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Volume I
Number 76
Late July 2014
•  Wednesday, July 30: The Wrathlanta of Khan
•  Saturday, August 2: Away Mission to Guardians of the Galaxy
•  Saturday, August 9: Away Mission to Night at the Museum


•  Saturday, September 27: STARFLEET Bowling Challenge
•  Friday, October 31: USS Republic Halloween Spooktacular
•  Sat.-Sun., Dec. 6-7, 2014: Farragut Fest 2014 (Kingsland GA)
•  Saturday, Dec. 20: USS Republic Holiday Party & CO Election

•  Filming of "super fan" reality series episode rescheduled
•  TrekTrax Atlanta, TrekTrak and Scotty t-shirts still available
•  Personnel Records
•  Classified Ads
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated July Birthdays
•  Member Reenlistments

•  August Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   Orci: Currently "in middle" of writing Star Trek 2016 script + Directing deal not "final" until script finished
   Orci talks bringing in more Star Trek canon + Relationship with J. J. Abrams
   First Look: Return to Tomorrow book on making of Star Trek: TMP coming this fall
The Wrathlanta of Khan
Writing & Comedy Based on Star Trek Movies

9:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
The Highland Ballroom
644 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta GA  30306
Scene Missing: The Final Frontier.  These are the voyages of the Highland Ballroom.  Its one-hour mission: to explore strange new performances, to seek out new laughs and comedy observations, to boldly present the greatest writing, comedy, puppetry and music in Atlanta—all based on the Star Trek movies!

Set your phasers to "enjoy" because we've got Romulan Ale at the bar!  We're giving away a robot from Klapthor's Universal Robots to the audience member with the best
Star Trek costume!  You could travel to Ceti Alpha V and back and never find a night of entertainment as dazzling as this!  We're presenting you a veritable inverse Kobayashi Maru, where ALL decisions are good decisions (provided ALL decisions involve coming to Scene Missing).

You'll feel like somebody hit you with an energy beam and sent you to the surface of Kataan, except instead of having to listen to Picard play the flute, you get to listen to the best writers, comedians, puppeteers and musicians in Atlanta pay tribute to the greatest science fiction franchise of all time: Firefl... I mean,
Star Trek!

Beam yourself up to the show on July 30, make it so number one, live long and prosper, heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam, and all the other
Star Trek catchphrases!  This is definitely real life and not a malfunctioning holodeck, so come to the show, put on your fanciest Vulcan ears and your nicest unisex jumpsuit and get ready for the best Star Trek-themed entertainment you've ever seen in your life!

Featuring performances by Bobbin Wages, Rob HaZe, Ellaree Yeagley, Eliot James Bronson, Paul Gallois, Felt Nerdy and Gina Rickicki.

Admission to this event for the general public is $10.00, but USS Republic members and friends get a $2.00 discount by purchasing your ticket(s) here!

Let's make this a good showing for the USS Republic!
Away Mission to Guardians of the Galaxy

1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014
AMC North Dekalb Mall 16
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy
Decatur GA  30033
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy.  An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.  To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.  But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Make plans to join your USS Republic crewmates for this late-summer science fiction blockbuster!  Tickets for adults are only $7.50 for this showtime, compared to $10.25 for an evening showtime at the same theater and $10.00 for a matinee showtime at the nearby Regal Hollywood 24 in Chamblee.  (See?  We really do check these things out for you!)  Click the link below to be taken directly to Fandango's checkout page for this showtime at this theater.  Buy your ticket now to avoid a possible sell-out and join your fellow crewmates on this away mission to Guardians of the Galaxy!
Away Mission to Night at the Museum

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville GA  30120
(770) 386-0576
Have you ever wanted to ask the Wright Brothers about their first successful flight?  Or would you like to tell Galileo how much the telescope has changed since his days?  Or maybe you'd like to tell Katniss Everdeen that you were rooting for her in The Hunger Games!

Ensigns Lee and Tiffany Johnson, Republic CO Capt Eric L. Watts and ENS1 Wil Sims at last year's Night of the Museum event.
On Saturday, August 9, you'll have the chance to meet these and other popular characters from science and science fiction when Night at the Museum returns to Tellus!  Actors portraying historical figures like Albert Einstein and Marie Curie will impress you with their scientific discoveries, while pop-science characters like Indiana Jones and Captain America will explain how science was important in their everyday "lives."

Every visitor will receive an autograph book to document this special night.  Children 12 and under are encouraged to dress up as their favorite science or science fiction character and participate in an Instagram photo contest.  We will award a special prize for the winner.

If that's not enough for you, then stay for a crowd-pleasing show by the Tellus Madd Scientists!  See how our wacky experts experiment with science to bring you the best programs in the state.  The Tellus Madd Scientists crew will be sure to entertain and amaze you with demonstrations that explode with fun.

Don't worry about grabbing dinner on the run—the Café will be open until 9:00 p.m.
Tellus Science Museum Members: $10, Non-Members: $20
Advance ticket purchase recommended, as this event may sell out.  Call (770) 606-5700 ext 431 to purchase your tickets.
Want to carpool to Cartersville?  Contact the Captain!

Characters and cosplayers from several popular franchises participated in the fourth annual Night at the Museum, August 4, 2012.
Photo courtesy of the 501st Georgia Garrison

Filming of "super fan" reality series episode rescheduled for... August?
Captain Watts being interviewed in his home in 2009 by producers Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray for the Emmy Award-winning documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con
Last issue, we announced that USS Republic CO Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts had been asked to participate in a brand new reality series that "celebrates the passion of fans around the South, while showcasing how they take their passion to the next level" with filming to take place sometime in late July.  The producers of that series have since pushed the filming date to "sometime in August," but as of press time, have still not given us a confirmed date.  As soon as a date is confirmed, some type of costume-friendly event or activity will be planned and announced and all members and friends of the USS Republic will be invited (encouraged, urged, etc.) to attend and participate.  Anyone who is able and willing to participate in that event will be asked to sign a release form in order to appear in the series.

It is possible (and likely) that the producers will ask for a filming date that does not allow for its announcement in this newsletter, so if you haven't done so already, be sure to "Like" or "Join" both of the Republic's Facebook pages and watch for an announcement there.  The Republic's Facebook "Page" is here and our Facebook "Group" is here.
TrekTrax Atlanta, TrekTrak and Scotty t-shirts still available
Still available!  A limited selection of commemorative souvenir t-shirts from this year's and last year's TrekTrax Atlanta, our previously offered Scotty fundraiser t-shirt, and even a few still-new shirts from the 2006 TrekTrak at Dragon*Con.  This year's con shirt features a full-color design with this year's celebrity guests Arlene Martel, Felix Silla and Jeremy Roberts on a high-quality Gildan 50/50 polycot blend shirt.  Last year's con shirt features an attractive three-color design with guest of honor Manu Intiraymi.  The TrekTrak t-shirt features George Takei, Denise Crosby and Tony Todd.  Available only in the sizes and colors shown in the drop-down menus.  All shirts are only $20 postpaid to domestic US addresses.  Please select your shirt from the PayPal buttons below.
TrekTrax Atlanta 2014 T-Shirts
TrekTrax Atlanta 2013 T-Shirts
Scotty T-Shirts
TrekTrak 2006 T-Shirts
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!
Classified Ads
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Library Computer
The Independent Star News of Pasadena, California, published an article about DeForest Kelley on July 30, 1967.  It reveals that executives were not keen of Kelley playing a heroic character like the ship's doctor on Star Trek despite series creator Gene Roddenberry trying to get him cast for both pilots.  Kelley was known as a good actor, but one that specialized in villainous characters, especially in westerns.  Roddenberry had a flash of inspiration and asked Kelley to get a different haircut from the one he normally wore: one that would be like a famous and popular man known as a leader and for his intelligence.  Perhaps the different look would help sell the idea that Kelley could indeed play a hero.  "'It was expensive,'" said Kelley.  "'It cost me $35, but I had confidence in Roddenberry.'"  The person that Roddenberry asked Kelley to have his new haircut modeled after?  President John F. Kennedy.  The Kennedy-esque hairstyle worked, and Kelley credits it with changing his career and life.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Sci-Fi Summer Con  ||  June 13-15, 2014
USS Republic CO Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts (right) with TrekTrax Atlanta staff member Remy Loste (left) at the Republic's fan table at Sci-Fi Summer Con.
Lt JG Robert Simon and his adorable daughter take the Saturday morning shift on the Republic's fan table at Sci-Fi Summer Con.
Captain Eric with Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor star Jevocas "Java" Greene (left) and New York Disco Villains drummer Chris Thompson (right).
Captain Eric (center) with (left to right) Betsy R. Shepherd, Lt JG Christian M. Shepherd, Kris Kuipers and Keith Bailey.


Tuesday, July 1
ENS1 Zannetta Law Tucker

Tuesday, July 8

Cdt Crmn Karl Dissinger

Sunday, July 13

ENS1 Todd Dissinger

Sunday, July 20

Adm Michael Henigan

These members renewed their STARFLEET dues only in May.

ENS2 James P. Gronski
ENS2 Leslie C. Gronski

These members renewed both their SFI and chapter dues in May.  Thank you!

ENS2 Tasheka Gipson

These members' dues will expire in August
.  Please renew now!

Ens Lee Johnson
Ens Tiffany Johnson
FCAPT Eric L. Watts

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 July 27, 2014, the Republic crew includes 30 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.  STARFLEET dues for one person are $20 for a "Standard Membership" or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues are $10 per person for either membership option.  A combined payment for all dues is collected by the Republic (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Additional information about the two STARFLEET membership options, amounts due for additional family members, payment options and payment instructions is on the "How to Join" page of our award-winning web site.



AS OF JULY 27, 2014
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Orci: Currently "in middle" of writing Star Trek 2016 script + Directing deal not "final" until script finished
By Staff
July 10, 2014
According to Roberto Orci, he and his co-writers are in the middle of writing the script for the next Star Trek film, and even though it has been reported in the trades, he hasn't officially signed a deal to direct the next film.
Orci talks Star Trek 2016 developments
In an interview with promoting his upcoming new show Matador on the El Rey Network, Orci gave an update on the next Star Trek film, which Paramount officially announced would be part of the 2016 line-up.  While both and have reported Orci will be directing the next Star Trek, Bob pointed out that until the script is done, the studio has not technically "greenlit" the film (or his deal to direct).
Well, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch.  The studio has yet to even read the script.  I'm in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay.  They are true Star Trek fans, as well.  So, I can't even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it.  Until that happens, everything else is just a rumor.
If I'm lucky enough that Paramount loves the script and that we go forward, it'll be because I have loved Star Trek for so long and the idea of having seen one of the best guys in the business direct two of them already, and to have seen it from the vantage point of a producer, too, I know where a lot of the challenges are and where a lot of the fun is.
It is not unusual for a film to not be technically "greenlit" nor to have a director assigned until there is an approved script.  Regular readers of will remember in the run-up to the last two Trek films that there was always a "will he or wont he?" question with J. J. Abrams over whether or not he would direct the films in addition to producing them.  Abrams would always say that the decision would not be made until there was a script.
While Orci isn't "counting his chickens" regarding the final ink on his deal to direct the next Star Trek, he is already prepping for the job.  In the recently reported podcast interview, Bob talked about how he just flew to the U. K. to observe J. J. Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, noting:
That is why I am going [to visit with J. J. Abrams the set of Star Wars Episode VII].  I am going to steal as much wisdom as I can.  I am fortunate to have seen a lot of directors direct and I plan on picking all of their brains.  Every one of them has a different style and different tricks.  And they also have—one of them just sent me Directing for Dummies [laughs].  So that is what you do.  This is not a time to not ask for help and not get the cumulative wisdom of all the people I have been lucky enough to see and work with.
© 2014 SciFanatic Network

Orci talks bringing in more Star Trek canon + Relationship with J. J. Abrams
By Matt Wright
July 13, 2014
According to Roberto Orci, as he and his co-writers are in the middle of writing the script for the next Star Trek film, they are looking to focus on new unexplored territory and less on any specific canon callbacks.
In a new interview with, Orci chatted about using characters and races from the wider Trek canon.
On having known characters, aliens, races, in the next movie:
I think our instinct right now is to go into more uncharted territory.  But again, we're still in the middle of writing it.  If the best idea is when, suddenly, it seems like the best thing ever to do, is to have the Andorians running around, doing something cool, that's what it'll be.
On his current mentor-type relationship with J. J. Abrams:
J. J. is more than a colleague for me, he is someone who I've learned a lot from, just watching the trajectory of his decisions, his career.  He's been so generous with his time with me in terms of being willing to answer any questions that I have about anything.  Alex [Kurtzman] and I, he's always been like an older brother for us.  He's been like our business mentor/older brother.  He's one of the people I've been relying on going forward.  I do feel comfortable enough, when I have a question about anything in this business, I feel like I can call him, and he'll give me some pretty good advice.
© 2014 SciFanatic Network

First Look: Return to Tomorrow book on making of Star Trek: TMP coming this fall
By Brian Drew
July 18, 2014
Just in time for the film's 35th Anniversary, a new book detailing the production of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is coming this fall, and TrekMovie has a first look at the details.
The Human Adventure begins again in upcoming TMP "oral history" book
There was an enormous amount of anticipation leading up to the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in December 1979.  Fans had been clamoring for a new movie or show since the original series went off the air ten years earlier.  The film was a big-budget "event" picture that promised to take Star Trek to places that wouldn't be possible on television.
What many moviegoers didn't know at the time was that the production of the film was a troubled one.  Filming began before the script was finished, there were internal battles between Gene Roddenberry and writer Harold Livingston that saw multiple rewrites arrive on the set daily, and the company that was hired to do the visual effects had to be replaced late in production, causing a frantic rush to have the film ready for its release date.  All of those factors, as well as several others, resulted in a film that went wildly over budget and was viewed by some as being dull and boring.
And today, TrekMovie has the first look at a newly announced book, Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, from author Preston Neal Jones and publisher Creature Features.  This "long-lost" 672-page book will provide an oral history of the film compiled from interviews with 60 of the film's cast and creators, conducted as The Motion Picture was being prepared for release.
The interviews include William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the entire cast, along with director Robert Wise and writer/producer (and creator of Star Trek) Gene Roddenberry.  In addition, there are dozens of additional interviews with visual effect artists, illustrators, model builders and technicians.  According to a press release for the book, "no aspect of the film's creation is overlooked" and it also promises the "unvarnished, uncensored truth" of how the first Star Trek feature was created.
The source material for Return to Tomorrow was originally intended for publication by Cinefantastique magazine in 1979, and author Preston Neal Jones was given unparalleled access to the cast and crew of the film.  However, owing to the late completion of the film and ambitious scope of the manuscript, it was never published—until now.  According to the publisher, the entire manuscript has been "laboriously fact-checked" for release in book form.
Strictly limited to 1,000 copies, the mammoth trade paperback is priced at $29.95 and available for pre-order now at  Return to Tomorrow will ship in October.  The first 100 copies will come hand-signed by the author.
Preston Neal Jones' first book, Heaven and Hell to Play With: The Filming of The Night of the Hunter, was hailed as one of the finest works of its kind and earned the Rondo Award for Book of the Year from the Classic Horror Film Board.
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 76, Late July 2014.
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