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LC30 Fan & Professional Panelists

While we will try to keep this accurate, be warned that with the exception of our main guests these guys come on their own dime. Because of that things can come up and plans can change, so it is a bit of a moving target

 

Glenn Baggott

Glenn Baggott

Fan Panelist



Glenn is a resident of Mount Juliet, Tennessee where he resides with his wife Janet and their two sons Conlin and Chris. He graduated from Nashville State Technical Institute. He completed his internship at WTVF channel 5 in Nashville. After graduation, however, he made more money as a journeyman meat cutter which he did for 21 years. He now works as a grade IV water operator for West Wilson Utility District. He hopes one day to work for TVA. He is an avid Star Wars and Indiana Jones fan. His favorite authors are anyone that has written for Star Wars, as well as R...

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Tim Bolgeo

Tim Bolgeo

Fan / Scientist



Richard Timothy 'Uncle Timmy' Bolgeo is the Chairman of LibertyCon Emeritus and an admitted (by everyone else, denied by him) Secret Master of Fandom (SMoF). A retired electrical engineer by profession with over 30 years with theTennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Uncle Timmy has been a permanent fixture in fandom since 1976. Fandom is a way of life in the Bolgeo clan, and his wife, two children and three grandchildren are no strangers to Southern Fandom. His daughter Brandy, has taken over as Chair of LibertyCon, and the family tradition lives on...

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Susan Brady

Susan Brady

Fan Panelist



Susan Brady has been running Make It, Take It since LibertyCon 4. She is into a little bit of everything, and loves making pretty things and playing with feathers and glitter and turning them into incredible, ready to wear costumes. A true Liberty stalwart and creator of a Liberty tradition, please come enjoy the workshop, or better yet, bring your children and have them build a costume for the kids masquerade.

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Brian Cooksey

Brian Cooksey

Professional Panelist



Brian Cooksey is the chairman of Hypericon in Nashville, TN and he is one of the hosts of the Play On Target podcast. He also works as a tabletop RPG editor and system consultant. His latest project is for the Sagaborn system.

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Michael Gants

Fan Panelist



There is no truth to the rumor that Michael Gants personally killed Osama Bin Laden with a spork, nor that he is a space alien. There is some truth to the rumor he once commandeered a nuclear attack sub to begin his life-long goal of becoming Captain Nemo.

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Jonna Hayden

Jonna Hayden

Professional Panelist



Jonna Hayden is a professional Costume Designer, clothing historian, and long-time SF geek. After many years of hiding in the Science Fiction section of the school library, she found her tribe when she attended Orycon 5. She builds shows for the Opera, Ballet, and anyone else who will pay her.



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Dorothy Klapp

Dorothy Klapp

Professional Panelist



Dorothy Klapp was born to a military family and raised wherever her father's postings took them. She went to Alaska on a whim, fell in love with the wildness of Nature up there, and learned to fly before she could drive;  hence the title of her blog - 'On A Wing And A Whim'. After almost a decade she ran into a former South African, and agreed with him that the merger of Northern cold and Southern heat would result in a match made in heaven...

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Doug Loss

Doug Loss

Professional Panelist



Doug Loss is an IT security analyst from Maryville, TN. He has been an SF reader since childhood (more than 55 years) and a war gamer for over 50 years. He's an avid blues music fan and is currently serving as the registrar for the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (https://tviw.us).

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Patty McIntosh-Mize

Patty McIntosh-Mize

Professional Panelist



Patty McIntosh-Mize is a freelance editor, most recently editing the first two books of The Revelations Cycle - Cartwright's Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey and Asbaran Solutions by Chris Kennedy. With a lifelong interest in diet, fitness, and health focusing on healing autoimmune disorders, she has studied aerobics, weight training, running, and yoga.

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Joe McKeel

Joe McKeel

Professional Panelist



Joe "JoeDog" McKeel is a paranormal investigator turned advocate for the safety of investigators, and spokesperson for The Dangers of The Paranormal Project. He promotes the use of training in personal safety, prior knowledge of layout and hazards on investigation locations, common legalities and use of some basic common sense.

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Mark Paulk

Mark Paulk

Fan / Scientist



Dr. Mark Paulk teaches software engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas and is a consultant and author in software engineering, software process improvement, high maturity practices, agile methods, and statistical thinking. Dr. Paulk was a Senior Systems Scientist at the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2012. From 1987 to 2002, Dr. Paulk was with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon, where he led the work on the Capability Maturity Model for Software...

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Miriam Ringo

Miriam Ringo

Professional Panelist



Tagline - Crazy cat lady with blue hair.

Introduction - Daughter of a Baptist minister.  Wife of a Science Fiction writer.  Love Gothic music. Collect skulls and special needs kitties.  Life long learner.

Bragging Rights - Married to John Ringo.

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Jay Roye

Jay Roye

Fan / Scientist



Jay Roye is a third generation native Texan (a COWBOYS fan - in spite of Jerry Jones!) and owner of a global consulting firm providing consulting on Real Time Drilling Control Centers and systems to oil companies around the world. Jay has over 35 years experience in the Oil & Gas business, onshore, offshore (and space!) and some 16+ countries. Jay designed and managed the BP's Gulf of Mexico Real Time Drilling Operations Center for five years, until his departure from BP in late February 2010...

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Gary Shelton

Gary Shelton

Fan / Scientist



Agronomy Degree from Auburn University. Worked at the USDA-Agricultural research service as an Agronomist since 1990. Edits a yearly report that includes Soybean research from the Southern States. Currently working on genetic modifications of Soybeans in the Crop genetics Research Unit Stoneville, MS.

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Cathe Smith

Cathe Smith

Fan / Scientist



Cathe Smith has always been interested in insects. As an entomology undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked as a crop scout in an integrated pest management lab that worked with potatoes, cabbage, and mint. That experience led her to pick up a second Bachelor of Science in agronomy. She also had a paid internship with a butterfly lab where she was trained as a lab tech in molecular genetic work, preparing her for her later job in an insect molecular genetics lab for the U...

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Oren Truitt

Professional Panelist



I am a trained, professional gunsmith as well as recognized as having expertise with rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting. Have had CQD firearms training and have taught self defense. I was a competitive fencer for 18 years, until my knee gave out. I am also a bladesmith, have made knives and swords. Have been trained in rapier, European sword technique and some modest training in Japanese sword. Also, I began lapidary and wax sculpture at the age of 11, did it as a hobby for many years and worked my way through graduate school (M...

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