What happened? Well, on his former personal web site, O’Quinn explained a decade or so later that he had sold his interest in the company to his longtime business partner Norman Jacobs (who would continue to run the company until it ran out of money in the early part of the new century). O’Quinn’s column, renamed at some point simply “Bridge,” would eventually be severed from its front-of-the-book location next to the staff box and would float throughout the magazine, but he would also continue writing it into the new century. Meanwhile, he was embarking on a whole new stage of his life, preparing himself for producing film and television products. And that, folks, is what you’ll find him pursuing in Hollywood right now.
I should take this time to get caught up on some other staff changes. Jim McLernon, previously associate art director, takes over from Maggie Hollands as the magazine’s art director, a post he will hold longer than any predecessor; and last issue Maurice Woodson became listed as being in charge of “advertising design,” a somewhat ambiguous title.
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Select quote from a letter to the editor regarding Star Trek: The Next Generation: “Why is the doctor on the Bridge all the time? She should be in Sick Bay like any good doctor would be. ... She should visit the Bridge when needed or on occasion to say ‘hello’ to the captain.’”
Michael Vance interviews authors Janet and Chris Morris, who discuss, among other things, about the flack they caught for including sex in their novels in the 1970s; Jean Airey and Laurie Haldeman continue their talks with everyone from the British SF series Blake’s 7, this time chatting with actor David Jackson; the Fan Network pages include an article by Vicki Hessel Werkley on the continuing fan support for the cancelled Starman TV series, answers to reader questions (such as, “In the movie Beetlejuice, why is the name spelled ‘Betegeuse’ instead?”), and more; A Fish Called Wanda and other new genre releases are highlighted in David Hutchison’s Videolog column (and no, Wanda wasn’t even remotely science-fiction, but a very enjoyable movie nonetheless); Tom Weaver and Michael Brunas profile This Island Earth actor Rex Reason; Ian Spelling interviews actor Bill Murray, who discusses Ghostbusters and Scrooged; Marc Shapiro explains what when wrong with the attempted TV series Something Is Out There; Eric Niderost interviews The Fly II star Eric Stoltz.
“[The sequel] is not going to be called Ghostbusters II. We’ll burn in hell if we call it Ghostbusters II. I’ve suggested The Last of the Ghostbusters, to make sure there won’t be anything like a Ghostbusters III. But the script is nowhere near ready, and we start shooting soon. Jeez, more pressure. We’ll figure it out ... or we won’t.”
–Bill Murray, interviewed by Ian Spelling: “Bill Murray Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!”Yes, the sequel was called Ghostbusters II.
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