Region 2 "Newsletter of the Year" Award, 2012
Volume I
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Number 98
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May (Early September) 2016

•  Saturday, Sept. 10: Away Mission: For the Love of Spock
•  Sat., Sept. 17: 11th Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

•  Treklanta Infinity memberships still available
•  Treklanta 2016 souvenir t-shirts still available
•  Treklanta t-shirts from 2013 to 2015 also still available
•  Autographed 8x10 glossy prints still available
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated May Birthdays
•  Welcome Aboard!
•  April Member Reenlistments
•  July and August Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
— Bryan Fuller reveals new Star Trek: Discovery details

Away Mission: For the Love of Spock

9:00 p.m., Saturday, September 10, 2016
Plaza Theatre
Briarcliff Plaza
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta GA  30306
Join the USS Republic for an away mission to the Plaza Theatre to see Adam Nimoy's much-anticipated documentary, For the Love of Spock, as the world celebrates the 50th annivesary of Star Trek, the phenomenon that Leonard Nimoy helped bring to life.

"I was thrilled to be a part of For the Love of Spock," said Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the J. J. Abrams Star Trek films.  "I think Adam really captured a lot about his father that even I didn't know, in terms of his journey and his relationship with the character.  I feel like Adam brought his whole heart and all of his talent to bear on what turned out to be a really lovely tribute to his dad, but also a lovely tribute to Spock and to the fans.  I think people will really, really love the movie."

For the Love of Spock was intended as a father-son project that would be timed to Star Trek's 50th anniversary, but it morphed into something different upon Leonard's death in early 2015.  The finished documentary explores Leonard's time as Spock, the life and legacy of the actor and his iconic character, the fascinating father-son relationship between Leonard and Adam, and also Adam's personal evolution.  It features interviews with the elder Nimoy's family members; many of his colleagues, among them William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, J. J. Abrams and Quinto; and admirers spanning from everyday fans to Jason Alexander, Jim Parsons and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Tickets for the film at the Plaza Theatre are $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and children.  Purchase your tickets now on Fandango by clicking the link below.
Eleventh Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge

6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016

Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta GA  30324
(404) 874-5703 ||
The 2015 Bowling Challenge was a lot of fun for all who attended.  The Port Siders: FCapt Eric L. Watts, Lt JG Lee Johnson, Bunny "S." and Ens Vicki Greve played two games against The Starboarders: Lt JG Tiffany Johnson, ENS1 Todd Dissinger, Ryan Laek and Ens Gaylen Greve.
Join the USS Republic for our Eleventh Annual STARFLEET Bowling Challenge!  We once again challenge the Klingon Assault Group and the Georgia 501st to this longstanding annual event... we'll see who shows up to meet us in the alley!

The game fee is $20.00 per person for two hours of bowling and includes shoe rental.  CASH ONLY, PLEASE, and please pay the Republic, who has already paid for the lane rental.  We have rented two lanes for two hours which accommodate up to six players each.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can add lanes if necessary.  Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to pay for play, get your shoes and choose your ball.  First ball rolls promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please arrive early and be ready to roll (literally) at 7:00 p.m.  Midtown Bowl's food grill offers a broad range of menu items and adult beverages are available at the full-service bar.

The now-legendary 2007 Bowling Challenge was a huge media event with lots of TV cameras and all the challenges since then have been just as much fun, if perhaps not as well-attended.  Plan to wear your best Star Trek costume or your USS Republic sport shirt or chapter t-shirt for this fun-filled family-friendly event!

Treklanta Infinity memberships still available
A Treklanta Infinity membership is, essentially, a lifetime membership, and is valid for the lifetime of the member who purchases it... or of the convention, whichever ends first.  Treklanta Infinity memberships are $500 and sales will be limited to five.  A Treklanta Infinity membership includes a full three-day badge to the convention each year, every year, for as long as Treklanta continues to hold conventions.

Treklanta Infinity memberships should not be confused with our Ambassador memberships, which are a year-to-year, one-year-only "combo package" membership that, until this year, has included a full three-day badge, admission to our VIP champagne reception, a t-shirt, one celebrity autograph and front-row seating at all our ballroom events.  T-shirts, autographs and admission to our VIP reception are not included in an Infinity membership but will be available to those members at additional cost.

A Treklanta Infinity membership shall be for the sole and exclusive use of the person who buys it.  A Treklanta Infinity membership may not be sold, assigned, bequeathed, conveyed, donated, exchanged, gifted, given, granted, leased, loaned, pledged, traded, transferred or used by any other person for any reason whatsoever.
Purchase Your Infinity Membership Here:
Treklanta 2016 souvenir t-shirts still available
Did you attend this year's Treklanta but didn't manage to make it to the Con Store?  Or did you spend all your gold-pressed latinum on autographs and in the Dealers Room?  Or—perish forbid!—did you miss the convention entirely?  Never fear, the t-shirts are here!  We have a mostly complete supply of sizes and colors still in stock, but only one left in many of these size/color combinations.  Don't wait any longer to get YOUR limited edition, commemorative Treklanta 2016 souvenir t-shirt while supplies last!

T-shirts are a high-quality Gildan brand 50/50 polycot blend with Treklanta 2016's Guests of Honor Carel Struycken, Jack Stauffer, Tracee Lee Cocco and Bjo Trimble featured in a full color design that includes the convention logo and date.  All t-shirts are only $20 postpaid.

Use the PayPal buttons below to order your desired t-shirt, and be sure that the mailing address on your PayPal account is current and valid.  Your t-shirt will be shipped to the address listed in your PayPal payment transaction receipt.

Treklanta t-shirts from 2013 to 2015 also still available
Treklanta still has a selection of souvenir t-shirts from 2013, 2014 and 2015 available for sale, as well as our exclusive Scotty t-shirt, featuring original artwork by USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts.
Your purchase of one or more of these t-shirts supports the convention by helping us keep membership prices as low as possible while still bringing you the most exciting guests.  These shirts make great gifts for the Star Trek fan in your life!  Only $20 each, including shipping.  Please visit the MERCHANDISE page on the Treklanta web site for a complete listing of sizes and colors available, and place your order today!  Thank you!
Autographed 8x10 glossy prints still available
These full-color 8x10 glossy prints of Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager and Lursa from Star Trek: Generations were autographed by Tim Russ and Barbara March at our very first TrekTrax Atlanta convention way back in 2011.  Two different versions of a standing Tuvok are available while Lursa sits majestically in her command chair.  Since appearing as our very first Guest of Honor five years ago, Mr. Russ has since directed and starred in the award-winning independent fan film Star Trek: Renegades, which won seven of thirteen awards presented at the 2016 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Festival at Treklanta this past April.

Your purchase of one or more autographed glossy prints supports the convention by helping us keep membership prices as low as possible while still bringing you the most exciting guests.  These prints make great gifts for the Star Trek fan in your life!  Only $20.00 each, including shipping in a plastic sheet protector inside a sturdy envelope to prevent bending and/or folding.  Please visit the MERCHANDISE page on the
Treklanta web site and place your order today!  Make it so!
Personnel Records
STARFLEET Academy Course Completions
Congratulations to ENS3 Vicki Greve, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy course "Basic Security Officers Course" from the Institute of Military Studies College of Security, completed on June 4, 2016.
Congratulations to ENS3 Vicki Greve, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy course "TOS Rank Recognition" from the Institute of Military Studies College of Security, completed on June 4, 2016.
Congratulations to ENS3 Vicki Greve, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Basic Doctorate" from the Institute of Life Science Studies College of Medicine, completed on August 18, 2016.
Congratulations to Ens James King, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "History & Government" from the Institute of Alien Studies Klingon Warrior Academy, completed on August 3, 2016.
Congratulations to Ens James King, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy course "Pre-19th Century Pioneers" from the Institute of Science & Technology College of Engineering, completed on August 4, 2016.
STARFLEET International Individual Awards
Congratulations to FCapt Eric L. Watts, who received the Order of Darmok and Jalad, 3rd Class, awarded for a signficant act of friendship or outreach shown to a fellow STARFLEET member or for outreach to their community on behalf of their chapter, region or STARFLEET; at the STARFLEET International Conference, on August 14, 2016.
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
Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriter Damon Lindelof regrets "gratuitous" Alice Eve underwear scene
If Star Trek Into Darkness screenwriter Damon Lindelof could go back in time through some wormhole, there's one major change he'd make to the script.

Amid some criticism over a scene in the sci-fi flick that has Alice Eve's Dr. Carol Marcus stripping down to her underwear on the flimsiest of pretexts, Linedlof apologized for the "gratuitious" scene.

"I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress," Lindelof, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, said in a mea culpa on Twitter.

Lindelof's apology comes after the scene of Eve in her unmentionables, overshadowed the eye-popping action scenes in the film's first trailer and became the talk of the Internet.

After seeing the finished movie, online reviewer Jill Pantozzi wrote of Eve's weapons specialist: "Suffice to say, her purpose in the film was minimal and they made her stand around in underwear for absolutely no reason.  We didn't even see an actual display of the intelligence she was touted to have."

That sort of scene, however, has long been a staple of sci-fi and action movies, which has traditionally catered toward younger male demographics.  Even Sigourney Weaver, the matriarch of kick-ass sci-fi heroines, shed her clothes to dispatch the title creature in 1979's
Alien.  And Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia's metal bikini in Return of the Jedi is still the talk of 12 parsecs.

Eve herself told
The Daily News after the film's London premiere that she wasn't particularly surprised by the demands of the scene—though she clearly seemed to prefer avoid answering the same question in every single interview.

"I think the nature of what we do is visual and so all of us are subject to typecasting," the Oxford-educated actress told the

"I think (director) J, J. Abrams very carefully and decidedly walks the line between allowing audiences to have what they expect from cinema, which is to have these paradigms, but also to try to slightly adjust tired stereotypes.

"So he gives us strength.  And he does it for men, too.  There's vulnerability in all humanity and that vulnerability doesn't just belong to women."

Did you notice "that every man in this movie cries," she added.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Republic Dinner & Treklanta Staff Meeting  ||  March 19, 2016
Marlow's Tavern  ||  Tucker, Georgia
Chairman & USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts, Director of Operations Ens Matt Steinberg, Rachel Evans
Left (facing forward): Staff volunteers ENS1 James P. Gronski, ENS1 Leslie C. Gronski, Ens Kathy Graham Wynn, (Ens) Theresa Watkins; (facing away): Rachel Evans, Director of Operations Ens Matt Steinberg.
Right (facing forward): Staff volunteers Ens Kathy Graham Wynn, (Ens) Theresa Watkins, Director of Photography Ken Lackner; (facing away): Director of Operations Ens Matt Steinberg, Chairman FCapt Eric L. Watts, Guest Services & Transportation staff volunteer Amanda McGowan.
Left: On-Site Registration staff volunteer Lt. Cmdr Diane Ruhland, Director of On-Site Registration VAdm Russell D. Ruhland.
Right: Director of Photography Ken Lackner, Guest Services & Transportation staff volunteer Amanda McGowan, Chairman FCapt Eric L. Watts, Director of Operations Ens Matt Steinberg.
Left: Staff volunteers ENS1 James P. Gronski, ENS1 Leslie C. Gronski, Ens Kathy Graham Wynn, (Ens) Theresa Watkins.
Right: Staff volunteers Ens Kathy Graham Wynn, (Ens) Theresa Watkins, Director of Photography Ken Lackner, Chairman FCapt Eric L. Watts, Director of Operations Ens Matt Steinberg.
See 10 photos from
this event on Flickr



Wednesday, May 18
Lt JG Lee Johnson

Wednesday, May 25
ENS1 Julianne Trew

Wednesday, May 30
ENS1 Richard Tucker

1 New Member in April!

Ens Matthew P. Steinberg

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

ENS1 Eddie Hines

These members' dues expired in July or
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ENS1 Russell J. Broomfield
Ens Charles Brent Chapman
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ENS1 Jenilee Trew
ENS1 Julianne Trew

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NEWS from
Bryan Fuller reveals new Star Trek: Discovery details
By John Duchak
August 28, 2016
Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller on August 27th called in to radio show Nerd World Report with Hop and Herc to talk about the new series.  He touched on the tradition of calling the second-in-command "Number One," music production and deciding upon the timeline for the show (Kelvin or Prime).
The protagonist
Fuller revealed that the show's main character, who was previously revealed to be a female lieutenant commander (with caveats), would be the USS Discovery's first officer and would be referred to as "Number One" as an homage to Majel Barret Roddenberry's character from Star Trek's first pilot, "The Cage."  Fuller would not say exactly when during the series we will learn the actual name of the character, but that it would be during the first season.  Fuller, dodging the question of whether it would be in the pilot, quoted Spock from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by concluding his remarks on the subject by saying, "If minutes were hours...."
Elaborating on Discovery's protagonist, Fuller remarked, "When we introduce our protagonist, she is called Number One for that very reason, in honor of Majel Barrett's character in the original pilot.  And as we were first talking about the series and talking to CBS, we said initially, we will only call this character Number One, because in the '60s, in the first pilot, Gene Roddenberry was very progressive, and he had a female first officer, and CBS [sic] executives at the time said America is not ready for a female in a command position."
Despite the series featuring this new Number One as its protagonist, it will be an ensemble cast.
Prime vs. Kelvin timeline
Fuller said that when he and executive producer Alex Kurtzman were initially developing the story, they felt it could take place in either timeline and that, in his opinion, the timelines were inconsequential to the story they wanted to tell.  However, Fuller noted that he and Kurtzman had decided to set Discovery in the Prime timeline in order to keep the new series independent of the films.  As a matter of practicality, the writing staff for Discovery would therefore not need to keep track of what the writers associated with the films were doing, and vice versa.
Fuller felt that there was something nice about setting Discovery in the Prime timeline, as there are so many aspects of the original series that would be fun to explore with updated production values.
"Reimagining" Star Trek
Fuller has stated in previous comments that Discovery would "reimagine" Star Trek.  When pressed for specifics, Fuller mentioned that one of the cool things they get to do with the show is reimagine all of the alien species that the audience has seen before in Star Trek.  Fuller, along with the show's writing staff, wanted to do something a little unique with the look of aliens.
Commenting on this, Fuller said, "It's fun for all of us who have fetishized the look of these species over the years of watching Star Trek, and it's fun for us to put a new spin on old favorites."  When specifically pressed about the look of the Klingons in Discovery and whether they would have forehead ridges or look like they did in the original series, Fuller would not comment.
Continuing, Fuller said, "We're going to try to achieve a new look for Star Trek that is very much Star Trek, but also our interpretation of Star Trek.  And I love [for] each of the shows I work on to have a distinct esthetic.  So being able to apply the color palette of some of these, whether it's Hannibal or Pushing Daisies, and going a different direction with science fiction, it just felt like it was a good place to start our signature look for the Star Trek universe and work our way forward as we continue to tell stories."
Given the time frame of ten years before the original series, Fuller said that the crew's uniforms would be completely different than those seen in "The Cage."  Fuller continued, "I think that when you see [the uniform], I can tell you specifically what the influences are, and that the styles that they adopted were a transporter accident in their approach.  A happy transporter accident.  I think when you see the design, you'll say, "It's a little bit of this, it's a little bit of that."
Bringing up a wardrobe test that occurred recently, he said, "It was interesting to think, Okay, we need to take these colors, and we have to put them against the bulkhead that has the ship colors, and see what's going to be the best-looking aesthetic for the show.  So, taking the sets and wardrobe and lighting into effect."
Discovery's production as it stands today
Fuller noted that the show's pilot would be a two-part episode, with the first hour written by he and Alex Kurtzman, while the second hour was written by Nicholas Meyer.  Fuller did not reveal whether the show's two-hour pilot would air all at once or be broken up into two episodes.
Out of the 13 episodes of the show's first season, Fuller said that the scripts had been written for the first three episodes.  Script outlines have been developed for episodes four and five, but they are not complete yet.  However, Fuller and his writing team have fleshed out the story arc for the entire first season.  Story concepts have been developed for the remaining episodes.
Fuller noted that Star Trek has primarily been episodic, with the exception of the Dominion War arc on Deep Space Nine.  He said that Discovery will be very different from the majority of Star Trek, as it will be serialized.
As previously reported, CBS has ordered a 13-episode first season of Discovery.  Fuller strongly recommended against doing 26-episode seasons as other Star Trek shows have done, noting that he thought it would fatigue the show.  Fuller's ideal season would be ten episodes, but that the future beyond season one of Discovery changes weekly, so the episode orders for additional seasons have yet to be determined.
Regarding CBS All Access, Fuller stated that, "We're talking about all sorts of things that we could do to keep Star Trek interesting for subscribers to CBS All Access," but he did not go into specifics.
Casting remains in its early stages, with Fuller noting that they had met with some great actors.  Fuller revealed that there is of course some people he has previously worked with that he would love to see on Discovery.  Fuller hoped that they would have something to say in regards to casting announcements in early October, but that is not definite.
Discovery's music
Asked whether Discovery would reuse, or pay homage to, any of the original series's iconic themes, he agreed that it would be cool to use them.  Adding, "It would be great to homage some of those things.  I don't think we would use them specifically, but it's certainly something we've had discussions about and I don't know yet whether or not we're going to commit to that."
Fuller also said that they have yet to decide on the show's opening credits or its music.
Fuller confirmed that he loves the orchestral scores composed by Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner from the films, but that the production does not have access to that material.  The music from the various incarnations of Star Trek on television, however, the series will have access to.
Expanding on the musical style he prefers, Fuller said, "I love Jerry Goldsmith's score for [The Motion Picture]... I love his Klingon theme... I love his Vulcan theme... Ilia's theme.  His music is so important and such a fantastic part of the feel of [the films]."
Continuing, Fuller said, "I think there's a lot of interesting things happening here musically.  We absolutely have to have orchestral elements of the show [performed by] live orchestras.  If we don't have a live orchestra for the show, we would be the first Star Trek television series [not to use one].  But you look at how some interesting new hybridizations of synth and orchestral scores have serviced Star Trek.  First Contact had some very fantastic mixed pieces, and I look at what Hans Zimmer does, and I love his score for Interstellar.  So it's interesting to take a bit of a mix with our approach.  And we'll see when we get to that level of production, but I'm very excited about the music.  Music is incredibly important."
However, Fuller did not reveal whether the show would utilize a single composer or multiple, nor whether they have been selected yet.
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