Atavachron's Spotlight on Fandom: Featuring Pat Stall

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Title: Atavachron's Spotlight on Fandom: Featuring Pat Stall
Interviewee: Pat Stall
Date(s): 1978
Medium: print
Fandom(s): Star Trek: TOS
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Atavachron's Spotlight on Fandom: Featuring Pat Stall was an interview with Pat Stall printed in Atavachron #1.

first page of the interview

Other Interviews in this Series

Some Topics Discussed


What are your best known contribution to Star Trek fandom?

I have illustrated for Contact, Nourishment, Stardate: Unknown, Thrust, The Farthest Star, Companion, Altair, etc.

What is your favorite book and your favorite kind of music?

Any beautiful Sierra Club offering or costume journals are most appealing. A violin concerto or symphony, or the music of the Omicron Ceti III.

List any hobbies or interests outside of Star Trek fandom.

I collect antique and contemporary dolls, costume journals and art books. publish the NIADA newsletter for the National Institute of American Doll Artists. I wrote a book, Paper Doll Design, and I design paper dolls for Doll News, the Doll Reader, and other doll and paper doll publications.

What are your future plans?

To live long enough to retire, then publish my own doll or paper doll magazine.

What is your personal philosophy or belief?

Sharing my hobbies with my friends makes me happy. To know that they like my paper dolls or Star Trek illos enough to publish them is good for the 'ol ego, while the experience of attempting to produce such art work helps me to learn new rendering techniques or develop increased proficiency with successive efforts. I feel privileged to be associated with some of the best Trek writers and artists and fans who, additionally, happen to be some of the nicest people I've ever known. They have accepted me just the way I am- - old and flakey, helpless and hopeless, and far too sensitive to make it in the real world. Although I love Star Trek and enjoyed Star Wars and Close Encounters, I am unable to believe there is anything out there, so I satisfy this deficiency with heaping does of fan-fic. The Kirk/Spock relationship is important in Trek and the philosophy of Star Trek is important to me.

Do you have any personal comments about Star Trek or fandom?

Star Trek makes the imaginary world possible by involving creative people (writers, poets, artists, editors) in the production of fanzines far our reading and viewing pleasure. It is both a learning experience and a sharing experience, a place to develop talents and interests and a way of giving love to others in the form of the results of one's honest efforts. It is a legitimate outlet for ego gratification, tempered by the harsh reality of scrutiny and judgement of one's peers. It is fun times and laughter in the company of friends who are just as crazy as you are. It is day dreams and hard work today and the promise of new insights tomorrow. Fans with similar interests will find each other eventually, and new artists, writers, and poets will continue to join the ranks and dazzle us with their wondrous works.

Change is, of course, inevitable, and someday the bubble will burst for me, too, but for the moment, I stand in awe of the many gifted people who make Star Trek live for me.