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Volume I, Number 60
Late March/Early April 2013

•  Friday, May 17: Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere, Chamblee
•  Sat., May 18: Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere, Alpharetta
•  Friday-Sunday, May 24-26: TimeGate

•  Message from the Chairman of TrekTrax Atlanta
•  See an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness for free!
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer

•  March Birthdays
February-May Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from

   — Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman Reveal How Fans Influenced Into Darkness + Talk Next Movie & More
   — Lindelof Talks When Into Darkness Villain Was Chosen + Chance of Abrams Directing Next Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere

Friday, May 17, 2013

Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24
3265 Northeast Expressway Access
Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-9468
Members and friends of the Republic at the Star Trek (2009) movie premiere at the Regal Cinemas in Chamblee, Georgia, on May 10, 2009
The USS Republic will have an official presence at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere on Friday, May 18, at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 24 in Chamblee, but as of press time, few other details have been confirmed.  The Republic is currently in talks with Regal Cinemas management to finalize additional details, which will be announced next weekend.  We anticipate these details to be essentially identical to our presence at this theater for the previous Star Trek movie premiere in 2009, when we set up a display table in the lobby and handed out promotional materials about the chapter.  Every member of the Republic who put in two hours at that table was given a free pass to see the movie that evening.  We hope to work out the same deal again for this premiere.  We'll let you know as soon as all details have been finalized.  If you can come out, help us promote the chapter and watch the movie with us for free, please contact the Captain so we can let management know how many of us to expect on Friday, May 17.  We had a great time when we did this in 2009, so come on out and have a great time with us again!

Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Studio Movie Grill
2880 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Alpharetta GA  30022
(770) 992-8411
Be one of the first 15 members of the USS Republic to come to the Studio Movie Grill in Alpharetta on Saturday afternoon, May 18, to help promote the chapter and see Star Trek Into Darkness that evening for free!

Members and friends of the Republic at the Star Trek (2009) movie premiere at the Regal Cinemas in Chamblee, Georgia, on May 8, 2009
The Studio Movie Grill will be providing us with a table for handouts and giveaways and in return, has asked for as many of us as possible to show up in Star Trek costume or in chapter-branded shirts or t-shirts.  They have offered us up to 15 free tickets for a screening of the movie that evening.  These tickets will be offered to the first 15 Republic members in good standing (i.e., membership dues are current) who arrive before 5:00 p.m.  If less than 15 members in good standing attend, the remainder will be offered to former members or non-members in Star Trek costume.  Management will set aside a section in the theater where we can sit together.

Studio Movie Grill is the pioneer of the in-theater dining concept, offering up first-run movies and alternate programming alongside an American Grill menu and full service bar.  This will be the Republic's first chapter event at their Alpharetta location and will be an ideal occasion to promote the Republic in that area.  If you can come out, help us promote the chapter and watch the movie with us for free, please contact the Captain so we can let management know how many of us to expect on Saturday, May 18.


Friday-Sunday, May 24-26, 2013
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA  30341
(770) 457-6363
"TimeGate is an annual science fiction/fantasy convention that focuses on Doctor Who and Stargate but also includes programming on a wide range of other sci-fi/fantasy interests.  So if you're into Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures or Stargate Universe, this is the convention for you!  But if not, we'll also have Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, literary, costuming, horror and comics programming, too, along with many other topics.  In 2013, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, a unique achievement in the world of television science fiction/fantasy."

As of press time, there are no confirmed guests with a professional Star Trek credential, and their "Otherworlds" programming schedule has not yet been posted online.  We'll keep an eye on both and let you know next issue of any Star Trek-specific additions to either.  In the meantime, the USS Republic will once again have an official presence at TimeGate, which may include a fan table and/or a room party, depending on the willingness of you, the membership, to help with either or both.  Please contact the Captain if you're interested in helping with either one.

TimeGate memberships for persons age 13 and up are $45 until May 5 and are $60 at the door.  For more information about TimeGate's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, please visit their web site.


Message from the Chairman of TrekTrax Atlanta

On behalf of all our directors and volunteer staff, I would like to personally thank all of our guests and attendees for helping to make TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 an enjoyable weekend for everyone there.  Many of our attending members have been posting photos from the weekend on Facebook and I hope you've had a chance to see them.  Many thanks to everyone who has shared their photos with us and I encourage anyone else with photos to share to do the same.

Highlights from this year's convention include our highly entertaining Guest of Honor, Manu Intiraymi, who charmed everyone with tales of his time on Star Trek: Voyager and previews of his upcoming work; the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, featuring five honorable and worthy contestants vying for this year's crown; and making a bit of Star Trek fan film history with cast and crew members from no less than four different fan film productions (Project: Potemkin, Star Trek: Reliant, Star Trek: Valkyrie and Star Trek: Phase II) collaborating on the newest Project: Potemkin vignette "Closing Time," filmed on location Friday night and a "rough cut" of which was premiered on Sunday and is already online.  The final cut will be posted online when complete.

Another round of applause goes to our other Guests of Honor, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Emmett Plant, Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen and Ken Feinberg, all of whom were terrific guests.  A huge thank you to all these fine gentlemen!

And of course, we want to thank everyone who attended this year's convention for your ongoing support.  We do this FOR you and couldn't do it WITHOUT you!

TrekTrax Atlanta will return in 2014, bigger and better than ever before.  In the meantime, a detailed post-mortem report and lots of photos will be published next issue.

Eric L. Watts
Chairman, TrekTrax Atlanta

See an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness for free!
By special arrangement with Allied Integrated Marketing of Atlanta and Paramount Pictures, the USS Republic is able to offer a pair of tickets to an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness to any member in good standing who is willing and able to attend the screening in full Star Trek costume.  To be clear, chapter t-shirts or sport shirts or other types of street clothes, such as t-shirts with a Star Trek image on them, will not qualify you for these tickets.  You can wear a Starfleet uniform from any series or film, or dress up as any recognizable Star Trek alien (Klingon, Vulcan, Andorian, Orion slave girl, etc.), but you must be in full costume.

Members and friends of the Republic at the costume-required Star Trek (2009) IMAX movie premiere in Kennesaw, Georgia, on May 6, 2009
This advance screening will be held at an evening showtime sometime during the week of May 13 at an Atlanta-area theater.  The exact time, date and location has not yet been determined but will be known very soon.  (A similar costume-required advance screening for 2009's Star Trek was held on the Wednesday prior to the official release date.)  Ticketholders will be asked to sign a release form at the screening and agree to be photographed in costume, and will be seated together in a section reserved especially for them.

If your membership dues are current and you are willing and able to attend this advance screening, probably on Wednesday, May 15, in full Star Trek costume, contact the Captain for further information.
Personnel Records
Congratulations to Lt JG Robert Simon, who:
received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Officers Command College" from the IOLS Officer's Command College, completed on March 31, 2013; and

received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "FXB101 - Plants in Star Trek" from the IOAS School of XenoBotany, completed on April 4, 2013; and

received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "VOC-101 - Geography & Physiology" from the IOAS Vulcan Orientation College, completed on April 12, 2013; and
received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "VOC-201 - Analysis of Vulcans" from the IOAS Vulcan Orientation College, completed on May 2, 2013.
STARFLEET Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses available to every STARFLEET member.  Over 60 Academy Colleges offer courses spanning all aspects of Star Trek and science fiction; some courses even cover non-sci-fi real world topics.  Each college offers dozens of different courses at varying levels of challenge from super-easy to really hard.  In total, there are nearly 1,000 different courses available.  Take a course today!

Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Library Computer


Saturday, March 9
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These members' dues
expired or will expire in February, March, April and May
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Cmdr David Churvis
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Adm Michael Henigan
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ENS1 Wilford B. ("Wil") Sims
Michael Smith
ENS2 Marilyn Teague
ENS3 Robert Teague
ENS2 Chris White

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 May 4, 2013, the Republic crew includes 44 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.
The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, 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 additional privileges that occasionally become available.  Additional information on Republic membership and how to join or reenlist is on our award-winning web site.



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NEWS from
Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman Reveal How Fans Influenced Into Darkness + Talk Next Movie & More
By Anthony Pascale
May 4, 2013 spoke with Star Trek Into Darkness co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci at the white carpet premiere in London.  We talked about secrecy, how fans influenced the movie, the next Trek and more.  Here are some highlights:
Kurtzman on desire for secrecy:
It is so rare nowadays to walk into a movie and be genuinely surprised by what was happening.  When we were kids, you would wait four hours in line with no idea of what was coming and there was such joy to that and it feels that that experience is gone for filmgoers these days and we wanted to preserve that.
Orci on how fan reaction to Star Trek 2009 affected the story for Star Trek Into Darkness:
In the first movie, a lot of fans said, "Oh my gosh, Kirk became captain so fast!"  And he went from cadet to captain, and even though he saved the world, too fast.  And so in [Into Darkness] we take that criticism very much into heart.  Literally, Christopher Pike tells Kirk, "Some people think you got here too fast and maybe you weren’t ready for the chair."  And it is actually part of the story of the movie and that was a result of fan input.
On Paramount’s plans for the next Star Trek movie:
They are firm about having a movie out by the 50th anniversary [in 2016] and we are all trying to see if we can all make it work together.
On favorite scenes translated from their script to the actual movie, Alex said his was with the Klingons, Bob said his favorite was with the Enterprise rising out of the water, noting:

I like the Enterprise rising out of the ocean... that was an idea that Alex pitched and the minute he pitched it, I was like, "It is going to piss off some fans but I love it, it is going to be great!"

© 2013 SciFanatic Network

Lindelof Talks When Into Darkness Villain Was Chosen + Chance of Abrams Directing Next Trek
By Anthony Pascale
May 4, 2013 spoke with writer/producer Damon Lindelof at the London premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness.  Here are some highlights:
More challenging—rebooting Star Trek in 2009 vs. following up what was seen as big success:
I think they were equal challenges.  I remember being terrified in both instances and then meditating on the same way of dealing with that terror, which was: My job is not to be intimidated by the success of everything that came before.  My job is to job is to help J. J. tell the best story that he can.  And when I put my head down and focused on what was ahead of me instead of what was behind me, I was able to do it.
Lindelof on how early on they chose what direction to go in for Into Darkness:
We had conversations during the first movie and right after the first movie came out about "OK, we are going to do that thing we talked about, right?"  "Yes, we are going to do it."
On possibility of J. J. Abrams directing next Star Trek movie in time for 2016 anniversary:
I think we have to fundamentally accept that J. J. is not going to direct this [next Star Trek] movie, although I wouldn’t rule anything out.  And if Star Wars is indeed coming out in the summer of 2015, unless the cloning technology that I am not fully aware of exists, it is going to be tough.
On finding a new director to continue on after two films with such a unique style:
J. J. is such a unique talent that finding someone who does what he does is next to impossible.  So I think what step one is: Find someone who has a passion for Trek and a passion for these two movies and a vision for what comes next.
© 2013 SciFanatic Network
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 60, Late March/Early April 2013.
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