All About Star Trek Fan Clubs

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Zine
Title: All About Star Trek Fan Clubs
Publisher: Ego Enterprises of New York, Inc.
Editor(s): Tony Tallarico (editor), Don Wigal (associate editor), Anthony John Tallarico (assistant editor), Charles Foster (art director), Donna Charles Thomas (assistant art director), "and most important of all -- you!! Star Trek fan!"
Date(s): 1976-1977
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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All About Star Trek Fan Clubs is for-profit magazine, "made by fans for fans." Issues had a barcode, an ISBN, and were sold for $1.

Its content was a fusion of professional boosterism of Star Trek and its actors, and of fandom boosterism.

Issues contained photos of the stars taken at conventions, fan creations and much fanart, Trek news events, fanzine reviews, letters, and write-ups about fan clubs.

Despite a somewhat nebulous statement by the editors in the third issue that answered a fan's request to include fanfic and fan poetry,[1] the magazines do not appear to have ever included those things.

It ran for six issues, the first published in 1976.

Reactions and Reviews

AASTFC was published in 1976-1977, ran six (I think) quarterly issues, and received national newsstand distribution.

The rather amateurish - though earnest and enthusiastic - magazine covered Star Trek fandom in all its pre-Internet/home video Seventies forms, with fannish articles on conventions, collectibles, episode trivia, pull-out posters, lots of fan art, interviews with the Trek cast (and prominent "Trekkers!"), fanzine reviews, and, as its clumsy title promised, extensive fan club listings.

It was an interesting magazine, and for a rural science fiction fan without access to conventions or fan clubs, it was a window onto a larger world of Trek (and sci-fi) fandom.[2]

Issue 1

All About Star Trek Fan Clubs 1

Issue 2

Issue 3

All About Star Trek Fan Clubs 3 was published in June 1977 and contains 68 pages.

front cover of issue#3
back cover of issue #3

It is online here.

  • Number 1 Star Trek Fan (pull out poster) (inside front and back covers)
  • The Communicator, letters to the editor (The space between each letter has "chirp" written. The editor writes that "Each issue of ALL ABOUT STAR TREK FAN CLUBS we flip open the communicator and share with you the messages we receive. The "chirp" you may hear at the start of each message is the sound of our communicator being activated.") (4)
  • William Shatner: Then, a filmography (8)
  • Now: An Evening With William Shatner by Anthony John Tallarico (a description of Shatner's appearance at Hofstra University Playhouse on November 10, 1976: "There was a crowd of over 1,000 fans outside the doors of the Playhouse waiting to enter the second performance of "The World of William Shatner". It Was a cold night and the crowd was eager to see the famous Captain Kirk. When we finally entered we were surrounded by Trek merchandise for sale, displayed on various tables. The show opened with a short cut-version of the episode "Shore Leave". At first the film kept breaking, but the crowd took it with good humor. The film started and the crowds went wild when the simple words "Star Trek" appeared on the large ten foot screen. The applause was even louder when the name "William Shatner" appeared on the screen. Everyone enjoyed the funny and strange episode, "Shore Leave". As soon as the film came to an end, a figure walked out on the stage. This figure had dark, curly hair. He wore a dark shirt and pants with a thin gold necklace around his neck. Then the spotlight shone on this man's face. It was William Shatner!") (14)
  • The Women of Star Trek: Those Fantastic Stars ("With the fantastic cooperation of Virginia Walker and the Nichelle Nichols Fan Club we are able to feature not only the two main female stars of Star Trek -- Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett—but we also feature young ladies who are first rate Trekkers: Connie Faddis, Joni Wagner, Elizabeth Marshall, Gee Moaven, and the "first officer" of the Nichelle Nichols Fan Club (she hates the term "president"), Virginia Walker. We will first review the two female stars of Trek with biographies and pictures. We have Nichelle's astrological chart, some candid shots, two of her poems, and a record jacket portrait. Carrying out our theme of the women of Trek, we then present a portfolio by Joni Wagner of some of the female characters of the series. Another outstanding artist featured is Elizabeth Marshall who shares here some of her Vulcan animals with us, especially her favorite Sehlet. Our third young lady artist is Gee Moaven who we hope you will see more of on these pages in the future. Finally, we present a brief biography of Virginia Walker, the first officer who put us into contact with Nichelle and all these other wonderful women of Star Trek.") (20)
    • two poems by Nichols, both illustrated by Connie Faddis, one being the cover of Furaha #5. The poems are "The Lady's Alone Again Tonight" (reprinted from Furaha #3 (1975) and "Oh, The Things You Can Feel." (regarding Connie Faddis: "Connie Faddis is one of the few married ladies in the ST artists world. She said she didn't mind if we said so. She is one of the best known ST creative artists and writers in fandom. We don't mind if we say so. She publishes INTERPHASE, the famous and priceless silk screened zine. She has won many prizes in costume calls at the cons, and last year won second prize in the dance contest of the Bicentennial Con 10. Is there anything this creative lady cannot do?") (21)
    • Majel Barrett (31)
  • Those Fantastic Characters: 14 Women of Star Trek, art portfolio by Joni Wagner (34)
  • Those Fantastic Fans
  • Those Fantastic Clubs: The Nichelle Nichols Fan Club (30)
  • Fan Clubs List (46)
  • Fanzine Facts (48)
  • The Players Who Made Star Trek (50)
  • Index of Episode Abbreviations (57)
  • The Aliens of Star Trek: A Survey of Literature (60)
  • In Memoriam: Jeffrey Hunter (62)
  • Great Sci-Fi Films, part two (63)
  • Spock Relaxes (66)

Issue 4

Issue 5

All About Star Trek Fan Clubs 5 was published in October 1977 and contains 50 pages.

It is online here.

front cover of issue#5
back cover of issue#5

A letter from a fan, unknown gender: "We love the art work in ish #3. Are the iadies as ioveiy as their artwork? Maybe the artists should have fan clubs also." The editor's reply: "Dear Art Lover: We don't really believe that you are a Male Chauvinist Pig. We received many letters praising the art work of fans, and It certainly will be a running feature of our magazine. By the way, to answer your one question very positively, here Is a photo of Connie Faddls with her portrait of McCoy. Yes, Trekker artists such as Connie do have an appreciative following of fans."

Another fan's letter: "I would like to know how some things shown on Star Trek work. Could you send me details on the schematics of the ship, and computers. I would like to build some things that were used on the Enterprise. I am very good at electronics and I think It would be cool to build some of those things."

  • Animated Star Trek Cel (front and back inside covers)
  • The Communicator, letters from Trekkers (4)
  • Walter Koenig: His Autobiography (it is quite irreverent - the first paragraph: "I was born in Chicago and spent the first six months of my life being carried up and down back staircases in the dead of night. We seldom had the rent monty and consequently were forced to take flight during the witching hour on the last day of each month.") (8)
  • Koenig Today: An Interview conducted by Susan Sackett (reprinted from an issue of Star Trektennial News) (12)
  • Walter Koenig: Photo Album (18)
  • Walter Koenig: His Fan Club ( 20)
  • The President of The Walter Koenig Fan Club: Jack Townsend (22)
  • A Fan Meets William Shatner (24)
  • Leonard Nimoy: I Am Still Not Spock, review of I Am Not Spock, book by Nimoy (28)
  • Nimoyans Raise Money for Charity (32)
  • Gene Roddenberry: The Great Bird on Tour (36)
  • "The Movie"—Meet the Screenwriters" They Quit!! (42)
  • Eclipse, The Overshadowed Players of Star Trek (45)
  • The Animated Star Trek: The "Cels" Are Selling (an interview with representatives of Tuttle & Bailey Galleries out of Beverly Hill, CA, a company that sold the cels from the animated Star Trek) (46)
  • Stardating the Animateds (49)
  • The Fans: Trekker-to-Trekker, an explanation of a pen pal service that begins in the next issue (50)
  • Greetings from Walter (68)

Issue 6

All About Star Trek Fan Clubs 6 was published December 1877 and contains 52 pages. It was the last issue.

cover of issue#6

A copy of isue #6 has been uploaded here: All About Star Trek Fan Clubs Issue 6, December 1977 (From Zombos' Closet), Archived version

References

  1. "We agree [that fanzines have a lot of uptapped creativity]. Hope you like the great contributions to this issue by some very talented fans."
  2. space1970: ALL ABOUT STAR TREK FAN CLUBS Magazine... Revisited, Archived version