Log Entry: Stardate 67041.4, Rear Admiral Carl Stark recording. This quote from Ray Bradbury is very inspiring: “Science fiction is the fiction of ideas. Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
The Seventh Fleet would like to thank the USS Rendezvous for the use of the Shuttle Fairbanks at Booth 2520 of the Salt Lake Comic Con-Fan Experience. For those of you who don’t know, building the shuttle was the brainchild of Stewart Hunsaker who wanted to have it for an episode of the Star Trek Rendezvous fan film. Stewart and the Rendezvous spent a year putting this idea together (spending lots of time, effort and money into the project). If you would like to see the final results of these efforts, you can view the fan film on YouTube by clicking on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTD77e1gZ5I
If you can read the excitement in the Ray Bradbury quote above, the same level of excitement started hitting members of the Seventh Fleet. We loved the fan film, the costumes, the sets that were put together and especially all of the effort that went into this love of Star Trek. We were especially excited about the shuttle. As the opportunity to use the shuttle as part of a charity fundraiser appeared, other clubs in the Seventh Fleet were invited to help finish the shuttle exterior (sanding, painting, adding greebles). With their assistance, the shuttle is now ready to help raise money for HopeKids Utah at FanX in Salt Lake City this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 17–19). Like Ray said, “It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
Log Entry Supplemental: This photo of the shuttle was shown to the head of Salt Lake Comic Con, Dan Farr. Dan responded with the following. “Wow! This is so impressive and fun that you guys accomplished such an amazing work. I look forward to seeing it and you guys next week. Thanks for sending the photo.”
Log Entry: Stardate 67031.5, Rear Admiral Carl Stark recording. The members of the Seventh Fleet Council gathered together to discuss what will be happening with the Seventh Fleet for the next three months and beyond. One of the many discussions that we had tonight was the advancement of Commander Roger Taylor to the rank of Captain. We are proud to announce that this proposal was accepted and Captain Taylor was awarded his rank. This also means that the chapter-in-training, PCU Essex, will now become a fully active chapter, the USS Essex. The details on the launch ceremony will be announced soon. Well done Captain Taylor and well done to the crew of the USS Essex. Tally Ho
Log Entry: Stardate 67030.9, Rear Admiral Carl Stark recording. On March 9, 1996, several Star Trek fans got together at the Davis County North Library in Clearfield and started the club that would eventually become the USS Ticonderoga. This first club was called the Runabout USS Euphrates, a Chapter-in-Training off of the USS Kelly in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Euphrates completed it’s mission on October 25, 1997 and was launched as the full chapter, the Intrepid-Class USS Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga is one of the founding chapters of Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet when it launched on January 1, 1998. Because the Ticonderoga crew was proud of it’s time as a chapter-in-training, the club celebrates the anniversary of it’s club founding every year.
The Seventh Fleet would like to congratulate the staff and members of the Ticonderoga for running 18 years as a Star Trek family. Tally Ho
Log Entry: Stardate 67022.2 Rear Admiral Carl Stark recording Last month at our Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet, a lot of our members talked about the challenges they would be facing in 2014. For myself, I am returning to school with Western Governors University. I know that some of you are already on the road to losing weight (good job) and a lot of you want to gain a Command Grade rank (Lt. Commander or Commander). So the question I would like to ask is, what is your challenge for 2014? How do you plan to accomplish this challenge? What help can we provide to get you past this challenge? I’d love to hear your ideas.