Rock and Roll Legends Pull Together to Perform at Playboy Mansion 2001 Gala Honoring Sir Arthur C. Clarke; All-Star Roster Includes Jeffrey Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers); Slim Jim Phantom; Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) and Teddy Undriatis (Alice Cooper)

Rock and Roll Legends Pull Together to Perform at Playboy Mansion 2001 Gala Honoring Sir Arthur C. Clarke; All-Star Roster Includes Jeffrey Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers); Slim Jim Phantom; Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) and Teddy Undriatis (Alice Cooper)

October 23, 2001 Press Releases

Los Angeles, CA, October 23, 2001 – The Arthur C. Clarke 2001 Gala set to take place on November 15th continues to add momentum to its star-studded program. The SCI FI Channel and United Financial of Illinois are the presenting sponsors of the event hosted by The Space Frontier Foundation and produced by Diamond Sky Inc.

The pre-eminent list of co-chairs from the space and aeronautics industry as well as the entertainment industry continues to grow, all honoring Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s devotion to exploration and education. Co-chairs Tom Hanks; James Cameron; Larry King; Morgan Freeman; (Apollo 11 astronaut) Buzz Aldrin; (Apollo 13 astronaut) James A. Lovell; Hugh M. Hefner; (screenwriter) Al Reinert; Bill Paxton; and (first space tourist) Dennis Tito will all play active roles during this momentous occasion.

Complementing the evening’s 2001 space theme, rock and roll’s legendary Jeff Baxter has pulled together a unique array of musicians who will entertain guests with their own renditions of “Space Cowboy”, “Flying Saucer Rock ‘n Roll” and “Rocket Man”.

SCI FI Channel’s logo will accent the extraordinary space exhibit in ways that will stretch the imagination of every guest. SCI FI Channel is owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: USA1) Entertainment Group transmits fantastic images to 75 million human homes. Launched in 1992, SCI FI features a continuous stream of cinematic hits, new and original series and special events as well as classic sci-fi, fantasy and horror programming. SCI FI Channel’s award winning website is www.scifi.com.

United Financial of Illinois, Inc. is a privately held financial services company established and incorporated in 1986. The company specializes in providing traditional as well as creative, specialty structured financial products and services tailored to the needs of its vendors and suppliers and their Federal and Municipal Government and Commercial customers. United Financial, headquartered in Naperville, Illinois has regional offices in Raleigh, North Carolina and Sacramento, California. United Financial’s website address is www.unitedfinancial.com.

Tickets to the Arthur C. Clarke 2001 Gala are available through Blue Room Events at (310) 491-1401.