This article lists the various minor fictional characters who appear in the State of Jefferson Stories. These characters are identified by name, but play at best a peripheral role in the series. Most were simply mentioned or had a very brief, unimportant speaking role that did not impact the plot, and never appeared again.
Harry Turtledove has not made clear whether the series is complete. If installments continue to be produced, certain characters listed here may increase in importance.
Annie was a reporter with the Ashland Daily Tidings. In 1980, she covered Jefferson Governor Bill Williamson's press conference announcing an annual state grant of $15,000 to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. She asked Williamson whether the fact that his daughter, Nicole, had been part of the festival had anything to do with this grant. Williamson allowed that Nicole's participation in the festival put Ashland on his radar. When she asked whether Nicole's sudden casting change had any part of his decision, Williamson indicated he had no artistic control over the festival. While that wasn't wholly true, it was a feel-good story, and the press didn't want to push the issue.
Captain of the Heiwa MaruEdit
The skipper of Heiwa Maru escorted the Yeti Lama from Japan to Eureka, Jefferson in 1979. Judging by his age, he had probably fought for the Empire during World War II. The skipper welcomed Governor Bill Williamson aboard his ship, then joined the Governor, the Lama, the Governor's publicist Barbara Rasmussen, and several monks and sailors for a photo op.
Hank was one of the reporters who covered a meeting between Governor Bill Williamson, State Department analyst Mark Gordon, and Indonesian petty diplomat Asianto Supandy, in February 1981. When he got the three into a group photo in spite of their varying sizes, Gordon feared he would caption it "The long and short of it".
Steve Halvorsen was a professor of anthropology at Jefferson State Ashland. In November 1980, Halvorsen's friend, ichthyologist Mervin McDougald, took part in the rediscovery of the speartooth fish. He brought Halvorsen to speak at the press conference which announced the rediscovery. When a reporter asked how the speartooth could have inspired the old legends which speak of it flying and breathing fire, Halvorsen explained that such was the nature of legends to take a small truth and exaggerate it. As an analogy, he stated that the historical Trojan War was probably much less impressive and mystical than the Iliad would lead one to believe.
Bill Williamson thought of Halvorsen as someone it would be fun to take a class from.
Iona was the evening receptionist at the Jefferson State Governor's Mansion in November 1980, beginning her shift after Phyllis Ward's had ended. She probably voted for Republican candidate Ronald Reagan in the election. Although her erstwhile boss Bill Williamson and all his cabinet were staunch Democrats, the state's culture of live-and-let-live (or at least of leave-me-the-hell-alone-and-I’ll-do-the-same-for-you) made coexisting fairly easy.
("Peace is Better")
Dave Jenkins was a car salesman at Nobuo Fujita's Datsun dealership in Port Orford, Jefferson. He was present for the meeting between his employer and Jefferson governor Bill Williamson in September 1979. He greeted Williamson when he first arrived. Williamson found Jenkins' manner of dress to be straight out of central casting.
Kertosudiro was the Indonesian consul-general in Los Angeles. In February 1981 he forwarded President Suharto's message of international to goodwill to junior assistant consul Asianto Supandy in Yreka, to deliver to Jefferson Governor Bill Williamson.
Mayor of Port Orford (Peace is Better)Edit
The mayor of Port Orford, Jefferson, greeted Japanese visitor Nobuo Fujita in 1962. Fujita presented to the mayor his family's four-centuries-old samurai sword as contrition for his World War II-era act of bombing the town, 20 years earlier. However, seven years later, in 1969 Fujita decided to settle in the town and open a car dealership. The mayor returned the sword to Fujita at this time.
Mike was a member of the Jefferson State Legislature. He was the head of the Appropriations Committee in 1980. Privately, Governor Bill Williamson admitted that he and Mike lied to each other all the time, as required by the game of politics.
Pete was a reporter with the Port Orford Post. In 1980, he covered Jefferson Governor Bill Williamson's press conference announcing an annual state grant of $15,000 to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. Pete asked what strings were attached to the grant. Williamson assured him that there were none.
On November 4, 1980, both men, and State Attorney General Hyman Apfelbaum, sat watching the national election results on television in the Governor's Mansion in Yreka. As all three men had favored Jimmy Carter, they were dismayed when Ronald Reagan was declared the winner. While Williamson remained fairly calm, Apfelbaum cursed loudly in Yiddish. Rafferty exhibited even worse conniptions, downing copious amounts of bourbon and declaring that the United States was irredeemably doomed. Williamson, who had encountered Reagan when the latter was Governor of California, tried to reassure Rafferty that the new President-elect was quite capable, but Rafferty only began to fear that Reagan would set the country back 100 years.
(VftE, T, TaYR)
Ray was the steward at the Jefferson Governor's Mansion in Yreka during Bill Williamson's term. He was attentive to his duties, providing early morning breakfasts to Williamson and keeping track of Williamson's schedule.
Stu was a TV reporter from Jefferson. In September 1979, he covered Governor Bill Williamson's meeting with Nobuo Fujita in Port Orford. He greeted Williamson when he arrived. When Williamson observed that it was good to get out and let the people take a look at him, Stu replied off-handedly that that there was lot of Williamson to see. Under normal circumstances, Williamson would have taken offense, but he realized Stu was just talking, and so let it go.
Haystack Thornton was a marijuana grower in Eureka, Jefferson. While he was a little person, he was still quite big at almost 7 feet tall and wide in proportion, suggesting he had a sasquatch somewhere in his woodpile. He benefited from Jefferson's policy of refusing to prosecute marijuana growers and refusing to cooperate with United States government. When Governor Bill Williamson was in Eureka in 1979, to meet the Yeti Lama, Thornton approached him and thanked him for the state's position.
("Something Fishy," TaYR)
Phyllis Ward was an administrative assistant at the Jefferson State Governor's Mansion during the governorship of Bill Williamson. She had a filing cabinet for a mind — anything out of place distressed her, and she was not fond of Williamson's spontaneous manner.
- ↑ http://www.tor.com/2016/06/15/typecasting/
- ↑ Thirty Days Later, pgs. 21-23.
- ↑ https://www.tor.com/2020/01/08/tie-a-yellow-ribbon-harry-turtledove/
- ↑ https://www.tor.com/2020/01/08/always-something-new-harry-turtledove/
- ↑ Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time, loc. 2310-2323, p. 139.
- ↑ Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time, p. 141.
- ↑ https://www.tor.com/2020/01/08/always-something-new-harry-turtledove/
- ↑ Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time, loc. 2299-2310, pgs. 138-139.
- ↑ Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time, p. 20 pb, loc. 436.