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Volume I
Number 68
November 2013
•  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
•  STARFLEET International election results announced
•  STARFLEET International dues increase next month
•  Scotty T-Shirts now available
•  Personnel Records
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated November Birthdays

•  Member Reenlistments

•  Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
    Bryan Fuller on pitching a Star Trek TV show
 Chance at a Worf TV Show?  Dorn: The Idea's "Never Dead"
 Rumor: Orci talked to CBS about Trek TV show
 Rumor: Joe Cornish being considered as director for Trek 3
 Summer box office budget reduction
    New George Takei cologne: "Eau My"
Away 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
Farragut 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 and directions to the event can be found on Farragut Fest's web site.
USS 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
(678) 973-0410
The USS Republic's 2012 Holiday Party, hosted by Theresa Parker, marked the occasion of the historic reunification of the USS Republic and USS Atlanta
Save the date now and make plans to attend the USS Republic's annual Holiday Potluck Party on Saturday, December 21, at Challenges 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 friendship!

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!

TrekTrax Atlanta announces celebrity guest lineup for 2014
TrekTrax Atlanta 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 to Atlanta!

Felix 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.

Arlene 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."

Jeremy 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 site.

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!
USS Republic web site overhauled, updated and reorganized
The 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 to find!

You'll 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?

The Crew Roster page has been updated to show the full complement of our current membership... what a great-looking group!
The 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 impressed!
The Photo Gallery page now links directly to the Republic's Flickr web page where literally thousands of photos from Republic events and activities from the past 25 years have been uploaded.
The FAQs page now actually includes questions to go with the answers, which have been fully updated, as well.
The 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.
The 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 last year.
The How to Join page still offers information on how to join and/or renew your membership and pay your dues.
The Chapter History page has been cleaned up and a photo of the Republic's 1988 commissioning added.
Old 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.
New 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.
That 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.
STARFLEET International election results announced
On 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.
The 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.
STARFLEET International dues increase next month
In 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 that report.

Like it or not, this change goes into effect on January 1, 2014.  The new membership structure is as follows:

Electronic CQ delivery: US Members:
$10 individual membership
$15 family of two, $2 for each additional family member up to a total of six people
Print 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 the Captain.
Scotty T-Shirts now available
This stunning 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 Atlanta, 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.  Thank you!
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
Nichelle Nichols in full Uhura makeup and costume
on the Paramount lot, presumably circa 1967-68.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Project: Potemkin Open House  ||  October 12, 2013
Seated: 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, Jack Zumwalt.
This event was covered by Albany's local FOX News station, WFXL-TV Channel 31.  Click the image to watch the 48-second video.
Seventh Annual Halloween Spooktacular  ||  October 27, 2013
Ens 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 as T'Pring.


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 you!

ENS2 Tracey S. Harwell

These members' dues
expired in November or will expire in December.
  Please renew now!

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
Cdt Zarena Nova Tucker
Ensign "Wolfy"

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 December 1, 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.



Crmn Eliya Brog
CDT Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 "Wolfy"

NEWS from
Bryan Fuller on pitching a Star Trek TV show
By Matt Wright
October 2, 2013
Trek 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.
On the rumor that he pitched a Trek TV series:
"I 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 dream docket."
Would this hypothetical show be set in the new Abrams-verse or an "old" prime universe?
"I 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."
© 2013 SciFanatic Network

Chance at a Worf TV show?  The idea's "never dead," says Michael Dorn
By Kayla Iacovino
October 9, 2013
Michael 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.
Transporter Room 3 Talks to Michael Dorn about Worf on TV
"Where 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 last year.
"Well, 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 interest."
It turns out, Dorn even penned some of the script himself.
"What 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."
That sounds cool.  Is there still a chance that it could happen?
So 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?
"I 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."
"It's a Klingon ship"
Dorn 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.
© 2013 SciFanatic Network

Rumor: Orci talked to CBS about Trek TV show
By Matt Wright
October 12, 2013
Putting 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:
Joe Michalczuk

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
Orci 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 made.
© 2013 SciFanatic Network

Rumor: Joe Cornish being considered as director for Trek 3
By Matt Wright
November 3, 2013
According to, 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.
Cornish 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.
© 2013 SciFanatic Network

Summer box office budget reduction
By Matt Wright
November 11, 2013
In 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 effects, etc.
Paramount 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."
© 2013 SciFanatic Network

New George Takei cologne: "Eau My"
By Matt Wright
November 28, 2013
Now available from
© 2013 SciFanatic Network
USS Republic NCC-1371
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  Captain Eric L. Watts
Executive Officer
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 68, November 2013.
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