Saturday, November 10: Fall Sci-Fi
Charity Putt Putt Challenge
November 25: Fall Business & TXA Staff Meeting
Saturday, December 8: Away
Mission to Farragut Fest 2012
Dec. 22: USS Republic & USS Atlanta Holiday
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Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
Sponsored by KAG Atlanta and Sci-Fi Summer
A charity event benefitting Bread of Life Food Ministry
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10,
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA 30071
join our Klingon friends from KAG
Atlanta at the Malibu
Grand Prix Theme Park in Norcross for this fun-filled
fundraiser benefitting the Bread
of Life Food Ministry,
a community food bank in Lawrenceville.
and friends of the USS Republic, KAG Atlanta,
Stargate Atlanta, the IKAV Nemesis, that lizard
thing on the far left and who knows who else at the
2010 Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge in Norcross.
We've had a lot of fun at this event the last five years and
have been challenged by KAG Atlanta to do it again!
Grand Prix is on Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross, just
west of I-85 at Indian Trail-Lilburn Road
at least two canned food donations per person
for a free 18-hole round of putt-putt per person (a
other attractions at group rate prices!
to the winner and person donating the most canned goods!
shirts or Star Trek costumes encouraged but not
local fan clubs and fan groups are challenged and welcomed
to attend and participate!
is a "family-friendly" event!
may be some fun semi-fabulous prizes for the winner!
For more information about the Putt-Putt challenge, please
chairman and KAG Atlanta Quadrant Commander Chris
Jones. On behalf of the command and crew of
the USS Republic NCC-1371, we hope to see you there!
MALIBU GRAND PRIX MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Dinner & Business Meeting and TrekTrax
Atlanta Staff Meeting
p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2012
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter Restaurant
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA 30341
the USS 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; and
WHEREAS, the USS Republic will celebrate its 25th anniversary
in May 2013; and
WHEREAS, the USS Republic is also the host of TrekTrax
the annual Star Trek convention in Atlanta; and
WHEREAS, TrekTrax Atlanta will hold its third convention in
April 2013; and
WHEREAS, TrekTrax Atlanta holds periodic volunteer staff meetings
in the months leading up to the convention; and
WHEREAS, the USS Republic will hold its 25th anniversary
celebration at TrekTrax Atlanta;
NOW, THEREFORE, all members and friends of the USS Republic
and all returning volunteer staff members of TrekTrax Atlanta,
as well as all those who are interested in joining either
or both, are cordially invited to attend this joint USS Republic/TrekTrax
Atlanta meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, in the
restaurant of the convention's host hotel, the Holiday Inn
Atlanta Perimeter, in order to:
the current and upcoming state of the chapter and make
plans for its next six months;
the current and upcoming state of the convention, announce
and introduce new departmental directors, address staffing
needs and recruit new volunteers, and coordinate the
launch of an aggressive marketing campaign; and
and empower a select committee of individuals to organize
and coordinate the chapter's anniversary celebration.
Yes, this meeting will be held on the Sunday of Thanksgiving
Weekend. In spite of the holiday, if you are interested in
being a part of any of the above activities, please make every
effort to attend this very important meeting.
We have arranged to have a special after-hours menu available
to all who can attend. Selections include a grilled
chicken salad with mango vinaigrette, island fish wrap, Philly
cheese steak, grilled chicken wrap and grilled vegetable panini.
All selections include French fries and unlimited refills
on coffee, tea or soda, all for only $10 plus tax and gratuity. The
hotel bar will not be open.
The hotel has asked us to give them an approximate head count
by Friday, November 23, so that they can ensure sufficient
quantities of food and staffing. If you intend
to attend, please RSVP to USSRepublic@aol.com.
There's a lot to be discussed and announced about both the
Republic and TrekTrax Atlanta 2013, and you are cordially
invited to attend.
Mission to Farragut Fest 2012
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012
Farragut Films Studios
451 West William Avenue, Kingsland GA 31548
Fest 2012 is a celebration of science fiction, Star
Trek and "All Things Farragut" on Saturday,
December 8, at Farragut Films’ studios in Kingsland, Georgia.
Kingsland is about 35 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida,
and a 300-mile, 5½-hour drive from Atlanta.
Farragut Fest starts out with an open house, from 9:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m., of the studios, featuring the largest display
of freestanding Star Trek sets on planet Earth. At
6:00 p.m., the premiere of Starship Farragut’s latest
episode, "The Price of Anything," will be held at
the nearby Camden County High School auditorium. The
premiere will include an introduction by the producers before
the screening and a Q&A session afterwards. Then,
at 8:00 p.m., the producers will screen vignettes from their
brand new sister series, Star Trek Continues, also
to be followed by a Q&A session.
Both the open house and the screening are free to the general
CO Capt Eric L. Watts is planning to leave Atlanta
around 7:00 a.m. and hopes to arrive in Kingsland around noon. He
also intends to stay overnight in one of the seven nearby
motels and return to Atlanta on Sunday morning. If
you are interested in carpooling and/or sharing a motel room
with Captain Eric and/or another group, please contact
the Captain and/or post a message on our Facebook
page to coordinate travel and accommodations arrangements. Additional
information about nearby motels
to the event can be found on Farragut Fest's web
FEST WEB SITE
FEST FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Republic & USS Atlanta Holiday Potluck Party,
USS Republic Awards Ceremony & "2012: Year
of the Phoenix" Closing Ceremony
A joint event with the USS Atlanta
p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012
Hosted by and in the home of Theresa Parker
2114 Shadow Court, Norcross GA 30071
THE END OF ONE ERA
THE DAWN OF ANOTHER
A YEAR IN THE MAKING
THE HISTORIC EVENT THAT WILL FUNDAMENTALLY
TRANSFORM STAR TREK FANDOM IN ATLANTA... FOREVER
DO NOT MISS THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN RECENT
USS REPUBLIC HISTORY
gonna be talking about this one for a very long time.
by longtime friend of the Republic Theresa
Parker in her home in Norcross
plan to bring a generous hot or cold dish for a potluck
USS Republic's annual Member of the Year
award will be given to the member whose distinguished
service to the Republic in 2012 surpassed all
Commanding Officers of the USS Republic and
USS Atlanta will bring the year-long "Year
of the Phoenix" campaign to a close with a historic
announcement that will fundamentally transform Star
Trek fandom in Atlanta... forever
results of the Republic's Commanding Officer
election will be announced for the 2013-2014 term
all the awards presentations, historic announcements
and ceremonial speeches have been made, celebrate
the holiday season with your friends and colleagues
in a fun and festive environment
members and friends of the USS Republic and
the USS Atlanta and their guests are welcome
to attend... we will ask for RSVPs next month
details about this event to be announced next month
chance to announce your candidacy for Commanding Officer
Eric L. Watts' third and possibly last two-year term
as Commanding Officer of the USS Republic will be coming
to an end next month. As of press time, no
one has announced their candidacy for the position.
There is very little time left to hold an election. Anyone
who is interested in the positon must
announce their candidacy before the next issue of The Republiqué
is published, which will likely be in two weeks. Candidates
the Captain of their decision so that their candidacies
can be included in the newsletter.
for the position must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET
International, must have taken and passed Officers Training
School (OTS) and Officers Command College (OCC), and must
be at least 18 years of age. Members interested
in taking OTS and/or OCC should visit the STARFLEET Academy
web site. In
accordance with the Republic's Rank
Assignment & Promotions Policy, members who take and
pass both courses receive an automatic promotion to Lieutenant,
Junior Grade (Lt. JG).
If and when any candidates are announced, all members in good
standing will be asked to cast their vote for the candidate
they want to lead and administrate this chapter for the next
As of November 4, there are three members of the Republic
in good standing who hold the necessary credentials to hold
the office of Commanding Officer. In alphabetical
order, they are:
Eric L. Watts
No currently eligible member has, so far, announced his candidacy. Eight
members of the Republic currently hold an OTS diploma
but need an OCC diploma to be eligible for CO.
If more than one eligible person announces his or her candidacy,
paper ballots will be mailed to each member in good standing
in late November. Cast ballots can then be mailed
to the chapter's mailing address or delivered by hand at the
Republic's Christmas Party in December. Ballots
will be counted by three noncandidate members and the results
announced during the evening. The new Commanding
Officer, if any, will officially assume office on January
Trek Autographs for Sale
Available! Autographed 8 x 10 glossy prints
of Tim Russ as "Tuvok" from Star Trek: Voyager
and Barbara March as "Lursa" from Star Trek:
Generations. Only $20.00 each! Each
print will come in a plastic sheet protector mailed to you
in a sturdy envelope. Your purchase of these autographed
prints helps defray the expenses of putting on TrekTrax
the autograph(s) you want and place your order today! Thank
special going on in your life? Submit
your Personnel Record for publication in the next
issue of The Republiqué!
to Capt Matt Ebeling and Cmdr Dave Slaughter,
both of whom were awarded STARFLEET Marine Corps (SFMC)
Anniversary Ribbons on October 6, 2012.
unusual cast photo from the second-season episode "I, Mudd."
The androids were played by four sets of twins, including
Ted and Tom LeGarde as the Herman Series, Colleen and Maureen
Thornton as the Barbara Series, Starr and Tamara Wilson
as the Maisie Series, and Alyce and Rhae Andrece as the
A FUNNY STORY FROM THE CAPTAIN
One year sometime in the mid-2000s, when I was the
Director of Star Trek Programming at Dragon*Con,
a gentleman came in to the TrekTrak programming room on
the first day of the con and asked to be given an hour of
time on the schedule sometime that weekend. I asked
him who he was, and he said, "I'm Tom LeGarde." And
I said, "I'm sorry... who?" He pulled out an 8x10
glossy of this photo, pointed to himself and said, "I'm
Tom LeGarde. I played a Herman in 'I, Mudd.' That's
me, right there. I'm the second android from the left."
I noticed that neither Mr. LeGarde nor his accompanying
wife were wearing con badges. I very politely informed
Mr. LeGarde that in order to be included in any programming,
he'd have to go to VIP Registration and obtain a Guest badge.
Frustrated and clearly disappointed, the two of them
left the room, only to return a few hours later, still unbadged
and clearly angry. "They wouldn't give me a badge!",
he said. "I told them you told me to go there to get
a badge, but they wanted me to pay for it!" I replied,
as tactfully as I could, "I'm sorry, sir, but I never said
the badge was free. I only said that you needed
to get one in order to be included in my programming." The
two of them stomped out of the room, ne'er to be seen or
heard from again.
Ever since then, anyone who ever played a minor part in
a Star Trek episode who approaches me for "guest
status" at either Dragon*Con or TrekTrax Atlanta has been
jokingly referred to as The Second Android From The Left.
Chapter Event Photos
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LaVette Spanks Memorial Service || August
Members of the USS Republic and USS Atlanta
immediately following the memorial service, including
Adm Mike Henigan, Capt Eric L. Watts, Adm Kelly
Hilliard, ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker and ENS3 Richard
Tuckier. Other friends include Dawn Benton,
Kris Harter, Alan Siler, Edward DeGruy, Wiley DeLoach
and Jack Moore.
Below: Members and friends gather to remember Comm
Tonya LaVette Spanks at a local restaurant following
the memorial service.
Parade || September 1, 2012
For the fourth consecutive year, the USS Republic's
banner served as the meeting point for most Star
fans marching in the annual Dragon*Con Parade. ENS3
Renardo Hunter, Ens Jenilee Trew and ENS1 Julianne
Trew are just some of the Republic
members seen here in this year's parade.
Below: Our friends from the Klingon Assault Group
debuted their own parade banner this year, although...
the Klingons were conspicuously absent behind it. Perhaps
they were assimilated by the Borg.
Bowling Challenge || September
Wil Sims, Cynthia Coles and CO Capt Eric L. Watts
were the only three participants in this year's
STARFLEET Bowling Challenge. Ensign Wil
won the first game, 85-82, while Captain Eric won
the second and third games, 108-104-84 and 108-99-76.
A good time was had by all, but... only three players? Seriously?
Thursday, October 11
Ens Derek Leman
Tuesday, October 16
ENS2 K'La Albertini
Wednesday, October 24
ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick
Tuesday, October 30
ENS2 Eddie Hines
2 New Members in September!
Robert T. Efurd
Ensign Derek Leman
These memberships expired previously this year.
Please renew now!
ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse
ENS3 Reginald Franklin
ENS3 Tasheka Gipson
Cmdr Brian Holloway
ENS1 Eric Lange
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
Ens Karen Neal
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 4, 2012, the Republic crew includes 38
members who are active members of STARFLEET in good
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.
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.
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AS OF NOVEMBER 4, 2012
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J. Abrams Reveals Sneak Peek of Star Trek Into Darkness
October 5, 2012
we have our first look inside Star Trek Into Darkness.
J. J. came on the Conan O’Brien show yesterday and
gave an excited, albeit extremely small, sneak Peek at the
new movie. It's only three frames---not three seconds,
three frames. Just enough to whet the appetites
of us Trekkies chomping at the bit for a little something.
Sneak Peek of Trek 2
Abrams appeared on Conan Thursday night and showed
only three frames from Star Trek Into Darkness from
a scene where Zach Quinto as Spock ventures into a volcano
with a protective suit.
Star Trek Come Back to TV? An Objective Evaluation
October 2, 2012
guy Joseph Dickerson joins us again, this time to talk about
Trek's role on the small screen. Fans were informally
surveyed by Larry Nemeck at the official Star Trek
convention in Las Vegas last August as to what they wanted
from Trek. The overwhelming response
was that the fans want Star Trek back on TV. "Star
Trek started on TV, and Star Trek is best suited
to be a TV show," one fan said. But does the
idea of a new Star Trek TV series make sense for
CBS-Paramount? Joe gives us a bit of perspective on
how to answer this question from both a business and creative
the idea of a new Star Trek TV series make sense
for CBS-Paramount to bring Trek back to the small
There are two ways to look at this question: From a business
perspective, and from a creative perspective.
a business perspective, you have to start by looking
at the recent history of the franchise and the current marketplace.
Star Trek on TV was losing more and more viewers
as time went by, until the final series Enterprise
was canceled. Was this an indication of declining
interest, quality, or both? I won't debate the quality
question, but will say that viewership for almost ALL shows
was declining in the last years of Enterprise, and
has continued to decline since (even hit shows have less
"eyeballs" than even five years ago).
you have declining viewership to deal with. Home video
sales of TV seasons, once a fat profit center for studios,
has become far less so as well (with the advent of streaming
and a weak economy, many fans skip buying the series on
DVD or Blu-ray). Star Trek as a licensed property
(for books, games, toys, T-shirts, etc.) is still pulling
in a nice "annuity" for Paramount... would a new
series provide for additional licensing opportunities? Sure,
but licensing fees won't cover the production cost of a
show (unless it's incredibly popular or the show is very
cheap to produce).
last point is key: Even if you take advantage of standing
sets, costumes and props, a Star Trek show is very
expensive show to make, and requires a big investment...
and because of the many reasons cited above, Hollywood
is in a very "risk averse" phase right now.
If a TV producer has to choose between an expensive
SF show or a three-camera sitcom, a cop show
or a reality show... they'll pick the cheap show. One
can make an argument that Star Trek has a built-in
audience, one that will show up week after week... but
the counter argument is a very blunt one: when Enterprise
was on the air, the ratings weren’t there... and the ratings
have not been there for other SF shows such as Fringe
or Terra Nova.
not just ratings, but demographics: Are Star Trek
fans in that desirable 18-to-35 demographic? Based
on my research, the J. J. Abrams 2009 Trek movie
brought a LOT of new fans to the franchise... and many of
them are in that coveted group. Will they tune in to a TV
show every week, though? That's a big question.
is there a business reason for Star Trek to be on
TV again? Maybe, if the numbers work out. How can they?
The obvious solution is an animated series, a la
Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It would be cheaper
to produce, it would allow the producers the opportunity
to do scenes and aliens that would be difficult to do in
live action, and if it strikes the right tone, it could
appeal to adults and kids alike. And the upside to
an animated series is it would help grow the fan base in
a different way than a new film does. It wouldn't
be prime time Star Trek like we've had before, but
it would still be Trek on TV again.
assume business is good. Can we have Trek on TV now?
Now, the creative question: Are there any more stories
to be told? Can a new Star Trek series again take
us to where no one has gone before? It depends on
the talent involved. A good example when it comes
to this is the other famous SF TV franchise, Doctor Who.
The show has had various show runners over the years,
and many episodes were really bad... but even some of the
best creative people can have a bad day. The deeper
problem occurs when you have bad SEASONS, not just the occasional
episode. This happened on Doctor Who, and this
decline in quality led to declining viewers and the halt
in production for several years.
bring this up as a case study of what to avoid. If
you get the wrong show runner and writing staff behind a
new Star Trek show, then you will sabotage the notion
before it even begins. There are always possibilities,
Spock said... possibilities to tell good stories with interesting
characters in the Star Trek universe. Go forward
thousands of years past Kirk and Spock, do an anthology
show with different ships and crews on different missions,
do a Starfleet Academy show, do a Starfleet Black Ops show...
there's lots of "space" to play in.
you don’t have the talent to tell such stories, though...
then you shouldn't even try.
Star Wars: Episode VII announcement hurt Star
Trek Into Darkness marketing rollout?
November 2, 2012
announced on Monday its purchase of Lucasfilm, and with
Lucasfilm comes Star Wars. Disney's also said that
a new Star Wars trilogy will be made. This
is interesting timing for science fiction, when new Star
Wars movies are being made alongside new Trek.
What does this latest announcement mean for the upcoming
Star Trek Into Darkness film? Op-ed guy Joe
Dickerson takes a look at the merger in this latest editorial.
you have probably noticed there is not a lot of news about
Star Trek Into Darkness out there... intentionally
so, because J. J. Abrams has always been aggressively secretive
about his movie and TV projects. The most recent news
of note was the announcement that Heather Langenkamp (Nancy
from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies) will have
a role, and that a trailer would be out "this year"
(announced by J. J. Abrams on an Ain't it Cool News
it. Keeping your cards close to your vest until you
are ready to play them is all well and good, except when
another science fiction franchise trumps your ace. As all
fans with a pulse know by now, Disney announced Monday that
they would be buying Lucasfilm and all properties owned
by the company... including, of course, Star Wars.
Along with that announcement was the announcement
of a new Star Wars film, Episode VII, a sequel
to the original trilogy. The fan press speculation
and buzz went off the charts and is still going strong---
it's hard to find a site on the Internet that ISN'T talking
the (potential) problem... this Star Wars buzz will
fade over time, but it won't go away completely. The
window to promote the new Star Trek movie is about
to open (some say it should have opened several months ago,
but that's another discussion). All this Star Wars:
Episode VII buzz and future news could "suck the
oxygen" out of the room, distracting media attention
from the new Star Trek movie when it needs it the
big deal," some of you may think, "Star Trek
is different than Star Wars---they can mutually coexist."
True, and many people (like me) are fans of both franchises,
but the fact of the matter is for either a new Star Trek
or Star Wars to succeed, it has to appeal to
casual fans and "normal" people... that's why
studios spend so much marketing their films. Disney has
historically started promoting movie projects VERY early
(TRON: Legacy, for example, had a teaser trailer
two years before release), and with a $4 billion dollar
purchase of LucasFilm, they will want to maximize that investment
as soon as possible.
franchises can coexist, but in my opinion there's a real
possibility that early coverage and promotion of Episode
VII will make people ignore Star Trek Into Darkness...
or confuse people (yes, there are people out there who don't
know the difference between the two series). I'd wager
that the marketing people at Paramount are concerned about
this as well, and (hopefully) are adjusting their marketing
I, Number 55, October/Early November 2012.
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