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Volume I
Number 71
Late February/Early March 2014
•  Saturday, April 5: Away Mission to Captain America: The
   Winter Soldier

•  Friday-Sunday, April 25-27: TrekTrax Atlanta

•  Republic membership not interested in St. Patrick's Parade
•  Watch the TrekTrax Atlanta promotional video
•  Attending TrekTrax Atlanta?  Book your hotel room NOW!
•  TXA to offer professional portraits with our celebrity guests
•  TXA Opening Ceremonies to feature Danger Woman
•  TrekTrax Atlanta to host a live broadcast of "Seriously, Dan"
•  Attend TrekTrax Atlanta's exclusive VIP Champagne Reception
•  STARFLEET appoints new VCS
•  Personnel Records

•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  January Reenlistments
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Trek 3 writer speaks about Trek for the first time
   — Unleash your inner Warrior with Warnog
   — Fan film "Prelude to Axanar" is poised to begin production
Away Mission to Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014
Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
3265 NE Expressway Access Rd
Chamblee GA  30341
(770) 936-8235
Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees Steve Rogers/Captain America still trying to fit in to the modern world while working for SHIELD on a regular basis.  His latest mission leads to yet another conflict with Nick Fury over his and SHIELD's priorities and methods in fighting the war on terror.  Rogers thinks criminals should be punished after a crime has been committed, but Fury says they can't afford to wait that long.   The arrival on scene of a mysterious and legendary assassin, the Winter Soldier, shakes things up even further, and soon Captain America is fighting not only for the lives of millions but for his past, his integrity, and every core belief he holds dear.

Plan to join your fellow USS Republic crewmembers for this highly anticipated sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.  We'll attend the 7:00 p.m. screening because there are no matinee-priced screenings after 1:00 p.m.

Don't risk this showtime selling out... purchase your ticket online NOW on the Regal Hollywood 24's Fandango page by clicking the link below.
TrekTrax Atlanta

Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2014
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate North Parkway SE, Atlanta GA  30339
Celebrity Guests Felix Silla, Arlene Martel, Jeremy Roberts and Keith R. A. DeCandido
Q&A hours, autographs and professional portrait opportunities with our Celebrity Guests
Cast members from Starship Farragut, Star Trek: Reliant, Project: Potemkin and Exeter Trek
Two tracks of programming devoted to your favorite space opera TV shows and movies
Opening Ceremonies featuring Danger Woman
VIP Champagne Reception
Science fiction-themed puppet show
Broadway-style musical tribute to Star Wars
Saturday night concert featuring live bands Go, Robo! Go! and Hyperspace
15th Annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
TrekTrax Atlanta Masquerade
Dealers Room & Fan Tables

Video Programming Room

Art Show featuring Heather Hausenfleck and Mark Wright
Well-stocked Gaming Room and Con Suite
Memberships $45 to April 18; $50 at the door
Children 6-12 $22.50 to April 18; $25 at the door
Children under 6 Free with Registered Adult
One-Day Badges available at the door
Ambassador Memberships $100
Volunteer Opportunities available
Hotel rooms only $89 per night

Republic membership not interested in St. Patrick's Parade
Last issue, readers of this newsletter were asked, "Will you commit to marching with the USS Republic in Atlanta's St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 15?"

The silence was deafening.  NO ONE replied to the call.  Not to say yes... not to say no.  It's as if not even one single person among the 400 people this newsletter is sent to every month reads even just a part of it.

Needless to say, the Republic did not register with the parade organizers, so no one was embarassed on March 15 when no one showed up for the parade.
Watch the TrekTrax Atlanta promotional video
Attending TrekTrax Atlanta?  Please book your hotel room NOW!
TrekTrax Atlanta has reserved a block of rooms at our host hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria, exclusively for our attending members, for only $89 per night.  This specially discounted rate is guaranteed to be available ONLY UNTIL APRIL 10.  After that date, rooms may not be available at all or if they are, at a significantly higher rate.  DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER!  Click the "Book Your Room" button to be taken directly to our online reservations page and book your room NOW!
TrekTrax Atlanta to offer professional portraits with our celebrity guests
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to offer professional, studio-quality portrait opportunities with our celebrity guests Felix Silla, Arlene Martel and Jeremy Roberts on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. You can have your portrait taken with one, two or all three of our guests.  8 x 10 color glossy prints of portraits taken on Saturday will be available by noon on Sunday for autographing; portraits taken on Sunday will be mailed to you after the convention.

The cost of these portraits depends on how many of our guests are in the photo with you.  A portrait with one guest will be $50; with two guests, $70; or with all three guests, $90.  These prices include one color glossy print.  Additional copies of the same print can be ordered at the time of sitting for $5 each.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for payment.

In addition to these portrait opportunities, cosplayers will also have the opportunity to have their photos taken by themselves in full costume in our at-con studio with professional-grade lighting and backdrop.  The sitting fee for these portraits is only $30 and includes one 8 x 10 color glossy print.  Portraits taken on Saturday will be available for pickup on Sunday; portraits taken on Sunday will be mailed to you after the convention.

Portrait sessions with our celebrities will be scheduled throughout the weekend.  Make plans now to have your portrait made at TrekTrax Atlanta as a very special souvenir!
TXA Opening Ceremonies to feature Danger Woman
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that "Danger Woman" (a.k.a. Betsy Goodrich) will perform at our Opening Ceremonies!

Betsy Goodrich is well known for not only her role in Leader of the Band (1988), in which she played the role of a Grady High School Band Booster, but also her current role as a singing super-heroine, "Danger Woman, The Songbird of Justice."

Goodrich loves to be interviewed about her documentary, Disabled But Able to Rock! (2010), which is in the tradition of Darius Goes West, only cuter and sweeter, in which it tells the story about Goodrich and her heroic persona known as "Danger Woman" and her many adventures and misadventures in the real and Internet worlds.

Goodrich is also the real reason why her appearance as Danger Woman in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con (2010) has helped her make people very aware of her existence and educate people more about her movie, Disabled But Able to Rock!  Although uncredited, Goodrich can also be seen in the movie The Change-Up (2011), in which she plays the role of an Atlanta Braves fan who somehow gets caught in the middle of the proverbial action.

As Danger Woman, Goodrich fights the "Tri-phobes": Race-ophobia, Homophobia and Disable-phobia, with her high-octave voice and her eccentric group of friends from the underground subculture of Atlanta.  Danger Woman has made a cultural impact in her hometown by assisting in the founding of the comic convention Dragon*Con, recording six full albums and performing at various cultural events.  More information about Danger Woman and her music can be found on her ReverbNation web page.

TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to present "Danger Woman" as part of our Opening Ceremonies for 2014.
TrekTrax Atlanta to host a live broadcast of "Seriously, Dan"
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that we will host a live broadcast of "Seriously, Dan" on Saturday, April 26, from the floor of the convention.

Dan Carroll is the host of "Seriously, Dan," a weekly two-hour radio talk show broadcasting on WYXC-AM 1270 in Cartersville, Georgia, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays.  Carroll answers callers' questions about life, geekery, careers and romance, and often does live remote broadcasts from Atlanta-area conventions.

With over twenty-five years experience as a communications analyst, business consultant and media expert, Carroll knows how to listen.  "Seriously, Dan" is his way of giving back to the world for all of his blessings.  He sincerely believes he is fulfilling his vocation to help others learn from his mistakes and a laugh or two along the way.  While he takes you seriously, he doesn't take himself seriously.

Be sure to stop by the "Seriously, Dan" broadcast table and be a part of the program.  In the meantime, visit Carroll's web site and Facebook page.
Attend TrekTrax Atlanta's exclusive VIP Champagne Reception
Attend a private VIP Champagne Reception with TrekTrax Atlanta's celebrity guests!

Kick off the convention by enjoying a selection of catered hors d'oeuvres and various champagnes in an intimate and exclusive dinner-style atmosphere with our guests Felix Silla, Arlene Martel, Jeremy Roberts and Keith R. A. DeCandido; our Guardians of Forever, Ambassadors and the Chairman of the convention from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday evening.  Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Attendance will be limited to 30 persons with memberships.  VIP Champagne Reception tickets are $30.00 each for all ages, must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.  Tickets can be purchased on the Memberships page of our web site.  Don't miss out... get yours today!
STARFLEET appoints new VCS
Following the removal of Commodore Reed Bates from office as Vice Commander, STARFLEET, in January, the following announcement was posted to the Region 2 Facebook page on March 22:


After carefully reviewing all applicants for the position of Vice Commander, STARFLEET, I submitted my recommendation to the Admiralty Board for their review and confirmation.  The Admiralty Board met this morning and has confirmed my selection.  At this time, I would like to announce that Rear Admiral Hayden S. Segel of the USS Potomac in Region 1 is the new Vice Commander, STARFLEET.  Please join me in congratulating Hayden on his new position.

In Service,

Fleet Admiral Wayne Lee Killough, Jr.
Commander, STARFLEET
Personnel Records

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
American comedienne and actress Carol Burnett (right) is shocked by American actor Leonard Nimoy, in costume as the well-known character Mr. Spock from the Star Trek TV series, during a skit about "Mrs. Invisible Man" on The Carol Burnett Show (Season 1, Episode #12, November 18, 1967).
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Chattacon  ||  January 24-26, 2014
TrekTrax Atlanta Chairman and USS Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts travelled to Chattanooga on Saturday, January 25, to promote the convention at Chattacon and show off our spiffy new seven-foot-tall freestanding banner.

These members renewed their memberships in January. Thank you!

ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick

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 March 31, 2014, the Republic crew includes 39 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.



AS OF MARCH 31, 2014
Crmn Eliya Brog
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Trek 3 writer speaks about Trek for the first time
By Matt Wright
March 16, 2014
J. D. Payne, half of the new writing duo working with Roberto Orci on the third Trek movie, spoke with two Latter-Day Saint-focused publications about being a lifelong Trekkie, his faith as a Mormon and working with Bad Robot, and his longtime friend and writing partner Patrick McKay.
From LDS Living, on working with Bad Robot and getting the call to work on Trek 3:
"I've done a few projects with J. J. Abrams' company Bad Robot now," he explains.  "We've developed a really solid working relationship."  So solid, in fact, that he and his writing partner made it on the short list.  As Payne recalls, "A friend over there came to us and said, ‘So we've got a new project to discuss with you guys.  It's very preliminary but....'  And we were just sort of waiting for it, and then they said, ‘It's Star Trek Three.'"
On Trek 3:
A Star Trek fan since 15, for Payne, it was a dream finally come true.
So what's in store for Star Trek fans?  "I can't really talk about much of what it is," laughs Payne, though he did share, "At its core, Star Trek has always been about adventure, exploration and wonder, with an optimistic sense of the future, and all its possibilities.  It's a massive playground; we're so excited to be diving in on it."
From Mormon Artist:
There has been quite a bit written about the fact that the upcoming Star Trek will be your first produced script.  However, you are pretty seasoned—how many screenplays have you written?
"Star Trek will be our 17th script from the first one we wrote when we were in college; our tenth from the time we got agency representation (though only seven of those have officially been in development at a production company and studio).  I've read that the industry average is thirteen scripts in development for every one that ends up getting produced.  I'm definitely still bullish that several of our other projects will make it to the silver screen, so we'll see how that ratio ends up working out with our slate."
How did you first become involved with Bad Robot?  What was it like to work with J. J. Abrams and the group involved with the film?
"We had a great initial general meeting at Bad Robot, after which we pursued a project that came to be known as Boilerplate.  From there, things took on a life of their own.  We feel like we share a creative sensibility and point of view with J. J. and his team.  They've been fantastic to work with every step of the way on each of the projects we've developed together.  It's a relationship we feel very fortunate to have stumbled into.
"I could go into more detail about the nuts and bolts of the collaboration, but I should probably leave it at that.  People think Edward Snowden got exiled from the country for the NSA Wikileaks scandal; in actuality, I heard his real crime was leaking a super-secret pizza recipe from the kitchen at Bad Robot's offices."
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Unleash your inner Warrior with Warnog
By Brian Drew
March 25, 2014

Last night, at the Nightclub & Bar show in Las Vegas, the Tin Man Brewing Company of Indiana and the Federation of Beer, a Canadian company, debuted "Klingon Warnog," a new craft beer in its line of Star Trek-themed beers.  The beer, named after a Klingon ale seen on TNG and DS9, is made with German wheat yeast, Munich malt, and rye, wheat and caramel malts.

According to the press release:
"The flavor draws heavily from the blending of the rye malt and traditional clove character, creating a very rich and unique flavor, a bold beer suited for the harsh Klingon lifestyle."
It will have notes of banana, clove and caramel, and be 5.5% alcohol by volume.
This isn't the Federation of Beer's first foray into adult Star Trek beverages.  Last year, the company released "Vulcan Ale," an Irish Red ale (to match Vulcan's red surface, of course), billed as "a logical choice for a palate-pleasing libation."  The ale is currently only available in Canada but there are plans to have it available in the States soon.  The company also has plans to brew a Romulan Ale next year.
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Star Trek fan film "Prelude to Axanar" is poised to begin production
By Bill Watters
March 27, 2014
What do Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Teen Wolf, Supernatural), J. G. Herztler (DS9, Voyager, Enterprise) and Gary Graham (Alien Nation, Voyager, Enterprise) have in common?  Their Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar project, which has now blown past the $50,000 mark on Kickstarter.
The latest entrant into the flourishing Star Trek fan film space, Prelude is being filmed in early May in Los Angeles as a short film which will lead into their full length Star Trek: Axanar feature film, slated to begin production later this year.  Prelude takes place some 13 years before TOS and explores the story leading up to the Battle of Axanar.  The Klingon Empire and Federation find themselves engaged in a pitched battle over the planet Axanar, leading both to the brink of all-out war.
The story also introduces us to Garth of Izar, whom Captain Kirk would later refer to as his own personal hero.  Gary Graham will be reprising his role, which he'd played originally on Star Trek: Enterprise, of the Vulcan ambassador Soval.
"The continuing evolution of independent filmmaking, especially via crowdsourcing, really is the wave of the future," said Richard Hatch (best known for his roles in both the original and reimagined versions of Battlestar Galactica), who will be playing Kharn, the Klingon Supreme Commander.  "Star Trek was always an inspiration to me as a young actor, and having an opportunity to be a part of something like this, alongside a group of first-rate professionals, is really just amazing to me."
With five days remaining on their Kickstarter campaign, Prelude to Axanar, has blown past the $50,000 mark in total contributions.  That's more than five times more than their original conservative target of $10,000.  The additional funds are enabling them to both put a far higher level of polish on this initial project, as well as securing costumes, gear, studio time and the miscellanea required to elevate it from a modest shoestring production into a truly first-rate film.
Alec Peters, who plays the role of Garth, is also the driving force behind the Axanar project.  "Axanar has really been a labor of love, " Alec said.  "The level of response by the Star Trek fan community has just blown us all away."
Principal photography for Prelude is slated to occur in the beginning of May, and the initial showing is targeted for just one month later at Fed Con Germany.  I'd asked Alec about the timing and he responded, "It's a tight schedule, but with the incredible (and award-winning) talent we have on board, including director Christian Gossett, editor Robert Meyer Burnett, composer Alexander Bornstein and postproduction supervisor Mark Edward Lewis, I have no doubt we'll be able to make the quick turnaround from shooting to having it in the can."
The speed at which the evolution of fan films is moving is nothing short of stunning.  Consider the quality and scope of similar productions only a few years ago.  Now with the quality and talent arrayed for nontraditionally developed projects like Star Trek Continues, Renegades and Axanar, shows don't have to die when they're taken off the air.  If there's a desire and a fandom wanting to see their favorite mythos kept alive, there are now ways to make it happen.
To boldly go where no studio might go, but where fans are most certainly going.
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