Blue Lights (Starman newsletter)

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Title: Blue Lights
Publisher: Spotlight Starman International
Editor(s): Linda Ratoff
Date(s): 1987-
Frequency: quarterly
Medium: print
Fandom: Starman (TV)
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Blue Lights is a gen Starman newsletter.

This zine won a 1988 and a 1990 Fan Q.

Summary from the Publisher

Summary from the publisher:

Since July 17, 1987, BLUE LIGHTS has been the official printed newsletter of Spotlight STARMAN International, by and for those who appreciate the STARMAN TV series and movie. BLUE LIGHTS provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of SSI. You don't have to be a subscriber in order to enjoy membership in SSI. Membership in SSI is open and FREE to all. Regular features in BLUE LIGHTS include: Liz Baynes PO Box (Starman merchandise), Con & Gathering Reports (highlights from conventions and mini-gatherings), Guest Star News (sightings and other news about guest stars), "How Novel..." (STARMAN fanzines and fiction), BLUE PAGES Updates (contact information for members), Star Family News and Announcements (what's new with members), From the Files of the FSA (how the Federal Security Agency might view the fandom's activities), and more.

Special Editions

It also has several "Special Editions":

Issue 1

Blue Lights 1 was published in July 1987.

Issue 20/21

Blue Lights 20/21 was published in February/March 1989.

Issue 23

Blue Lights 23 was published in Summer 1989.

Issue 25/26

Blue Lights 25/26 was published in Fall 1989.

Issue 36

Blue Lights 36 was published in 1991. It is the novel The Spirit of Starman.

Issue 37/38

Blue Lights 37/38 was published in Spring 1991 and contains 46 pages.

The editors were Victoria Ostine and Vicki Werkley.

cover of issue 37/38
  • Starbaby News, photos -- "Name the Baby" results, and a note from the family (5)
  • Liaison Reports -- including Career News (new address for Michael Cavanaugh) (12)
  • Council Report -- "Selection" results for '91-'92 SS Council: Membership Network reorganization update, plans for Council Meeting in Portland (8)
  • "All the Way to Portland," On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!! -- plans for "STARMAN:'The Return'" Adventure are progressing for July 5-7, 1991. Update and flyer. (22)
  • Cons and Gathering Reports -- lots of news from here on the mainland, and from our international Starfolk. (18)
  • Copyright Roundtable part 3 -- the discussion continues. (25)
  • "Running Against Time" Screening Reports -- a great time was had by all!!! Photos and wonderful description of the warm reception of cast, crew, and guests. (16)
  • Dana Kaproff, IV -- the final wind-up installment, highlights of Dana's extensive career credits. (24)
  • Letters to Blue Lights -- including a note from Steven Hollander. (4)
  • Industry News -- Ed Cintron Speaks! Reminder that May 1 is renewal time. Networks appear to becoming more fan-aware??? (26)
  • Keeping Track of Sightings for Guest Star News -- since we have gotten to know so many of the cast and crew involved with STARMAN, we are beginning to see them everywhere!! "KEEPING TREACK" (page 27) will explain how we have splintered off a new column, "Sightings" (page 28) from "GUEST STAR NEWS" (page 29) (27)
  • It's Not STARMAN, But -- TV favorites to compare and contrast (34)
  • Stella's Town Meeting (36)
  • How Novel -- STARMAN fanzines and fiction (10)
  • From the Files of the FSA, -- Activity seems to be picking up. The busier we keep them, the less energy they have to chase our Star-trio, right? (40)
  • Liz Haynes P.O. Box, -- STARMAN-related merchandise and updates on some issues and ongoing projects. (45)
  • Starstaffer Birthday Lists for May, June, and July (33)

Issue 49/50

Blue Lights 49/50 was published in Spring/Summer 1994.

Issue 59/60

Blue Lights 59/60 was published in Fall 1996/Winter 1997.

Issue 61/62

Blue Lights 61/62 was published in Spring/Fall 1997.

Issue 64/65

cover of issue #64/65

Blue Lights 64/65 — Summer 1998 52 pages

  • "Paul and Scott walk (perhaps on a Star Island Beach) while they ponder how their story will be told in the future, reflecting this issue's theme, Celebrating the Future of STARMAN. This double issue is bursting with seven pages of StarFamily updates; the 1998 Fan-Q's; Council Report; Liaison Reports; Guest Star News; lots of information about the STARMAN Movie of the Week (SMOW); How Novel; Cons & Gatherings; SFC '98 Info; and more."

Issue 66

Blue Lights 66 Fall 1998 and Spring 1999 24 pages.

cover of issue #66
  • "A father-son dolphin duo frolic on this issue's cover, Celebrating the Year of the Ocean and SFC '98. In addition to five pages of StarFamily News, it includes: 1999 Fan Q's; Project Blue Light (PBL) Update; Council Report; Liaison Reports; Guest Star News; Liz Baynes PO Box; Cons & Gatherings; and a lengthy report with many photos about STARMAN FAMILY-CON 1998."

Issue 67/68

cover of issue #67/68

Blue Lights 67/68 is called the Six-Season Issue. It is 46 pages.

  • "A Starman and Starson want you—to be at STARMAN FAMILY-CON 2000! Celebrating the Spirit of STARMAN, this issue is crammed with nine pages of StarFamily updates; Liaison Reports; Council Report; 2000 Fan-Q's; an original song by Julie Everett; From the Files of the FSA; How Novel; Liz Baynes PO Box; Cons & Gatherings (11 whopping pages!); SFC2K info."

Issue 69/70

cover of issue #69/70

Blue Lights 69/70 was published in 2001. It is 50 pages.

  • "Starman cradles the New York City skyline on this issue's cover, our first since the events of 9/11. Celebrating Unity and Diversity, this issue is packed with ten pages of StarFamily news (including weddings, births, deaths, and address changes); the 2001 Fan-Q results; updates on SMOW, StarNovel, Starborn, and the Wild Horse Sanctuary; Council Report; Liaison Reports; StarStaffer Notes; How Novel, For the Record, From the Files of the FSA, and Cons and Gatherings Columns; SFC2K Reports; and two poems, including Vicki Werkley's Fan-Q winning "What Did Starman Do?" (about the terrorist attacks, it won a 2002 FanQ)."