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Volume I, Number 44  •  November 2011

•  Sunday, November 27: Fall Dinner & Business Meeting
•  Sat., December 17: Holiday Potluck Party & Awards Ceremony

•  TrekTrax Atlanta announces celebrity guests for 2012
•  TrekTrax Atlanta membership discounts for STARFLEET, KAG
•  Aspen Book Shop to close its doors
•  Personnel Records
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  November Birthdays
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Star Trek Sequel Filming Starts January 15th
   — Hawaii Film Commissioners in Discussions with Paramount
   — Win a Walk-On Role for Star Trek Sequel

Fall Dinner & Business Meeting

7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2011
Stevi B's Pizza
Briarcliff Village Shopping Center
2080 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta GA  30345
(770) 938-3960
The Republic's 2011 Spring Dinner & Business Meeting
The Republic typically holds two business meetings a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, to set the chapter's course for the following six months.  At this meeting, we'll be discussing the chapter's recent recommissioning by STARFLEET International; making specific plans for chapter activities from December through next May, including our second annual convention, TrekTrax Atlanta, next April; and charting our year-long course towards a very specific goal during 2012 as we approach our 25th anniversary in 2013: The Year of the Phoenix.  Members and friends who wish to be more involved in the Republic's operations and our TrekTrax Atlanta convention are especially encouraged to attend.  As always, the Republic's many friends and guests are invited to join us; chapter membership is encouraged but not required.

We'll be gathering for this very important dinner meeting at Stevi B's Pizza Buffet Restaurant in the Briarcliff Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Henderson Mill, Lavista and Briarcliff Roads near Northlake Mall in Atlanta.  Stevi B's Ultimate Pizza Buffet includes all of your favorites and many original Stevi B's creations, too.  Don't see what you're looking for on the buffet?  Tell any Stevi B's team member what you'd like on your pizza and they'll custom make it and deliver it straight to your table.  You can choose from any of their fresh toppings to create your own personal pizza masterpiece!  Visit their web site for more information on their complete menu.

We've booked their "party room" for our meeting and, because we're such an awesome group of Trekkies, everyone joining us for dinner will receive complimentary soft drinks---a $1.99 value!

Please arrive no later than 7:00 p.m. to enjoy your dinner and enjoy conversation with your fellow crewmembers.  The business meeting is scheduled to begin around 7:30 and will likely last about a half-hour or so.  This is your chance to give feedback on our recent events and activities and to make suggestions for where you'd like to go and what you'd like to do as a member of the Republic in the next six months, so please make plans to attend!

STARFLEET Holiday Potluck Party & USS Republic Awards Ceremony
A joint event with the USS Atlanta

6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011
Hosted by and in the home of Capt Bernadette Ackley
4111 Kings Highway, Douglasville GA  30135-3765
RSVP: Adm Mike Henigan by email or (404) 688-2882
The USS Republic's 2010 Christmas Party & Awards Ceremony in the home of ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick

Make plans now to attend the very first joint holiday party co-hosted by the USS Republic and our sister ship across town, the USS Atlanta!  Hosted by longtime STARFLEET friends Capt. Bernadette Ackley and her brother CRR Brian Ackley, this joint event will be a potluck dinner and will include the Republic's annual Awards Ceremony, when we announce the recipient of this year's prestigious Member of the Year Award.  USS Republic Commanding Officer Capt Eric L. Watts will also deliver a brief but important "State of the Chapter" address to announce the chapter's new year-long course and goal for 2012: The Year of the Phoenix.

The Ackleys' basement is "all sci-fi, with all sorts of stuff to keep Star Trek, X-Files, Star Wars, etc. fans happy to look at and have fun."  They also have a large screen TV, Blu-ray player and a large movie collection with lots of space to play games and have a great time.  It will be an exciting evening of fun, festivity and friendship, and Captain Watts and USS Atlanta Commanding Officer Adm Mike Henigan both hope you will plan to come eat, drink and be merry with your fellow Star Trek fans from all around the metro Atlanta area!

USS Republic Members of the Year, 2007-2010
2007 Member of the Year
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
2008 Member of the Year
ENS1 Hal Doby
2009 Member of the Year
ENS1 Joanne Trew
2010 Member of the Year
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange

An Evite will be sent out in early December so that everyone who plans to attend can RSVP with the number of guests and type of dish they plan to bring.  Alternately, you can RSVP to Admiral Henigan by email or (404) 688-2882.  Either way, please do let us know if you plan to attend so we can ensure sufficient seating for everyone.  Thank you!



TrekTrax Atlanta announces celebrity guests and much more for 2012

At long last, TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to be able to finally announce our main celebrity guests for 2012: Todd Bryant and Spice Williams, who played Klingon villains Captain Klaa and Vixis, respectively, in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.  Bryant also played an engineering cadet in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and a Klingon translator in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and was Ron Perlman's stunt double in Star Trek: Nemesis.  Williams also played a Klaestron kidnapper in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Dax" and was Megan Gallagher's stunt double in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Invasive Procedures."  Joining Bryant and Williams will be David Orange, who played the "Sleepy Klingon" in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

TrekTrax Atlanta is also pleased to announce as our guest for 2012 Morgan Gendel, author of the fan favorite and Hugo Award-winning Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Inner Light," as well as "Starship Mine" and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "The Passenger" and "Armageddon Game."  Gendel will be hosting a one-hour multimedia presentation about his work on "The Inner Light" and conducting a two-hour writers workshop for anyone interested in developing their writing skills for the screen.

Also joining us from Indianapolis, Indiana, will be the three-man musical troupe Il Troubadore: The Klingon Music Project, who will be presenting at TrekTrax Atlanta their hugely popular Midwest production, "Klingon Ballet," complete with belly dancers.  Il Troubadore will also be joining One Hard Night and the New York Disco Villains as part of our Saturday night live music concert.

But wait!  There's more!  In addition to cast members from the fan film productions Starship Farragut and Project: Potemkin, TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that cast and crew members from Star Trek: Lexington and Star Trek: Grissom will also be joining us for 2012.  Discussion panels and episode screenings from all four productions will be a part of TrekTrax Atlanta's outstanding programming.

Endorsed by the Klingon Assault Group International as the National Klingon Konvention and the new home of the world-famous Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, TrekTrax Atlanta is already shaping up to be the ONE Star Trek convention that you MUST attend in 2012!  Don't wait until after the holidays to purchase your membership at a higher rate... go ahead and purchase your membership NOW at the lowest rate possible.  Live Long and... Q'pla!

TrekTrax Atlanta membership discounts for STARFLEET and KAG
TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA) is hosted by the USS Republic NCC-1371, the STARFLEET International chapter in Atlanta, and has been endorsed by the Klingon Assault Group as the National Klingon Konvention.  In recognition and appreciation of our association with both organizations, TXA is pleased to offer membership discounts available only to members in good standing of STARFLEET and KAG.

TrekTrax Atlanta will be held April 20-22, 2012.  The regular price of a TXA Adult Membership is currently $40.  Until December 31, STARFLEET members can get a $5 discount on the purchase of their memberships by visiting the STARFLEET Discount web page and KAG members can get a $5 discount on the purchase of their memberships by visiting the KAG Discount web page.  These discounts are available to any member of either organization anywhere in the world, not just those in the Atlanta area... so spread the word!  Get your discounts now!

Valid STARFLEET and KAG memberships will be verified prior to processing payments.  One discount per person.  Discounts end January 1.  See respective web pages for additional details.
Aspen Book Shop to close its doors
The USS Republic regrets to announce that one of our longtime Member Benefits Program Partners, Aspen Book Shop in Tucker, will be closing its doors for the last time on Wednesday, December 7, after 36 years of doing business in DeKalb County.

Aspen's owner, Al Head, has been a longtime supporter of the Republic and has offered significant discounts on his inventory of Star Trek paperbacks and other sci-fi and collectible books for the last several years.  Commanding Officer, Republic, thanks Al for his years of support.

Please take this one last opportunity to visit Aspen Book Shop to take advantage of his going out of business sale:

All paperbacks only $1.00
All hardbacks only $3.00
Rare books, first editions, art books and textbooks 50% off
Bookcases $10-$35

Aspen Book Shop is located at 4987 Lavista Road in Tucker, in the shopping center across the street from Tucker High School.  Business hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  The phone number is (770) 241-2906.  Cash only, please... no credit or debit cards.
Personnel Records
Congratulations to ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker and Ens Richard Tucker on the birth of their baby at 2:06 a.m. on Thursday, November 10.   Zarena Nova Tucker weighed in at 6 pounds 6 ounces and was 17-3/4" long when she finally arrived.  Mom and Dad are doing fine and report that Zarena---the USS Republic's very first onboard baby---is absolutely beautiful!  Well, of course she is!  Just look at her!

Congratulations to ENS1 Julianne Trew, an art major at Kennesaw State University, who is on the fast track to a successful art career.

Ensign Trew entered one of her subtractive Automatist paintings in the Off-the-Wall Pin-Up Show & Sale at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia on Thursday, November 16.  Someone purchased her piece and the panel of judges placed three stars on her wall tag, indicating it was one of their "top picks."

Mark Karelson, the co-owner of Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, has offered Ensign Trew gallery representation, wants to represent her and to premiere her work in his gallery in February.

Mr. Karelson also wants her work in "Fresh Blood," an exhibition of current and recently graduated visual art students in Georgia.  Mason Murer chooses 20 of the best up-and-coming undergrads and grads for this annual exhibition.  The show will open on May 18, 2012, and run through the final week of July.

Mr. Karelson also wants to take Ensign Trew's work to Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 in December.  The exhibition is considered by many people to be the most prestigious art show in the Americas.  More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists.  Ensign Trew has reached a representation agreement with Mr. Karelson for all of the career opportunities listed above.

Anyone who knows Ensign Trew will testify that she deserves this success.  She is a prolific creator and is adept at managing the professional practices aspects of her career.  As a result of her hard work she has already had two solo exhibitions this year.  Please view some of her work on her web site and pat her on the back the next time you see her.

Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Recent Chapter Event Photos
TrekTrax Atlanta Staff Meeting  ||  October 23, 2011
Top Photo, clockwise from far left, and Bottom Photo, clockwise from top center: CO Capt Eric L. Watts, USS Atlanta CO Adm Mike Henigan, Matt Steinberg, Elise Mason, Lee Diamond, Joshua Elek, Nora Robillard, Vicki Greve, Dawn Benton, Marq Collins, Kevin Parker, Marilyn Teague, ENS1 Julianne Trew, ENS1 Elisa Roper, Gaylen Greve, James Newton, Matthew Duncan, Cmdr Dave Churvis, Michael Churvis, Scott Ash, Barry Bynum, Ken Cribbs.



Wednesday, November 16
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange

Sunday, November 27
ENS3 Tracey S. Harwell

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.  As of November 20, 2011, the Republic crew includes 31 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.





NEWS from
Star Trek Sequel Filming Starts January 15th
By Anthony Pascale
November 16, 2011
Things continue to progress for the Star Trek sequel, recently reported to be in consideration for a 2013 release.  TrekMovie has an exclusive update on the status for preproduction on the project including locations, the script and casting.
TrekMovie has learned from trusted sources that the official start date for production on the Star Trek sequel is January 15, 2012.  This is over four years and two months after the start of production for the 2009 Star Trek movie (which began shooting on November 7, 2007).
Preproduction for the Star Trek sequel has been underway for a few months.  It began using the famous "extensive outline," but sources tell TrekMovie a draft script has been completed and submitted to the studio.  In fact, just yesterday, cowriter/producer Roberto Orci made a comment here at noting that the script has "been done for a while" and they are currently working on the third draft.  In another comment posted at TrekMovie, Orci himself noted "rewriting is a good thing which normally makes the script better.  We like to keep pushing the script, even if no one gives us notes."
Sources tell TrekMovie that the writing team of Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are currently working on a draft to ensure the film fits into the budget the Paramount has set.  The studio is said to be "very enthusiastic" about the project and very supportive of producer/director Abrams and his core team.
Much of the design work for the film has been completed, with the team again headed by Scott Chambliss as production designer.  And construction has already started for some of the new sets.  Many sets and location set dressing elements from the 2009 film (such as the USS Enterprise) have been in storage and will be reused for the sequel.  In addition, ILM has already started work on some of the effects shots for the movie.  While effects work is often considered part of post-production, there are many space effects shots which can be made without the need of any filmed elements.
In addition, the team lead by director J. J .Abrams is currently picking locations.  TrekMovie has learned that Abrams himself traveled to Hawaii to scout a location which is being seriously considered for a "jungle planet."  Shooting will also include a museum in Los Angeles, standing in for what a source said was a "famous Star Trek location."  As per usual with a Star Trek film, studio shooting will take place on a number of stages on the Paramount lot.
Of course, all the main cast from the original Star Trek movie are returning and the casting process for new characters is currently being discussed.  However, sources indicate none of the new roles have been cast so far.
TrekMovie does not have any details to report on the plot of the film yet, but it is described as "bigger" in scope than the 2009 Star Trek film.
© 2011 SciFanatic Network

Hawaii Film Commissioners in Discussions with Paramount on Star Trek Sequel
By Anthony Pascale
November 20, 2011
TrekMovie already broke the news that J. J. Abrams and team are seriously considering shooting part of the Star Trek sequel in Hawaii.  Now a report confirms that Hawaii film commissioners were at Paramount last week to discuss the possible shoot.
Live Long and... Aloha?
Earlier this week, TrekMovie broke the news that J. J. Abrams had flown to Hawaii to scout possible locations for the Star Trek sequel, to be used as part of an alien jungle location.  Today, the Honolulu Advertiser has confirmed our story and has some additional details, noting that scouts visited three of Hawaii's islands in late summer: Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.
According to the report, Honolulu Film Commissioner Walea Constantinau and Hawaii Film Commissioner Georja Skinner were in Los Angeles last week to meet with a number of studios regarding possible productions in Hawaii, including a meeting at Paramount about the Star Trek sequel.  The report also confirmed TrekMovie's report that while Hawaii was being seriously considered, a decision had not yet been made.  Commissioner Constantinau is quoted about Star Trek, saying:
The filmmakers were interested in shooting here.  It was at a very early stage.  They are not ready. It is still in development.  Everybody got all excited about something that is exploratory.  It's all kind of a moving landscape.  We hope they are still thinking of us.
Of course, the Star Trek creative team are very familiar with shooting in Hawaii.  Hawaii was home for almost all of the production for Lost, which was executive produced by Star Trek producers J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk.  Hawaii is also home to Hawaii Five-O, which is executive produced by Star Trek co-writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
© 2011 SciFanatic Network

Win a Walk-On Role for Star Trek Sequel in Super 8 Sweepstakes
By Anthony Pascale
November 20, 2011
As part of their promotion for the release of J. J. Abrams' Super 8, Paramount Home Entertainment has put together a sweepstakes that can land you a walk-on role for Abrams' Star Trek sequel.
The "Super 8: Watch It & Walk-On" sweepstakes will award two winners (non-speaking) walk-on roles for the movie.  Winners also receive travel and accomodations for two nights.
To get a chance to win, just visit and answer three Super 8 trivia questions.  The sweepstakes starts November 20 and runs until December 4.  The contest is open to adult U.S. residents 18 years old and you can submit one entry per day.
Pick up J. J. Abrams' Super 8 this week on DVD or Blu-ray.  You can pre-order at Amazon.
Abrams' brief Star Trek sequel update
Speaking of J. J. Abrams, Super 8 and Star Trek, the director gave Entertainment Weekly an interview for the home video release of Super 8 and the subject of the Trek sequel came up in the context of Abrams' trademark secrecy.  J. J. gave this very brief summary of how things are going:
EW: But by being so mysterious about your projects, like Super 8, you make people even that more eager to figure out what it is ahead of time.
Abrams: I think a fun aspect of not knowing is wanting to know.  I think we're so accustomed to getting what we want instantly that it's nice to have to wait it out.  It's never meant to be a trick to get people excited and freaked out.  The fact that that ends up being a result of not getting all the information and knowing answers to what's going on in a show or in a movie, it says that there's a kind of value in it.  There's fun to be had in anticipation, there's nothing wrong with living with that and being a little bit hungry for the answers.  It will make the answers, if satisfying, that much more rewarding.  Getting the answer instantly deflates the importance of the moment because the instant you had that itch, it was scratched.  I think there's something great about protracting that itch a bit so that when you finally get there and see the movie and get the answers and understand what the story is, you've lived with and you've engaged with it and it's more meaningful because of it.
EW: Coming on the heels of that, this question is going to be both ironic and quite likely hypocritical: How is Star Trek 2 coming?
Abrams: [Laughs] Good, good.  It's coming along great.
© 2011 SciFanatic Network
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 44, November 2011.
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