Diana Morgan

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Name: Diana Morgan
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Type: fan club president, zine publisher
Fandoms: Star Trek
Communities: Starfleet Academy Cadet School, Oberon Group/USS Oberon
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Diana Morgan was a Star Trek fan. She was a member of the STARFLEET fan club, and in 1992 revived and was director of the Starfleet Academy Cadet School, a series of courses offered to Star Trek fans ages ten to fifteen.[1]

In 1993, Diana and Renee Bowe founded USS Oberon, a Sacramento, CA area STARFLEET-affiliated fan club, and through the club organized a number of charitable endeavours. Diana and Renee also published the Star Trek fanzine Prizma in 1993; Diana was the zine's fiction editor.

Diana appeared in a brief interview in the Star Trek documentary Trekkies.[2]

Remembrances

Diana passed away in 1998. Tributes to her were published in the zine Activate! n.2 v.2 (issue #6), in spring 1998, and on the Oberon Group website. See the Oberon Group's remembrances and memorial book.

Jose C. Henriquez was one of a number of friends who posted their remembrances of Diana at the Oberon Group homepage, writing in part:

It is hard to express the feelings I have for this special lady on paper. Diana wasn't just the president and founder of the Oberon Group; she wasn't just the person who coordinated the volunteers during conventions, the dedicated teacher; the person who aspired to be in criminal justice; or the person who ran the meetings. Diana was the person who, once she decided she wanted to do something, she did it. I wasn't involved in the talks with Tim Russ, Ethan Phillips or Robert Picardo when the Oberon signed them up for our two charity luncheons, but I know only a handful of people who would've taken on such a task. Diana liked to describe herself as a Type A personality, but that, I think, oversimplifies her. Was she a go-getter? Was she assertive? Was she the type of person who wanted things done her way? Yes, yes, yes. But she was also the type of person who had a big heart, who looked out for the interests of others, sometimes at the expense of herself. Not many people could start a club whose primary purpose is to do community service; not many people would've sacrificed their disposable income to keep a club afloat; not many people could instill within a club a sense of duty, loyalty, friendship and charity like she did - not because these principles were in the charter, but because she led by example; not many people would've nursed a stray cat back to health after it had been shot by some jerks. Diana was one of the few, and that is one of the many reasons why I will miss her.[3]

Diana was also mentioned in Karen Anijar's 2000 book Teaching Toward the 24th Century: Star Trek as Social Curriculum:[4]

Diana Renée Morgan was a second-grade teacher and a hardcore Trekker. She was 43 when she died. "She sure loved life and was into kids," ...her brother Gary Stanner [said]. "And she was the ultimate Star Trekkie" (Martineau, 1998). In Morgan's other role as the founder of the USS Oberon, she helped raise money for numerous charities. "Trek is above all about service; it is about humanity reaching beyond our present limitations to achieve a higher goal."

Diana's Writings

References

  1. Starfleet Academy - History of SFA, accessed 18 December 2016.
  2. From The Oberon Group Homepage: GO SEE THE DOCUMENTARY "TREKKIES"!! Our very own Diana has a brief interview with Denise Crosby! She looks beautiful...just like we remember her to be!
  3. Diana Renee Morgan--A Memorial at The Oberon Group homepage. Archived by the Wayback Machine 18 January 2000.
  4. Karen Anijar, Teaching Toward the 24th Century: Star Trek as Social Curriculum (Taylor & Francis, 2000) at Google Books, "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto Trek", pp.26-27. (Brackets & ellipsis in original.)