The Voyages Continue

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News Media Commentary
Title: The Voyages Continue
Commentator: Carol Olten for The San Diego Union
Date(s): Sunday, November 3, 1974
Venue: print
Fandom: Star Trek
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The Voyages Continue is a 1974 article by Carol Olten.

Its focus was the usual "wow, look at the Trekkies," but also had a focus of S.T.A.R. San Diego.

It spells a number of things wrong, including "Gene Rodenberry," and "David Gerald."

Four fans are featured in photos: Pearl Stickler, Michelle Smith, Greg Weir, and Karen Schnaubelt. Karen is the daughter of the creator of Star Fleet Technical Manual.

Some Excerpts

In San Diego, STAR began two years ago when about a dozen friends of Jeannie Peacock, an English major at San Diego State University, gathered at her home for a masquerade party. All of them had a common interest, science fiction, most particularly Star Trek.

"We decided to make the meetings a regular thing," says Miss Peacock, "and soon I was ending up with more than 50 people at my house," people - dressed as frogs, apes, gorillas, tin foil spacemen, etc. So we decided to move to more spacious quarters at San Diego State."

The group celebrated its anniversary Oct. 24 at a masquerade party in Montezuma Hall with a membership of near 200.

Meanwhile. STAR concerns are day-to-day earthbound pursuits such as the repair of Star Fleet uniforms, the manufacture of Mr. Spock ears and the creation of good, working tribbles.

More than 10,000 persons turned out last year for a STAR convention in Los Angeles, and a similar number attended an East Coast clan gathering in New York. Star Trek fandom includes not only STAR members but splinter groups as well including the Friends of the Klingons (villainous, rotten enemies of the Enterprise crew) and special attachments to the leading series characters such as Mr. Spock, (the cool, dispassionate science officer with green blood — half Vulcanian and half earthling) and the heroic Capt. James Kirk. Yet another fan group centers around Gene Rodenberry, the writer-producer who launched Star Trek in 1966 as "a series which would titillate the college professor as well as the truck driver."

"We have heard that it is coming back," says Miss Stickler, who like other fans is stuck with watching reruns of selections from the 90 episodes[1] aired locally on Channel 8 on Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons (usually). "There is a lot of new interest in the show."

She points out that the Hollywood Wax Museum in Buena Park opened a Star Trek exhibit this summer and the Smithsonian Institution expects to install a permanent Star Trek display in a sci-fi wing opening in 1976.

Star Trek literati, model kits and toys continue to flow on the market.



  1. ^ The original series actually had 79 episodes, not including the original pilot "The Cage"