Friday-Sunday, May 23-25: TimeGate
Sunday, May 25: Away Mission
to X-Men: Days of Future Past
Friday-Sunday, June 13-15:
Sci-Fi Summer Con
USS Republic wins
two more awards
TrekTrax Atlanta souvenir
t-shirts still available
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Belated April Birthdays
May Membership Renewals
For More Information
USS Republic Online
News from The Original
Van Gogh's Ear Anthology.com
Interview with Huston Huddleston of the Hollywood
Friday-Sunday, May 23-25, 2014
Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta GA 30341
is an annual science fiction/fantasy convention that focuses
on Doctor Who and Stargate but also includes
programming on a wide range of other sci-fi/fantasy interests.
So if you're into Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who,
Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane
Adventures or Stargate Universe, this is the convention
if not, we'll also have Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica,
literary, costuming, horror and comics programming, too, along
with many other topics."
guest list this year includes Paul McGillion and Diana
Although best known for their work in other science fiction
franchises, McGillion played a barracks leader in J. J. Abrams'
first Star Trek film (2009) and Botsford co-authored
the Star Trek: The Next Generation sixth-season episode
"Rascals" (1992). There are no programming
events currently scheduled that are directly related to Star
Trek, but there are two discussion panels about people
closely associated with it: "Roddenberry's Other Visions"
(Friday at 7:00 p.m.), about the Star Trek creator's
other sci-fi TV shows; and "The Stars of Sherlock:
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman" (unfortunately
also on Friday at 7:00 p.m.), the former actor best
known to Star Trek fans as Khan in Star Trek Into
The USS Republic will have an official presence at
TimeGate. Please contact
the Captain if you're interested in helping at our
fan table. Anyone helping with the table must be
a registered member of the convention; see details below.
TimeGate memberships for persons age 13 and up are $60 at
the door for the weekend with day-only passes available. For
more information about TimeGate's guests, programming events,
hotel and memberships, please visit their web
Mission to X-Men: Days of Future Past
1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014
North Dekalb Mall 16
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy
Decatur GA 30033
ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the
species across two time periods in
X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the
original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their
younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle
that must change the past to save our future. The X-Men
send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change
history and prevent an event that results in doom for both
humans and mutants.
TAKE NOTE OF THE DAY AND TIME!
Because this highly anticipated film premieres on the
same weekend as TimeGate, we've chosen to hold our away mission
on Sunday and at the only matinee screening at this theater. Tickets
for adults are only $6.00 for this showtime, compared
to $13.75 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 X-Men: Days of Future Past!
Friday-Sunday, June 13-15, 2014
Atlanta Galleria Hotel
6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta GA 30339
in its fourteenth year, Sci-Fi Summer Con is for fans,
friends and anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy,
horror and comics. The Republic has had
an official presence at this convention for the last several
years, including our 20th anniversary celebration six years
ago and our very own Captain Eric L. Watts being named
Fan Guest of Honor four years ago. Sci-Fi Summer
Con is Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively
to all forms of science fiction and fantasy.
As of press
only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of
science fiction and fantasy"
has not announced any Star Trek-related guests or panels
for this year's convention, but we'll
keep an eye on the schedule and let you know next issue if
any Star Trek-related panels are added.
Republic XO Adm Mike Henigan, ENS1 Julianne
Trew, ENS1 Claire Willis and CO Capt Eric L. Watts
at the Republic's TrekTrax Atlanta fan table
at the 2013 Sci-Fi Summer Con.
Note: Captain Eric
has withdrawn from the "Conspiracies in Star Trek"
panel mentioned last issue, and the Republic may or
may not have a
fan table at the convention, depending on on-site table availability.
If the Republic is able to secure a table
(which may not be known until the first day of the convention),
the Captain if you'd be interested in helping with
it. Anyone helping with the table must be a registered
member of the convention; see details below.
Sci-Fi Summer Con memberships for persons age 13 and up are
$20 until May 20 and can be purchased from their web
site. At-the-door memberships will be $35
for the weekend, $20 for Saturday only or $10 for Friday or
Sunday only. For more information about Sci-Fi
Summer Con's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships,
please visit their web
Republic wins two more awards
the Region 2 Summit hosted by the USS Haise (Jackson,
Mississippi) in nearby Vicksburg on March 7-9, 2014, the
USS Republic was presented with two regional awards
for 2013. They include "The Richard Daystrom
Cyberspace Award for Most Informative Web Site" and
a "Perfect Reporting" award for filing MSRs (mandated
by STARFLEET) in a timely manner for twelve consecutive
months. These awards were accepted by the Republic's
Executive Officer, Adm Mike Henigan, who attended
the Summit with Region 2 Zone 2 Coordinator Adm Kelly
Commander, STARFLEET Fleet Admiral
Wayne Lee Killough, Jr. (left) and Region 2 Regional Coordinator
Vice Admiral Jack Eaton (right) present Region 2's "Most
Informative Web Site" award to USS Republic
Executive Officer Admiral Mike Henigan at the R2 Summit.
Republic previously won the "Most Informative Web Site"
award for 2007 and 2008. The "Best Chapter Web Site"
(which the Republic has somehow never won) and "Superior
Achievement and Performance" awards both went to the USS Robins,
of Warner Robins, Georgia. Their web site can be found
Surprisingly, your chapter newsletter, The Republiqué,
did not win any awards at all this year. We won
the "Newsletter of the Year" award for 2012, took second place
in that category for 2011, and received the "Best Electronic
Newsletter" award for 2009. This year, the first,
second and third place award winners for "Best Newsletter"
went to the USS
DaVinci (Columbus, Georgia), USS
Haise and USS
Robins, respectively. The Republic
congratulates those chapters for what must surely be some
The USS Republic has won 16 Region 2 awards and one
STARFLEET International award since 2006. See the
full list on the Awards
Atlanta souvenir t-shirts still available
available! A limited selection of commemorative souvenir
t-shirts from this year's TrekTrax
Featuring 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. Available in all sizes from Small to 2XL
in red, blue or black, EXCEPT for Medium, which is
available in black only. There is only one shirt
left in several of these size and color combinations, so
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has been written about Spock's pointed ears and slanted
eyebrows, but an often overlooked aspect of the classic
Vulcan look is the slightly greenish tint of his complexion. Here,
makeup artist Fred Phillips applies the base makeup
needed prior to adding the alien color to Leonard Nimoy's
face sometime in 1967. The full procedure for
prosthetics and makeup was one and a half hours.
Chapter Event Photos
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AnachroCon || February
Capt Eric L. Watts at the TrekTrax Atlanta fan table.
"Wolfy" and ENS1 Sue Lin Lange with CO Capt Eric
Iron Man and Steampunk Jedi Knights at AnachroCon.
Atlanta Volunteer Staff Meeting || March
from left: Cmdr Dawn Benton, XO Adm Mike Henigan, ENS1 Mark
A. Ozanick, Brent Chapman, CO Capt Eric L. Watts, VAdm Russell
Ruhland, Lt. Diane Ruhland, Adm Kelly Hilliard, Charles
H. Strobel and Jeff "Legoless" Moore discuss plans for the
Sunday, April 6
Capt Matthew D. Ebeling
Monday, April 14
Lt JG Robert Louis Simon
Wednesday, April 28
ENS3 Patricia Houk
Friday, April 30
ENS1 Hal Doby
These members' dues will expire in May. Please
ENS1 Glenn Albertini
ENS1 K'La Albertini
Capt Michael Cowart
ENS3 James P. Gronski
ENS3 Leslie C. Gronski
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 May 10, 2014, the Republic crew includes 39
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. 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 our award-winning web site.
Interview with Huston Huddleston of the Hollywood Sci-Fi
founder and CEO of the New Starship Foundation, Huston Huddleston
has long been dedicated to educating the world on the impact
science fiction has had on modern culture and technology.
The son of Oscar-winning composer Floyd Huddleston
and singer/arranger Nancy Adams, he has always been influenced
and inspired by all things creative. Huston himself
has composed over 100 songs for various artists, written
multiple screenplays and musicals, and two animated films
for Don Bluth.
recently gained attention worldwide when he announced the
massively ambitious plans for the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum.
With celebrities in the field already on board and
plans that include Halls of Spaceships, Robots, Real Robots,
and Cars, as well as props and sets from various iconic
science fiction films and shows, and a section devoted to
the art of special effects and animation, the museum offers
fans a look into the world of sci-fi in a way never before
done. The museum also looks to educate the public
on the advancements in space travel and teach real science
through science fiction. It will be an interactive
museum with fully immersive environments and touch screens
that will incorporate old and new footage from actors, filmmakers,
and NASA astronauts and scientists that will present both
the fact and fiction of sci-fi. This will eventually
teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based
education in a fun new way to all ages.
was it like growing up with such creative parents?
other than famous people coming over. I was a non-bratty
only child who was given the creative freedom to be who
I am, not what others expected of me. They treated
me with respect and I adored them and gave the same. There's
nothing worse than treating a child like they're a subhuman
subservient. And I in turn behaved with the maturity
of an adult but with the fun of a kid.
their influence have something to do with your own decision
to become a writer?
talent certainly influenced me, and my dad worked at home
all day so we were best friends.
was it like to grow up in a household that encouraged creativity?
What do you think is the most important thing you
learned from them?
was wonderful, every day was Disneyland. I learned
to be who I am and the best I can be, to be kind and love
everyone, and that when someone's a jerk, to not care about
what anyone thinks about you.
father worked as a composer for Disney on such films as
The Aristocats and Robin Hood, the last of
which your mother provided the voice for on the song "Love."
Did you enjoy getting to see their work on such projects
as a child? Is it kind of nice to see them immortalized
through such work?
all happened either before I was born or when I was very
little, but I do remember Phil Harris being so sweet to
me. All those films were a part of my life, as
they are many kid's lives. I adore my parents!
did you first develop your love of science fiction? Did
your love of space follow that or did it come first?
Star Trek figures, Star Trek toys, Six
Million Dollar Man toys... it all started with toys and
reruns of Kirk and Spock on TV. I've never really
had a "love" of space per se; I'm too terrified to
do what NASA astronauts do, but I certainly am fascinated
by it and respect them SO much. I met astronaut Cady
Coleman recently and I bowed to her (laughs).
do you think modern man has been so taken with both of those
takes us out of our boring, problematic world and shows
a future that is bigger and better.
do you think sci-fi has most affected space exploration
and the current understanding of the universe?
inspired the right people, people who see something on TV
or film that is fiction or fantasy and they say "How can
I make that real?" Star Trek has done that
were people's reactions when you first told them you wanted
to rescue the bridge of the Enterprise?
people didn't care, companies didn't care, and no one I
knew with any money or power cared. It wasn't until
I met Ron D. Moore, Brent Spiner and Larry Nemecek that
I found some love. Then I did the first Kickstarter
and found out just how many people did care.
you think it is important for a person to always have a
dream, no matter how impossible it may seem?
exist on this Earth if you don't? Reality is far too
boring without a goal or dream, and I think nearly anything
can happen if you do it properly, if it's something good,
and you never give up.
you ever get tired of people telling you things can't be
negative people tell me that, and I never listen to them.
I only listen to the people who believe in what I'm
doing, and that includes every single one of our board members,
our supporters and friends. They're my heroes.
those who might not be familiar with the story, how did
all of this come into being?
knew someone at Paramount who told me the Enterprise
D Touring Bridge set was being destroyed the very next week,
and I took a huge risk to rescue it for $7,000. We
received a huge amount of notoriety from the media, raised
about $100,000 in 2013, and then had to figure out what
to do next, because we needed $250,000 to restore the Enterprise
bridge. After a talk with CBS on what they would like
us to do and not to do (they own the intellectual rights),
we decided to create our museum.
you find it encouraging that so many people are sharing
your dream of making this a reality?
the only way. Without encouragement, I'd certainly
never have the guts to do this alone!
a fan of science fiction yourself, who are some of your
all-time favorite authors in the genre? Do you have
a favorite franchise or character, or do you love them all
ashamed to say I'm not a voracious reader. Because
I write TV and film scripts for a living, my time is spent
rereading my own text instead of other people's. I
mostly read comics, I'm so immature. My tops
are probably TOS, TNG, Trek and Voyager, 2004
BSG, Who and Firefly/Serenity.
do you think is the key to a life well-lived?
chances, taking risks, being smart, not going broke and
asking yourself, "If I do this, what's the worst that can
possibly happen?" Whether it's a business decision
or asking someone out. And to quote Churchill,
"Never, never, never give up."