Saturday, December 7: Farragut
Fest 2013 (Kingsland GA)
Saturday, December 21:
USS Republic Holiday Party
TrekTrax Atlanta announces
celebrity guest lineup for 2014
USS Republic web
site overhauled, updated and reorganized
election results announced
dues increase next month
Scotty T-Shirts now available
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Belated November Birthdays
About the Republic
For More Information
USS Republic Online
News from TrekMovie.com
Fuller on pitching a Star Trek TV show
at a Worf TV Show? Dorn: The Idea's "Never Dead"
Orci talked to CBS about Trek TV show
Joe Cornish being considered as director for Trek 3
box office budget reduction
George Takei cologne: "Eau My"
Mission to Farragut Fest 2013
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013
Farragut Films Studios
451 West William Avenue, Kingsland GA 31548
Fest 2013 is a celebration of science fiction, Star
Trek and "All Things Farragut" on Saturday,
December 7, at Farragut Films' studios in Kingsland, Georgia.
Kingsland is about 35 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida,
and a 350-mile, 5-hour drive from Atlanta.
Farragut Fest includes an open house, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., of the studios, where you can walk through the largest
display of freestanding Star Trek sets on planet Earth
and meet some of the cast and crew from the Internet series
Starship Farragut, Star Trek Continues, Dreadnought
Dominion and ExeterTrek. There will
also be dealers with a variety of collectibles and merchandise
for sale. Both the open house and the screening
are free to the general public.
Carpooling to Farragut Fest
CO Capt Eric L. Watts is planning to leave Atlanta
around 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning and hopes to arrive in Kingsland
around noon. Unlike last year, when Farragut Fest's
events continued well into the evening and an overnight stay
was required, this year's event will end at 5:00 p.m. with
no events planned for the evening. Therefore, a
return trip to Atlanta on Saturday evening is possible but
not necessary; an overnight stay with a return trip Sunday
morning is also an option. If you are interested
in carpooling with Captain Eric, please contact
the Captain and/or post a message on our Facebook
page to indicate your interest in carpooling and whether
you'd prefer to return Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Additional
information about nearby motels
to the event can be found on Farragut Fest's web
Republic Holiday Party
7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013
Challenges Games and Comics
North DeKalb Mall, Westside Entrance
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur GA 30033
date now and make plans to attend the USS Republic's
annual Holiday Potluck Party on Saturday, December 21, at
Games & Comics! This year's holiday party is
hosted by Tony Cade, formerly of The Dragon's Horde,
in his brand new store at North DeKalb Mall in Decatur. All
members and friends of the USS Republic are cordially
invited to attend. Capt Eric L. Watts will once
again be cooking a turkey for all to enjoy, so please bring
your own favorite side dish or dessert to help make this a
holiday feast! The Republic will also be providing
a selection of adult libations, but feel free to BYOB and
enjoy yourselves responsibly. We'll also have games
to play and videos to watch on Tony's giant widescreen TV,
so please plan to come for an evening of fun, festivity and
USS Republic's 2012 Holiday Party, hosted by
Theresa Parker, marked the occasion of the historic
reunification of the USS Republic and USS Atlanta
Charting a New Course for 2014
Around 9:00, Captain Eric will deliver his annual "State of
the Chapter" address summarizing the Republic's achievements
over the past twelve months and charting the chapter's course
for his eighth and possibly last year as Commanding Officer.
Rest assured that he is planning something big for 2014,
something even bigger than last year's announcement of the
USS Republic and USS Atlanta's reunification.
It will be yet another exciting and historic milestone
in Star Trek fandom in the Atlanta area... you don't
want to miss it!
Atlanta announces celebrity guest lineup for 2014
is delighted to announce its celebrity guest lineup for 2014!
Please join us next April 25-27 to welcome Mr. Felix
Silla, Ms. Arlene Martel and Mr. Jeremy Roberts
Silla appeared as a Talosian in the original Star Trek
series pilot "The Cage," which was later incorporated into
the first-season two-part episode "The Menagerie." He
also played Lucifer in ten episodes of the original Battlestar
Galactica series, Twiki in thirty episodes of Buck
Rogers in the 25th Century and the Ewok Retah in Star
Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Silla is also
well-known for playing Cousin Itt in the classic television
series The Addams Family.
Martel is best known to Star Trek fans for playing
Spock's bride-to-be, T'Pring, in the original series episode
"Amok Time." She also played Adulteress 58 in the original
Battlestar Galactica episode "The Long Patrol" and
a Vulcan priestess in the fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and
Men. In other science fiction franchises, Martel
appeared in The Outer Limits episode "Demon with a
Glass Hand" and The Twilight Zone episodes "Twenty
Two" and "What You Need."
Roberts played the role of Lt. Commander Dimitri Valtane
in both Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and
the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback." He
also appeared in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
"Hippocratic Oath" as Meso'Clan. Roberts has played
roles in the science fiction series The Invisible Man,
The X-Files, Sliders, Space Rangers and
Hard Time on Planet Earth.
All three of our celebrity guests will attend a VIP champagne
reception on Friday evening, host ballroom Q&A sessions with
their fans on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, serve as judges
for the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant on Saturday evening,
and sign autographs and pose for professional portraits with
their fans on Saturday and Sunday.
Weekend memberships are available for only $40 until December
31. Memberships for children 6-12 are only $20 each
and kids under 6 are free with a registered adult. After
December 31, adult memberships are $45 and child memberships
are $22.50. Hotel rooms at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest
at Galleria are only $89 per night only by making reservations
on our web site. PayPal links for memberships, VIP reception
tickets, souvenir t-shirts, dealers room tables, fan tables,
program book advertising and volunteer staff fees can all
be found on our web
Your early support of TrekTrax Atlanta 2014 is tremendously
appreciated! Please purchase your membership at your
earliest convenience so that we can bring you the very best
in science fiction convention programming!
Republic web site overhauled, updated and reorganized
USS Republic proudly announces its not-quite-new but
vastly improved web site! Freshly overhauled with updated
information and reorganized to make everything much easier
now find the lastest issue of our award-winning newsletter,
The Republiqué, featured on the Home page of
the site, giving you immediate access to all the information
you need about upcoming events and activities, as well as
the most recent news, announcements and photos about the Republic,
all without having to click two or three buttons to get to
this information. You'll never have to dig through the
web site (or your email) again to find out when and where
our next couple of events are... from now on, it's all there,
right up front!
What else is new?
Crew Roster page has been updated to show the
full complement of our current membership... what a
Newsletters page is a massive archive that offers
links to most of the Republic's newsletters published
over the last 25 years... Mr. Atoz himself would be
Photo Gallery page now links directly to the
web page where literally thousands of photos from Republic
events and activities from the past 25 years have been
FAQs page now actually includes questions to
go with the answers, which have been fully updated,
Republic's many achievements now have their own
brand new Awards page, moved from their previous
location on the old and somewhat clunky Home page.
Member Benefits page now links directly to STARFLEET's
Member Benefits web page, replacing the Republic's
old Member Benefits Program, which was quietly discontinued
How to Join page still offers information on
how to join and/or renew your membership and pay your
Chapter History page has been cleaned up and
a photo of the Republic's 1988 commissioning
merchandise no longer available for sale has been removed
from the Ship's Store page, which now offers
only great stuff that actually is still available.
buttons to our Facebook "Group" and "Page" have been
added to the Navigation column, which also offers links
to the STARFLEET International and Region 2 web sites.
awesome video that used to be on the front page of the
web site has been repaired and can now been seen and
heard by clicking the Republic's hot new logo
in the upper left-hand corner of the web site.
If you haven't visited the USS Republic's web site
lately—or ever—come take a look. It may be short on
the bells and whistles that so many other web sites like to
use, like blinky lights and cutesy sound effects, but when
it comes to solid content... ours is hard to beat.
International election results announced
November 20, STARFLEET Chief of Communications Commodore Liz
Woolf announced the winner of the 2013 STARFLEET election. By
what may be the smallest margin in STARFLEET history, Admiral
Wayne Killough and Commodore Reed Bates have
been elected the next Commander and Vice Commander of STARFLEET,
respectively, defeating Fleet Admiral Les Rickard and
Vice Admiral Tammy Willcox by only 19 votes in a 702
(50.5%) to 683 (49.1%) victory.
USS Republic supported and voted for Fleet Admiral
Rickard, (above left), who has previously served as Commander
STARFLEET twice (2001-02, 2006). His campaign
slogan was "Experience Matters." Admiral Killough
(above right), currently the CO of Retribution Station SFR-1202,
has served as the director or dean of several STARFLEET Academy
colleges. Killough's campaign slogan was—no kidding—"As
comforting as a plate full of warm, homemade cookies." Seriously.
The Killough and Bates administration takes office on January
1. Their campaign
web site is still online and offers a glimpse into
what changes and, hopefully, much-needed and long-overdue
improvements to the organization they will make. The
outgoing administration of Fleet Admiral Dave Blaser
and Lt. General Bran Stimpson has been criticized for,
among other things, unacceptably slow membership processing
and a STARFLEET Communiqué newsletter that has
consistently been many months late.
Although the Republic supported and voted for Rickard
and Willcox, we congratulate Killough and Bates on their victory
and hope they follow through on their campaign promise to
improve member relations.
International dues increase next month
the August 2013 issue of The Republiqué,
we reported that at the 2013 STARFLEET International Conference
held in Dallas, Texas, over the August 1-4 weekend, the STARFLEET
Executive Committee and Admiralty Board (ECAB) made the dubious
decision to split STARFLEET memberships into two tiers with
two different prices for two different service options. How
and why this decision was reached, who voted for it and Captain
Eric L. Watts' objections to it were fully detailed in
Like it or not, this change goes into effect on January 1,
2014. The new membership structure is as follows:
CQ delivery: US Members:
$10 individual membership
$15 family of two, $2 for each additional family member
up to a total of six people
CQ delivery: US members:
$20 individual membership
$25 family of two, $2 for each additional family member
up to a total of six people
As you know, the current cost of an individual membership
in STARFLEET is $15 and each member has the option of choosing
his or her membership materials delivered in either the traditional
paper format delivered to your postal mailbox or in electronic
format sent to your email address. (The USS Republic,
as a matter of policy, selects the paper format for all new
members unless requested otherwise.) Beginning
next month, members who want to continue to receive their
membership materials on paper will pay an additional $5 per
year while those who choose to receive those documents via
email will pay $5 less.
The Republic's annual chapter dues of $10 will remain
unchanged. Therefore, beginning next month, the
total dues payment for those who want paper materials will
pay $30 per year and those who want electronic documents will
pay $20 per year. The Republic's web site
will be updated later this month to reflect these new membership
and payment options.
In the meantime, all members who currently receive their membership
materials on paper and would like to continue to do so for
one or more additional years can renew their memberships at
the current price. For example, if your membership currently
expires in June 2014, you can renew now and your membership
will be extended to June 2015.
If you have any questions about STARFLEET's new membership
rates or the Republic's membership dues policies not
answered here, please contact
T-Shirts now available
and dramatic portrait of everyone's favorite chief engineer
is now available on a high-quality 50/50 polycot t-shirt.
This exclusive, limited edition t-shirt is available
only from TrekTrax
only in black and only in sizes Medium to 3XL for only $20
postpaid. Visit the TrekTrax Atlanta web
site and click the Merchandise button to order.
Please allow five business days for delivery. This
collector's item is offered as a fundraiser for TrekTrax Atlanta.
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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!
special going on in your life? Submit
your Personnel Record for publication in the next
issue of The Republiqué!
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Nichols in full Uhura makeup and costume
on the Paramount lot, presumably circa 1967-68.
Chapter Event Photos
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Potemkin Open House || October
Randall Landers, William C. Searcy, Dakota Dodge, Ande Ross.
Standing: Rebekah Grace Richmond's four daughters, Abby
Evans, Rebekah Grace Richmond, Chuck Bramlett, Renda M.
Carr, Bill MacKenzie, Eric L. Watts, Nelson M. Barnhouse,
event was covered by Albany's local FOX News station, WFXL-TV
Channel 31. Click the image to watch the 48-second
Annual Halloween Spooktacular || October
Chris Jones, Ens Eric Solomon, ENS1 Tony Cade, CO Capt Eric
L. Watts, Ensign "Wolfy," ENS1 Sue Lin Lange. Making
a surprise appearance: TXA 2014 guest Ms. Arlene Martel
Sunday, November 10
Cdt Zarena Nova Tucker
Tuesday, November 12
ENS1 Claire Willis
Wednesday, November 13
Lt. Katherine E. Cline
Saturday, November 16
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
Wednesday, November 27
ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell
Thursday, November 28
ENS3 James P. Gronski
These members renewed their memberships
in October. Thank
ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell
These members' dues
expired in November or will expire in December. Please
ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse
ENS2 Tasheka Gipson
ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell
ENS2 Renardo Hunter
ENS1 Eric Lange
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS Reggie Lewis
ENS3 Karen Neal
Ens Lauren Rhodes
ENS3 Richard Tucker
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker
Zarena Nova Tucker
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 December 1, 2013, the Republic crew includes 44
members who are active members of STARFLEET in good
Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule
of events for its members, 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 additional privileges that occasionally become available.
Additional information on Republic membership
and how to join or reenlist is on our award-winning web
Fuller on pitching a Star Trek TV show
October 2, 2013
alum Bryan Fuller was out doing press interviews for the
second season of his show Hannibal when his love
for Star Trek came up with Crave Online. Fuller
worked on the writing staff of Deep Space Nine and
Voyager before creating critically acclaimed shows
such as Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies.
the rumor that he pitched a Trek TV series:
haven't pitched it, I just expressed interest that I would
love to do a Star Trek TV show. Again, that
was my very first start, on Deep Space Nine and Voyager. That
was my first job as a writer in Hollywood. So having
spent four years on staff and another year of freelancing
before that on Star Trek, it's a very near and dear
property to my heart, and also a philosophy. I would
love to create a Star Trek show, so that's on my
this hypothetical show be set in the new Abrams-verse or
an "old" prime universe?
think there's something very exciting about the new J. J.
Abrams-verse, and there's also kind of an interesting reinvention. How
would The Next Generation evolve from that? Where
would that be? Where would that go? But
there's also... Star Trek is such a big universe,
and there are so many places to go with it. I have
a very specific idea that I would love to do. We'll
see if I ever get the opportunity."
at a Worf TV show? The idea's "never dead," says Michael
October 9, 2013
Dorn called in to chat with the guys over at the Transporter
Room 3 podcast to talk Trek and the possibilities
for Trek on TV.
Room 3 Talks to Michael Dorn about Worf on TV
do you suppose Worf is now?" That was the question
posed to Michael Dorn at the end of his chat with the guys
over at Transporter Room 3. His answer hinted at a
(now likely defunct) script written for a Worf TV show sometime
I actually wrote… last year, there was a chance that there
was gonna be a Worf show on television. We don't know
where it was gonna be; it may not have been networked. It
may have been cable. Who knows? But, there was
turns out, Dorn even penned some of the script himself.
I wrote is Worf is still on a journey of discovery, is still
trying to find his place in the universe. Not
in the Klingon world or in Starfleet, but kind of in the
universe and in his own soul. He has a ship. He
has a mission. And he has his first officer—his girlfriend.
He has a new girlfriend who is as badass as he is.
And he is, basically, with all the things going on,
he is still trying to hold the Klingon Empire together with
all of its faults and foibles and assassinations and coups.
And at the same time, he's trying to find his own
way in the universe."
sounds cool. Is there still a chance that it could
there's a script, and there's some sort of interest, according
to Dorn. But, is this something that's still a possibility?
When can we see Worf on TV?
have the script! I think that if there's enough interest
with the fans, with the news media, with writers, it's never
dead. The script is done; I've already written it.
I'm getting ready to send it out and kind of inundate
the business with it to see if anybody's interested. So
we'll see, but it's never dead."
a Klingon ship"
goes on to talk a bit about the details of the would-be
new Worf show. "It's a Klingon ship," said Dorn, who
added that, the same way the Enterprise was home
to a Klingon, Worf's ship would include human officers aboard.
Rumor: Orci talked to CBS about Trek TV show
October 12, 2013
Star Trek back on TV has been increasingly talked
about as of late. Out of nowhere, a tweet from reporter
Joe Michalczuk, who was covering the Ender's Game
press junket for the UK's Sky News, claims Roberto Orci
told him he had a meeting with CBS. This is to
be considered a totally unconfirmed rumor and should be
taken with a large grain of salt. We also do not know
who else (aside from Bob) "they" refers to in his tweet:
Bob Orci just told me they've had a meeting with CBS to
revive @StarTrek on TV...This made me v excited
7:24 AM - 8 Oct 2013
has commented here at TrekMovie in the past about his own
personal interest in maybe, perhaps, if the stars align,
thinking about doing an Abramsverse Star Trek TV
show. But it was mostly just personal interest, the
issues with CBS and Paramount being separate companies with
differing agendas seemed to be a bit of a mess. So
we shall see if this gets confirmed in any way. Even
if it's true, don't count on it being publicly acknowledged,
preliminary meetings are just that, preliminary, often times
it's just feeling out the parties involved, in many cases
doesn't go anywhere, or doesn't happen quickly, so things
are kept under wraps until a more concrete agreement is
Joe Cornish being considered as director for Trek
November 3, 2013
to Deadline.com, Joe Cornish (Attack the Block, The
Adventures of Tin Tin) is strongly being considered
for the director's chair of the next Star Trek movie.
followed by being one of the writers on The Adventures
Of Tin Tin, and he and Edgar Wright wrote the script
for Ant-Man, the Marvel Studios film that Wright
is going to direct. Long story short, he's gotten
exposure to bigger-scale projects than Attack the Block,
in which he admirably depicted a full-scale alien invasion
on a relatively small budget. Doing a movie like this
would certainly put his career on a warp speed path. He's
already working with Paramount on the novel adaptation Snow
Crash, which he's prepping to present to the studio.
box office budget reduction
November 11, 2013
an article released by The Hollywood Reporter earlier
this fall titled "Summer Box Office Fallout: Studios' New
Fear of the $200 Million Tentpole," there was a little bit
about Trek 3's (and the previous Trek movies')
production costs. Moving to a more film tax-friendly
location has long been the standard for movie companies.
This year's summer blockbuster season was bigger and
more crowded than ever, with more disappointing domestic
box office results for most movies this summer. It
has already officially been confirmed that the follow-up
to Man of Steel, the as-yet unnamed Batman/Superman
movie, will be filmed in Michigan for the tax credits. Moving
production for the next Star Trek movie to a state
or country more film tax-friendly seems to be one of the
main ways to keep costs in check for the third movie, while
still providing the excellent level of set design, visual
also will look to save money on another Star Trek—a
franchise, but not quite in the top tier. This summer's
$190 million production Star Trek Into Darkness has
earned over $462 million worldwide; its international haul
has exceeded expectations at $234 million, but domestically,
its $228.5 million hasn't matched the first film. Whereas
the first two were shot in L. A., the next will be filmed
in a more tax-friendly location. "We're making it
for what it should have been shot for last time if we had
made it outside of L. A., which we would have done except
that J. J. Abrams didn't want to," says a studio source.
"That was a $20 million issue."
George Takei cologne: "Eau My"
By Matt Wright
November 28, 2013
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