The Federation Chronicle Mail Interview: Jacqueline Lichtenberg

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Title: The Federation Chronicle Mail Interview: Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Interviewer: Hal Wilson, the editor of The Federation Chronicle
Interviewee: Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Date(s): December 1972
Medium: print
Fandom(s): Star Trek: TOS
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The Federation Chronicle Mail Interview: Jacqueline Lichtenberg is a 1972 interview (conducted by mail) with Jacqueline Lichtenberg.

It was printed in the second issue of The Federation Chronicle.

The Questions Asked

1. Why did you get involved in ST fandom? 2. How long have you been involved in ST fandom? 3. What is your age? k. Who is your favorite character? 5. What do you think Star Trek's chances are of returning with a new series? With a movie?

Excerpts

1. It's easier to answer "how" than "why." At first, I thought that ST fanzines could not possibly interest me. I was familiar with sf fanzines, and just didn't think that sort of thing would appeal to me. I was wrong. After reading fanzines on ST for about a year, I decided that it would be a tragedy if cancellation killed them off. I decided T-NEGATIVE was the one to survive if none others did, so I began writing for T-NEGATIVE specifically. I'd read a year's worth of TNs, and by fannish ethics I decided I owed Ruth a year's worth of material. After that, the thing snowballed. I decided that ST fandom was news and set out to write an article on it for the general press. The article is now a whopping big book and I'm still writing. Why? Because there's work that needs doing and nobody else is doing it.
4. The Spock-McCoy-Kirk triad is a work of art which I admire more as I get deeper into the study of its fictional merits and nuances. I hope the upcoming sf shows of the '73 season have something as admirable.

5. Whether we get ST back or not, we've won our point. The plans for '73 include several shows in sf which all contain the Spock-type character, the non-human, mutant, alien, alienated, different person who is nevertheless not an implacable menace suitable only for unquestioning destruction.[1]

I personally think we can get a ST movie, and from that, if we all work on it, we can get our series back one way or another. The capital investment in creating the UFP universe is such that it would be only good business sense to use that background on another series. We've got to convince them of the nearly infinite possibilities inherent in that background and of the elements which are the most important to us in the old series.

One important function of ST fandom at this point is to provide a solid nucleus and network of communication for sf-video fans. Thus, when '73 or subsequent years turn up another good sf video show, we'll be organized enough to exert pressure on the networks effectively, not as with ST where the whole thing was uncoordinated and inefficient. STAR and ST fandom are bringing together people with similar and minority taste in video entertainment. It is reasonable to suppose that there will eventually be another show which, while not replacing ST in our hearts, will provide an equal amount of energy and inspiration! This time we won't let them squash us.

References

  1. ^ Moonbase 3; The Tomorrow People; The Starlost; Star Trek: The Animated Series.