star, fiction by Lisa Link, art by Carol-Lynn Sappe (Indiana Jones) (76)
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, fiction by Homer Sapiento, art by Rebecca Carey (sequel to "The Martin Flu" in The Rogue) (Witness) (85)
  • Classifieds (96)
  • Pen Pals and Contributors (98)
  • Editor's Nook (99)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Carol-Lynn Sappe, Anne Lutz, Rebecca Carey, and Susan Billingsley (back cover)

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Wanda Lybarger, Witness?
back cover of issue #4, Beth Lentz (Indiana Jones)

Better Idea Zine 4 was published in March 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (47)
  • A Volley Returned, article by Linda Boster (50)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (53)
  • Blue Jay, part three, fiction by Paula Freda, art by Anne Lutz ((Apocalypse Now) 54)
  • After the Film, Allie, fiction by Claire Panier, art by Dianne Smith (Mosquito Coast) (61)
  • The Rose of Jodhpur, fiction by Homer Sapiento, art by Mary Hoade (Indiana Jones) (62)
  • Pen Pals (43)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Wanda Lybarger (front cover), Dianne Smith, Anne Lutz, Mary Hoade, Beth Lentz (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

Harrison for Christmas is the perfect remedy for the Hoth winter that just got dumped on us!...

I've just begun to peruse #3 and it looks wonderful, yet again. The pictures of Harrison on pgs. 21 and 22, and the Ibiza ones where he's looking up at fireworks — these are the treasured items, when he's just being himself...

I loved Kathy Jentz's short little Tommy piece...it cries to be made into a long story. I can see Tommy wondering all the while: who hired the bounty hunter? Was he going to be tried for a crime? All these thoughts going on inside his head and poor Tommy couldn't even ask them with that gag. Well, he must have got to eat sometime, but...

Anyway, I enjoyed it. I am tickled that Harrison, or his family, chose to name their new dog a derivative of my name. One must have a sense of humor about these things! On "Entertainment This Week" in early December they had a special on Paramount's 75th anniversary and I was hoping they would show Harrison in front of the gate. They didn't, but they did have a nice drawing some artist rendered of him which was shown with no explanation right before a station break...

Rebecca Carey, thank you, thank you, thank you, for the neat Indy Fan Forum logo! I love it! Rebecca can always be counted on for these nice touches...after reading BIZ all the way through.

I have a few more comments. I love Paula Freda's "Blue Jay" series. I didn't think I could relate well to Colonel Lucas, but she writes a tale that makes him much more three-dimensional than "Apocalypse Now" and at the same time follows Harrison's depiction of him.

I enjoyed the Interview of Harrison by Minty Clinch, but I'm afraid I don't like her method of assuming and extrapolating from his quotes instead of just giving us his direct quotes. It makes for much less accuracy and I think any reader can read between his/her own lines...[14]

BIZ s getting better with every issue, and it was a welcome surprised just before Christmas. I loved every bit of It from front to back. As usual, Dianne's cover artwork was excellent. All the articles and pictures were enjoyable, especially the foreign ones. Yes, I do agree that Harrison seems to talk more to the foreign press, which is why I like them so much. Many thanks to our foreign friends! "Birthday Bash" was very special. I was glad to hear that Harrison enjoyed it so much, and that Melissa and Malcolm were there to share it with him. Seems ole Roman can be a very nice fellow given the chance. The "People Are Talking" section was a welcome sight.

It's nice to see that other celebrities think so highly of Harrison. Dianne's art display at the Royal Premiere of "MC" looks fabulous, even in black and white and miniaturized.

"In Search of the Past" by Beth Lentz was very interesting, and seemed to be a lot of fun.

As usual, I love hearing what Homer has to say in his "A Parting Shot," even though I seldom agree. Don't worry, Homer, you won't get any written arguments from me. I'm having too much fun reading those who dare to venture.

The stories, artwork, poems and puzzles are always fun, and were very nicely done. [15]

One of the parts of BIZ I like the most is the "News and Reviews" section. I have many times gone to the library to look up articles on Harrison Ford and his movies, but you could never find all the different newspaper articles from all the nation's newspapers and from overseas. The stories are great also. I feel like a personal friend of HF's, even though I know I'll never meet him and he, of course, will never know I exist. I root for each of his films and take it as a personal affront when a critic or an acquaintance does not like a film. "Mosquito Coast" was hard to take because the film was not understood universally. One critic out here actually said the film was chauvinistic because of the way "Mother" was portrayed. Now, I'm a 38-year old female, wife, and it never occurred to me to think the film was anti-women's lib. Oh, well. HF was brilliant. You know, no one picks up on the little scene when Allie confronts the preacher with his hammer in his belt, like a six-shooter. This got a big laugh in the show I was in. The movie got a lot of laughs.

Now, "Frantic." I saw a preview Christmas Eve of "Frantic." And I got frantic! 1 went to see "Empire of the Sun" (which is magnificent) and was just sitting when "Harrison Ford" flashed on the screen. Well, I almost panicked. Got my coat all caught. And before I could get ready, there were wonderful frames of HF's new film. So ~ it's coming! Can't wait. He looks great. Got his hair slicked back like Mike Douglas in "Wall Street."

Thanks for your hard work with the zine. It's so enjoyed by HF fans. I don't know what we'd do without it. [16]
I just want to let you know that I really appreciate what you are doing for Ford fans and to tell you that the magazine is really terrific. The articles are very informative and the fiction adds a light touch to it. My friend, who is fluent in German and Spanish, has been translating the foreign articles for me, which really helps... [17]

Once again, the wonderful BIZ: all the news, interviews and such (hey, now I know that Minty Clinch is a woman — don't know why I thought she was a man before this). Homer's story I liked, I never thought of Rachel and John ending up together for good. Anyway this was a believable conclusion. Haven't read the IJ story yet...always enjoy the readers' comments, liked the trip to Williams Bay. Why do I buy BIZ (as well as Rogue before it)? For the news, mainly. Where else could a fan get such an array of news on Harrison? Sure, I read the stories, but I can buy zines (well, probably some of the writers wouldn't be in them.. .Homer, maybe?). All the other sections I like, too, but even if some of the hews is just a repeat that's mainly what BIZ is for to me, and should be. Not boring.

If someone wanted to start a letterzine or opinion zine, I'd subscribe to that, too. And, yes, I have noticed for a long time that Harrison is more open and accessible when interviewed overseas, and I've seen nothing more high-toned about these sessions, so somebody tell me why.

Well, Homer, I looked and looked and finally found the words, "some of ya" in BIZ #l "Parting Shot." My apologies, but jeez, I was defending you!

By the way, upon viewing MC for the first, and so far last, time, my teenager's comment: "Well, that wasn't so bad." You see, I was watching for the first time, too, along with her, and she had been hearing how much I thought the book was not film-able. Actually, I (shudder) disliked the book. But I thought that was a great critique. Could be used for lots of movies.

How about a logo for "A Parting Shot"? Probably some good ideas out there. (Ed. Note: I'm game! Artists? Care to be creative?)..[18]

I'm rather looking forward to hearing Homer's parting shots on that film and "pickin' on ol' Roman." Makes for a nice change of pace — a little good-natured fun. By the way, enjoyed your "Witness" story, Mr. Sapiento.

What I really found interesting in the last issue was the report and accompanying photo on HF's birthday bash. Something of that nature is a nice personal insight of the man. But, yet, I don't feel that it is something so personal that it is infringing on his privacy. HF's major bug-a-boo.

The logos and artwork are looking great. Normally, I don't tend to notice those visual aspects right off, unless I like what I see, and in this case I like what I see. Clean lines. Enhances rather than intrudes and deflects. Good job artists who are responsible.

Am looking forward to the next issue and, of course, "Frantic."[19]

Just a short reply to Homer's "Parting Shot" in #3 — somehow Homer's misuse of the English language in his essay.did absolutely nothing for me in getting his point across — that Rebecca Carey's essay was "BS factor" writing. I'd say Homer's essay proved the opposite: in the end, I found Rebecca's piece easy to read and follow, while Homer's piece meandered and glossed over many points. He gave far too many flip replies to her arguments. Homer, you brought up the points she is arguing with. I don't think it is fair to dismiss them now in the face of her reply to them by saying in regards to disagreements in people's interpretations of art "Is that gonna upset the Earth's orbit? Get serious!"

Whether this debate on MC will change the course of this world or not is not the issue. I hope that in the next "Parting Shot" we can see Homer deal directly with the issues, instead of the superficialities such as the language used and the author's choice of name.

[20]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Mary Hoade
back cover of issue #5, Wayne McFaul

Better Idea Zine 5 was published in June 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (four letters about BIZ #4, four letters about the movie "Frantic") (42)
  • Somebody's Gotta Do It!, article by N.E. Maus (45)
  • A Parting Shot by Homeer Sapiento (48)
  • Blue Jay, conclusion, fiction by Paula Freda, art by Anne Lutz (Apocalypse Now) (51)
  • Indy and Shorty, poem by Theresa Ward, art by Dianne Smith (Indiana Jones) (62)
  • The Rose of Jodhpur, conclusion, fiction by Homer Sapiento, art by Mary Hoade (Indiana Jones) (63)
  • Contributors (60)
  • Pen Pals (77)
  • Classifieds (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Mary Hoade (front cover), Wayne McFaul (back cover), Anne Lutz, Dianne Smith and Rebecca Carey


Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Anne Lutz

Better Idea Zine 6 was published in September 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (44)
  • Sighting the Elusive Ford, article by Frances Coleman (37)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (47)
  • The Power of Love, fiction by Catherine Anson, art by Linda Bassett (49)
  • A Falcon by Any Other Name, fiction by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (58)
  • Contest Rules (76)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Anne Lutz (front cover), Linda Basset, Dianne Smith, Mary Hoade


Issue 7

front cover of issue #7, Dianne Smith
back cover of issue #7, Mary Hoade

Better Idea Zine 7 was published in December 1988 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Fan Forum (ten letters of comment: four of them about BIZ #6) (51)
  • The Walworth Expeditions, article by Elizabeth M. Lentz (46)
  • Fittingly Frantic, article by Karen Estabrook (54)
  • A Fan's Lament, article by Anonymous by Request (58)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (59)
  • Multiple Choice Harrison Quiz by Beth Lentz (61)
  • Cornflower Blue, fiction by Kathy Jentz (Getting Straight) (63)
  • I Can See What They Do, fiction by Linda Boster, art by Anne Lutz (Witness) (67)
  • An Emotion, vignette by Claire Panier, art by Painer with "the rough edges smoothed out" by the editor (Star Wars) (76)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Anne Lutz, Claire Panier, Mary Hoade (back cover), Rebecca Carey


Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Wanda Lybarger

Better Idea Zine 8 was published in March 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Indy III (33)
  • Fan Forum (44)
  • A Versatile Working Girl, article by Karen Estabrook (48)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (53)
  • There's a Man Named Indiana, fiction by Danise Hegerty, art by Linda M. Bassett (55)
  • Christmas Exchange, fiction by Karen Estabrook, art by Rebecca Carey (56)
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, fiction by Homer Sapiento, art by Mary and Nick Hoade (66)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Wanda Lybarger (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Linda M. Bassett, Mary Hoade, Nick Hoade, Anne Lutz (back cover)


Issue 9

cover of issue #9, Mary Hoade

Better Idea Zine 9 was published in 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Odds and Ends (31)
  • Future Project(s) (34)
  • Indy III (pre and post-release) (36)
  • Fan Forum (54)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (59)
  • Tommy and Co., fiction by Linda McCarthy, art by Anne Lutz (62)
  • Lost Lance of the Crusade, fiction by Eric D. Goodman (65)
  • Second Thoughts, fiction by C.L. Waters (67)
  • It's All in the Brain, fiction by Homer Sapiento (68)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Contributors (30)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Mary Hoade (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Anne Lutz, Ken Ward (back cover)


Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Dianne Smith

Better Idea Zine 10 was published in September 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • Odds and Ends (46)
  • Presumed Innocent (54)
  • Fan Forum (58)
  • A Parting Shot by Homeer Sapiento (63)
  • Fordian Graffiti by Karen Estabrook, various places throughout the zine and (65)
  • Crash, fiction by Carolyn Golledge, art by Linda M. Bassett (66)
  • Pen Pals (76)
  • Contributors (76)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Dianne Smith (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Ken Ward, Karen Estabrook, Janet Madden, Linda M. Bassett, Adam Clay (back cover)


Issue 11

front cover of issue #11, Mary Hoade
back cover of issue #11, Nick Hoade

Better Idea Zine 11 was published in December 1989 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • International Box Office (38)
  • It's Video Time (39)
  • Odds and Ends (40
  • Presumed Innocent (43)
  • Fan Forum (52)
  • Previewing "Presumed Innocent", article by Karen Estabrook (51)
  • Indiana Jones and a Classic Crusade, article by Karen Estabrook (56)
  • The Last Crusade, in Retrospect, article by Ken Ward (60)
  • A Parting Shot Rebutted (#10), article by Janet Madden (61)
  • Return of Indiana Jones, article by Eric D. Goodman (62)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (63)
  • Raiders of the Doomed Crusade, fiction by Karen Estabrook and Carolyn Golledge (Indiana Jones) (65)
  • Totem by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (Indiana Jones) (70)
  • Pen Pals (55)
  • Contributors (69)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Mary Hoade (front cover), Rebecca Carey, Karen Estabrook, Dianne Smith, Carol-Lynn Sappe, Nick Hoade (back cover), Judy Watson, Laura Alexander


Issue 12

cover of issue #12, Darlene Kletke

Better Idea Zine 12 was published in March 1990 and contains 80 pages.

  • News and Reviews (1)
  • It's Video Time (18)
  • Odds and Ends (25)
  • Presumed Innocent (32)
  • The Last Crusade Recorded in Writing, article by Eric D. Goodman (16)
  • A Parting Shot, Rebutted, article by Eric D. Goodman (39)
  • A Parting Shot, article Homer Sapiento (41)
  • Acquittal, part one, fiction by Karen Estabrook (44)
  • Trapped in the Amazon, fiction by April Lutz, art by Lutz (58)
  • Working Guy (or Solo Gets Conned), fiction by Homer Sapiento, art by Dianne Smith (68)
  • Pen Pals (12)
  • Contributors (15)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Darlene Kletke (front cover), Rebecca Carey, April Lutz, Wayne McFaul, Dianne Smith, Beth Lenz (back cover)


Issue 13

cover of issue #13, Lynda M. Bassett

Better Idea Zine 13 was published in 1990 and contains 79 pages.

  • unknown content


Issue 14

front cover of issue #14, April Lutz
back cover of issue #11, Claire Panier

Better Idea Zine 14 was published in September 1990 and contains 79 pages.

  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds and Ends (24)
  • Regarding Henry clippings (26)
  • Presumed Innocent, pre-release and early reviews (27)
  • Fan Forum (27)
  • A Rebuttal to the Rebuttal's Rebuttal Rebuttal, article by Karen Estabrook (43)
  • Miscellaneous Musings, article by Eric D. Goodman (45)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (47)
  • Hallowe'en Hostages, fiction by Carolyn Golledge (Witness) (reprinted in Never Say Die #9) (50)
  • The Deadliest Sin, fiction by Homer Sapiento (Witness) (64)
  • The Right Thing, fiction by Elizabeth Busby (Hanover Street) (75)
  • Pen Pals (75)
  • Classifieds (76)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)


Issue 15

cover of issue #15, Julia Schmidt

Better Idea Zine 15 was published in 1990 and contains 79 pages.

  • unknown content


Issue 16

front cover of issue #16, Lynda M. Bassett
back cover of issue #16, Wayne McFaul

Better Idea Zine 16 was published in March 1991 and contains 80 pages.

  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (46)
  • Regarding Henry (53)
  • Fan Forum (55)
  • Innocent Presumptions, article by Karen Estabrook (62)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (65)
  • No Fire Anymore, fiction by Claire Panier (Indiana Jones) (66)
  • Hard Day's Night, fiction by Homer Sapiento (Witness) (65)
  • Ford Character Wordsearch by Danise Hegerty (76)
  • PenPals (61)
  • Contributors (61)
  • Classifieds (77)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • the art is by Linda Bassett, Rebecca Carey, Claire Panier, Wayne McFaul


Issue 17

cover of issue #17, Kletke

Better Idea Zine 17 was published in 1991 and contains 79 pages.

  • Murphy's Law by Karen Estabrooke (reprinted in Flip of a Coin #16)
  • other unknown content


Issue 18

front cover of issue #18, Lynda M. Bassett
back cover of issue #18, Wayne McFaul

Better Idea Zine 18 was published in September 1991 and contains 79 pages.

  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (40)
  • Night Ride Down (47)
  • Future Project/s (51)
  • Fan Forum (51)
  • Regarding Henry, a review by Dorothy P. Freda (55)
  • A Review of the Young Indiana Jones Books by Annie Moose (56)
  • Heir to the Empire, a book review by Dorothy P. Freda (57)
  • Miscellaneous Musings, article by Eric Goodman (58)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento(59)
  • The Guardian, fiction by April D. Lutz (Indiana Jones) (61)
  • Entanglements, fiction by Homer Sapiento (Witness) (67)
  • Contributors (75)
  • Classifieds (76)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Wayne McFaul (back cover), Mary Hoade, Rebecca Carey and Linda M. Bassett (front cover)


Issue 19

cover of issue #19

Better Idea Zine 19 was published in 1991 and contains 79 pages.

  • unknown content


Issue 20

Better Idea Zine 20 was published in April 1992 and contains 79 pages.

front cover of issue #20, Dianne Smith, portrays Harrison Ford and his dog
back cover of issue #20, Mary Hoade
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • It's Video Time! (23)
  • Odds & Ends (25)
  • Patriot Games (58)
  • Fan Forum (58)
  • Miscellaneous Musings, article by Eric Goodman (62)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (83)
  • Every Dog Has Its Day, fiction by Homer Sapiento (Star Wars) (65)
  • Classifieds (76)
  • Pen Pals (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Dianne Smith, Rebecca Carey, Nicola Pearce, Mary Hoade


Issue 21

Better Idea Zine 21 was published in August 1992 and contains 80 pages.

front cover of issue #21, Antje-Julia Schmidt
back cover of issue #21, Nicola Pearce
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (42)
  • Fan Forum (54)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (59)
  • Xin Loi, fiction by Homer Sapiento (Witness) (62)
  • PenPals (58)
  • Contributors (75)
  • Classifieds (76)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Antje-Julia Schmidt, Rebecca Carey, Nicola Pearce, and Mary Hoade


Issue 22

Better Idea Zine 22 was published in December 1992 and contains 80 pages.

front cover of issue #22, Diane Kletke
back cover of issue #22, Nicola Pearce
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • PenPals (29)
  • Blade Runner Retrospective/Reissue (31)
  • Future Projects (35)
  • Odds & Ends (48)
  • Fan Forum (48)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (51)
  • Indiana Jones and the Golden Goddess, fiction by Elizabeth and Petty Busby (52)
  • Classifieds (54)
  • Contributors (78)
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Dianne Smith, Nicola Pearce, and Linda M. Parker


Issue 23

Better Idea Zine 23 was published in June 1993 and contains 80 pages.

front cover of issue #23, Diane Kletke
back cover of issue #23, Nicola Pearce
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • The Fugitive (39)
  • Odds & Ends (44)
  • Fan Forum (54)
  • PenPals (56)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (57)
  • To Fear the Shadows, fiction by Homer Sapiento (60)
  • Classifieds
  • Contributors
  • Editor's Nook (80)
  • art by Diane Kletke, Nicola Pearce


Issue 24

Better Idea Zine 24 was published in 1993 and contains 80 pages.

  • unknown content


Issue 25

Better Idea Zine 25 was published in June 1994 and contains 79 pages.

front cover of issue #25, Darlene Kletke
back cover of issue #25, Margaret Zumas

This was the last issue that contains fan fiction.

  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Clear and Present Danger (32)
  • Current and Future Projects (34)
  • Odds & Ends (36)
  • ShoWest Star of the Century (41)
  • Fan Forum (66)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (67)
  • I Thought I'd Decided to Stay, fiction by Elizabeth Busby (Star Wars) (69)
  • PenPals (75)
  • Classifieds
  • Contributors
  • Editor's Nook (79)
  • art by Darlene Kletke, Antje-Julia Schmidt, Margaret Zumas


Issue 26

Better Idea Zine 26 was published in September 1994 and contains 42 pages.

front cover of issue #26
back cover of issue #26, Carolyn Golledge
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Sabrina and Other Projects (20)
  • Odds & Ends (22)
  • ShoWest Star of the Century (concluding coverage) (28)
  • Fan Forum (38)
  • PenPals (39)
  • Contributors (39)
  • Classifieds (40)
  • Editor's Nook (41)


Issue 27

Better Idea Zine 27 was published in December 1994 and contains 42 pages.

front cover of issue #27, Wayne Horan
back cover of issue #27, Nicola Pearce
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (25)
  • Sabrina, etc. (31)
  • Contributors (33)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (35)
  • Fan Forum (37)
  • PenPals (38)
  • Classifieds (40)
  • Editor's Nook (41)


Issue 28

Better Idea Zine 28 was published in March 1995 and contains 42 pages. The back cover is the same back cover as issue #25.

front cover of issue #28, Darlene Klerke
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (32)
  • Sabrina, etc. (38)
  • A Parting Shot by Homer Sapiento (37)
  • PenPals (38)
  • Contributors (38)
  • Classifieds (40)
  • Editor's Nook (41)


Issue 29

Better Idea Zine 29 was published in June 1995 and contains 42 pages.

front cover of issue #29, Lynda Ryan
back cover of issue #29, Joe Rainey
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (19)
  • PenPals (30)
  • Contributors (30)
  • Sabrina, etc. (31)
  • Fan Forum (39)
  • Classifieds (40)
  • Editor's Nook (41)


Issue 30

Better Idea Zine 30 was published in January 1996 and contains 42 pages.

front cover of issue #30, Darlene Klerke
back cover of issue #30, Heyward
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Project Updates (29)
  • Contributors (29)
  • Odds & Ends (30)
  • Contriubutors (32)
  • Ford -- Addiction, article by Vikki Cox (33)
  • Fan Forum (37)
  • Classifieds (40)
  • Editor's Nook (41)


Issue 31

Better Idea Zine 31 was published in March 1996 and contains 44 pages. The back cover is an advertisement for the movie "Sabrina."

front cover of issue #31, Vikki Cox
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (25)
  • Project Updates (33)
  • PenPals and Contributors (35)
  • Fan Forum (36)
  • From Sabrina Fair to Sabrina, review by Vikki Cox (37)
  • Hunt the Movie, puzzle by Vikki Cox (40)
  • Classifieds (42)
  • Editor's Nook (43)


Issue 32

Better Idea Zine 32 was published in June 1996 and contains 42 pages.

front cover of issue #32, Lynda S. Ryan
back cover of issue #32, Nicola Pearce
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Odds & Ends (24)
  • Project Updates (290
  • Fan Forum (31)
  • Report from the Tibet House Benefit, article by Wanda Stone (32)
  • 15 Minutes of Fame (and Embarrassment), article by Brad S. Duke (35)
  • PenPals and Contributors (38)
  • Classifieds (39)
  • Editor's Nook (41)


Issue 33

Better Idea Zine 33 was published in September 1996 and contains 44 pages.

front cover of issue #33, Vikki Cox
back cover of issue #33, Carolyn Golledge
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • PenPals (5)
  • Contributors (27)
  • Odds & Ends (28)
  • Updates on Devil's Own (33)
  • Updates on Air Force One (38)
  • Rumors and Miscellaneous (38)
  • Fan Forum (40)
  • Fordian Encounter, article by Wanda Stone (41)
  • Classifieds (42)
  • Editors's Nook (43)


Issue 34

Better Idea Zine 34 was published in April 1997 and contains 42 pages.

front cover of issue #34, Lynda S. Ryan
back cover of issue #34, Heather Busby
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Contributors (12)
  • Air Force One (27)
  • Project Updates (29)
  • PenPals (29)
  • Rumors (30)
  • Odds & Ends (31)
  • Fan Forum (39)
  • Classifieds (40)
  • Editor's Nook (41)



Issue 35

Better Idea Zine 35 was published in June 1997 and contains 46 pages. The back cover is a reprint of an "Entertainment Weekly" cover.

front cover of issue #35
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Contributors (21)
  • Air Force One (27)
  • Rumors (30)
  • Six Days, Seven Nights (31)
  • Odds & Ends (33)
  • My Statement of Fandom, essay with an illo, by Heather Busby (41)
  • Fan Forum (43)
  • Classifieds (44)
  • Editor's Nook (45)


Issue 36

Better Idea Zine 36 was published in September 1997 and contains 44 pages.

This was the last issue to contain any fanart.

front cover of issue #36, Nicola Pearce
back cover of issue #36
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Project Updates (39)
  • Contributors and PenPals (39)
  • Fan Forum (40)
  • Classifieds (42)
  • Editor's Nook (43)


Issue 37

Better Idea Zine 37 was published in December 1997 and contains 42 pages.

cover of issue #37, Heyward Berry
  • News & Reviews (1)
  • Contributors (30)
  • Project Updates (31)
  • Odds & Ends (33)
  • Fan Forum (38)
  • PenPals (39)
  • Classifieds (40)
  • Editor's Nook (41)


Issue 38

Better Idea Zine 38 was published in July 1998 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #38
  • Editor's Nook (2)
  • News & Reviews (2)
  • Sighting the Elusive Ford, article by Wanda Stone (16)
  • Project Updates (18)
  • Odds & Ends (18)
  • Fan Forum (19)
  • Penpals (19)
  • Contributors (19)
  • Classified Ads (20)


Issue 39

Better Idea Zine 39 was published in September 1998 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #39
  • Editor's Nook (2)
  • News & Reviews (2)
  • Odds & Ends (8)
  • Project Updates (15)
  • Fan Forum (19)
  • Penpals (19)
  • Contributors (19)
  • Classified Ads (20)


Issue 40

Better Idea Zine 40 was published in January 1999 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #40
  • Editor's Nook (2)
  • Penpals (2)
  • Contributors (2)
  • News & Reviews (3)
  • Project Updates (15)
  • Odds & Ends (16)
  • Classified Ads (20)
From the editorial:

As usual when Harrison's between films, news is scarce, so please keep your eagle eyes peeled for any thing I can use for the March issue! I don't know when "Random Hearts" will be released just yet, but hopefully it'll be in early summer. We'll see. If anyone sees that information noted anywhere, please alert Ye Ed.! I can't read everything - I can't read much of anything nowadays, darn - so, please don't think you'll burden me with duplicates. I'd rather have duplicates than nothing at all!! Especially in the "lean" months between films, it's difficult to scrape together enough to fill an issue, so I can use all the help I can get! Thanks!

You'll note that there's no Fan Forum this issue - I can't print it, if no one submits anything!

That's all for now. Happy reading, and I'll see you in the Spring!
  • Editor's Nook 2
  • Penpals 2
  • Contributors 2
  • News & Reviews 3
  • Project Update 13
  • Odds & Ends 16
  • Classified Ads (20)


Issue 41

Better Idea Zine 41 was published in March 1999 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #41
  • Editor's Nook (2)
  • Penpals (2)
  • Contributors (2)
  • News & Reviews (2)
  • Project Update (11)
  • Odds & Ends (16)
  • Fan Forum (19)
  • Classified Ad (20)


Issue 42

Better Idea Zine 42 was published in June 1999 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #42
From the editorial:

hope you were all as well pleased as I was with the way last issue turned out - sometimes it pays to shop around! As a reminder, however, the printer can work miracles only up to a point - it all depends on the quality of the , "originals" they have to work with (i.e. see the photos from the Internet in "Odds & Ends" - this is as good as they'll get). So, wherever possible, if you don't want to send the original, please send the best photocopy you can. Thanks!!

  • Editor's Nook (2)
  • News & Reviews (4)
  • Project Update (7)
  • Odds & Ends (8)
  • Fan Forum (17)
  • Penpals (20)
  • Contributors (20)
  • Classified Ads (20)


Issue 43

Better Idea Zine 43 was published in November 1999 and contains 20 pages.

cover of issue #43
From the editorial:
Hello again, and welcome - finally! - to the fall issue! Sorry about the delay, but since resuming from my cruise things have been unbelievably hectic at the office (which, as you know, is where I do all my BIZ-y typing, shhhhh!). I hope you all won't be too bored by the contents of this issue, but since I have received practically zilch reviews of Random Hearts, most of the zine consists of various interviews. I'm sure you won't mind reading those, however. I realize that the film received very few good reviews, but that doesn't mean I don't want to receive copies. You should know by now that I'm very clever at separating out the "good" stuff, even from negative reviews. We all know that Harrison's films don't please everyone, but that doesn't mean that there might not be some nice things said about the acting, even if the critics didn't care for the plot. If you want to keep me in BIZ-ness, I've gotta have stuff to put into the is sues. As things currently stand, I will not be putting out another issue before year-end. First, because of the dearth of items to fill up such an issue; and second, because of the up-coming busy holiday season at the Smith household. Therefore, issue #44 will be out around the middle of January - assuming I have enough to fill up the issue. Let's hear from you folks - were you disappointed in the film? Did you agree, generally or with specific points, with the interviews that you read? As you know, names are kept confidential, so don't be shy about expressing your opinions! What with seemingly everyone on the Internet, it's getting harder and harder to fill up an issue. If you'd like to keep getting BIZ, I need your cooperation! Thanks!
  • Editor's Nook (2)
  • News & Reviews (2)
  • Penpals (9)
  • Project Updates (17)
  • Odds & Ends (18)
  • Fan Forum (consists of two photos) (19)
  • Contributors (20)
  • Classified Ads (20)


Issue 44

Better Idea Zine 44 was published in April 2000 and contains 40 pages.

cover of issue #44
From the editorial:

...after much soul searching, it is with deep regret that I must announce that the next issue of BIZ (#45) will be the last. I know I had said earlier that I was hoping to make it to issue #50, but the last several months have shown me that that will be impossible. I no longer have the time to devote properly to BIZ. I certainly have not lost my enthusiasm for doing the zine, but for the last 18 months, there has been very little "free" time for me to work on it, and it's frustrating the heck out of me. Therefore, I have decided to cease publication with the next issue. Inasmuch as most subscriptions will expire with issue #45, it seemed the best choice.

Refund checks (cash for overseas subscribers) will be included with the issue. If anyone would prefer cash to a check, or if there is a third party to whom the check should be made payable, please let me know. I know some of you pay by money order, and perhaps a check would not be convenient. Please let me know no later than mid-July if you would prefer cash (or the name/address of a third- party payee), otherwise I will send a check. Thanks!

I'm planning to "go out with a bang," but that will partly depend on how much help you can give me. I will wait until after What Lies Beneath has been released - the better to include "new/fresh" reviews, interviews, critiques, etc. You will note herein that WLB will probably be out July 12 so, by necessity, there'll be another few months' wait for the next issue. Please send me your reviews and comments as soon as possible after the film opens. My next "exotic" vacation (a cruise of Scandinavia and the Baltic) is planned for mid-August through the end of August, so it'll be tight to get the zine out before I leave, but I will do my darnedest!

In the meantime, enjoy the spring and the coming summer, and I'll see you after What Lies Beneath is released. Take care.
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  • News & Reviews (2)
  • Contributors (24)
  • Project Updates (27)
  • Odds & Ends (30)
  • Penpals (37)
  • Classified Ads (37)


Issue 45

Better Idea Zine 45 was published in August 2000 and contains 24 pages.

cover of issue #45
From the editor:

Well, here it is, the final issue of BIZ. *sniff* *sigh* I had hoped to go out with more of a "bang" than this, but since no one sent me stuff, I can only print what I have on hand, and I can't afford to buy every publication out there! I also managed to miss the appropriate issue of a couple of things I had wanted to include, too. Oh, well. I hope you like the color cover, and a big THANK YOU to Wanda Stone for the photos!! I hope everyone enjoyed seeing Harrison on "Letterman" and "Regis & Kathy Lee" and "Good Morning America," and wherever else he managed to pop up while promoting What Lies Beneath. I think we're all probably disappointed that the film received lukewarm reviews, and while I have not yet had a chance to see it, I did overhear one woman in the office who saw it opening weekend and "loved it." So, the critics can't all be right! Plus, it's doing better at the box office than I expected, considering the lukewarm reviews.

I have had a these past 14 years (and longer, if you count "Rogue's Gallery") following Harrison's film career. While I will no longer be doing BIZ, I still plan to keep up with Harrison and his future films, and will avidly track down such news wherever I can find it. I will always be a Ford fan, but the time has come to bid BIZ good-bye. In this electronic day and age, I suspect printed newszines of this sort may soon become obsolete altogether, which is a shame for those of us who have not yet joined the electronic revolution. There are literally dozens of Ford sites on the Internet - so I've been told - so start your (search) engines and track them down.

I want to thank everyone for their support of BIZ through the years, especially all you eagle-eyed "reporters" who have tracked down and submitted reviews and commentary. I couldn't have done it without you!

BIZ and Ford fandom have made me lots of wonderful, wonderful friends, and I hope you all will continue to stay in touch, if only via card on the holidays! I can't promise to be a better correspondent than I've been the last several years, but I will try. Please know that you are all held fondly in my heart, and I do think about all of you, even though my letters are few and far between. Take care and have a wonderful, Ford-filled future.
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  • News & Reviews (2)
  • Contributors (20)
  • Odds & Ends (21)
  • "Harrison Ford at the Actor's Studio" by Wanda Stone (22)
  • Penpals (23)
  • Classified Ads (23)

Special Issue

Published in April 1998.

References

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  14. ^ from a letter of comment in "BIZ" #5
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