Region 2 "Best Electronic Newsletter" Award 2009
Volume I, Number 35  •  February 2011

•  Friday-Sunday, April 15-17: Kamping Kon
•  Saturday, April 16: Away Mission to Super
•  Saturday, April 23: Spring Dinner & Business Meeting
•  Saturday, May 7: Away Mission to Thor
•  Friday-Sunday, May 13-15: Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon
•  Friday-Sunday, May 27-29: TimeGate
•  Saturday, June 4: Away Mission to X-Men: First Class
•  Friday-Sunday, June 10-12: Sci-Fi Summer Con

•  Saturday, June 18: Away Mission to Green Lantern
•  Saturday, July 23: Away Mission to Captain America

•  The TrekTrax Atlanta 2011 Postmortem Report
•  TrekTrax Atlanta Pre-Con Publicity and Post-Con Reviews

•  Member Reenlistments
•  February Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Related Sites
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
    — Orbiting 80, Nimoy Looks Back... and Ahead (Part III)

•  Photos from TrekTrax Atlanta

Kamping Kon

Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 2011
Hillside Bluegrass RV Park
592 Highway 87 S, Cochran GA  31014-3100
(478) 934-6694
Kamping Kon is an outdoor adventure for science fiction fans of all genres, but with a heavy emphasis on Klingon fandom.  The weekend will include three days of games, food, spirits and escapades.

Planned events include RPGs, a sci-fi puppet show, a marshmallow roast and s'mores, a campfire sing-along, a Kon movie theatre, board games, card games, live bands, targshoes, a ladder toss, a bat'leth tournament, paintball, an after-dark woodland Marco Polo, karaoke, an adult puppet show, hillbilly croquet and closing ceremonies.

Confirmed guests include Jodi and Clint Black, "J'rel Kor" (Delton Wilson) and One Hard Night.  Cochran is located about 120 miles south of Atlanta.

The cost of admission is $30 per person and includes admission to the Kon for the entire weekend.  Camping fees are not included.  Camp sites are reserved through Hillside Bluegrass RV Park for $20.00 per person per day for day use only at the door.

For more information about Kamping Kon and to register, please visit their web site.
Away Mission to Super

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time and Location To Be Announced
When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope.  But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt.  With a hand-made suit, a wrench and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.  The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this action/adventure comedy.  Theaters and showtimes have not yet been announced, but save the date and plan on an early evening showing.

Spring Dinner & Business Meeting

7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011
China One International Buffet
5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA  30328
(404) 303-6118
All members and friends of the USS Republic are invited to join us for our annual Spring Dinner & Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.  This will be an especially important meeting with at least three important business items on the agenda for discussion:

The current and ongoing situation regarding the Republic's status and relationship with STARFLEET International, as previously discussed at the Mid-Summer Business Meeting last August and in CO Capt Eric L. Watts' "State of the Chapter" address to the membership at the Christmas Party in December;
A report on the Republic's very first full-scale Star Trek convention, TrekTrax Atlanta, held in February, as well as plans for 2012; and
Chapter events and activities being planned for the next three months and beyond, including fan tables and/or room parties at Outlantacon, TimeGate and Sci-Fi Summer Con.

This is an especially important meeting for anyone who is interested in the future and general welfare of the USS Republic.

Please join us at the China One International Buffet restaurant in Sandy Springs, on Roswell Road just a quarter mile north of I-285, next to Lowe's.  Their 100-item buffet, featuring Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine, includes seafood, meat, vegetables, dim sum, sushi, hot bar and cold salad bar, ice cream, cookies, cakes, fresh seasonal fruits and more for only $9.99 per person.  Soft drinks are free!

Of course, it's not all business... you'll also be able to enjoy the company of your fellow shipmates and have a lot of fun as we celebrate our recent successes and chart our course for the future.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Away Mission to Thor

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time and Location To Be Announced
This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe from present-day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard.  At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.  As a result, Thor is banished to Earth, where he is forced to live among humans.  When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this highly anticipated movie—the latest in Marvel Studios' series of films featuring members of the classic Avengers.  Theaters and showtimes have not yet been announced, but save the date and plan on an early evening showing.


Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, 2011
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA  30341
(770) 457-6363
Outlantacon is an Atlanta-based event for the "Queer Geek" audience.  In 2011, Outlantacon will be playing host to Gaylaxicon, the national GLBT convention for the queer audience.

Gaylaxicon, the annual GLBT convention event, makes its return to Atlanta in 2011, following a very successful first visit in 2007.  They'll be featuring all the usual Outlantacon goodies, just on a bigger scale.  Look for their own special versions of Family Feud, Project Cosplay (a big hit at Outlantacon 2010), live entertainment, etc; plus all the usual Gaylaxicon events like the Chocolate Symposium, Gaylactic Jeopardy!, and of course, the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards.

Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts diligently works the USS Republic's recruitment table at last year's Outlantacon.  This year, he's an official guest!
Among Outlantacon's more than twenty guests are roleplaying and computer game designer Andrew Greenberg, who worked on the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine RPGs and the Star Trek: Starfleet Academy computer game; longtime Friend of the Republic Melissa Carter, a cohost on Q100's morning radio program The Bert Show and a self-proclaimed "out and proud" Star Trek fan; and our very own Captain Eric L. Watts, who will be seated as a panelist on all of Outlantacon's Star Trek programming events.

The USS Republic will once again have an official presence at Outlantacon which may include a fan table and/or a room party.  Be sure to attend the Republic's Spring Dinner & Business Meeting on April 23 (details above) if you are interested in helping with either one, or contact the Captain if you're unable to attend.

Outlantacon memberships are $50 until April 30.  Children's and at-the-door rates are not listed on their web site.  For more information about Outlantacon's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, please visit their web site.


Friday-Sunday, May 27-29, 2011
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA  30341
(770) 457-6363
TimeGate is an annual science fiction/fantasy convention that focuses on Doctor Who and Stargate but also includes programming on a wide range of other sci-fi/fantasy interests.  So if you're into Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Adventures—or if you're excited about the new show Stargate Universe—this is the convention for you!  But if not, we'll also have Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Heroes, literary, horror and comics programming, too, along with many other topics.

Members of the USS Republic enjoy a group dinner at last year's TimeGate.  Clockwise from left: ENS2 Julianne Trew, Capt Michael Cowart, ENS2 Eric Lange, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, "Wolfy," CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Joanne Trew.
TimeGate's nearly two dozen guests include Melissa Scott, author of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel Proud Helios and the Star Trek: Voyager novel The Garden, and Heidi Arnold, a sequential artist and illustrator who drew "Inalienable Rights" in Uchu, the third volume of Star Trek: The Manga, published by Tokyopop.

The USS Republic will once again have an official presence at TimeGate which may include a fan table and/or a room party.  Be sure to attend the Republic's Spring Dinner & Business Meeting on April 23 (details above) if you are interested in helping with either one, or contact the Captain if you're unable to attend.

TimeGate memberships for persons age 13 and up are $40 until May 6 and are $50 at the door.  For more information about TimeGate's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, please visit their web site.

Away Mission to X-Men: First Class

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time and Location To Be Announced
X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga.  Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time.  Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other mutants (some familiar, some new) to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.  In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this highly anticipated prequel to the first three now-class X-Men films.  Theaters and showtimes have not yet been announced, but save the date and plan on an early evening showing.

Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 10-12, 2011
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter NW
6345 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-1700
Now in its eleventh year, Sci-Fi Summer Con is for fans, friends and anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics.  The Republic has had an official presence at this convention for the last several years, including our 20th anniversary celebration three years ago and our very own Captain Eric L. Watts being named last year's Fan Guest of Honor.  Sci-Fi Summer Con is Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy.

Crmn Jessica Curtiss, Cmdr Dave "Grizzly" Slaughter, CO Capt Eric L. Watts and Ens Eddie Hines at the Republic's recruitment table at last year's Sci-Fi Summer Con.
Sci-Fi Summer Con has not yet announced any Star Trek-related guests for this year's convention, but we'll be sure to announce them in a future issue of The Republiqué if and when they do.

The USS Republic will once again have an official presence at Sci-Fi Summer Con which may include a fan table and/or a room party.  Be sure to attend the Republic's Spring Dinner & Business Meeting on April 23 (details above) if you are interested in helping with either one, or contact the Captain if you're unable to attend.

Sci-Fi Summer Con memberships for persons age 13 and up are $20 until May 20 and are $35 at the door.  For more information about TimeGate's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, please visit their web site.

Away Mission to Green Lantern

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time and Location To Be Announced
In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries.  Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps.  A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers.  But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds).

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before.  But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity.  With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax… he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this summer's only movie from DC Comics.  Theaters and showtimes have not yet been announced, but save the date and plan on an early evening showing.

Away Mission to Captain America: The First Avenger

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time and Location To Be Announced
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) grew up a frail youth in a poor family.  Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army.  However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected.  Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, Col. Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth.  After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the "Super-Soldier Serum" and bombarded by "vita-rays."  Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human.  Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program.  Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America.  Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.

Make plans now to join the USS Republic on its "away mission" to see this highly anticipated movie—the fourth and latest in Marvel Studios' series of films featuring members of the classic Avengers.  Theaters and showtimes have not yet been announced, but save the date and plan on an early evening showing.


The TrekTrax Atlanta 2011 Postmortem Report
TrekTrax Atlanta was held over Presidents Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter in Chamblee and made history in a number of ways.  Produced by Eric L. Watts and hosted by the USS Republic, TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA) was the first exclusive, Star Trek-only convention to be held in Atlanta since 1993.  Headlining the convention were celebrity guests Tim Russ ("Tuvok" from Star Trek: Voyager) and Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh ("Lursa" and "B'Etor," a.k.a. the Duras Sisters, from Star Trek: The Next Generation).  Additional guests included:

Ken Feinberg, who played the Alien Captain in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Horizon"
Diana Botsford, co-author of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals"
Andrew Greenberg, a roleplaying game designer who has worked on games for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dr. Ina Rae Hark, author of Star Trek, a 2008 book in the BFI TV Classics series published by Palgrave Macmillan for the British Film Institute
Larry Nemecek, author of The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, former managing editor of Communicator and current contributor to Titan/U.K.'s Star Trek magazine
Emmett Plant, a writer, composer and producer who has produced over twenty Star Trek audiobooks for CBS/Paramount
Dr. Brad Strickland, the author or co-author of five Star Trek Young Adult novels
John Broughton, Michael Bednar and Holly Bednar from Starship Farragut, an independent film series based on the original series of Star Trek
Lee Cox, a costuming expert, horror makeup artist, magician and Dragon*Con's Director of Costuming
Keela & Katkith, hosts of the incredibly popular Klingon Karaoke
"Nerd rock" bands One Hard Night and the New York Disco Villains

In addition to these guests, more than two dozen programming participants appeared in TXA programming events.

TrekTrax Atlanta distinguished itself by offering an enormous amount of programming to its attendees, including four concurrent tracks of programming: two dedicated to the Star Trek universe in general (Main Programming and "OmniTrek"), another devoted to the Klingon Empire in particular ("Qo'Nos"), and a fourth specifically for costuming and makeup ("The Ready Room").  TXA also hosted three 24-hour gaming rooms, one each for role-playing games, board games and card games, as well as a VIP champagne reception, Q&A sessions and photo opportunities with the celebrity guests, a dealers room, con suite, costume contest, 24-hour video room, a dance party in the hotel atrium and the 12th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.

TXA Chairman Eric L. Watts kicked off the convention early Friday evening during Opening Ceremonies with a dramatic, poignant and heartfelt yet entertaining 15-minute multimedia presentation.  The first third of the presentation included a rolling photo slideshow of highlights from Watts' 17 years as Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming while he sang the classic Frank Sinatra tune "My Way."  The second third of the presentation included a montage of fan press headlines announcing Watts' dismissal from Dragon*Con and quotes from various blogs and social media both complimenting and criticizing his work for the convention over the years, concluding with words of inspiration from none other than Captain James T. Kirk himself.  The final third of the presentation included a dramatic roll call of TrekTrax Atlanta's guests, department heads and volunteer staff while Watts sang Luther Vandross' soulful version of "Impossible Dream."  The presentation ended with the entire TXA staff onstage in front of a cheering and standing ovation.

Following Friday night's Opening Ceremonies, events included a private and intimate VIP champagne reception with our three celebrity guests and about a dozen attending members; the charity poker tournament "An Evening at Quark's" that benefitted the First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta food bank; live performances by One Hard Night and the New York Disco Villains; and panel discussions on the OmniTrek and Qo'Nos programming tracks.

On Saturday morning, all four programming tracks presented various discussion panels while our celebrity guests signed autographs and posed for photographic portraits in a studio setting that included a replica of the original Star Trek series command chair.  On Saturday afternoon, on the Main Programming track, Tim Russ appeared on the ballroom stage for his first Q&A hour with the audience, followed by Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh appearing together on the ballroom stage for their first Q&A.  Main Programming concluded the afternoon with the Star Trek Universe Costume Contest.  Throughout the afternoon, OmniTrek, Qo'Nos and The Ready Room continued to present entertaining and informative panel discussions on their respective tracks.

Several special events were held throughout Saturday evening.  On Main Programming, Tim Russ performed sets of music from his CDs, followed by Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh entertaining the audience in their own unique style.  On Qo'Nos, John Stump and Dana Tyler were married in their Klingon personas as "K'Val" and "K'Zuul" in a Klingon wedding ceremony while DJ MoQ Kohless played popular dance music from the '70s through the '90s in the hotel's open atrium and bar area during "Happy Hour at Ten Forward."  Meanwhile, OmniTrek and The Ready Room continued to present panel discussions and workshops.  Main Programming concluded the evening with a live performance by Jennifer Teeter and her ukelele while OmniTrek closed the day with the popular Kobayashi Maru Trivia Challenge, presented by Eve Gidion and Larry Nemecek.

On Sunday morning, the four programming tracks resumed their presentation of discussion panels while our celebrity guests once again signed autographs and posed for photographic portraits.  On Sunday afternoon, Tim Russ, followed again by Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh, presented their second Q&A hours with the audience on Main Programming, while Qo'Nos and The Ready Room continued to present even more discussion panels, workshops and special events such as Klingon Family Feud and the TrekTrax Fashion Show.

One of the highlights of TrekTrax Atlanta and the penultimate conclusion of the convention was the long-awaited return of the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.  Created, produced and hosted by Eric L. Watts and presented at Dragon*Con as part of his TrekTrak programming track from 1999 to 2009, the world-famous MKE pageant is now a part of TrekTrax Atlanta.  Once again MC'ed by Watts, the twelfth annual pageant's celebrity judges included Tim Russ, Barbara March, Gwynyth Walsh and TXA Fan Guest of Honor Emmett Plant.  Honorable contestants included Laura Wallace as "L'Junar Sot," Laura Belle Wallace as "L'Bellar Kor," Dana Tyler as "K'Zuul tai Kolos," Inez Foust as "Katara Koloth," and Andrea Benton as "SajQa’ sutai Fenix."  The five contestants competed in Beauty (costume and makeup), Talent and Personality categories and were scored from 1 to 10 in each of the three categories by each of the four judges, for a maximum possible score of 120 points.  After an honorable competition between the contestants and an intense deliberation among the judges, the winner of the 12th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant was "SajQa’ sutai Fenix," a.k.a. Andrea Benton.  "SajQa'" was presented with a 10-inch-tall rhinestone crown, an embroidered satin pageant sash, a huge bouquet of colorful flowers and a custom-made, 14-inch-tall trophy featuring a clear acrylic Klingon trifoil mounted on a wooden base with an engraved silver plate autographed by all four judges.

TrekTrax Atlanta came to a close early Sunday evening with Keela & Katkith's ever-popular Klingon Karaoke in the Qo'Nos room and Closing Ceremonies on Main Programming.  Closing Ceremonies was a one-hour panel discussion with the TXA executive committee listening to feedback from the audience on the convention's many hits and very few misses.  Generally speaking, most everyone in attendance who offered any type of feedback was very happy with the overall convention if not outright surprised at how well a first-year convention went.  The only real complaint anyone had about the weekend was the hotel's inability to get its air conditioning system running properly during what could only be described as a totally unexpected mid-winter heat wave, with outside temperatures in the 70s... in the middle of February.

TrekTrax Atlanta 2011 was clearly an operational success—all departments, programming tracks and major events ran smoothly, on time and as planned—and nearly everyone who attended said they had a great time and promised to come back next year.  Nevertheless, the one question that seemed to be on most people's minds and lips was, "Where IS everybody"?  One online blogger described TXA as "the best-run convention nobody attended.”  Attendance was a far cry from "nobody," but certainly, "nobody" was more surprised at the convention's actual attendance numbers than the TXA executive committee.

Pre-Con Research, Targeted Marketing and Attendance Results
One of the challenges the TXA executive committee (EC) faced during the earliest planning stages was estimating the convention's potential, likely and worst-case scenario attendance for our very first year.  This was critically important for our early planning simply because we needed a realistic attendance number to base a budget on.  As a first-year con, we had no baseline with which to work: How many people would attend a Star Trek convention in Atlanta in February?  A hundred people?  A thousand people?  Less?  More?  Who knew?  One of the very first things we as a committee did was to consult our friends and colleagues who ran other sci-fi-based fan conventions in the Atlanta area: Sci-Fi Summer Con, TimeGate, Outlantacon.  We had two questions for them: What is your average total attendance, and what percentage of that number preregister vs. pay at the door?  Based on the information they shared with us, the proven strength of regional Star Trek fandom and taking into consideration the "star power" of guests we had booked vs. those of the other cons, the EC developed a budget we believed was very realistic.  We expected a grand total attendance of 400 paid memberships, were prepared with lanyards, badges and program books for as many as 500 paid memberships, but needed only 300 paid memberships to break even.  We developed contingency plans for standing-room-only crowds in the ballrooms, a sold-out hotel and even overflow parking.

In a post-con blog article, one reporter stated that TXA was "criminally under-promoted."  That is a lazy and reckless conclusion based on an absence of information.  In fact, the EC developed and implemented a strategic marketing campaign between May and December of last year that targeted many well-known and well-established Star Trek fandom networks.  Members of the EC personally handed out hundreds of flyers at fan tables at last year's TimeGate, Sci-Fi Summer Con, Dragon*Con and Atlanta Comic Con, and hundreds more were sent to Charlotte's Geek Gala, ConCarolinas and other regional conventions for distribution.  Full-page advertisements were placed in last year's TimeGate program book and in the December issue of STARFLEET International's Communiqué (circulation: 4,000 copies).  Certificates for free memberships were donated to Charlotte's Geek Gala as a raffle prize and to the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus for a charity fundraising event.  Flyers were sent by postal mail to every past and present member of the USS Republic since 2006.  All thirty-two STARFLEET Region 2 chapters (representing nearly five hundred members) were offered an exclusive group discount.  Regular announcements were posted on the STARFLEET Region 2, Klingon Assault Group, Starfleet Command and other Star Trek-related YahooGroups message boards.  Emails were sent to almost 700 email addresses collected from, as well as more than two dozen Klingon Assault Group chapters across the country representing, again, hundreds of members.  TXA was listed on more than two dozen different convention listing web sites and thumbnail ads appeared on a handful of others.  Interviews with Chairman Watts were published by the Convention Fans Blog and FanBoys Radio web sites.  A targeted Facebook ad campaign ran for three weeks in December.  Our own Facebook fan page had more than 500 "friends" prior to the convention.  All in all, the TXA EC spent almost $900 on printed advertisements, marketing materials and online advertising and many man-hours in at-con promotions.  We believed our overall marketing campaign was smart, effective, well-targeted and financially sound, and we had every reason to believe that we needed to be far more worried about what to do if we sold out the hotel and ran out of badges than what to do if we didn't meet our minimum required attendance number.

By the end of the weekend, TrekTrax Atlanta attendance numbered 25 guests, 45 staff volunteers and 187 paid memberships for a total attendance of 257 persons.  Paid attendance was about half of what we expected and about 100 people fewer than what we needed to break even.  The TXA EC is surprised and disappointed at this number, has given the matter a great deal of examination and has reached several conclusions.

With the clarity of hindsight, we now believe that scheduling TrekTrax Atlanta on the same weekend as Con Nooga in Chattanooga was a mistake.  Chairman Watts takes full responsibility for that decision, as he did not believe that a convention in an entirely different State would have an impact on local attendance.  Quite the contrary, we heard from a lot of folks just before, during and after the convention that they would have attended TXA had it not been the same weekend as Con Nooga.  To a lesser extent, we also heard from numerous folks that AnachroCon being held the following weekend was the reason for their not attending TXA.  Other reasons given for not attending TXA was the risk of attending a first-year convention which had not yet established itself as worth the money, as well as an apparent boycott of the convention by STARFLEET Region 2 as a result of the estranged relationship between Region 2 management and the USS Republic.

Damn the Photon Torpedoes, Warp Speed Ahead!
Because the 2011 TXA did not meet our minimum required attendance in order to break even, it naturally follows that the convention lost money.  As a first-year convention with very little resources, it goes without saying that we literally did not have money to lose and as a result, we have some outstanding financial obligations that must be satisfied.  We have contacted our debtors and have made arrangements to pay our debts as quickly as possible under the circumstances.

These financial obligations put the future of TXA in jeopardy.  The EC has given the matter a great deal of thoughtful consideration and has come to the following conclusion: although we concluded our first year awash in red ink, the positive feedback we received from all those who actually were in attendance plus the understanding we now have of why so many others did not attend have given us the confidence and motivation to move forward and begin making plans for our second year in 2012.  We have a great deal of work to do and a lot of important decisions to make in the weeks and months ahead.  The one decision we have already made is to move the convention to April of next year so as to avoid both Con Nooga and AnachroCon.  We have not yet booked a hotel and are just now beginning to consider potential guests.  There's no way of knowing quite yet whether next year's convention will be bigger, smaller or about the same size as this year's, but one thing is for certain: Yes, Virginia, there will be a TXA 2012!

Potential investors, corporate sponsors, financial backers, venture capitalists and other folks with lots of disposable income who would like to support a very worthy cause are encouraged to contact the TrekTrax Atlanta Executive Committee.
TrekTrax Atlanta Pre-Con Publicity and Post-Con Reviews
Fanboys TV host Kitti Ninja interviews Eric Watts of TrekTrax
TrekTrax Promo by House Koloth
Earth Station One Episode 45
I’ll Be Doing a Panel at TrekTrax Atlanta!
Beam 'Em Up: Meet ATL's Biggest 'Star Trek' Fans at TrekTrax
TrekTrax Atlanta Boldly Goes… And Brings Tim Russ Along
Beam Me Up, Scotty!
TrekTrax this Weekend!
Star Trek Voyager's Tim Russ Plus Barbara March & Gwynyth Walsh In Atlanta This Weekend
TrekTrax Brings Tim Russ to Atlanta
Earth Station One Episode 48: ESO’s All Convention Episode
Review of TrekTrax Atlanta by Sue Lin Lange
Through the TimeGate: The Future of Star Trek
TrekTrax Interview: Diana Dru Botsford Transporters and Event Horizons
Larry Nemecek: Star Trek Expert
Three Conventions in One Weekend!
TrekTrax Atlanta 2011 / A Fans for Report
Behind the Scenes of TrekTrax Atlanta 2011
TrekTrax Atlanta: First Year Convention Has Room To Grow

These members renewed their SFI dues in January

ENS3 Reginald Franklin
Ens Rob Gilliam

These members' SFI and chapter dues expired in February

ENS2 Katherine Akin
ENS1 Tony Cade
ENS2 William H. Dover

The USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988, at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  After 22½ years and multiple name changes, the Republic was decommissioned by STARFLEET in November 2010.  The Republic operated as an independent organization until April 2011.  Effective April 9, 2011, STARFLEET recognizes the "USS Republic - STARFLEET Registry: NX-1371, a Constitution-Class, Enterprise-Subclass Heavy Cruiser... as a Meeting chapter in Shakedown Cruise."  As of April 10, the Republic crew includes 45 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.

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.

Because the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  Combined annual dues for both groups are $25 per person and is collected by the chapter (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.





Capt Matt Ebeling

NEWS from
Orbiting 80, Nimoy Looks Back... and Ahead (Part III)
By Staff
March 25, 2011
Leonard Nimoy will turn 80 years old tomorrow and here, in the third and final installment of our exclusive interview, the Star Trek legend contemplates reaching that age – as well as the far less attractive alternative.  He also discusses his appearance in Star Trek (2009), offers his thoughts on the unsung heroes behind TOS, muses about Trek’s fiction becoming today’s reality and shares his thoughts on his relationship with fellow octogenarian William Shatner.

Your appearances as Spock on
Star Trek: The Next Generation were your idea, right?

Nimoy: I went to the producers at Next Generation with the idea that we could do a crossover, that I could do an appearance on The Next Generation that would, in a sense, be a connection to the Star Trek films that we were making.  They wrote a script which I thought served that purpose.  I went and gladly did it.  And yes, it was my idea.  I went to them with the idea, and we did it.

Eighteen years had passed since you last played Spock in
Star Trek VI, and along comes J.J. Abrams’ movie.  Looking back at it, how satisfied were you with how Spock Prime was worked into the story?

Nimoy: I had a great time.  I thought that J. J. and his writers had captured the essence of the fun of the Star Trek characters, the chemistry between the people, the excitement of becoming part of that crew and going out on this adventure.  I thought it was a great ride as a film.  I was pleased with how they treated the Spock character.  I thought that they really got it.  When they first called me and asked me to come to a meeting, I went to meet with J. J. and Orci and Kurtzman, and the conversation was very moving to me, because I thought these guys really understood what an audience really loves about Star Trek and what an audience loves about the Spock character.  I was excited and I said, “Yes, put it down on paper.  Send me the script.  I’m very interested.”  When I read the script, I called J. J. immediately and I said, “Let’s go.  Let’s go to work.  I love it.”  I had a great time doing it.

How much closure did it provide you?

Nimoy: I finally got a real good sense of closure for myself with Star Trek, and I was very happy to see Zachary Quinto take over the character.  I think he’s an excellent, well-trained actor and excellent for the job.

Some fans loved the alternate universe concept, as it will free the writers and actors to go in any direction, while others disliked the breaking of
Star Trek canon that resulted, particularly the destruction of Vulcan.  What are your thoughts on the debate?

Nimoy: I think the alternate universe was necessary.  I think it was a very solid idea and necessary because, although it broke canon in a certain kind of way, if they didn’t do the alternate universe, they would have broken canon in other ways.  It was constricting.  There was so much history to be dealt with that if they did not do the alternate universe, it would have been so constricting and it would have been very, very difficult to tell an exciting story without stepping on some toes somewhere.  So, by doing it this way, I think they gave themselves a new canvas to work with.  I think it was a very wise idea.

Let’s says that Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman and/or Damon Lindelof come to you and say, “Leonard, we have an equally good part for you in the next film.  Please come join us again.”  What would it take to convince you to get on board?

Nimoy: (Laughs).  I’m not expecting that.  That’s very hypothetical.  I’m really not expecting it to happen.  I think I was useful in the last film and I think for me it really was the last film.  I think the torch has been very successfully passed to a bunch of very talented young people, and not just Zachary, but Chris Pine and all of them.  I think they’re very talented and will have a lot of fun, and I wish them well.

We’ve seen your face plastered on lunch boxes, Christmas ornaments, plush toys, literally thousands of products.  What’s the strangest thing YOU’VE seen your own face on?

Nimoy: Wow.  (Laughs).  There was a beer advertisement that ran in England some years ago, where they used the Spock character in a very funny way to sell Heineken beer.  It would take too long to describe it, but it was really a funny and strange juxtaposition.

We know you have a vast collection of
Trek memorabilia at your house.  What’s the prized piece in the collection?

Nimoy: Well, I still have the pair of ear tips that I wore the last day that we filmed the original series.  I have a couple of others which I have held for my children and grandchildren, a handful of other ear tips.  But the ones that have a lot of significance for me are the ones that I wore the last day when we finished filming TOS.  I took them because I thought, “This is my momento.”

Who is the unsung hero of the original
Star Trek?  Gene Coon?  Bjo Trimble?  Them and others?

Nimoy: Well, there are several.  Bjo certainly is one of them.  She was very instrumental in helping us get back on the air after we’d been canceled at the end of the second season.  Bob Justman, one of our line producers, was terribly important to us.  He was very helpful.  He was a very substantial, ethical, talented man who was able to, in the midst of chaos, lend you a good ear if you had a problem or an idea.  I could go to him and expect some reliable help.  Gene Coon made a gigantic contribution to Star Trek with the scripts he turned out.  If I remember correctly, he introduced the Klingons and gave us some wonderful stories.  Those are few of the people who made major contributions.  Joe Pevney and Marc Daniels directed some of our greatest episodes and both had a great theatrical flair and brought a lot to the look of the shows they directed.

One name we’ve not brought up during this conversation is William Shatner.  How would you describe your relationship with him?

Nimoy: We’re very similar in a lot of ways, but on the other hand, very different.  He has this great need to be working, working, working, working, working.  I’ve asked him at times why, and I’m not sure that we’ve ever really come to a very clear answer of why he wants to work so much and so hard.  We’re different.  We’re different.

Star Trek’s fiction is today’s reality when it comes to iPads, needle-free injections, the cell phone, etc.  How strange and exciting has it been to see all that come to pass?

Nimoy: It’s very satisfying.  We carried these things we called tricorders, which resemble very much the iPad that people are using today, with all kinds of video applications.  It’s great.  The first breakthrough, of course, was the cell phone, which was so much like the communicators we used.  The first cell phones flipped open in the same way that our communicators did.  It’s been great to see all this stuff evolving.  I felt, when we were making the shows, that we would last long into the future because we were so inventive and so creative about the potential usage of science and technology.

In one of your autobiographies from years ago, Spock wrote an open letter to Leonard Nimoy.  If he wrote another one, what do you think he’d be saying right now?

Nimoy: Oh, golly.  That’s a great question.  (Laughs).  I’d hope that he’d be saying something kind of benign, like “Thanks for the association.  It’s been a great ride.”  I think I did (Spock) justice.  I tried to maintain the dignity of the character as much as possible through the years, and I’d hope that Spock would think that I did him well.

You’re about to turn 80.  Does that excite you?  Frighten you?  Both at once?

Nimoy: You know, the alternative isn’t very attractive.  (Laughs.)  Not turning 80 is not a very nice event in your life.  So….  But I’m very comfortable with who I am and what I am and how I am.  I feel strong.  I feel good.  I feel happy and healthy.  I have a wonderful personal life.  I will get out this year and see people and tell the stories.  I love telling the stories that audiences want to hear.  I’m really excited about this year.  I’m doing a few conventions and appearances.  I’m going to be in Dallas and Vegas and Atlanta.  I’m giving a speech in Long Beach, at the Carpenter Center, at the end of April.  I’m doing a reading in L. A.  I’ve got some really exciting and fun things to do this year, and I’m looking forward to it.

Let’s assume you’ll live to 100.  What do you hope to do with the next 20 years of your life?

Nimoy: I hope to stay creative, but to keep my personal life at the forefront.  I have three kids and six grandchildren and a great-grandson.  I’m thrilled with the way their lives are developing and it’s great fun to see them grow into themselves.  I’m looking forward to enjoying that, and I want to keep some of my life available for creative possibilities.  You’re talking to a very, very happy, thankful, grateful guy.
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