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Volume I, Number 55
October/Early November 2012
•  Saturday, November 10: Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt Putt Challenge
•  Sunday, November 25: Fall Business & TXA Staff Meeting
•  Saturday, December 8: Away Mission to Farragut Fest 2012
•  Saturday, Dec. 22: USS Republic & USS Atlanta Holiday Party

•  Last chance to announce candidacy for Commanding Officer
•  Star Trek Autographs for Sale
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

Belated October Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Our Member Benefits Program Partners
•  USS Republic & USS Atlanta Crew Rosters
•  News from
   — J. J. Abrams Reveals Sneak Peek of Star Trek Into Darkness
   — Should Star Trek Come Back to TV?

   — Will Star Wars Episode VII announcement hurt Star Trek Into Darkness marketing rollout?
Fall Sci-Fi Charity Putt-Putt Challenge
Sponsored by KAG Atlanta and Sci-Fi Summer Con
A charity event benefitting Bread of Life Food Ministry

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10
, 2012
Malibu Grand Prix Theme Park
5400 Brook Hollow Parkway, Norcross GA 30071
(770) 416-7630
Members 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.
Let's 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.
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!

Malibu Grand Prix is on Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross, just west of I-85 at Indian Trail-Lilburn Road
Bring at least two canned food donations per person for a free 18-hole round of putt-putt per person (a $6.99 value)!
All other attractions at group rate prices!
Prizes to the winner and person donating the most canned goods!
Republic shirts or Star Trek costumes encouraged but not required!
All local fan clubs and fan groups are challenged and welcomed to attend and participate!
This is a "family-friendly" event!
There may be some fun semi-fabulous prizes for the winner!

For more information about the Putt-Putt challenge, please contact
Sci-Fi Summer Con 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!  Q'pla!

Fall Dinner & Business Meeting and TrekTrax Atlanta Staff Meeting

1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2012
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter Restaurant
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA  30341
WHEREAS, 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 Atlanta, 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:

discuss the current and upcoming state of the chapter and make plans for its next six months;
discuss 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
select 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

There's a lot to be discussed and announced about both the Republic and TrekTrax Atlanta 2013, and you are cordially invited to attend.

Away 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
Farragut 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 public.

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 and directions to the event can be found on Farragut Fest's web site.

USS Republic & USS Atlanta Holiday Potluck Party, USS Republic Awards Ceremony & "2012: Year of the Phoenix" Closing Ceremony
A joint event with the USS Atlanta

6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012
Hosted by and in the home of Theresa Parker
2114 Shadow Court, Norcross GA  30071





You're gonna be talking about this one for a very long time.

Hosted by longtime friend of the Republic Theresa Parker in her home in Norcross
Please plan to bring a generous hot or cold dish for a potluck dinner
The 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 others
The 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
The results of the Republic's Commanding Officer election will be announced for the 2013-2014 term
After 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
All 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
Additional details about this event to be announced next month

Last chance to announce your candidacy for Commanding Officer
Captain 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 should notify the Captain of their decision so that their candidacies can be included in the newsletter.

Candidates 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 two years.

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:

  Commander David Churvis
  Captain Matt Ebeling
  Captain 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 1, 2013.
Star Trek Autographs for Sale
Now 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 Atlanta.  Choose the autograph(s) you want and place your order today!  Thank you!
Personnel Records
Congratulations to Capt Matt Ebeling and Cmdr Dave Slaughter, both of whom were awarded STARFLEET Marine Corps (SFMC) Anniversary Ribbons on October 6, 2012.
Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Library Computer
An 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 Alice Series.

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.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Tonya LaVette Spanks Memorial Service  ||  August 25, 2012
Above: 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.
Dragon*Con Parade  ||  September 1, 2012
Above: For the fourth consecutive year, the USS Republic's banner served as the meeting point for most Star Trek 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.
STARFLEET Bowling Challenge  ||  September 29, 2012
ENS1 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!

Ensign 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
ENS1 "Wolfy"

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 4, 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.




CRR Brian Ackley
Cheris Courtney
Ens Travis J. Heller
Michael Smith

NEWS from
J. J. Abrams Reveals Sneak Peek of Star Trek Into Darkness
By Kayla Iacovino
October 5, 2012
Finally, 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.
Three-Frame 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.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network

Should Star Trek Come Back to TV?  An Objective Evaluation
By Joseph Dickerson
October 2, 2012
Op-Ed 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 perspective.
Does the idea of a new Star Trek TV series make sense for CBS-Paramount to bring Trek back to the small screen?

There are two ways to look at this question: From a business perspective, and from a creative perspective.
From 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).
So, 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).

That 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.

And 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.
So, 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.
Let's 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.
I 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.
If you don’t have the talent to tell such stories, though... then you shouldn't even try.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network

Will Star Wars: Episode VII announcement hurt Star Trek Into Darkness marketing rollout?
By Joseph Dickerson
November 2, 2012
Disney 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.
Timing is everything.
As 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 video).
That's 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 about it.
Here’s 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 most.
"No 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.
Both 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 plan accordingly.
© 2012 SciFanatic Network
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 55, October/Early November 2012.
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