James Doohan International Club Newsletter

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Title: James Doohan International Club Newsletter was mostly referred to as "JDIFC," or "J.D.I.F.C." and sometimes "J.D.I.F.C. Journal"
Publisher: James Doohan International Fan Club
Editor(s):
Type:
Date(s): November/December 1968-February 1986
Frequency:
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS & James Doohan
Language: English
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James Doohan International Club Newsletter (mostly referred to as "JDIFC," or "J.D.I.F.C." and sometimes "J.D.I.F.C. Journal" ) is a publication of James Doohan International Fan Club.

It is a gen clubzine with articles, stories, games, etc. related to James Doohan. Once a year, these issues were combined in some way to make the "Annual Issue."

covers of fan club booklet, 10 pages, digest size, vintage is 1968 or 1969

For a list of similar zines published in this era, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

About

As I've mentioned so often before, the JDIFC is the MOSTEST! And I'm not just saying that because Jim is one of my personal favourites, but because it's absolutely true.Those of you who have been cajoled, bullied, sweet-talked and ordered to join JDIFC will know exactly what I mean! There is not a single person who has ever been disappointed and I think they'll all agree with me that waiting from one journal to the next is the most excrutiatingly horrible thing that could ever happen to a Star Trek fan! (Of course, the "speed" of the postal services makes things worse!) So,if you've never tried JDIFC, try it now: But I won't bet on it that you won't become as addicted as existing JDIFC-ers, cos that's a certainty! YOU WILL! Can you help yourself with Jim around? So,whether you're a Bill/Len/Jim or whatever nut, join JDIFC. There's something for everyone and a bit more besides.

The JDIFC Journal: if you've never seen the SIZE of one of these, then you've missed out on something! Every journal is as big as a yearbook, and packed solid from beginning to end with goodies. Star Trek stories, articles, newspaper cuttings, information, black and white photos of Scotty/Jim and, the most popular section of all; "Quizzing Jim." Jim answers every question you care to put to him , but don't expect a straight answer every time! He's got a great sense of humour and fun. You can almost see the Irish [1] twinkle in his eyes. He gives some great recipes too, providing. you can cook, of course! [2]

November/December 1968

James Doohan International Club Newsletter 1 was published in November/December 1968 and contains 4 pages.

January/February 1969

cover of Jan/Feb 1969 issue

James Doohan International Club Newsletter January/February 1969 13 pages.

  • Interview (questions/answers) with James Doohan, How I Met Jimmy column, a bit of poetry & a couple of Snoopy/Enterprise cartoons, a few letter snippets, The Faster Than Light column, and “etcetera” (ads).

March/April 1969

James Doohan International Club Newsletter March/April 1969 28 pages.

cover of March/April 1969 issue
inside of March/April 1969 issue
  • Several pages of questions from the fans, with handwritten replies from Jimmy Doohan, Cartoons, Poetry, Reporting on Jimmy (biography info), Fan letters, Articles, essays, Fan fiction


May/June 1969

James Doohan International Club Newsletter May/June 1969 contains 14 pages.

cover of May/June 1969 issue
  • Foldout cover, “Dear Fans” letter from James Doohan, fan letters, our guest star Hagan Beggs (who played a helmsman in the first year of TOS), Questions and Answers (obtained from Jimmy by Carol Lee), The Islander (Montgomery Scott short story, continued from last issue, to be continued in next), a bit of poetry & a couple of Snoopy/Enterprise cartoons, and a fan drawing of Jimmy on Daniel Boone.


December 1969

James Doohan International Club Newsletter December 1969 contains 8 pages.

cover of December 1969 issue
  • 8 single-sided pages – Letter from Jimmy Doohan, conclusion of “The Islander” (Montgomery Scott fanfic short story), article-The Evolution of a Star, a cartoon, Merry Christmas from Anna, Nancy, & Anna.


April 1971

Annual. Incorrectly lists the issue as "April 1970" on the cover.

June 1971

James Doohan International Club Newsletter June 1971 contains 17 pages. It included the standard "Quizzing Jim" column, where Doohan answers questions from club members; Doohan's synopsis of "Man in the Wilderness", in which he had just appeared, along with an article from a Spanish newspaper reviewing that movie; news; Doohan's favorite episodes; Carol Lee's review of Roddenberry's move "Pretty Maids All in a Row"; a poem by Ruth Berman; and feedback from members.

August 1971

James Doohan International Club Newsletter August 1971 contains 15 pages, including a 5 page short story "Colossal Caledonian" by Judy Dasheiff.

April 1972

James Doohan International Club Newsletter April 1972 contains 13 pages. The issue is undated except as "April", but internal references to Doohan's appearance in Marcus Welby, M.D. fixes it as April 1972. Cover by Virginia Reynolds ("Ginie" on the cover). Includes a poem (by Gail Eirann) ostensibly from Harcourt Fenton Mudd to James Kirk ("James-my-boy") telling Kirk about his escape.

August 1972

James Doohan International Club Newsletter August 1972.

May 1973

James Doohan International Club Newsletter May 1973.

June 1973

James Doohan International Club Newsletter June 1973.

September 1973

James Doohan International Club Newsletter September 1973.

April 1974

James Doohan International Club Newsletter April 1974 and contains 76 pages.

first page of the April 1974 issue
  • Questions and Answers (22 pages)
  • From Jim’s Scrapbook:
    • From Starship To Courtroom (Article)
    • Play and Recipe (Article)
    • Review of The Trial of James McNeill ‘Whistler’ (Article)
    • Now It’s the Actors’ Turn To Roast The Critics (Article) (3 pages)
  • Star-Con con report (13 pages)
  • Scotch On The Rocks (story) (5 pages)
  • The Storm (story) (2 pages)
  • Tayann (story) (4 pages)
  • The Book (story) (2 pages)
  • Would You Believe (essay) (2 pages)
  • Favorite Star Trek Episodes (3 pages)
  • Vision/Hope/Reality (essay) (5 pages)
  • Star Trek Revival (2 pages)

September 1974

James Doohan International Club Newsletter September 1974.

October 1974

James Doohan International Club Newsletter October 1974.

September 1975

James Doohan International Club Newsletter September 1975.

October 1975

James Doohan International Club Newsletter October 1975 contains 33 pages.

Jan/Feb/Mar 1976

James Doohan International Club Newsletter Jan/Feb/Mar 1976 contains 40 pages.

Apr/May/June 1976

James Doohan International Club Newsletter' Apr/May/June 1976 contains 54 pages.

July 1976

James Doohan International Club Newsletter July 1976 contains 35 pages.

cover of July 1976


October 1976

James Doohan International Club Newsletter October 1976 contains 47 pages.

January 1977

James Doohan International Club Newsletter January 1977 contains 47 pages.

cover of January 1977


July 1977

cover of July 1977

James Doohan International Club Newsletter July 1977 contains 43 pages.

October 1977

James Doohan International Club Newsletter October 1977 contains 48 pages.

cover of October 1977


January 1978

James Doohan International Club Newsletter 1978 contains 49 pages. The front cover is by Margo McDonnell, the back by Doug Buchanan.

cover of January 1978 issue
first page of the story, "The Mind of the Enterprise" by Heidi Miller and Fred White
  • From Jim
  • QUIZZING JIMMY - Several pages of questions from the fans, with replies from Jimmy Doohan. Zine has 3 photos printed/developed on real photo paper and affixed to the pages.
  • Quizzing Wende
  • From Eric
  • Itinerary for James Doohan
  • Star Trekking with Scotty
  • Meeting James Doohan
  • Fan fiction stories
  • Cartoons
  • Word Search
  • Other articles, editorials/essays
  • Convention reports and photos
  • Club info

April/May June 1978

James Doohan International Club Newsletter April/May June 1978. The cover is a stock photo of Scotty.

cover of April/May/June 1978 issue

Our Honorary Section

  • From Jim by James Doohan (A-1)
  • Quizzing Jim by James Doohan (A-3)
  • Quizzing Wende by Wende Doohan (A-9)
  • Jim's Itinerary (A-11)
  • Eric's Letter by Eric Doohan (A-12)
  • Rocky's Report by Tommy "Rocky" Doohan (13)

Con and Lecture Reports

  • Neo-Star Con, Cleveland by Dee Martin (B-1)
  • Christmas is in December, All Right by Daphne Ann Hamilton (B-2)
  • Newspaper Clipping from Worcester Telegrah (B-5)
  • A Morning with James Doohan by Linda Huston (B-6)
  • February Con by Laury DiGiovanni (B-7)
  • Clippsings from San Angelo (B-10)
  • Australian Con by Sheelagh Butler (B-12)

Star Trek Fiction:

  • Whose in Charge Down Here? by Joanne Bennett (C-1)
  • Journey into Oblivion by Michael Fraser (C-4)
  • Scotty's Thoughts by Laury DiGiovanni (C-5)
  • How Do I Love Thee by Kara McGuirk (C-6)
  • Our Future the Moon by Rebekah Buffingotn (C-13)
  • The Hostile Vulcans by Mike Rathke (C-14)
  • My Bairns by Laura O'Brien (C-16)

Our Guest Star:

  • Barbara Babcock by Gladys M. Hart (D-10

Miscellaneous:

  • JDIFC tee shirt ad by Joni Gillispie (E-1)
  • The Avengers/Patrick Macnee Fan Network by Heather Firth (E-2)
  • Pen Pals Wanted (E-3)
  • Ads and Announcements (E-4)
  • Trek Trivia by Melissa Hung (E-6)
  • Tribute to Gene Roddenberry by Rosemary Helmer (E-7)
  • Puzzle and Answers by Laury DiGiovanni (E-9)
  • No Voyage to Fast for Trekkers by Carol Nevins (E-12)
  • Et Cetera by Anna Hreha (E-13)

July 1978

James Doohan International Club Newsletter July 1978 contains 48 pages.

cover of July 1978


January 1979

James Doohan International Club Newsletter January 1979 contains 49 pages. The front cover is by Phil Berrier and the back cover is by Ted Katauskas.

cover of January 1979 issue, Phil Berrier
  • From Jim by James Doohan (A-1)
  • Quizzing Jim by James Doohan (A-2)
  • Quizzing Wende by Wende Doohan (A-9)
  • Jim's Itinerary (A-12)
  • Eric's Letter by Eric Doohan (A-13)
  • Thomas Introduction by Thomas Patrick Doohan (A-14)
  • Birth Announcement by Jim and Wende Doohan (A-15)
  • 1978 I.C.F.C. Convention by Carol Buck (B-1)
  • Who and/or What Are You/Is Doohan's Demons by Joni Gillispie (B-4)
  • Star Trek: $20 Million Flick (clipping) ((B-6)
  • James Doohan's Voices... A Puzzle by Nancy Munden (B-8)
  • It's Not Like Scotty by Laura O'Brien (B-9)
  • Scotty's Poem by Susan Clarke (B-14)
  • The Cleveland Star Trek Convention (B-15)
  • Shuttlecon Columbus by Laura O'Brien (B-16)
  • Pen Pals Wanted (B-19)
  • JDIFC Party at Cleveland Con (B-20)
  • Fan Clubs (B-20)
  • Ads, Announcements (B-21)
  • Meeting James Doohan for the First Time by Judy Sipior (B-23)
  • Columbus Con by Mary Crawford (B-24)
  • Et Cetera by Anna Hreha (B-27)

April/May/June 1979

James Doohan International Club Newsletter 1979 Annual, April-May-June contains 64 pages. Includes fiction by Joanne Bennett, Michael Fraser, Laury DiGiovanni, Kara McGuirk, Rebekah Buffington, Mike Rathke, and Laura O'Brien.

August 1979

James Doohan International Club Newsletter August 1979 contains 49 pages. The front cover is by Phil Berrier.

cover of August 1979 issue by Phil Berrier
  • From Jim by James Doohan (A-2)
  • Quizzing Jim by James Doohan (A-9)
  • Eric's Letter by Eric Montgomery Doohan (A-13)
  • Rocky's Report by Thomas Patrick Doohan (A-14)
  • Jim's Speech to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics by James Doohan (A-15)
  • San Angelo Meets James Doohan by Butch Baker and Jim Lee (B-1)
  • The Universe and Beyond by Peter Bankers (B-5)
  • The Best of Two Worlds by Carolyn Frodsham (B-9)
  • Thanks, Mr. Phillips by Louise Snyder (B-18)
  • Pen Pals (B-18)
  • J.D.I.F.C. Party Cleveland by Kay Johnson (B-20)
  • James Doohan Private Part by Joni Gillispie (B-21)
  • Evart Pair Attend ST Convention by Robbie Robinson (B-22)
  • Ads and Annoucements (B-23)
  • Star Con Denver (B-24)
  • The Cleveland Star Trek Convention by Laura O'Brien (B-25)
  • The Enterprise by Sheila Freitas (B-29)
  • Et Cetera by Anna Hreha (B-30)

October 1979

James Doohan International Club Newsletter October 1979 contains 48 pages. It has a front cover by Joan (Sony) Sailler.

cover of October 1979 Issue by Joan (Sony) Sailler
  • From Jim by James Doohan (A-1)
  • Quizzing Jim by James Doohan (A-2)
  • Jim's Schedule
  • Quizzing Wende by Wende Doohan (A-6)
  • Eric's Letter by Eric Montgomery Doohan (A-9)
  • Rocky's Report by Thomas Patrick Doohan (A-10)
  • Notes from Nanny by Bonnie Young (A-11)
  • Star Trek Lives by Betty Wynne (B-1)
  • Les Patineurs (The Skaters ) by Carol Finger (B-4)
  • Star Trek The Motion Picture (B-11)
  • Pen Pals Wanted (b-15)
  • February Con by Paula Luppo (B-17)
  • Science Fact and Fiction on a Collision Course by Jerry LeBlanc (B-18)
  • Star Trek Word Search by L.L. Longley (B-20)
  • The British Way by Jenny Elson (B-21)
  • Ads and Announcements (B-22)
  • JDIFC Party, Kansas City, Missouri, 708.11 by Kay Johnson (B-23)
  • Kay's Menagerie by Jean Ellenbacher (B-24)
  • Star Trekthon '79 by Laura O'Brien (B-26)
  • The Arts by James Delson (B-27)
  • Denver Con by Joni Gillispie (B-28)
  • Meeting James Doohan by Marlies Kuratli (B-30)
  • Tracking Star Trek by Margaret Ronan (B-32)
  • Et Cetera by Anna Hreha (B-35)

December 1980

James Doohan International Club Newsletter December 1980 contains 40 pages.

cover of December 1980 issue
  • From Jim by James Doohan
  • Quizzing Jim by James Doohan
  • Quizzing Wende by Wende Doohan
  • Eric's Letter by Eric Doohan
  • Tommy's Letter by Tommy Doohan
  • Alamorgordo Daily News Clipping
  • Jim in Cranford, NJ by Jay Jengo
  • Pen Pals Wanted
  • James Doohan at Virginia Tech by Ginna Lusk
  • Recipe Page by Anna Hrena
  • Potpourri
  • Star Con '81 Reports
  • Star Trek Seek 'N Find by Patrick and Philip Duff
  • History Lesson by Nancy Munden
  • From Anna by Anna Hreha

January 1983

James Doohan International Club Newsletter January 1983 contains 34 photocopied pages.

Reactions and Reviews: January 1983

Journal of the James Doohan International Fan Club. Contains questions and answers with Jim & his wife Wende, reports on Jim's activities - lots and lots of nice pics (esp. the photo in the front of this issue in tux & bow tie?) poetry, penpals, stories, puzzles and articles. Recommended club for all J.D. fans. [3]

January 1984

James Doohan International Club Newsletter January 1984.

February 1984

James Doohan International Club Newsletter February 1984 and contains 43 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: February 1984

43pp, USqto, xerox. The best valued club sine for James Doohan and the longest running one for any Trek actor must be the JDIFC. Each member certainly gets their money worth. Jimmy Doohan sheds his love and enthusiasm by answering members queries and writing on what's happening. There's clippings, photos, con reports, and Scotty-type poetry and fiction, plus penpals and movie news. Lots and lots to read. A must for all Jimmy Doohan/Scotty fans. [4]

May 1984

James Doohan International Club Newsletter May 1984. It contains 50 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: May 1984

Beautifully xeroxed, plus some real photos. Undoubtedly the best valued club around. Contains questions to James Doohan and his wife Wende from club members with frank answers from both (12 pages of them), fiction, con and film reviews and clippings plus puzzles. Great reading. [5]

October 1984

James Doohan International Club Newsletter October 1984.

January 1985

James Doohan International Club Newsletter January 1985.

June 1985

James Doohan International Club Newsletter June 1985.

October 1985

cover of October 1985 issue

James Doohan International Club Newsletter October 1985. Cover design is by Cami Forsell. Other art and photo credits: Dana Brwer, Leahna Larsen, Carolyn Simmons, Page Eileen Lewis, Bertha Robinson, Mike T. Melnyczenko, L.L. Longley, Richard Tyo, Anna Hreha, Dale Kesterson and Sheri Denison. It has a 9-page section in the front called "Quizzing James" (A-1 thru A-7), This section has two 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" black & White photo's attached to the pages with adheisive, 1 is a photo of James Doohan in civilian clothes, w/microphone, answering questions. and 1 shows the 5 main male characters in a scene from the original series. Several other pictures are print pictures. Pages A-8 and A-9 is Wende Doohan answering questions. The second section (B-1 thru B-38) has numerous articles and pictures about James Doohan, Including pictures of the Doohan children.

  • Quizzing Jim (A-1)
  • Quizzing Wende (A-8)
  • Meeting James Doohan by Carolyn Simmons (B-1)
  • With Love by Page Eileen Lewis (B-2)
  • Who Said? by Mark Foster (B-3)
  • The Seasonal Perils of the Backyard Astronomer by Michele Burton (B-4)
  • The Son That Was Not Apoloo's by Candy Thompson (B-5)
  • K.C. Con IV, a con report by Page Eileen Lewis (B-9)
  • A Star Idea is born in Victoria, Australia and Arrives on Hollywood Blvd 4/Sept/1985 by Berta Robinson (B-11)
  • In the 23rd Century by Michael T. Melnyczenko (B-13)
  • In Search for Saavik by Wendy Bowker (B-15)
  • Shore Leave by L.L. Longley (B-15)
  • Star Trek has Big Life After Death by Stephen Wigler (B-17)
  • Wet Weekend in Liverpool by Ena Glogowska (B-18)
  • Potpourri (B-20)
  • Pen Pals (B-21)
  • James Doohan Steals the Star Show by Bertha Robinson (B-22)
  • Trivia Quiz by Fenton Hubbart (B-23)
  • Kansas City Con photos (B-25)
  • Star Trek Memories by Rosemary Helmer (B-27)
  • Reality by Dale Kesterson (B-29)
  • Starlight, Starbright by Sheri Denison (B-30)
  • Scotty Gets the Girl by Page Eileen Lewis (B-31)
  • From Anna by Anna Hreha (B-35)

February 1986

James Doohan International Club Newsletter February 1986 contains 46 pages. It was the last issue.

Reactions and Reviews: February 1986

...a fabulous cover by Cami Forsell. This is the last Journal of the J.D.I.F.C. - a club that was more like a family with an amazing rapall [sic] between fan and actor. Anna, its president for nineteen years is retiring and moving on to enjoy her retirement by travelling and doing all the things keeping up a fan club has kept her from all these years.

As a fan club it was unique and will be sorely missed.

As usual, the Journal contained question to James Doohan and Wende, penpals, photos, articles, clippings, fiction and poetry. All enjoyable - though sadly read this time. [6]

Club Annual 1975

James Doohan International Club Annual 1975

Club Annual 1976

James Doohan International Club Annual 1976

Club Annual 1977

James Doohan International Club Annual 1977 contains 84 pages.

cover of 1977 Annual issue


Club Annual 1978

James Doohan International Club Annual 1978 contains 75 pages.

cover of the 1978 Annual Issue


Club Annual 1982

James Doohan International Club Annual 1982

cover of 1982 Annual Issue


References

  1. Irish?
  2. from STAG #8
  3. from Beyond Antares #23
  4. from Beyond Antares #24
  5. from Beyond Antares #25
  6. from Beyond Antares #28