Inside Star Trek (Star Trek newsletter in English)

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Title: Inside Star Trek, then Star Trekennial News, then back to Inside Star Trek
Publisher: Star Trek Enterprises
Editor(s): Ruth Berman, Susan Sackett, Virginia Yable (see below for more info)
Type: newsletter
Date(s): 1968-1979
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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a 1969 catalog which advertises this zine

Inside Star Trek is a gen Star Trek: TOS newsletter. It ran for thirty issues under two names and three editors.

Issues #1-#12 were called "Inside Star Trek" and were edited by Ruth Berman. Issues #13-#24 were called "Star Trekennial News" and were edited by Susan Sackett. Issues #25-#24 reverted to the original title and were edited by Virginia Yable.

Inside Star Trek amounted to the publication of Star Trek Interstellar, the "official" Star Trek fan club. When you wrote to Paramount, Roddenberry, NBC or any of the stars, you received an invitation to subscribe to IST along with various Star Trek Enterprises/Lincoln Enterprises items for sale (copies of the scripts, 6x4 glossy b/w photos, calendars, film clips, and later, IDICs). It was dedicated solely to news about the show and interviews with the actors ("Beaming Up") and crew ("Behind The Camera").

It is one of the very earliest Star Trek zines published. For others, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

Reactions and Reviews

cover of issue #12, "that dratted picture."
From a 1970 review:
This is really the worst let down I ever had. Coming from THE people, you expect good articles on the show and some really great artwork. The art was rare and, and with talent like George Barr and Tim Courtney and Alicia Austin around, STE picked the absolute cruddiest drawings for its covers. Little or no interior work in the issues also. Most of the articles were on the non-ST background of the filming crew. On the last issue I saw [#12], they at least didn't put another of their fantastic drawings. Finally, they run a picture on the cover. Which photograph do they pick to run? The one everyone has a copy of. That picture of Chekov by some ladder on the ship. Gee, just what I always wanted -- another copy of that dratted picture. Why no one of Spock? Or at least Captain Kirk? And especially one I hadn't seen already? [1]

Issue 1

Inside Star Trek 1 was published in July 1968 and contains 12 pages. Illustrations by Rae Ladore (cover), Alicia Austin (Last Gunfight), and Gilbert Draper (Vulcan Pendant).

cover of issue #1, Rae Ladore
toc of issue #1
interior art from issue #1
  • Back to Space, by Ruth Berman
  • Remarks to Television Editors (Century Plaza Hotel - June 22, 1968)-- by Gene Roddenberry
  • Beaming Up: William Shatner by Ruth Berman
  • Behind the Camera: John Dwyer, by Dorothy Fontana
  • Vulcan Pendent [sic], by Ruth Berman
  • Announcement: publication of Stephen Whitfield's The Making of Star Trek, by Dorothy Fontana
  • It's A Small Galaxy
  • Terran Activities
  • Just Ask

Issue 2

Inside Star Trek 2 was published in August 1968.

cover of issue #2

Issue 3

Inside Star Trek 3 was published in September 1968 and contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #3
  • Terran Activities (2)
  • Review of "The Making of Star Trek" by Ruth Berman (3)
  • Beaming Up, an interview with DeForest Kelley by Ruth Berman (4)
  • Just Ask: trivia questions about the show answered by workers on the show (7)
  • Third Season Preview (8)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4

Inside Star Trek 4 was published in October 1968.

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Inside Star Trek 5 was published in November 1968.

Issue 6

cover of issue #6

Inside Star Trek 6 was published in December 1968.

Issue 7

cover of issue #7

Inside Star Trek 7 was published in January 1969.

Issue 8

Inside Star Trek 8 was pulbished in February 1969 and contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #8
  • Terran Activities: fan clubs, actors' news
  • Just Ask - questions about the show
  • Beaming up: George Takei, interviewed by Ruth Berman
  • Special Bonus Offer: ad for actual shooting schedules from Star Trek episodes
  • Ad for film clip frames (to be mounted in slide mounts)

Issue 9

cover of issue #9

Inside Star Trek 9 was published in March 1969 and contains 8 pages.

  • Just Ask
  • Behind the Camera: Charles Washburn, assistant director interview by ? [Washburn was one of the first black directors in television. According to Robert Justman, NBC at that time had a policy of going out of its way to hire qualified minorities.]
  • Terran activities

Issue 10

Inside Star Trek 10 was published in April 1969 contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #10
  • Just Ask
  • Behind the Camera: Interview with Richard Laphan, music editor

Issue 11

Inside Star Trek 11 was published in May 1969 contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #11
  • Just Ask
  • Where It's At, by Kay Anderson - the ST soundstage
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Yes, Star Trek has been cancelled
  • The first IDIC pendant was offered for sale on page 4.

Issue 12

Inside Star Trek 12 was published in June 1969 and contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #12
  • Beaming Up: George Merhoff, Star Trek's gaffer
  • Planets built to order, article on Walter "Matt" Jeffries
  • International crew of the Enterprise
  • Spock goes to Paris, by R. Dyan (Nimoy as Paris on Mission Impossible)

Issue 13

Star Trektennial News 13 was published in May 1976 and has 8 pages. It has a front cover by G. Boudreau.

cover of issue #13
  • movie update
  • visit with Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod

Issue 14

Star Trektennial News 14 was printed in June 1976 and contains 7 pages. Cover by George Boudreau, interior illos by Robin Hill and N. Lopez.

cover of issue #14
  • Letters from subscribers
  • News about Star Trek II
  • Announcement of an art contest
  • Poem by J.M. Sorensen
  • Questions from the readers
  • One to beam up: Interview with DeForest Kelley
  • Cast News

Issue 15

Star Trektennial News 15 was published in July 1976. It has a front cover by George Boudreau.

cover of issue #15

Issue 16

Star Trektennial News 16 was published in August 1976. 8 pgs. Cover by S. Johnson, interior illos by D. George, N. Lopez, and M. Medlock.

cover of issue #16
  • Questions and Letters
  • Tribblings (Comic strip featuring tribbles)
  • Penpals
  • Contest Page
  • Fan drawings
  • One to beam up: Grace Lee Whitney
  • Star Treks: Actors news (Roddenberry's record "Inside Star Trek" and more)

Issue 17

Star Trektennial News 17 was published in September 1976. 8 pgs. The front cover is by L. Staton, the interior illos by WRW.

cover of issue #17
  • Questions and Letters
  • Movie Writer's Set: Popular 'Star Trek' series spawns multi-million dollar Paramount feature version: reprint from Variety, August 11, 1976
  • Penpals
  • Inside Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry recording "Inside Star Trek"
  • Contest page
  • One to beam up: Bill Theiss
  • Star Treks: Actors news (William Shatner finished filming an episode of Columbo and more)

Issue 18

Star Trektennial News 18 was published in Sept/Oct 1976 and contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #18
  • Phil Kaufman signed to direct movie
  • Penpals
  • Tribblings
  • Contest page: Winners of the Anagrams Contest
  • Winners of the Star Trek poetry contest: "These Are The Voyages" by Kathy Knull; "Star Song" by Charlotte Justice; "Omnicron Ceti III Where The Dragons and Unicorns Play" by Mikal Liston
  • One to Beam Up: Majel Barrett interview
  • Letters and Questions
  • Star Treks: William Shatner's college lecture tour and more

Issue 19

Star Trektennial News 19 was published in Jan/Feb 1977 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #19
  • This issue contains interview with Walter Koenig, penpals, movie updates, questions from readers, and more.

Issue 20

Star Trektennial News 20 was published in Mar/Apr 1977 and contains 12 pages. The majority of the zine is the interview with Jerry Isenberg.

cover of issue #20
  • Letters and Questions (2)
  • One to Beam Up: Jerry Isenberg interview (3)
  • Tribblings, cartoon by Robin Hill (8)
  • Contest of the Month (9)
  • Gene Roddenberry Plans New Productions (Spectre) (9)
  • Penpals (10)
  • Star Treks: Williams Shatner received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word recording for Asimov's Foundation, other short blurbs about what the stars are up to

Issue 21

Star Trektennial News 21 was published in May/June 1977 and contains 16 pages.

cover of issue #21
  • Questions
  • The Movie
  • Penpals
  • Spectre (7 pages)
  • Contest page
  • One to beam up: Phil Kaufman (the original director of Star Trek: The Motion Picture [before Robert Wise]
  • Star Treks: William Shatner will be releasing a two-record album set of his campus lecture appearances, and more.

Issue 22

Star Trektennial News 22 was published in July/August 1977. It contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #22, Ted Engelbart, reprinted as the cover of Beyond Antares #12 three years later
  • Letters and Questions (2)
  • several short newspaper clippings (3)
  • Tribblings, cartoon by Robin Hill (5)
  • Editorial: Editor's Log (5)
  • inexplicably: the two middle pages are blank (6 and 7)
  • In Memoriam: Stanley Adams: includes a photo (8)
  • CONtemplating, con information (9)
  • another blank page (10)
  • Star Trektennnial News, swag and back issues to buy (11)
  • short blurbs about what the actors are up to (12)
  • an editor's note:
    STAR TREKTENNIAL NEWS wishes to apologize to those STAR TREK fans who were offended at our urgings last month that you write to NBC about SPECTRE. We may have been over-confident and presumptuous in assuming that you would support any project by Gene Roddenberry which you hadn't seen yet. Also, we should have stated that if you wished to write, these were the people to write to. We did not mean to sound manipulative; we were just exuberant and hoped that our enthusiasm would be contagious. However, we do not feel an apology is necessary for devotign so much space to SPECTRE.
  • contains an warning by the editors: don't be a dupe:

Issue 23

Star Trektennial News 23 was publisehd in Sep/Oct 1977 and contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #23
  • Letters & Questions
  • One to Beam Up: Interview with Gene Roddenberry by Susan Sackett
  • Penpals
  • Contest page
  • Editor's log - buyer warning for the Godbar Company Ltd, who were cheating clients trying to buy Star Trek merchandise
  • Star Treks: All of the actors from Star Trek (except Leonard Nimoy) are preparing for their roles in the return of Star Trek as a telelvision series, and more.

Issue 24

Star Trektennial News 24 was published in Nov/Dec 1977 and contains 8 pages.

cover of issue #24
  • Letters & Questions
  • Star Trek II - Star Trek is supposed to be returning as a two hour movie and then a TV series...
  • One to Beam Up: Gene Roddenberry interviewed by Susan Sackett
  • Penpals
  • Contest page
  • Cartoons
  • Editor's Log: Susan Sackett resigns as editor, Virginia Yable is to take over with the next issue.

Issue 25

cover of issue #25

Inside Star Trek 25 was edited by Virginia Yable and was published in 1978. Format change with this issue--now on newsprint-like paper and slightly more professional look, with art, photos and news about the original Star Trek series and the future of the franchise. 32 pages. This issue contains still more of interview with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry on the demise of the original Star Trek movie, interview with science consultant Jesco Von Puttkamer, penpals, movie updates, questions from readers, and more.

Issue 27

Inside Star Trek 27 was published in 1978 and contains 32 pages.

  • news about the then-in-the-works movie STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE
  • several behind-the-scenes photos from the film
  • 4-page interview with Leonard Nimoy
  • 7-page interview with Nichelle Nichols
  • cover by Gordon Schmidt

Issue 26

Inside Star Trek 26 was published in 1978 and has 32 pages.

cover of issue #26
  • STTMP update
  • 6-page William Shatner interview on KABC
  • 4-page Gene Roddenberry interview
  • many cast photos from the giant press event announcing the film

Issue 27

cover of issue #27

Issue 28

Inside Star Trek 28 was published in 1978 and has 32 pages.

cover of issue #28
  • Movie update
  • Persis Khambatta picture and short article
  • Stephen Collins article
  • A View from the Bridge: Gene Roddenberry interview
  • Majel Barrett article
  • Jesco von Puttkamer article about the Black Hole
  • Virginia Yaple (editor) about visiting the set

Issue 29

Inside Star Trek 29 was published in 1979 and has 32 pages.

  • Movie update...many pictures
  • Story contest winner
  • More on black holes

Issue 30

Inside Star Trek 30 was published in 1979 and has 32 pages.

  • Cast of characters list
  • The universe and beyond by Peter Bankers about how the movie was made
  • The players
  • Creative people behind the scenes
  • A letter from Gene Roddenberry

The Fan Club

Inside Star Trek amounted to the publication of Star Trek Interstellar, the "official" Star Trek fan club. When you wrote to Paramount, Roddenberry, NBC or any of the stars, you received an invitation to subscribe to IST. You received a typewritten copy of the original Star Trek pitch (For the original pilot), a Star Trek Interstellar fan club ID card, six sheets of Trek stationary with illustrations in the upper left corner,, two sheets of stickers reading "It may be logical, but is it fun?", "Happiness is a warm Gorn," "Mr. Spock for President" and "NBC is a Klingon conspiracy" along with a note telling you not to reproduce any of this stuff. Also a welcome letter to Star Trek Interstellar from Gene Roddenberry, talking about "Twisting the Peacock's Tail"[2] and two official merchandise Star Trek Catalog #1s, one original and one "revised 7/68."

Gallery of Fan Club Ephemera


  1. from Pentathlon #1, Perhaps this reviewer doesn't realize that at the time IST was published and mailed to the very earliest fans of the show, these things were new and very interesting. To them, quality artwork or a fancy layout didn't matter nearly as much as facts about every person who worked on the show, including the film crew. These were people who had never seen that picture of Chekov before.
  2. A reference to the Save Star Trek letter campaign, which Roddenberry initiated and directed from behind the scenes.