Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Fan Club of Concerned Fans

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Name: Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Fan Club of Concerned Fans
Dates: established on January 21, 1969
Founder(s): Michael Sobota
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Leonard Nimoy Star Trek Fan Club of Concerned Fans was a fan club. It was a chapter of the LNAF. Its president was Michael Sobota.

Among other things, it published LNSTFCCF Bulletin (also called "Yearbook") which was compiled by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, a devoted member.

Peggye Vickers was an honorary member, something that illustrates the power Vickers had over all Star Trek fan clubs at the time.

Michael Sobota was the president, UNICEF Chairman, and editor of the club's bulletin.

The club's motto was "ST Forever & Ever!"


Are you interested in a club that wants to preserve STAR TREK? To honor LEONARD NIMOY? To show LEONARD NIMOY and STAR TREK they're the best? If you do then the LEONARD NIMOY and STAR TREK FAN CLUB of CONCERNED FANS is for you. Dues are $2.42 (or $2.00 plus seven 6¢ stamps). It includes copies of newsletters, bulletins, plus an intro-booklet -- a newly designed conglomerate of STAR TREK, LEONARD NIMOY, UNICEF & CLUB information, biographies, and photos. Every publication contains many different types of articles. If you are creative, talented, or just enjoy interesting clubs, please five us a try. The club is affiliated with: the LEONARD NIMOY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of FANS, the SPOCK'S SCRIBES, the NIMOY SCRIBES, and is registered with the INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL of FAN CLUBS and the CLUB INFORMATION SERVICE. If you'd like to receive a LNSTFCCF membership form, please send a sase to the club's president, Michael Sobota. [1]
Their motto is "ST Forever & Ever," and this is one club that holds up to its motto. Established in the latter part of the 60's this club is now one of the most prominent ST clubs around. The major reason for this clubs [sic] success is due to their ambition president, Mike Sobota. And and all ST fans should take heed to Mike's plea. "Are you interested in a club that wants to preserve STAR TREK? To honor LEONARD NIMOY?? To show Leonard and ST they're the best?? If you do, then the LNSTFCCT's for you... [some info snipped that comes directly from the flyer]... Its offset cover by Miss Tim Courtney more than enhances its beauty. Every publication features Spoctacular contests and/or offers. If you are creative, talented, or just enjoy joining good clubs, please give us a try. [2]

Boldly Writing outlines the club's role in Star Trek fandom: "The LNSTFCCF had a short but influential history, especially because it published one of the first fanzine listings later in [1971]... compiled by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, [it] contained fanzine data and statistics only. Of the 57 fanzines listed, 30 were identified as discontinued or suspected of having been discontinued, and 25 did not respond to the LNSTFCCF survey. Those who responded gave statistics on the circulation, dates published, contents, etc. Spockanalia showed the highest circulation (500), Captain's Log the lowest (20)." [3]

Strekfan Roster Questionnaire

The club also sponsored the 'Strekfan Roster Questionnaire' which was included in a number of zines. "This was the first announcement of a survey of Star Trek fans. Although LNSTFCCF folded before completing the survey, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, who originated the questionnaire and analyzed the data, sent the results to other fanzines and included them in Star Trek Lives!" [4]

Complete list of zines that the Roster Questionnaire was in: Pastaklan Vesla #3, T-Negative #9/10, The Voyages #1, Impulse #3, Galileo II, and the LNSTFCCF Yearbook.

1971 Publication

In August 1971, the LNSTFCCF published a zine which appeared to be a yearbook, but most of which was dedicated to two items:

ATTENTION! This publication is dedicated to bring to the Nimoy fan the local Chicago Special of which Leonard was executive producer; and to inform the Nimoy fan of the recent fandom conflicts in which this club was most unfortunately involved. -- The LNSTFCCF STAFF.

The Chicago Special was "If The Mind Is Free", which aired January 24, 1971 on WMAQ-TV. Paid for, produced and hosted by Nimoy, it was a documentary about the transformation of Chicago St. Mary High School into a radical experimental environment. St. Mary was on the West Side where most students -- black, Hispanic and white -- lived in extreme poverty and degradation. Conduct as well as classes were completely free and open. Students were encouraged to make management decisions. Punishment was abolished along with uniforms, and students were encouraged to talk openly about sex, gang violence, drugs, television, war, ecology and other matters they dealt with in the everyday world. Like many Chicago Catholic schools St. Mary had never received adequate funding from its diocese, and the revolutionary curriculum caused many parents to remove their children. "If The Mind Is Free" was meant as a fundraiser. Nimoy initially got involved because he'd heard that one of the classes was devoted to Star Trek. The transcript from the entire show is included in the zine.

The fandom conflicts had to do with a long-running feud between S. Cornelie "Sam" Cole and LNSTFCCF editor Michael Sobota, having to do with LNAF chapter membership documentation and Sobota's membership in Spock's Scribes. Sobota and Cole both tell their sides of this story in detail.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg also suffered repercussions for her fan activity with this club, although she said miscommunication and confusion often happen with science fiction fandom. As she worked on the characterization of Spock for Kraith, she had questions for Nimoy about the gestures and phrases seen in "Amok Time". She gave her questions to Soboda to be mailed along with other fan questions directly to Nimoy. She caught some flak from LNAF president Louise Stange for this as Nimoy's secretary Teresa Victor had mailed the package to her thinking it was club-related material. Everything related to the LNAF chapter clubs was supposed to go through Stange before Nimoy saw it. Apparently Stange saw Lichtenberg's questions as proof that the club was focusing on Spock rather than on Nimoy.

The zine also included a complete transcript of LNSTFCCF member Jean Cora Mendey's May 14, 1971 appearance on WOPA-AM in Oak Park, where she was interviewed by Wayne Osborne about the LNSTFCCF and Star Trek fandom. There are also reviews of Nimoy's TV-movie Assault on the Wayne and of T-Negative 8 by Jim Mulé, including a scathing review of the Kraith novella "Spock's Affirmation"; some poems, art and stories; several pages of letters and classified ads; zine returns (acknowledgements that one received a zine and a summary of what you thought of it were then considered courteous as well as helpful feedback); and announcements about "Stardate 3113.7", a two-act multimedia presentation written by L.S. Wallace, Jr. and presented by the Denham Springs Community Theater in Baton Rouge, LA.

Ads and Flyers


  1. from a 1971 flyer printed in The Captain's Log #2
  2. from a 1971 blurb printed in The Captain's Log #2, the zine Mike Sobota published
  3. from Boldly Writing
  4. from Boldly Writing