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Volume I, Number 40  •  July 2011

•  Saturday, August 6: Captain Watts' 50th Birthday Celebration
•  Sat./Sun., August 20/21: USS Republic Summer Pool Party
•  Saturday, September 3: Dragon*Con Parade
•  Saturday, September 25: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

•  USS Republic foregoes Dragon*Con Fan Table
•  Date and location for TrekTrax Atlanta 2012 announced
•  The real Walter Koenig revealed!
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  July Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  June Member Reenlistments
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
    — Orci & Kurtzman:
Star Trek Sequel to Shoot January 2012

Captain Watts' 50th Birthday Celebration

8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2011
The Spot Bar & Grill
4578 Britt Rd, Tucker GA  30084
(770) 934-5100

USS Republic Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts cordially requests the honor of your presence at the momentous occasion that apparently a lot of people mistakenly believe had already passed... his 50th birthday celebration!

That's right... Captain Eric hits the huge half-century mark in two weeks and wants to celebrate the milestone with all his friends, colleagues and shipmates.  The party starts at 8:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Spot Bar & Grill in Tucker, with entertainment provided by Darlene Majewski from Spotlight Karaoke!  Several special events and presentations are being planned for the evening, so please plan to come, celebrate and have a great time with everyone's favorite STARFLEET captain!  The Spot offers a full selection of appetizers, sandwiches, dinner entrées and desserts.


Note: The Spot Bar & Grill offers a smoke-free indoor environment.  Smoking is allowed on their outdoor patio.  Please visit their web site
for directions, their menu and drink specials, and photos of their newly renovated lounge.


Fifth Annual USS Republic Summer Pool Party

Saturday or Sunday, August 20 or 21, 2011
Date, Time and Location To Be Announced
Members and friends of the USS Republic at our Fourth Annual Summer Pool Party in 2010.  A great time was had by all!  A host is needed for this year's party... how about you?

Save the date and make plans now to join the USS Republic for our Fifth Annual Summer Pool Party!  This annual event has become a summer highlight for our members, our friends and their families!

We currently do not have a confirmed location for this year's summer pool party.  It can be held on either Saturday, August 20, or Sunday, August 21, and does not necessarily have to be hosted by a member of the Republic, so if you or someone you know would like to host this year's party, or if you have any ideas or suggestions for a location, please contact the Captain as soon as possible.

Dragon*Con Parade

10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2011
Peachtree Street at Auburn Avenue
Downtown Atlanta
Email ENS1 Joanne Trew
Star Trek fans marching in the 2010 Dragon*Con parade gather for a photo prior to step-off.  The entire group marched behind the USS Republic's parade banner.
For the third year in a row, ENS1 Joanne Trew is coordinating the Republic's participation in the annual Dragon*Con parade.  We heartily encourage everyone to come out on Saturday morning and march with us behind our banner!

Members and friends who plan to march with us must meet at the staging area at Woodruff Park (4½ blocks south of the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street) in costume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.  The parade goes forward on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, rain or shine.  Start time is 10:00 a.m.  The parade starts at Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue, follows Peachtree Street north to Baker Street (at the Hyatt Regency), continues east on Baker Street to Courtland Avenue and ends at the Marriott Marquis' back entrance.

If you are planning to march with us, please let Ensign Joanne know!  She has registered the USS Republic to march as a group in the parade but everyone who plans to join us is also encouraged to join the Dragon*Con Parade YahooGroup for parade rules and policies, a route map and additional information.
Sixth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Time and Location To Be Announced
The Republic's Fifth Annual STARFLEET
Bowling Challenge, September 2010
Save the date and plan to join the USS Republic for our Sixth Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  We'll challenge the Klingon Assault Group, the Georgia 501st and even the Georgia Furs to meet us in the alley... we'll see who shows up!

The exact time and location will be announced next issue, on Facebook and in our YahooGroups.  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!

USS Republic foregoes Dragon*Con Fan Table
Although the USS Republic will once again be represented in the Dragon*Con parade, after giving the matter a great deal of thoughtful consideration, Republic command has decided that the chapter will not have a fan table this year.  There are several reasons for this:
Member participation staffing our table at last year's Dragon*Con was simply abysmal.  Although we did have several members volunteer for one or more of the 90-minute duty shifts, including ENS2 Will Dover, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, ENS1 Zannetta Law, ENS3 Chris Seckinger, Ens Richard Tucker and Ensigns Jeff and Joanne Trew (apologies to anyone missed), the fact of the matter is that for more than three-quarters of the time (19 out of 25 duty shifts... yes, we counted), the table was staffed only by Ens Ken Cribbs and Capt Eric L. Watts.  Republic command strongly believes that staffing a fan table at Dragon*Con requires a much greater effort put forth by far more members than those few who helped last year, but has no reason to believe that any more would volunteer this year than did last year.  Ensign Ken and Captain Eric are simply unwilling to spend three-quarters of their time at Dragon*Con behind a table again this year.
Dragon*Con cannot (or will not) guarantee the location of fan tables.  In an email dated June 20, Fan Table Directors Sara McCorkendale and Valorie Wilkerson sent the Republic an email stating that, "Currently Fan Tables will once again be located in the Hyatt Regency on the Grand Hall level.  We may also have space once again in the Sheraton outside of Registration.  The committee will be making placement decisions before the *Con, so please feel free to include your requests to be located near other groups or for placement in the Sheraton if space becomes available in your on-line applications.  Requests do not guarantee a placement, but will be taken into consideration."

All Star Trek programming will take place in the Atlanta Sheraton and it only makes sense that a Star Trek fan club should be placed there.  Indeed, our placement last year in the Hyatt Regency outside the enormous Art Show, some three blocks from all the Star Trek "action," severely diminished the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.  While it's true that we did recruit a handful of new members, we are confident that we could have and would have recruited many, many more had we been placed in the Sheraton.  Given the time, effort and expense of staffing a fan table and having an adequate supply of marketing materials printed and available, the possibility—indeed, the likelihood—of us not being placed in the Atlanta Sheraton makes the entire proposition not worth the expenditure of any of it.
Finally, all that even presumes that the Republic would be given a table in the first place, in any hotel.  In that same email, McCorkendale and Wilkerson state, "Fan Tables will no longer be assigned on a first-come-first-serve [sic] basis.  Instead, Dragon*Con will be implementing a decision process like we use for guests.  All applications will be gathered and sent to the Group Tables committee, who will decide inclusion in the *Con and placement of tables."

We're not sure why Dragon*Con has suddenly decided to pick and choose who they'll give a fan table to and who they won't, but if this policy change is intended to give other groups who have never had a table before to have a table this year, it seems clear that those groups who have been longtime fan table holders have little chance of getting one this year.  Indeed, this policy change may very well be intended to prevent previous table holders from getting a table again.  With all the inexplicable changes of direction, attitude and policy that Dragon*Con has made these last few years, it's difficult to explain anything they do any more.

So, because it would be so difficult for the Republic to staff a fan table, because there's no guarantee that such a table would be located in the Sheraton, and because there's no guarantee that the Republic would even be given a table at all, Republic command has decided to simply forego the whole thing.
Date and location for TrekTrax Atlanta 2012 announced
The USS Republic is pleased to announce that next year's TrekTrax Atlanta will be held April 20-22, 2012, and that we'll be returning to the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter in Chamblee.

Membership rates for persons age 12 and up are only $40.00 until December 31.  Our special convention rate for guest rooms at the Holiday Inn are only $79.00 per night.  Confirmed guests so far include Fan Guest of Honor Melissa Carter, Star Trek costumer Cheralyn Lambeth, Star Trek audiobooks producer Emmett Plant, Star Trek game designer Andrew Greenberg, professional makeup artist Lee Cox and nerd rock live bands One Hard Night and the New York Disco Villains.  Celebrity guests will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

Visit the TrekTrax Atlanta web site for additional information, to purchase your membership and to book your hotel room.  Suggestions for programming and volunteers for staff are always welcomed.
The real Walter Koenig revealed!
Our friend and TXA 2011 guest Larry Nemecek recently announced on his Trekland web site that Walter Koenig, a.k.a. the iconic Russian navigator Pavel Chekov, will finally receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the last member of the original Star Trek series to do so.

While we're all very happy that this long-overdue honor will finally be bestowed upon Mr. Koenig, what is much more interesting about Nemecek's announcement is the accompanying photo of Koenig... totally bald!  Seriously... the man has less hair than Jean-Luc Picard!

The USS Republic salutes Mr. Koenig for his chutzpah in ditching the ugly hairpiece and going au naturel.  It's a good look for him.  The date of his Walk of Fame ceremony hasn't been announced yet, but when the time comes, we hope he'll sport the natural look then, too.
Personnel Records
Congratulations to Ensigns Richard and Zannetta Law Tucker, who recently announced that they are expecting their first child!  Command and crew of the USS Republic wish only the very best for the newlyweds!
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Away Mission to Green Lantern  ||  June 18, 2011
Kneeling/Seated: CO Capt Eric L. Watts, ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick.  Standing: Theresa Parker, Kevin Parker, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, Ens Richard Tucker.

Away Mission to Captain America  ||  July 23, 2011
Sarah Burroughs, CRMN1 Jenilee Trew, Chris Querry, Chuck Pierson, ENS3 Lee Cox, Reecie Coker, Christopher M. Jones, Tina Kubala, Marq Collins, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, Ens Richard Tucker, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker, ENS1 Jeff Trew, ENS1 Joanne Trew, Kevin Parker, Theresa Parker, Julie Moore, Jack Moore, ENS2 Claire Willis, Alex Arritt.



Friday, July 1
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker

Sunday, July 3

Ens Catherine Busbee

Friday, July 8

CDT3 Karl Dissinger

Wednesday, July 13

ENS2 Todd Dissinger

Saturday, July 16

Ens Tobee Appleby

1 New Member in June!

Ens Karen Neal

These members renewed their memberships in June

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse
ENS2 Russell J. Broomfield
Cmdr David A. Slaughter

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 July 25, 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 (soon-to-be once again) 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.




AS OF JULY 25, 2011

NEWS from
Orci & Kurtzman: Star Trek Sequel to Shoot January 2012
By Anthony Pascale
July 24, 2011

News on the Star Trek sequel has emerged from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).  Co-writer / producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman say they are now hoping to start shooting January 2012.  And for his part, fellow co-writer / producer Damon Lindelof revealed the sequel is "consuming" him currently and the team will not settle for anything that isn't "mind-blowing."
Orci & KurtzmanStar Trek sequel targeted to shoot in January 2012
While a delay is expected, Paramount has yet to make an official announcement for a new release date for the Star Trek sequel (currently scheduled for June 29, 2012).  But on Saturday night at the San Diego Comic Con Cowboys & Aliens premiere, Trek sequel co-writer / producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman made it clear their schedule has already moved as they talked to Cinepremiere about when they formed the idea for the film and when they plan to shoot it:

Orci: We had ideas when we did the first [Star Trek] movie—we always think it is bad luck to think of the sequel—but we had some ideas for the sequel way back then and actually we are doing some of those ideas now and pitching them to the studio and J. J. [Abrams] has been developing them with us.  The ideas that we had have stuck so we feel pretty strongly that we have an amazing story and we are going to be shooting very soon.

Q: How soon?
Orci: Hopefully...
Kurtzman: ...Early next year.
Orci: I think probably in January, but every time we say "we will be shooting any second now," we are not, but it is going to be soon.
Orci is right about the moving target.  The original target was May or June 2011, which later became August, then September and most recently reported as November.  With shooting in January of 2012, there is no way the film can be released by the summer of 2012, leaving holiday 2012 or summer 2013 as possibilities.
Lindelof "consumed" by Star Trek sequel + Dark Knight is standard
In a pair of San Diego Comic Con interviews, Orci and Kurtman's collaborator Damon Lindelof revealed just how hard they are working on the sequel and how they are keeping a high standard.  First up in comments to with OTR:
Lindelof: Right now, my days and nights are consumed by Star Trek 2.  We were supposed to dive in on that as soon as I finished Lost, but J. J. [Abrams] was so busy on Super 8, Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] had their own sort of empire to manage.  Now, finally, the four creative minds that made the first movie what it was are all back in a room together and that was the only way we wanted to do it.  And we have been doing it and I think that the bar is very high.  We are not going to be satisfied with "oh, this is fine."  If an idea isn't mind-blowing or super-cool or doesn't present the Star Trek universe in a way you haven't seen before, but you also have to pay homage to the fans who have stuck with this amazing franchise for 40 years.  So it has been very, very tricky, but I think we have finally broken through and figured out what the movie is going to be.
And then with G4:
Lindelof: We have been working very long and very hard on the script.  It is our challenge, we have to make it better than Trek 1.  We hold The Dark Knight as a sequel that really transcended the original and now that we have gotten the crew together, the "what happens next?" question is something that we are taking really seriously.  It has been a lot of fun but it has been really hard.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 40, July 2011.
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