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Volume I, Number 52
July 2012
•  Saturday, July 7: Away Mission to The Amazing Spider-Man
•  Sunday, July 8: Trekkiepalooza!
•  Saturday, July 21: Away Mission to The Dark Knight Rises
•  Monday, July 23: Star Trek: TNG 25th Anniversary Event

•  Saturday, August 4: Night at the (Tellus Science) Museum

•  Your support of Trekkiepalooza critical to future of TXA
•  Bueller?  Bueller?  Bueller?
•  USS Republic's YahooGroups board brought up to date
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer

•  July Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments
•  July Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  USS Republic & USS Atlanta Crew Rosters
•  News from
   — Kurtzman and Pine: Star Trek Sequel Crew Still on Journey to TOS Crew + Cumberbatch's Villain Helps Kirk "Grow"
   — Noel Clarke: Star Trek Sequel Has Title
   — Star Trek: Phase II Fan Series Recasts Their Kirk
Away Mission to The Amazing Spider-Man

2:55 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012
Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
3265 NE Expressway Access Rd
Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-8235
Because you demanded it... a mid-afternoon movie showing with matinee pricing!

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May.  Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.  Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment and secrets.  As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance, leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.  As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

This film opens in the United States on Tuesday, July 3, four days before the date of this "away mission," and you may have numerous opportunities to see it sometime during the first four days of its release, most notably the July 4 holiday.  However, because the majority of our members work on weekdays and celebrate Independence Day with their families, the Republic is waiting until Saturday, July 7, to launch our "away mission."  We hope you'll resist the urge to see the movie before July 7 and will instead plan to see this highly anticipated reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise with your friends and fellow crewmembers aboard the Republic.  Please join us for the 2:55 p.m. screening (the last screening of the day with matinee pricing).  After the movie, those in attendance will make a group decision on where to go for an after-movie meal.


Don't risk this showtime selling out... purchase your ticket online NOW at the Regal Hollywood 24's Fandango page.  Scroll down to find the movie title, click "TICKETS," select "Saturday, Jul. 7" and "2:55 pm," select Ticket Quantity, then Checkout.
A fundraising event for TrekTrax Atlanta

3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2012
The Tucker Saloon, a.k.a. The Other Bar
3766 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker GA  30084
Steven Mann is an acoustic guitarist from Lawrenceville.
He played the main stage at the 2011 Taste of Chamblee.
Blood Oaks is a four-piece rock band that draws heavily from old school punk rock, country, garage rock and classic metal.
The Tucker Saloon, a.k.a. The Other Bar, is located at 3766 Lawrenceville Highway exactly two miles east (outside) of I-285.  Be sure to look for the outdoor sign that says "The Other Bar."
PLEASE come out to the Tucker Saloon (a.k.a. The Other Bar) in Tucker for a wild and crazy fundraising event to benefit TrekTrax Atlanta!  So far, we've got two live musical acts lined up to perform: Steven Mann and the Blood Oaks.  Among the "things we plan to do," we'll have a selection of board, card and role-playing games to play, various Star Trek videos to show on the wall-mounted big screen, a trivia quiz and, if enough people come out in costume, a costume contest.  Among the "things we hope to sell," we'll have souvenir t-shirts, a selection of items autographed by Tim Russ and Barbara Marsh, posters and program books from our first two conventions, various Star Trek paperbacks and collectibles, a selection of delicious shooters, plus whatever else we can get donated to us for this event between now and then.  We'd like to thank our old friend Bryon Noel (former owner of the now out-of-business Stage Door Bar & Grill, one of our original Member Benefits Program Partners) for allowing us free use of the Tucker Saloon for this event.  We'll be asking for a $5.00 donation at the door for admittance and, if lots of people come out and eats a lot of bar food, Bryon has offered us a percentage of sales.

We will need a handful of volunteers to man the door, run the activities, sell our merchandise and handle other related duties.  Please contact the Captain if you'd like to help with the planning, preparations and production of this very important fundraising event.

TrekTrax Atlanta is struggling to survive and the purpose of this event is to raise funds to pay our debts from our first two conventions.  If you attended either or both of our first two conventions and want it to continue, please come out and support us.  While this one event will not raise enough money to pay all our bills, a good turnout will demonstrate to us whether TrekTrax Atlanta can or should survive.  Your moral support is appreciated, but it doesn't pay the bills.  Please come out and support us and help TrekTrax Atlanta survive.  We are currently at 0.9% of our total goal and hope to reach 5.0% with this fundraiser.  If you can't attend but want to support us, please make a donation by PayPal to or mail a check for whatever amount you can afford payable to "TrekTrax Atlanta" to PO Box 620605, Atlanta GA  30362.

Donations of products, goods and/or services from members and friends of the Republic, as well as local businesses, to give away as contest and/or raffle prizes are needed SOON!  Thank you!
Away Mission to The Dark Knight Rises

2:50 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012
Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
3265 NE Expressway Access Rd
Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-8235

Because you demanded it... a mid-afternoon movie showing with matinee pricing!

The Dark Knight Rises is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in The Dark Knight.  The film sees Batman resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest.  The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy [best known to Star Trek fans as Shinzon from Star Trek: Nemesis] as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.  The screenplay for the eagerly awaited film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer.

Save the date and plan to see the highly anticipated third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy with your friends and fellow crewmembers aboard the Republic.  Showtimes have not yet been announced, but plan to join us late Saturday afternoon, July 21, for matinee pricing.  An exact showtime and plans for an after-movie dinner will be announced next issue.


Don't risk this showtime selling out... purchase your ticket online NOW at the Regal Hollywood 24's Fandango page.  Scroll down to find the movie title, click "TICKETS," select "Saturday, Jul. 21" and "2:50 pm," select Ticket Quantity, then Checkout.

Away Mission to Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event

7:00 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2012
Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
3265 NE Expressway Access Rd
Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-8235
Put on your best Star Trek costume, your USS Republic shirt or your TrekTrax Atlanta t-shirt and join us for this special event!

NCM Fathom and CBS TV are coming together to present a special one-night event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event
In Select Movie Theaters Nationwide
Monday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Only One Night!
This summer, “boldly go where no one has gone before” and don’t miss the only opportunity to see two of the most popular Next Generation episodes, “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Datalore,” on the big screen.

This special event will include exclusive looks at the massive restoration of season one, never-before-seen interviews with the original cast members and behind-the-scenes looks at the artists who created the original FX elements and photography during the making of the show.  Audiences will also be privy to an unseen sneak peak of “Measure of a Man.”

Set in the 24th century, The Next Generation was created by Gene Roddenberry over 20 years after the original Star Trek series [sic].  The Next Generation became the longest-running series of the Star Trek franchise, consisting of 178 episodes over seven seasons.  Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event is the first opportunity to see this transcendent digital presentation like no man before, in movie theaters, on Monday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. with additional late night showings at select movie theater locations.  Don’t miss seeing the futuristic world created in the past.
Don't risk this showtime selling out... purchase your ticket online NOW at the Regal Hollywood 24's Fandango page.  Scroll down to find the event poster, enter "30341" in the ZIP code field, then follow the directions to purchase your ticket(s) for the Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85 theater.
Away Mission to Night at the Museum

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville GA  30120
(770) 386-0576

Your support of Trekkiepalooza critical to future of TrekTrax Atlanta
At TrekTrax Atlanta's "Closing Ceremonies" this past April, the Executive Committee was candid with the audience about the convention's financial situation.  Our attendance numbers did not meet our expectations and we were (and still are) very much in debt.  We put the question out there: Will you support us in the coming months in any way you can to help ensure the survival of TrekTrax Atlanta?  The room was filled with raised hands.  Based on that, we have organized a fundraiser next weekend for the explicit purpose of raising money to pay at least part of those debts.

The musical acts we've lined up for this event as well as the other activities we've planned are detailed above.  The point of this article is to reiterate and emphasize how important it is for you to come out and support us with your attendance and your checkbook.  We're asking for a nominal $5.00 admission at the door and will be offering a variety of merchandise for sale.  Even if you don't buy anything, please just COME!  But we hope you'll buy something, too.

Is TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 going to happen... or not?
That's largely up to you.  We have a tentative date, a hotel contract sitting in our email inbox, and three well-known Star Trek authors tentatively confirmed as guests.  But we can't move forward with these plans until and unless we get ourselves if not entirely out of debt, at least far enough along that we can be confident we will be able to pay our bills.

We understand that we weren't able to provide much advance notice about the Sunday, July 8, date of this event, but we were offered a free venue on that date and we couldn't say no.  We've worked hard to put together a fun afternoon and evening of activities in a very short amount of time and we desperately need you to drop by, if only for a while.  It is no exaggeration to state that the future of TrekTrax Atlanta depends on your support.  See you there!
Bueller?  Bueller?  Bueller?
Last issue, The Republiqué reported on the low attendance at recent chapter activities and events, and said, "The USS Republic cannot survive without the active participation of its members.  If you don't come out for our events, the Captain will stop planning them.  If the Captain stops planning them, membership will collapse and the chapter will ceast to exist."  One week later, the STARFLEET Academy & Star Trek Gaming event we had planned was cancelled due to lack of interest.  Needless to say, your hardworking Commanding Officer was greatly disappointed.

The Republic has no less than four chapter events planned for this month: the Trekkiepalooza! fundraising event mentioned above, two summer blockbuster movie premieres, and the Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event, also described above.  They all promise to be fun events for you, your friends and your family.  We need your support and we need your attendance at these events.  Please plan to attend!
USS Republic's YahooGroups board brought up to date
With Facebook having become so popular in the last few years and with the Republic having both a "Group" and a "Page" on it, our (allegedly) members-only YahooGroups message board seems to have fallen out of favor with the membership over the last year or so.  Partly due to that and partly due to negligence on the Commanding Officer's part to keep it constantly updated, a recent review of the subscriber list indicated that it was largely inconsistent with our current membership roster.  A surprisingly large number of former members were still subscribed to it and, unfortunately, several current members are not.

Most of that has been recently corrected and your hard-working CO is attempting to bring it fully up to date.  No less than 40 subscribers who had not renewed their membership dues since 2010 have been removed from the list and invitations have been sent to current members who have not yet subscribed.  Further, all birthday announcements for former members have been removed, ranks for current members have been updated, and membership renewal notices have been temporarily removed and will be updated later this month.

Several members who subscribed to our YahooGroups list years ago have since changed their email addresses and messages to those members are bouncing.  If you are a current member of the Republic and have not received any notifications recently, please check your subscriber settings and update your email address accordingly.

Our Facebook pages are open to anyone.  The primary purpose of our YahooGroups message board at this point is to provide a members-only forum for chapter business that, for whatever reason, should be kept within the membership.  Subscription to the YG board is a privilege that all current members are encouraged to take advantage of.

If you are a current member of the Republic, are not subscribed to the YahooGroups message board and have not received an invitation to subscribe, please contact the Captain to be added.  Thank you!
Personnel Records
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Library Computer
Leonard Nimoy with his son, Adam Nimoy.  Adam would grow up to become an acclaimed director, including two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Rascals" and "Timescape."


Sunday, July 1
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker

Sunday, July 8
CDT2 Karl Dissinger

Friday, July 13

ENS1 Todd Dissinger

These members renewed their SFI and chapter dues in June

ENS2 Russell J. Broomfield
ENS1 Elisa Roper
ENS1 Jeff Trew
Ens Jenilee Trew
ENS1 Joanne Trew
ENS1 Julianne Trew

These members' SFI and chapter dues expire in July

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

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 July 1, 2012, the Republic crew includes 38 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 and reenlist is on our award-winning web site.




AS OF JULY 1, 2012

NEWS from
Kurtzman and Pine: Star Trek Sequel Crew Still on Journey to TOS Crew + Cumberbatch's Villain Helps Kirk "Grow"
By Anthony Pascale
June 28, 2012
People Like Us director Alex Kurtzman talked to the Hollywood Reporter about Star Trek, and specifically on where the crew is on their arc of becoming the crew of the series:
The Hollywood Reporter:  If theoretically Star Trek 2 examines what it means for Kirk to be Captain, how much is the film a Quantum of Solace follow-up that starts right after the first film, and how much does it take place some time after the events of Star Trek?
Alex Kurtzman: I can't answer your question directly, but I can say the assumption that we did not want to make was that just because he's in the chair and they're on the bridge together that they're the crew that you remember from the original series.  They're not---the crew from the original series had gone on many, many journeys, they were a well-oiled machine in terms of how they function, and these characters are still figuring out who they are and who they are to each other.  And I did not want to jump so far ahead that we missed a really important emotional connection to that transition for them.
Later in the interview (in the context of discussing leaving films with open questions and Prometheus), Alex elaborated on Star Trek and Kirk, saying:
I tend to look at things first and foremost as a character's journey from beginning to end, and oftentimes the journey won't be resolved at the end, it will just be the completion of whatever that moment in their journey is.  Jim Kirk, for example, inherits the Enterprise at the end of Star Trek but that doesn't mean he fully understands what it means to be Captain.  It just means, oh, he has the Enterprise now---so now what? He's never sent men and women to their deaths before, so what's going to happen when that kind of question comes up for him?
Speaking to MTV, Chris Pine spoke about the arc Kirk takes in the Star Trek sequel noting:
[Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof] are very good at writing myth and these characters... go on mythic arcs.  It is all about growing up.  These are young men and women.  They are not the crew that we know from the series, they are developing into that.  And it is a long way to go there.
Pine also talked about working with Benedict Cumberbatch:
It is structured so that the antagonist brings out all of the qualities that need to happen for Kirk to grow....  Vocally he is fascinating.  He has this resonate voice.  He's got a fascinating face. He's a lovely guy and super smart. What you want with a bad guy in any film is intelligence.  You want to see something firing in his brain so he isn't just a blood dripping from the fangs sort of bad guy and Benedict brings those kinds of smarts.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network

Noel Clarke: Star Trek Sequel Has Title
By Anthony Pascale
June 27, 2012
There are many things that are still unknown (or at least unconfirmed) about J. J. Abrams' 2013 Star Trek sequel.  Even the simplest things like who the main guest stars are playing is still a mystery, as is the title of the movie.  However, it appears (according to one of those guest actors) that a decision has been made on the title, but he isn't saying what it is.  Also, TrekMovie weighs in with an opinion on if the next Star Trek movie needs "Star Trek" in the title.
Noel Clarke: I Know the Title of the Star Trek Sequel (But I Won't Tell You)
Speaking to Digital Spy, actor Noel Clark (who plays father/family man in the Star Trek sequel) said he "had a great time" during the three months he spent in L. A. filming the movie, and he hopes he makes the final cut.  He was also said he knew the title of the movie but wouldn't reveal it.
Star Trek without "Star Trek"?
As recently as a few weeks ago, screenwriter Roberto Orci said they still hadn't picked a title, but they were close to one.  Last weekend, he said there is a "75%" chance the title would contain the words "Star Trek," which of course means there is a possibility it won't.  If Clarke is correct, then perhaps he knows the film's subtitle, which could possibly stand alone or be presented as "Star Trek: Subtitle."
Personally, I have long advocated for trying to find something that actually doesn't include "Star Trek" in the title.  My reasoning is that it would give the J. J. Abrams films their own style, following his initial Star Trek film of 2009.  The original crew films (following Star Trek: The Motion Picture) all had roman numerals and subtitles (like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), and the TNG crew films all had "Star Trek" and a subtitle, like Star Trek: First Contact.  So perhaps the J. J. Abrams films could have their own style, instead of returning to the TNG type of titles (which is also the traditional franchise film title format).
Don't get me wrong, I am not saying they should try to hide Star Trek, but allow the film to stand on its own.  Christopher Nolan's two follow-up films to Batman Begins don't include "Batman" in the title (The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises).  The upcoming Superman movie is simply called Man of Steel.  And of course, none of the 23 James Bond movies include "James Bond" or even "007" in the title, including the upcoming Skyfall.  In a way, going with franchise + colon + subtitle feels a bit old-fashioned or passé.
The key is finding a title that is evocative of Star Trek without having to say "Star Trek."  An example could be "Final Frontier," but of course that one was taken by William Shatner for Star Trek V. Like with Dark Knight and Man of Steel, there are many words and terms that are associated with Star Trek, such as "warp," "mission," "boldly go," "starship," "beam (me up)," "USS Enterprise," "prime directive," etc.  And of course, the associated imagery and branding around the title could clearly identify the film as a Star Trek film, like has been done for other films without the franchise name in the title.
Will I be upset if the movie goes with the traditional Star Trek + subtitle format?  No.  But, I think it is worth considering something different.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network

Star Trek: Phase II Fan Series Recasts Their Kirk
By Anthony Pascale
June 20, 2012
Star Trek: Phase II Executive Producer James Cawley has decided to recast himself and brought in a new professional actor to play James T. Kirk.
Cawley tells TrekMovie that he has made the decision that he wants the cast to all be trained and experienced actors, including the role of Kirk, which he has played for the last eight years.  While Cawley has a successful performance career as an Elvis impersonator, he is not a professional actor.  So he decided to focus on being the executive producer and earlier this year, he began a search to find a new Kirk. The actor he chose was Brian Gross, who is not only a big fan of Star Trek, but also has many screen credits to his name.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network
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  Commander Dave Churvis
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 52, July 2012.
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