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Volume I, Number 30  •  September 2010

•  Saturday, September 25: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

•  Sunday, October 17: Olympic Park Picnic & Brick Hunt
•  Sunday, October 31: Sci-Fi Halloween Spooktacular

•  Lost Fanboys Radio interview links
•  Commanding Officer elections coming in December
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos
•  Classified Ad

•  September Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
September Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  News from
    — Interview with Jonathan Frakes

Fifth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010
Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 874-5703 ||
The Republic's Fourth Annual STARFLEET
Bowling Challenge, September 2009
Join the USS Republic for our Fifth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  We've challenged the Klingon Assault Group to meet us in the alley... we'll see who shows up!

The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of bowling and includes shoe rental.  CASH ONLY, PLEASE, and please pay the Republic, who has already paid for the lane rental.  We have rented two lanes which accommodate up to six players each.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can add lanes if necessary.  Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, get your shoes and choose your ball.  First ball rolls promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally) at 7:00 p.m.  Midtown Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.

The 2007 Bowling Challenge turned out to be a huge media event with lots of TV cameras and the 2008 and 2009 Challenges were just as much fun.  Plan to wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt for this fun-filled family-friendly event!

Second Annual Olympic Park Picnic
& USS Republic Brick Hunt

Sunday, October 17, 2010

1:00 p.m. at The Fountain of Rings
Bordered by Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Marietta St NW, and Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
Atlanta, GA  30313
The Republic's Olympic Park Brick Certificate
Members of the USS Republic behind our commemorative engraved brick at last year's Olympic Park Picnic & Brick Hunt.
Sixteen years ago, the USS Republic purchased a personalized, inscribed brick for the brand new Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.  Over the years, the placement of that brick was lost to the Republic... until last year, when we held our first Olympic Park Picnic & Brick Hunt and found it in the southeast corner of Centennial Plaza near the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Luckie Street.  It was such a gorgeous day and we had so much fun, those in attendance asked to make it an annual event... and so it is!

Please join us at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, at the Fountain of Rings for an outdoor picnic and group photo opportunity.  Members, former members and Friends of the Republic are encouraged to wear current or past Republic shirts and join us for an afternoon of food, fun, friendship and fandom!

MARTA is highly recommended.  From your starting point, take the train to MARTA's longest-named station, the Georgia Dome/Georgia World Congress Center/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station (W1 on the east/west Blue Line)
Park in the Georgia World Congress Center's Green Lot, located on Marietta Street across the street from the Embassy Suites Hotel, at a daily rate of $8.00
Park in a variety of privately owned lots near the intersection of Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive (near the CNN Center and Philips Arena); rates vary

You are welcome to either bring a box lunch from home or order a lunch from one of several restaurants in the nearby the CNN Center Food Court, including Arby's, Blimpie, Chick-fil-A, China Breeze, Dunkin' Donuts, Fuji Express, Great Wraps, Gorin's Homemade Sandwiches, Natural's Ice Cream, Yogurt & Smoothies, Moe's Southwest Grill, Roman Delight, Salad Sensations, Starbucks, Taco Bell and Wendy's.

The Republic has no specific plans immediately after the lunch and photo, but there are plenty of nearby attractions to visit and enjoy, including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Center Studios Tour, the Imagine It Children's Museum of Atlanta and much more.  Members and friends of the Republic are encouraged to visit a local attraction after our group picnic and brick photos.
Sci-Fi Halloween Spooktacular

Sunday, October 31, 2010
Time and location to be announced
Last year, Stargate Atlanta, the IKAV Nemesis and the USS Republic combined their annual Halloween parties into a single Sci-Fi Spooktacular.  What will we do this year?  Save the date and stay tuned to find out!
Save the date now for this year's Sci-Fi Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday, October 31.  Plans are just now being made, but this annual tradition has always been a lot of fun in recent years and we'll be working to make sure this year is no different!

Any member or friend of the Republic who would like to host this year's party should contact the Captain as soon as possible with their ideas and suggestions.
Lost Fanboys Radio interview links
Last issue, The Republiqué reported that Capt Eric L. Watts had been interviewed by "Kitti Ninja" from Fanboys Radio following the June 9 screening of the Star Trek: Phoenix episode "Cloak & Dagger, Part 1" at The Shelter nightclub in Atlanta.  In the online version of last issue, two click-and-play video links were embedded in the article. Unfortunately, those links dropped out of the email version and the article did not appear to offer any links to the interview.

Never fear!  The interview can still be seen in two parts on the YouTube links given below.

Fanboys Radio interview with Capt Watts Part I
Fanboys Radio interview with Capt Watts Part II
Commanding Officer elections coming in December
Captain Eric L. Watts' second two-year term as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will soon be coming to a close, and all members in good standing will soon be asked to cast their vote for the candidate they want to lead and administrate this chapter for the next two years.

Candidates for the position must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET International, must have taken and passed Officers Training School (OTS) and Officers Command College (OCC), and must be at least 18 years of age.  Members interested in taking OTS and OCC should visit the STARFLEET Academy web site.  In accordance with the Republic's Rank Assignment & Promotions Policy, members who take and pass both courses receive an automatic promotion to Lieutenant, Junior Grade (Lt. JG).

As of September 19, there are four members of the Republic who hold the necessary credentials to hold the office of Commanding Officer.  They are:

  Lt JG David Churvis   Commander Brian Holloway
  Captain Matt Ebeling   Captain Eric L. Watts

Captain Watts is willing to serve a third term as the Republic's CO.  If any other eligible person announces his or her candidacy, paper ballots will be mailed to each member in good standing in November.  Cast ballots can then be mailed to the chapter's mailing address or delivered by hand at the Republic's Christmas Party in December.  Ballots will be counted by three noncandidate members and the results announced during the evening.  The new Commanding Officer, if any, will officially assume office on January 1, 2011.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
USS Republic Summer Pool Party  ||  August 15, 2010
Members and friends gather for an afternoon of food, fun and friendship at the Waters Mill clubhouse in Alpharetta, hosted by ENS1 Sue Lin Lange and ENS1 Daniel Wolfgang.

Seated and kneeling: ENS1 Daniel Wolfgang, Shannon Drake, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Eric Solomon.  Standing and seated: Shaunnon Drake, USS Atlanta CO Adm Mike Henigan, Ruth Bernstein, Daniel Bernstein Wiley DeLoach, ENS3 Marilyn Teague, ENS3 Chris White, Ens Robert Teague, Matthew Gilliam, Ens Rob Gilliam, Frances Funnell.
"Four Days at Dragon*Con" Viewing  ||  August 28, 2010
Members and Friends of the USS
Republic gather at Lt. JG Dave Churvis & Ens Matt Duncan's home to watch Four Days at Dragon*Con, the new hour-long PBA documentary that featured, among others, Capt Eric L. Watts.

Standing: ENS3 Chris Seckinger, ENS2 Joanne Trew, ENS2 Jeff Trew, Fritz Sullens, Ens Eddie Hines, ENS1 Zannetta Law, Richard Tucker, Lee Diamond, Lt. JG Dave Churvis, Josh Elek.  Seated: CO Capt Eric L. Watts.
Dragon*Con Parade  ||  September 4, 2010
Star Trek fans marching in the Dragon*Con parade gather for a photo prior to step-off.  The entire group marched behind the USS Republic's parade banner.  The Republic's participation in the parade was coordinated by ENS2 Joanne Trew.

Republic members include ENS2 Todd Dissinger (kneeling in front), ENS2 Joanne Trew (holding tribble), ENS2 Jeff Trew (back row in big moustache), Ens Eddie Hines (behind Ensign Joanne), and CRMN2 Jenilee Trew and ENS2 Julianne Trew (far right).
Dragon*Con World Record Attempt  ||  September 4, 2010
Dragon*Con broke the world record for the largest gathering of
Star Trek costumes with a total attendance of 571 costumed fans in the Atlanta Sheraton Grand Ballroom for ten minutes.  The previous record was 543.  Members of the USS Republic who participated in the event gathered for a photo after the new world record was set.

Front row: ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS2 Todd Dissinger, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Ken Cribbs, XO Cmdr Brian Holloway.
Back row: Ens Catherine Busbee, ENS3 John Stump, unknown Klingon, CRMN2 Jenilee Trew, ENS2 Jeff Trew, ENS2 Julianne Trew, ENS1 Eric Lange, Sandy Manges, Ens Barry Bynum, ENS2 Joanne Trew, ENS3 Charlie Smith, ENS3 Barbara Nies, Ens Eddie Hines, ENS2 Wil Sims, Ens Eve Gidion, Ens Brad Carrne.
Fan Table at Dragon*Con  ||  September 3-6, 2010
CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Joanne Trew (standing) and Ens Ken Cribbs (seated) dutifully staffed the USS Republic's fan table at Dragon*Con, where they promoted the Republic's own upcoming Star Trek convention, TrekTrax Atlanta.

Other members of the
Republic who helped staff the table include ENS2 Will Dover, Cmdr Brian Holloway, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS1 Zannetta Law, ENS3 Chris Seckinger and ENS2 Jeff Trew.
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Wednesday, September 1
Ens Pamela C. Richards

Wednesday, September 15
Crmn Elizabeth Hurst

Monday, September 20

Crmn Aaron Taylor

Monday, September 27

Ens Kenneth Cribbs

Wednesday, September 29

Ens Eric Curtiss

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in August

CDT3 Karl Dissinger
ENS2 Todd Dissinger

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in September

Ens Matthew R. Broom
Ens Amber R. Godat
Ens Eddie Hines
Ens Sean Johnson
ENS3 Barbara Nies
ENS3 Charles G. Smith
Ens Russ Smith
Ens Mark S. Strozier
ENS3 Marilyn Teague
ENS Robert Teague
ENS3 Chris White
Ens Claire Willis

Commissioned on May 14, 1988 at Dixie-Trek in Atlanta, Georgia, the USS Republic NCC-1371 is a chapter of STARFLEET International (SFI) and a member of STARFLEET Region 2.  The Republic currently has 66 active members (as of September 19), is the largest chapter of STARFLEET in Region 2 and may or may not still be the largest chapter of STARFLEET in the world.

The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, frequently partnering with other local science fiction groups in the Atlanta area for joint activities, but does not hold meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.

Membership in the Republic includes membership in STARFLEET International.  Annual dues are $25 per person for both groups (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Membership in the Republic includes access to our YahooGroups message board, voting privileges in chapter elections and a personalized laminated membership card which entitles the member to discounts and rebates on products and services offered by our Member Benefits Program partners.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join is on our award-winning web site.





NEWS from
Interview with Jonathan Frakes
by Staff
September 13, 2010
Jonathan Frakes is still Number One in the hearts and minds of Star Trek fans Ė and probably will be for life.  Frakes made his mark on the franchise in many ways over the years.  He, of course, played Commander William Riker through all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as in the TNG features Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis.  He also guest-starred as Riker on Voyager and Enterprise, and as William Rikerís ďtwin,Ē Thomas, on Deep Space Nine.  Frakes also directed numerous episodes of TNG, DS9 and Voyager, as well as First Contact and Insurrection.  Since his long run on Star Trek ended, Frakes has kept busy, acting only very occasionally and instead concentrating on directing.  Just in the past year or two, heís helmed episodes of Dollhouse, NCIS: Los Angeles, V, Castle, The Good Guys, The Glades, Persons Unknown and Leverage. caught up with Frakes in Dallas, Texas, as he headed to the set of The Good Guys to direct his second episode of that show.  Frakes Ė amiable as always Ė talked Trek and updated us on his current projects.

You last played Riker six years ago, in the Enterprise series finale.  How long ago does it feel for you?

It feels like a long time.  It feels like a long, long time.  And yet it feels like only yesterday.  I was just at Dragon*Con last weekend with Marina (Sirtis), Brent (Spiner), LeVar (Burton), Denise (Crosby), Armin (Shimerman), Rene (Auberjonois) and (John) de Lancie, and we were all so sentimental and connected.  It was just spectacular.  And that was because of the years together and the years apart.

Letís talk about that last appearance, because it was pretty controversial in Trek circles.  A lot of fans felt it diminished Enterprise to fold not just the series finale, but pretty much the entire series, into a TNG holodeck sequence.  What were your thoughts about it then, and how about now?

Iíve said this publicly, but I thought everyone on Enterprise, especially Scott (Bakula), was so gracious about having actors from another show come in and put his show to rest.  It was sold to me by Rick (Berman) as a ďvalentine to the fans,Ē and it was anything but.  It was, I think, one of his rare mistakes.  It didnít work on so many levels.  I donít think the Enterprise cast was happy to have us.  Iím frankly not sure the fans wanted to see us there.  It was great, obviously, to be with Marina again and a lot of the crew were people Iíd worked with on Next Gen.  So the fun part was there, but the legacy of itÖ I donít think it was our finest hour.

Weíve heard you describe yourself as a ďreformed actor.Ē  Does that still sound about right to you?

I would say thatís a very accurate description of my current acting status.  I did a job on Criminal Minds last year, and it was the first real acting thing Iíd done in six years.  I was a nervous wreck.  I didnít think Iíd be able to get the lines.  I didnít think Iíd look good.  I didnít think Iíd be able to find the character.  I stressed about it for a week, and it ended up being a wonderful experience.  My scenes were with Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler.  It was just the three of us in a room all day.  It was the day before Thanksgiving and the crew wanted to work through lunch.  I said, ďThat sounds great.  Letís just go for it.Ē  And it was great to do that again.  I havenít worked since.  I actually havenít had an audition, but for a couple of voiceover jobs, since.

So, if the directing hadnít fallen into place for you, what would you be doing right now?

Thank God I learned this second craft.  I really donít know how Iíd be supporting my family.  Iíd be looking for another kind of gig.  (Frakesí wife) Genie (Francis) isnít working the way she used to and my peers as actors Ė at least from the Star Trek guys, with the exception of Patrick (Stewart) Ė are struggling as well.  Some of it is by choice, granted, some of it is just by the double-edged sword that Star Trek has been for all of us.

What do you feel are your best attributes as a director?

Having been an actor, I think I can communicate well with actors.  And I think I can manage time well.

Youíve done a single episode of some shows and youíve done multiple episodes of some shows.  A), do you have a preference and B), should the audience be able to tell the difference?

Personally, what Iím looking for now is a producer-director job on a show, like what Rob Bowman has on Castle and Robbie Duncan McNeill has on Chuck.  That job exists on certain network shows.  Unfortunately, a friend of mine has that job on Leverage, which would be the most likely place for me to do that at the moment.  Having said that, there are benefits to both sides of it.  Itís great to go back to Leverage and Iím looking forward to going back to Castle and NCIS: Los Angeles because you know the players and you have a shorthand.  Yet, I just finished The Glades and also Burn Notice.  Those are shows Iíd never done before and I didnít know anyone with the exception of the D.P. and also Gabrielle Anwar (of Burn Notice), who was in The Librarian.  And thereís something to be said for that, too, for the unknown and taking your bag of tricks someplace new.  Your jokes work because people havenít heard them 100 times.

What will you be moving on to once you wrap this episode of The Good Guys?

Iím in prep on The Good Guys, and after I finish it Iíll go to NCIS: Los Angeles to do another one of those.  Then Iíll do another Castle.  Then Iíll go to Chuck.  What a blessing this year has been.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 30, September 2010.
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