Jon DeCles (1941- ) is Diane
I recently had an email from Jon and he has kindly let me pass on this information
regarding what he's been up to lately and his involvement with the St.
I write as Jon DeCles and appear on the stage and in films as Jon DeCles. I
worked for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for a long time (as Jon DeCles) and
after various jobs was assigned that of putting together a continuing parade
organization. I did my homework and together with Rona Elliott (who I am told
was later featured on the Today show on television) we established St. Cutbbert's
Guild, which, as you say, produced parades and pageants for the Northern California
Renaissance Pleasure Faire.
I wrote the songs to open and close the Faire in hopes of minimalizing some
of the conflicts that were current between entertainers and crew, and it seemed
to work pretty well. (I sitll own the copyrights on the songs. I never write
for hire, though I do act and organize for hire.) The following spring I established
St. Audrey's Guild to do the same thing at the Southern California Renaissance
Pleasure Faire. Both were in working order when I left the employ of the Faire.
(The Patterson Family retains the right to use the songs at their pleasure.)
I had been writing and publishing as Jon DeCles for a long time before the
establishment of the Society for Creative Anachronism. When Diana invented the
SCA by holding the First Tournament in her back yard she took the name Diana
Listmaker because everyone kidded her about her habit of making meticulous lists;
and because she kept the lists of the fighters that day. At that first tournament
I was one of the judges. Later I chose to fight under the name of 'The Red Baron."
Folks didn't take themselves so seriously in those days. It was the College
of Heralds, years later, which insisted on attaching my working name to my SCA
persona, without my permission and much against my will.
My sister, Marion Zimmer Bradley, had been writng an astrology column and ghost
editing Syble Leek's Astrology Magazine under the name of "Lady Elfrida," for
some time, and chose to use that name in the SCA. I am not sure when she appended
the "Greenwalls" to it, but she did not move into her house, Greenwalls, until
she returned to California after several years of exile on Long Island, New
York, paying off debts.
None of the names we used in the SCA had anything to do with our participation
in the Rennaisance Pleasure Faire, though in the early days of both organizations
there was a certain amount of crossover in terms of the people who did the work.
In the end, the Faire was Theater and the SCA was a Recreational Club, much
closer to Science Fiction Fandom in its makeup than it was to Theater. Mostly
we all tried to keep our lives separate from our pastimes, but at times that
Don't take anything you read in the divers histories of the SCA with less
than a kilo of salt. Most of the people writing those histories were not there,
and despite the fact that it has only been about thirty years since the founding,
the mythology has grown and the disimformation has grown even faster. In one
very scholarly article I saw recently it was set out that the First Twelth Night
took place in Milpitas. --I don't believe any of us had ever visited Milpitas
until Good Old Bonouer moved there with the mailing list, years down the line.
I've been writing in other fields more profitably for some time now, but I have
a collection of science fantasy short stories coming out, maybe next year. I
had hoped to be part of the crew for the new Thieves World, but I didn't make
the cut. A reissue of my novel "The Paticolored Unicorn" has been in the works
for about three years now, to be followed by the sequel, "StormWars!" I hope
this helps. I know how hard it is to get information about various things, even
in the age of the Net. Thank you for noticing my small participation in your
More info: http://home.pon.net/rhinoceroslodge/
A grainy image: http://www.wsfa.org/journal/j96/4/
Last Revised: November 2005.