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Volume I
Number 85
Late April/Early May (June) 2015
•  Friday-Sunday, June 12-14: Sci-Fi Summer Con

•  Jennifer Cook wins 16th Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
•  Jason Carter blogs about his Treklanta 2015 experience
•  Personnel Records
•  Classified Ads
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Belated April Birthdays
•  March
Member Reenlistments
•  April & May Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Nichelle Nichols Suffers Stroke
•  News from
   — Asteroid Named After Nimoy
Sci-Fi Summer Con

Friday-Sunday, June 12-14, 2015
Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta GA  30341
Now in its fifteenth 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 in 1988 and our very own Fleet Captain Eric L. Watts being named Fan Guest of Honor five years ago.  Sci-Fi Summer Con is "Atlanta's only annual convention devoted exclusively to all forms of science fiction and fantasy."

USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts (right) and Remy Loste (left) at the Republic's TrekTrax Atlanta fan table at the 2014 Sci-Fi Summer Con.
As of press time, "Atlanta's 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, and at this point is unlikely to do so.

For the first time in eight years, the Republic has chosen to not have an official presence at this year's Sci-Fi Summer Con, meaning no fan table, no discussion panels and no room party.  We've had some great times there in the past, but the convention's declining attendance and consistent absence of any Star Trek guest, event or activity no longer warrants the time, effort or expense of organizing an official presence.  However, all members and friends of the Republic are still encouraged to attend Sci-Fi Summer Con and enjoy the other guests, events and activities they have planned.

Sci-Fi Summer Con memberships for persons age 13 and up who are not already registered are $35 for the weekend, $20 for Saturday only or $10 for Friday or Sunday only and are available only at the door.  For more information about Sci-Fi Summer Con's guests, programming events, hotel and memberships, visit their web site.

Jennifer Cook wins 16th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Eric L. Watts as Master of Ceremonies "Korgoth," Jason Carter, Anne Lockhart, Jennifer Cook as newly crowned Miss Klingon Empire "Q'Inpella," Sean Kenny and Keith R. A. DeCandido
Five valiant warriors competed for the coveted title of Miss Klingon Empire at this year's Treklanta, but after a spirited (and surprisingly bloodless) competition, Jennifer Cook of Dalton, Georgia, as "Q'Inpella" won the title and the crown, the trophy and the banner, and the flowers and the hearts of the audience.

However, victory was not easily won.  "Q'Inpella" faced considerable challenges from "Ga'Ornh Maga" (Jillanna Babb-Cheshul of Ringgold, Georgia), "Mana" (Donna Jean Bearden of Calhoun, Georgia), "J'Tar" (the USS Republic's very own Ens Tina Louise Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina) and "BaH, of the House of Antaak" (Ashley White of Calhoun, Georgia) in Beauty, Talent and Personality competitions.  The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant was MC'ed by "Korgoth" (a.k.a. MKE pageant creator/producer, Treklanta founder/chairman and USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts).  Serving as judges for this year's competition were Treklanta Guests of Honor Sean Kenney, Jason Carter, Anne Lockhart and Keith R. A. DeCandido.

Congratulations to Jennifer Cook for her victory!  The 17th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant will be held at next year's Treklanta on April 30, 2016.  Plan to be there!  Q'pla!
Jason Carter blogs about his Treklanta 2015 experience
Treklanta 2015 Guest of Honor Jason Carter, best known to science fiction fans as Ranger Marcus Cole on Babylon 5, wrote a terrific article about his experience at our convention for his blog.  He describes in delightful detail just about everything he did at the convention and concludes with:

Treklanta is a wonderful small (but growing) convention that is definitely "by fans, for fans."  I highly recommend it to anyone who is tired of the huge commercial mega-cons with snooty celebs and desires a more casual and intimate environment with well-chosen guests who are not "too cool" to hang out, chat and have a good time with the attendees.  I am thankful for the excellent experience I had there and extend immense gratitude to Treklanta for inviting me.

Treklanta would like to thank Mr. Carter for being such a wonderful guest at our convention this year and for writing such a great article about his experience with us.  Click the image below to read everything he said about Treklanta and his time with us this year.
Personnel Records
STARFLEET Academy Course Completions
Congratulations to Ens Daniel Cowart, who received a grade of PASS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Officer's Training School" from the Institute of Leadership Studies, completed on May 6, 2015.
Congratulations to Ens Daniel Cowart, who received a grade of DISTINCTION for the STARFLEET Academy course "TOS Rank Recognition" from the Institute of Military Studies, completed on May 6, 2015.
Congratulations to Ens Daniel Cowart, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Basic Security Officers Course" from the Institute of Military Studies, completed on May 6, 2015.
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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FOR SALE: Star Trek Book and Record Set, "The Crier in Emptiness," Power Records
Library Computer
Paramount spared no expense promoting the September 26 premiere of Enterprise in the late summer of 2001.  This billboard was photographed on Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, Georgia.
The series' two-hour premiere episode, "Broken Bow," was watched by 12.54 million viewers, scored 7.0 in the Nielsen ratings and went steadily downhill from there.  No other episode was ever watched by more than 9.2 million viewers or ever scored higher than 5.7 in the Nielsens.  By the fourth season, the audience was frequently under 3 millions viewers and 2.0 in the Nielsens, leading to its cancellation.  The cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise (having added the "Star Trek" prefix in the third season) marked the death of what many fans now refer to as the Roddenberry Universe... an outcome that could not have possibly been foreseen when this billboard boldly heralded its premiere on Atlanta's UPN affiliate, UPN 69, four years earlier.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Memorial Service for ENS1 Chris White  ||  March 21, 2015
Chris's mother, Marilyn Teague (right) and stepfather Robert Teague (center) offer remembrances of their loving son.
A slideshow presentation included highlights of Chris's lifelong involvement in Star Trek and Star Wars fandoms.
Ens Vicki Greve, Ens Gaylen Greve, USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts, ENS2 Robert Teague, ENS1 Marilyn Teague, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, Ensign "Wolfy" and ENS1 Julianne Trew gather around Chris's portrait and ashes to bid farewell to our friend and crewmate.


Monday, April 6
Capt Matthew D. Ebeling

Tuesday, April 14
Lt JG Robert Simon

Monday, April 27
Ens Kevin M. Fry

Thursday, April 30
ENS1 Hal Doby

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

Lt JG Robert Louis Simon
ENS1 Marilyn Teague
ENS2 Robert Teague
ENS1 Chris White

These members' dues expired in
April and May.  Please renew now!

ENS2 James P. Gronski
ENS2 Leslie C. Gronski
Adm Michael Henigan
Adm Kelly S. Hilliard
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange
ENS1 "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 June 7, 2015, the Republic crew includes 35 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 JUNE 7, 2015

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

CDT4 Zarena Nova Tucker
ENS1 Chris White

NEWS from
Nichelle Nichols Suffers Stroke
By Kayla Iacovino
June 4, 2015
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura of the original Star Trek series) suffered a mild stroke while in her Los Angeles home last night.  She is currently undergoing testing, with no word yet on how severe the stroke was.
Nichelle Nichols’s official Facebook page reported today that the 82-year-old actress best know for playing Lt. Uhura in Star Trek suffered a “mild stroke” last night while in her home in Los Angeles.
Official Statement
Last night while at her home in LA, Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke.  She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was.
Please keep her in your thoughts.
Zach McGinnis
Galactic Productions, LLC
UPDATE #1 6:25 pm June 4
Nichelle Nichols has had both a CAT scan and an MRI today.  The CAT scan came back negative and we are awaiting the results from the MRI.  Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations.  Her right side has shown minor signs or mobility loss but she is not showing any signs of paralysis.
We greatly appreciate all of the love and support her fans are showing at this time.
Zach McGinnis
Galactic Productions, LLC
Update #2 10:15 am June 5
The MRI showed that Nichelle Nichols had a MINOR stroke.  She will start therapy this morning to evaluate how much damage was done, and try to determine her chances for a full or partial recovery.  The therapists will test her hand at writing and legs to see if she can stand and walk on her own.  Last night Nichelle remained alert, and cheerful.
When we told her about the love and support coming in from around the world she smiled and asked to see the posts on her Facebook.
Thank you again for all of your kind words.  Keep them coming because Nichelle is reading them.  Feel free to post your pictures with Nichelle and a story about when you met her.
Zach McGinnis
© 2015 SciFanatic Network

NEWS from
Asteroid Named After Nimoy
By T'Bonz
June 8, 2015
An asteroid that is in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter has been named for Leonard Nimoy.
The asteroid, discovered in 1988, was formerly designated as 1988 RA5.
Discovered by Belgian astronomer Henri Debehogne on September 2, 1988, 1988 RA5 is now 4864 Nimoy.  The asteroid, roughly six miles across, orbits the sun once every 3.9 years.
It turns out, though, that there is another asteroid which bears the designation of 2309 Mr. Spock. Discovered by James Gibson in 1971, it was named for Gibson’s pet cat, who was named after Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock.  Gibson described the cat as also being imperturbable, logical, intelligent and with pointed ears.
For those interested in seeing 4864 Nimoy, a fourteen-inch or larger telescope is needed.  In mid-July, 4864 Nimoy will brighten to magnitude 15.
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Christian Höhne Sparborth
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The Republiqué Volume I, Number 85, Late April/Early May (June) 2015.
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