2002 Program Participants
Steve Berman
The Missing Minority

Steve is the author of the new collection of GBLTI short stories called Trysts.  On a trip to Los Angeles to seal a deal to ghost-write the autobiography of a gay porn star (which fell through), he had the most amazing romp with a little goth boy and he began work on Vintage as an ode to that lost boy.  It was immediately picked up by the Gay Goth Network and chapters were serialized every two months.  Since then, the story has changed a little and now awaits publication.  In between work on that book, he began to think of selling a collection of his short stories, which he had written and published over the years.  A few of his creative (and wealthier) friends had decided to create a publishing company that would release books of gothic interest and during an afternoon of alcohol-laced hot choc in the city, it was decided that Lethe Press would publish his newest book,

Jack Borkowski
Introducing: The Klingon Assault Group
Jack is better known in fandom as Thought Admiral Kuuriis epetai Qaaluhr, the top-ranking man in the Klingon Assault Group.  Jack and his wife Jett live in Kentucky.
Julie Caitlin BrownJulie Caitlin Brown
Star Trek: The Next Generation Guest Stars

Julie Caitlin Brown, a native of San Francisco, California, began her musical career at the age of twelve.  After working as a singer-guitarist, competing in vocal jazz in high school, and fronting a number of bands, Julie moved at age eighteen to the Napa Valley.  In Napa, she continued her love of blues and jazz, performing in clubs all over Northern California.  In 1983, she made her stage debut as Mary Magdalene in the Mondavi Concert Series production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  Other musicals followed, along with straight plays, including the critically acclaimed and sold-out production of A Late Snow at Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco.
        1988 found her in Florida where over the next two years, she appeared in over sixty commercials, and was also seen in the NBC movie Roxanne-The Prize Pulitzer, ABC's B.L. Stryker, CBS's Wolf, and the feature films Miami Blues with Alec Baldwin and Chains of Gold with John Travolta.
        Making the move to New York in 1990, Julie appeared in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring George Wendt, as, who else? "Gymnasia," for the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival.  That show led to her audition for Tommey Tune's Tony award-winning Grand Hotel on Broadway, where she took over the lead role of Rafaella Ottanio.  Starring opposite legendary Cyd Charisse, Julie played the role for seventeen months.
        She returned home to California in 1992, and immediately landed a pilot for Stephen J. Cannell and went on to a guest star in the shows such as: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Passenger, Raven for CBS, Dream On for HBO, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Gambit 1 & 2, and many others.  It was a phone call at home from a casting director, Mary Jo Slater, that led to her being offered the role of Na'Toth, on Babylon 5.  After the first season as G'Kar's intense attache', she then appeared as the human lawyer Guinevere Corey in Season Two's "There All Honor Lies".
        Recent television projects include: Renegade, Pointman, Vanishing Son and NBC's JAG, where her story as a tough Marine Drill Instructor, "Boot" was the highest watched episode of that show's season.  The NBC movie of the week, Murder Live, featured Julie as a network news anchor, Julia Cafferty, to great reviews.
        Back onstage, she had the extreme pleasure of originating the role of Claire in the rock opera Bare and also appeared as the first female Kromagg on Sliders, Colonel Kesh.  Julie also appeared as Nicky on Becker with Terry Farrell and Ted Danson, and as Bonnie Turbovic on Stephen Bochco's CBS series Brooklyn South.
        Julie has been performing her original style of music around the Los Angeles area for the last few years, and her first CD, Sheddin' My Shin became available January 21st, 1998 on her own label, Illumina.  Long-awaited by her fans, the CD featured members of Suzzane Vega's band and utilized the talents of Tony Visconti.  Produced by Beth Ravin in New York, the record reflects the diverse attitudes of Julie, sometimes intimate, other times bold and always heartfelt. She calls it "Music for people who've lived."
        Her second album, Struck by Lightning, was released July 15th, 2000.  Capturing the feel of Julie's live performances, Julie also produced this CD, which was recorded in Los Angeles.
        Several of her own screenplays and television projects are also in development.  Married in 1998 to fellow actor Craig Damon, they live in California and Julie has one son from her first marriage, Dustin, of whom she is extremely proud.
Ann C. CrispinAnn C. Crispin
TrekTrak Presents: Ann C. Crispin

A. C. Crispin is the author of the bestselling Star Trek novels Yesterday's Son, Time for Yesterday and The Eyes of the Beholders. Her hardcover Star Trek novel Sarek spent five weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. She has written a number of Star Trek short stories in recent years. "Last Words" was published in the premiere issue of the rejuvenated Amazing Stories, and "Just Another Little Training Cruise" was released in the most recent edition of Enterprise Logs from Pocket Books. She has signed to do a new trilogy in her "Yesterday" series for Star Trek fans, and will be reading from the first book, Return to Yesterday, here at Dragon*Con for TrekTrak, our Star Trek programming track.
        Crispin and legendary fantasy author Andre Norton have collaborated to produce Gryphon's Eyrie and Songsmith for Tor Books. Fans of the Witch World have reacted enthusiastically to both works.
        Crispin's major undertaking to date has been her original StarBridge series for Berkley/Ace. The series titles include StarBridge, Silent Dances, Shadow World, Serpent's Gift, Silent Songs, Voices of Chaos and Ancestor's World. The books center around a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers, both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from Earth. The first novel in the series was placed on the American Library Association's Young Adult Services Division's list of Best Books of 1991, and Silent Dances (co-authored with Kathleen O'Malley) made the 1991 preliminary ballot for the Nebula Award, given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Serpent's Gift (with Deborah A. Marshall) was placed on the 1993 Recommended Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. Book five, Silent Songs (also written with O'Malley) was nominated for the A.L.A Young Adults "Best Books" list. StarBridge books six and seven have also been released. Ancestor's World was written with T. Jackson King, and Voices of Chaos was written with noted fantasy author Ru Emerson.
        Upcoming works include a fantasy trilogy for Harper, Exiles of Boq'urain. The titles for the individual books are Storms of Destiny, Winds of Vengeance and Flames of Chaos. In 1995, Ms. Crispin wrote two short stories for the Bantam Books Star Wars publishing program, "Play It Again, Figrin D'an" and "Skin Deep" for the anthologies Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales from Jabba the Hutt's Palace.
        These stories led to an invitation to write the Han Solo trilogy about the pre-Star Wars adventures of Han Solo for Lucasfilm/Bantam: The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit and Rebel Dawn. Coming as they did during the 20th anniversary of the release of the first film, these books represent a major breakthrough for the bestselling Star Wars franchise -- never before has Lucasfilm authorized a writer to "fill in the blanks" about a major character's history.
        Speaking of movie tie-ins, A. C. Crispin, in collaboration with Kathleen O'Malley, wrote the novelization for the movie Alien Resurrection.
        After many years as a SFFWA officer, Ms. Crispin currently serves as Chair of the Writing Scams Committee for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
        Her teaching credits include a semester-long "Writing for Profit" course at Charles County Community College, two two-day writing workshops for Harrisburg Area Community College, a two-day writing seminar at Towson State University, a semester-long course for Anne Arundel Community College, and numerous mini-workshops at science fiction and Star Trek conventions, where she is a frequent guest.
        And... Dragon*Con is no exception! This year, back by popular demand, she will be teaching both her Basic Writers' Workshop on Thursday (right before the con) and on Friday, and then, on Saturday and Sunday, an Advanced Writers' Workshop.
Peter DavidPeter David
Enterprise: The Verdict
An Hour with Peter David

Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades.  He has worked in every conceivable media: television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.
        In the literary field, Peter has had over forty novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Publishers Weekly described him as "a genuine and veteran master."  Probably his greatest fame comes from the high-profile realm of Star Trek novels, where he is the most popular writer of the series, with his title Imzadi being one of the best-selling Star Trek novels of all time.  He is also co-creator and author of the bestselling New Frontier series for Pocket Books.  A partial list of his titles include Q-Squared, The Siege, Q-in-Law, Vendetta and A Rock and a Hard Place, plus such original science fiction and fantasy works as Knight Life, Howling Mad, and the Psi-Man adventure novels.  He has also had short stories appear in such collections as Shock Rock, Shock Rock II and Otherwere, as well as Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
        Peter has written more comics than can possibly be listed here, remaining consistently one of the most acclaimed writers in the field.  His resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Soulsearchers and Company, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens and many others.  He has also written comic book-related novels, such as The Hulk: What Savage Beast, and co-edited the Ultimate Hulk short story collection.  Furthermore, his opinion column "But I Digress" has been running in the industry trade newspaper The Comic Buyers Guide for nearly a decade, and in that time has been the paper's consistently most popular feature and was also collected into a trade paperback edition.
        Peter is the co-creator, with popular science fiction icon Bill Mumy (of Lost in Space and Babylon 5 fame) of the Cable Ace Award-nominated science fiction series Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon.  He has also written several scripts for the Hugo Award-winning TV series Babylon 5, and the sequel series Crusade, as well as the animated series Roswell.  He has also written several films for Full Moon Entertainment and co-produced two of them, including two installments in the popular Trancers series as well as the science fiction western spoof Oblivion, which won the Gold Award at the 1994 Houston International Film Festival for best Theatrical Feature Film, Fantasy/Horror category.
        Peter's awards and citations span not only an assortment of fields, but the globe.  They include: the Haxtur Award 1996 (Spain), Best Comic script; OZCon 1995 award (Australia), Favorite International Writer; Comic Buyers Guide 1995 Fan Awards, Favorite writer; Wizard Fan Award Winner 1993; Golden Duck Award for Young Adult Series (Starfleet Academy), 1994; UK Comic Art Award, 1993; Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, 1993.
        Recently his work was again nominated in two categories for the Eisners, and in the recent SFX Readers Awards he was the sixth most popular author in the field, with four of his books finishing in the top ten in their category.
        This is Peter's ninth year on TrekTrak.
Edward deGruy
The Missing Minority
Edward is the current president of Atlanta Outworlders, an organization dedicated to promotion of GBLTI within science fiction and fantasy.  He has been involved in science fiction and fantasy for many years, including being a past member and officer within Starfleet International, the official Star Trek fan club.

Chris JonesChris Jones
Enterprise: The Verdict
Star Trek: Nemesis

Chris has been a Star Trek and science fiction fan in one capacity or another for most of his life.  He cut his teeth on shows such as Lost in Space,Johnny Quest and the original Star Trek in the 1960s and has continued his involvement in Trek and SF shows, stories and activities to the present day.  Chris has participated in gaming as far back as the mid-'70s, starting with some of the board strategy games, then into RPGs such as D&D, Traveler, Aftermath and Fading Suns.  Though his primary occupation is as a computer technician, he has served many years in the military under multiple occupations, been an extra in TV and movies and works part-time for Holistic Design, running game demos.  Chris is currently a member of the Klingon Assault Group, for whom he helps coordinate public events such as Toys for Tots.  He also designs insignia and accessories for Klingon costumes.
Andreas KatsulasAndreas Katsulas
Star Trek: The Next Generation Guest Stars

Babylon 5's G'Kar, Andreas Katsulas has appeared in 16 feature films, including the role of the ''one-armed man" in the hit thriller The Fugitive. His other film credits include Executive Decision, Hot Shots Part Deux, Blame It On The Bellboy, True Identity, Next of Kin, Communion, Someone to Watch Over Me, Sunset and The Sicilian. Among his numerous television appearances are roles on Diagnosis Murder; Murder, She Wrote; Neon Empire; Max Headroom; The Equalizer; Mancuso: FBI; Hunter; Jake and the Fat Man; Father Dowling and Alien NationStar Trek fans know Andreas as the Romulan Commander Tomalak in The Next Generation episodes "The Enemy," "The Defector," "Future Imperfect" and the two-part series finale, "All Good Things..."
        Andreas has an extensive theatre background that includes a 15-year run with Peter Brook's International Company, during which he appeared in productions of The Mahabharata, La Tragedie de Carmen, The Conference of the Birds, Measure for Measure and Ubu Roi.
        Andreas is in a new movie called A Piece of Eden, which is slated to be shown at the Nashville Independent Film Festival in June. The official website for the film is at www.filmacres.com.
        Andreas' official site is at www.andreaskatsulas.com.
Cheralyn LambethCheralyn Lambeth
Professional Star Trek Costume-Building

Cheralyn began creating her own costumes and creatures at the tender age of ten, when her mother finally refused to make any more odd costumes for her at Halloween.  She carried this obsession with her into college at UNC Chapel Hill, where, after having failed miserably as an Air Force reservist, she switched her major from math to something much more useful, such as Dramatic Arts and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures.  Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn descended upon New York to study costuming, wigs and make-up at the Juilliard School, and achieved her first fifteen minutes of fame by making her off-Broadway debut, appearing with John Leguizamo in Mambo Mouth.  From there, Cheralyn moved to Minneapolis to create Muppet costumes for Sesame Street Live, and returned to New York a year later to work with Jim Henson Productions on the TV series Dinosaurs! and the film The Muppet Christmas Carol.  In between work and more work, Cheralyn served as a playtester for the Star Wars RPG module Mission to Lianna, and has written articles for such science fiction-related periodicals as Con-Tour Magazine and Bjo Trimble's Sci-Fi Spotlite
        Most recently, Cheralyn has just finished a long stint with Paramount Production Services, where she created props and costumes for such attractions as Titanic: The Movie on Tour, the Star Trek Earth Tour, and Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.  Her latest projects include the TV mini-series Shake, Rattle and Roll, and lastly, work as both a costume crafts technician and an extra in Mel Gibson's The Patriot.
Phil MorrisPhil Morris
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager Guest Stars

Phil Morris was born in Iowa City, Iowa. His mother and father were enrolled at the State University at the time. He was brought up in Los Angeles, with his two sisters, Iona and Linda. His father is the late actor Greg Morris, who starred in the groundbreaking spy drama Mission: Impossible. His mother Lee continues to be a strong influence. Phil and his family moved from Los Angeles to Beverly Hills, when Phil was 12 years old. He started a love of comic books at an early age, and maintains a large collection to this day. Phil was also the captain of his high school track team, and studied the martial arts vigorously.
        Outside of a few school productions and some voiceovers as a child, Phil got his real professional start in show business upon graduation from high school, when he was hired as a production assistant for a film called COM-TAC 303. The film was about a black Air Force squadron in World War II. In the cast was Phil's father Greg, Billy Dee Williams (Lady Sings the Blues, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and the legendary Henry Fonda. During the filming, Greg was injured, and the producers went to Phil and asked if he could fill in for the injured Morris, Sr. Fortunately, Greg recovered sufficiently to resume his role, and Phil was given a small part in the picture. The film was never completed, but this started him on his road as an actor.
        After a couple of years on the stages of Los Angeles, Phil was hired to play the multi-dimensional role of Tyrone Jackson on the daytime drama The Young and The Restless. He was best known on that show for playing the undercover "white" character, Robert Tyrone, in an attempt to destroy the local crime syndicate in the fictional town of Genoa City.
        After two years on The Young and The Restless, Phil went on to star in the ensemble farcical comedy Marblehead Manor for Paramount TV. He went on to star in the show that made his father Greg famous, Mission: Impossible, as the son of that character, Grant Collier. The new Mission: Impossible lasted two seasons and was shot in the exotic location of Australia. When Phil and his family returned from Australia, he went immediately into the CBS ensemble newsroom drama, WIOU, where he played the forever conniving yet ultimately charming, Eddie Bock.
        Phil and his family returned to Australia in 1992 to film the four-hour television biography of the first black world cycling champion, "Major" Taylor. That project was entitled Tracks of Glory and was a supreme labor of love for Phil. Phil also cherishes his relationship with best-selling author Jackie Collins, which began when she cast Phil in both of her mini-series, Lucky/Chances and Lady Boss, as legal genius Steven Dimes, half-brother of her mega-heroine Lucky Santangelo.
        Since then, Phil has appeared on such shows as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Murder, She Wrote, Living Single, and Melrose Place. Star Trek fans will remember Phil as Thopok in the Deep Space Nine episode "Looking for par`Mach in All the Wrong Places," as Remata'Klan in the Deep Space Nine episode "Rocks and Shoals," and as Lt. John Kelly in the memorable Voyager episode "One Small Step."
        Phil is also extremely proud of the critically acclaimed character "Jackie Chiles," the Johnnie Cochran-esque attorney on the hit show Seinfeld. Recently, Phil has taken on the role of Thurgood Stubbs in the hilarious clay-mation series The P.J.'s, taking over for the brilliant Eddie Murphy. He is also starring in the Disney animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire as the voice of Dr. Sweet.
        The world of production has been a new challenge for the busy actor, and he is currently writing and developing a myriad of projects. Phil is still a die-hard athlete and devotee of the martial arts. He studies Wing Chun kung-fu under his long-time teacher, Sifu Hawkins Cheung.
        Phil's own young family is comprised of his wife, Carla, and two fantastic children, his son Jordan, and the irrepressible Rachel. Their lone pet is a Border Collie named Missy.
F. Kenton Musgrave, Ph.D.F. Kenton Musgrave, Ph.D.
On Building the Holodeck

F. Kenton Musgrave, Ph.D., a.k.a. "Doc Mojo," is a world-renowned computer artist and computer graphics researcher.  Musgrave lectures internationally on fractals, digital arts and his own computer graphics research.  He is an author of a standard textbook for the special effects industry, and developed digital effects for films including Lawnmower Man, Titanic and Apollo 13.  His images have been widely published and exhibited internationally, including National Geographic and Geo.  He has performed at the Lincoln Center and Guggenheim Museum in New York City.  Musgrave spent six years in the Yale Department of Mathematics working with Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal geometry, who has credited him with being "the first true fractal-based artist."  Musgrave is a founding member of the Algorist school of algorithmic artists.
        Dr. Musgrave is CEO and CTO of Pandromeda, Inc., whose planet-building software product, MojoWorld, is the pinnacle of his research.  Dr. Musgrave has served as Director of Advanced 3D Research at MetaCreations, Principal Software Engineer at Digital Domain, Senior Scientist at Bethesda Softworks and Assistant Professor at George Washington University.  Dr. Musgrave received his Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University and his MS and BA in computer science from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
TrekTrak Presents: Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols was born in Robbins, Illinois, near Chicago. Her father was both the town mayor of Robbins and its chief magistrate. She has studied in Chicago as well as New York and Los Angeles. During her time in New York, Nichelle appeared at the famous Blue Angel and Playboy Clubs, as a singer. She also appeared in the role of Carmen for a Chicago stock company production of Carmen Jones. She has twice been nominated for the Sara Siddon Award as best actress and is an accomplished dancer and singer. Her first Siddon nomination was for her portrayal of Hazel Sharp in Kicks and Co., and the second for her performance in The Blacks.
        Nichelle toured the United States, Canada and Europe as a singer with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands. On the West Coast, she appeared in Roar of the Grease Pain, Smell of the Crowd, For My People, and garnered high praise for her performance in the James Baldwin play, Blues for Mr. Charlie. Prior to being cast as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek, Nichelle had guested on Gene Roddenberry's first series, The Lieutenant.
        At the end of Star Trek's first season, Nichelle was thinking seriously of leaving the show, but a chance and moving meeting with Martin Luther King changed her mind. He told her she couldn't give up... she was a vital role model for young black women in America. Needless to say, Nichelle stayed with the show and appeared in the first six movies. She also provided the voice for Lt. Uhura on the Star Trek animated series in 1974-75.
        Following Star Trek's cancellation in 1969, Nichelle went on to appear in films like Mister Buddwing, Made in Paris, Porgy and Bess and Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding!
        Turning her sights toward her music, Nichelle released a single, "Shoop Shoop," on 20th Century Records and often sings at her convention appearances. She has also released an album, Dark Side of the Moon, which includes the song she wrote in tribute to Gene Roddenberry, "Gene." Nichelle sang the song at Roddenberry's memorial service.
        Always interested in space travel, Nichelle flew aboard the C-141 Astronomy Observatory, which analyzed the atmospheres of Mars and Saturn, on an eight-hour, high-altitude mission. She was also special guest at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena on July 17, 1976 to view the Viking probe's soft landing on Mars. Along with the other cast members from the original Star Trek, Nichelle attended the christening of the first space shuttle Enterprise at Cape Canaveral. Nichelle also spends much time recruiting minorities for NASA.
        A few years ago, Nichelle toured in a one-woman play where she portrayed many famous black female singers of the 20th century. Some of her hobbies are oil painting, designing her own clothes, reading science fiction and sculpting. She has also acted as spokesperson for her favorite charity, the Kwanzaa Foundation. Her biography, Beyond Uhura, was published in 1994.
        Nichelle has her own web site, www.uhura.com.
Julia NicksonJulia Nickson
Star Trek: The Next Generation Guest Stars
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager Guest Stars

Julia Nickson's beautifully exotic features are the melding of a Chinese mother and British father, but her talent is uniquely her own. Since she first emerged on the screen in Rambo: First Blood Part II, she has consistently earned acclaim for her work in a succession of challenging and diverse roles.
        Although spending her early childhood in England and Africa, Nickson returned to the country of her birth, Singapore, where she attended the Singapore American school. Excelling in track and field hockey, Nickson was also an equestrian, playing two seasons of polo and jockeying race horses in the regional pro-am meetings.
        Upon graduation, she chose to enter the University of Hawaii, and soon became one of the state's top models, her face appearing in countless magazines and commercials. One day, while passing the drama department, Nickson gate-crashed an audition and won a role in her first play, Shakespeare's Winter's Tale. Her stage debut led to acting classes, community theater and appearances on Magnum P.I. In 1985, following a nationwide search by Sylvester Stallone, Julia was cast from hundreds of contenders for the role of "Co Bao" in Rambo: First Blood Part II. The film became an enormous box office hit and Nickson gained international recognition for her gutsy debut portrayal of Rambo's Vietnamese guide. "I've become used to people recognizing me specifically from Rambo," Nickson says with a smile, "but I still get a kick out of hearing some of my lines quoted to me verbatim."
        Following Rambo's success, Nickson moved to Los Angeles. She guest-starred in Aaron Spelling's Harry's Hong Kong with David Soul, whom Nickson later would marry. Julia then returned to the stage for the West Coast premiere of Sand Castles. She was seen by the casting director of James Clavell's Noble House, and won the part of Orlando Ramos, the seductive Eurasian mistress caught up in the glitter and greed of Hong Kong society. Nickson starred opposite Pierce Brosnan and Deborah Raffin for NBC in this lavish 8-hour mini-series.
        Nickson then took a "maternity leave," but merely a month after the birth of her daughter, China Alexandra Soul, NBC offered Julia the role of the beautiful Princess Aouda in the remake of Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Re-teamed with Pierce Brosnan and co-starring with Sir Peter Ustinov, Nickson juggled work and motherhood as she trekked from the crystal caves in Yugoslavia to the jungles of Thailand.
        In 1990, Julia starred in China Cry, the true story of Nora Lam, the young girl who risked her life to defend her faith during the Communist Revolution. Although the three months of filming in Hong Kong and Macao were among the most arduous of her life, the actress considers the film a personal triumph, and the critics agreed. "China Cry is inspirational in the best sense of the word, and it is sustained by an exceptional, far ranging performance by Julia Nickson...Nickson's Lam clearly comes deeply from within." (Los Angeles Times)
        After that, Nickson traveled fast. She co-starred in Paramount's adventure film K-2 with Michael Biehn, following by New Line's Sidekicks, opposite Chuck Norris and Beau Bridges, in the dual role of a wise, independent teacher and a young boy's fantasy heroine. Next up was Universal's Double Dragons with Scott Wolf and Robert Patrick.
        In 1994, she again graced the small screen in the lavish six-hour mini-series Genghis Khan. As Bortei, the Khan's first and most beloved wife and mother of the Mongol Empire, Nickson ages from 18 to 55. Filming in the desolate regions of central Asia a year after the coup in the Soviet Union was a life-changing experience for Nickson.
        Over the course of her career, Nickson has continued to make her mark of television with various leading roles. She starred with George Peppard in The Chinatown Murders, The Girl Who Came Between Them with Cheryl Ladd and The Silver Fox with James Coburn. She has had numerous recurring guest star spots in The Fifth Corner, Babylon 5, One West Waikiki and Walker, Texas Ranger. Her episodic credits include Chicago Hope, The Marshal, Seaquest DSV. Fans of Star Trek will remember Julia as Lt. Lian T'Su in the Next Generation episode "The Arsenal of Freedom" and as Cassandra in the Deep Space Nine episode "Paradise."
        Nickson's latest film is the independent Life Tastes Good, written and directed by critically acclaimed Asian playwright Phillip Gotanda. Nickson plays a mysterious woman who becomes involved in a lonely money launderer's suicide plot. Life Tastes Good also stars Sab Shimono, Tamlyn Tomita and Greg Wantanabe.
Darren Nowell
The Missing Minority
Darren is Comics Coordinator for Atlanta Outworlders.  He is also a past member of Starfleet as well as Sinful Sinema, a Rocky Horror enactment group in the '80s.  A collector of comics since his childhood, he has been actively interested in the integration of GBLTI characters in comics and animation.

Kevin ParkerKevin Parker
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Kevin has been a Star Trek enthusiast for over ten years.  His first convention right was here in Georgia -- DixieTrek in 1986 -- and he's been an avid participant in the science fiction genre ever since.  Currently, Kevin is Captain of the IKAV Nemesis in Lawrenceville, a part of the Klingon Assault Group.  You can also see him during the Halloween Season as the monster of your choice at Netherworld.
Ethan PhiliipsEthan Phillips
TrekTrak Presents: Ethan Phillips (I)
TrekTrak Presents: Ethan Phillips (II)
The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant

Ethan Phillips' New York stage credits include My Favorite Year at Lincoln Center, Measure For Measure at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Lips Together Teeth Apart at the Lucille Lortel Theater, Only Kidding for the American Jewish Theater, Modiglianni at the Astor Place Theater, as well as roles for Ensemble Studio Theater, Hudson Guild Theater, Chelsea Theater Center and Playwrites Horizons. He has appeared in the Los Angeles premieres of Side Man at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Dining Room at the Coronet Theater and Lips Together Teeth Apart at the Mark Taper Forum. In regional theater, he has played leading roles at San Diego's Globe Theater, Alaska Rep, Seattle Repertory Theater, Center Stage in Baltimore, the Boston Shakespeare Company, Actors' Theater of Louisville, the Salt Lake Acting Company and the McCarter Theater.
        Films include Endsville, For Richer Or Poorer, Star Trek: First Contact, Jeffery, The Shadow, Wagon's East, Man Without A Face, Green Card, Lean On Me, Critters, Glory and others. On television, Mr. Phillips has guest-starred on many shows and TV movies, including HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Murphy Brown and LA Law. He played Pete on ABC's Benson for five seasons and played the alien Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager for seven seasons.  He also played Dr. Farek in the Next Generation episode "Ménage à Troi" and the Ferengi Ulis in the Enterprise episode "Acquisition."
        A playwright as well, his work Penguin Blues is published by Samuel French and has been produced over a hundred times in the United States and Canada. Ethan spent ten years as a member of the Sundance Playwrights Conference in Utah, and is a co-founder of Hollywood's First Stage, a playwrights' group based on principles developed at Sundance. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from Cornell University.
Robert PicardoRobert Picardo
TrekTrak Presents: Robert Picardo

TrekTrak Presents: Ethan Phillips (II)

The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Picardo graduated from the William Penn Charter School. He entered Yale University as a pre-med student, not knowing that he would someday portray doctors in three separate productions: first as Dr. Dick Richard on the ABC series China Beach, then as Dr. McCaskill in the theater production In The Waiting Room at the Mark Taper Forum, and as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager.
        While at Yale, Bob landed a role in Leonard Bernstein's Mass, a musical theater piece originally commissioned for the 1972 opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In 1974, armed with a B.A. in Drama from Yale, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop (fellow alumni include Kevin Bacon and Ken Olin). He waited tables for a couple of years, and then his theatrical work prospered in 1976 when he appeared in the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago and with Diane Keaton in The Primary English Class.
        In 1977, Bob made his Broadway debut in the leading role in the comedy hit Gemini with Danny Aiello. He went on to co-star with Jack Lemmon in Bernard Slade's Tribute in 1978 on Broadway and in a West Coast run which brought him to Los Angeles, where he decided to try out film and TV. His work in theater also includes Beyond Therapy and Geniuses at the Los Angeles Public Theater, and The Normal Heart at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.
        The awards and recognition continued as Bob became involved in television. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the ABC series The Wonder Years. Furthermore, Bob was awarded the Viewers For Quality Television Founder's Award for his outstanding performances in The Wonder Years and as military surgeon Dr. Dick Richard on China Beach.
        Aside from his role as everyone's favorite emergency holographic medical program in Star Trek: Voyager, Bob's extensive television work has included a starring role opposite Helena Bonham-Carter in NBC's movie-of-the-week Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, the HBO movie White Mile, and the NBC mini-series Deadly Matrimony. He had recurring roles on Home Improvement, LA Law and Alice, and he has guest-starred in such series as Ally McBeal, Outer Limits, Early Edition, ER, Tales From The Crypt, Amazing Stories, Benson and Taxi. Bob recently appeared in the feature film Small Soldiers, the HBO feature The Second Civil War and the Showtime movie Menno's Mind, and he starred in the feature film Wagons East.
        Bob resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Linda, and two daughters.
Tony RobertsTony Roberts, Ph.D.
Star Trek: Nemesis

Tony is one of the original Star Trek fans from 1966.  He enjoyed Star Trek before there were reruns.  He's been attending conventions since the mid-1980s and was interviewed on television by Denny Moore at one Dixie-Trek.  Tony's love for all things Trek (especially Klingon) is unsurpassed.  Currently, he is president of his own business, Dr. Roberts, Inc., and the Executive Officer of the IKV Fek'lhr's Fury, the largest KAG ship in the Atlanta area and the flagship of the quadrant.  You can see more of his ship and others in the Atlanta area at www.kagatlanta.org.
Susan SackettSusan Sackett
Inside Star Trek with Susan Sackett

Susan Sackett grew up in Connecticut and Florida and received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville (1964; 1965).  After teaching elementary school in Miami for two years, she moved to Los Angeles, where she taught for a short time.  But her lifelong dream of working in Hollywood persisted, and she quit her teaching job to work in the entertainment industry.  She spent the next four years with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) as a publicity assistant and commercial coordinator.
        In August 1974, she began an association with Gene Roddenberry, creator of the television legend Star Trek, serving as his personal executive assistant for over 17 years until his death in October 1991.  She also served as his production assistant on the first Star Trek film and worked closely with him on the next five Star Trek movies.  In addition, she served as Production Associate during the first five seasons of the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Susan and her writing partner, Fred Bronson, sold several stories and a teleplay to that series, including the popular episodes "Ménage à Troi" and "The Game."  Susan and Fred have also sold stories to the series, Sliders, and continue to work together as television writing partners.
        While working full-time as Roddenberry's assistant, Susan managed to write three books about Star TrekLetters to "Star Trek" (Ballantine Books, 1977); "Star Trek" Speaks! (with co-authors Fred and Stan Goldstein, Pocket Books, 1979), and The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, with co-author Gene Roddenberry, Pocket Books, 1980).
        In 1982, she published her fourth book relating to the film and television industry, with co-author Cheryl Blythe: You Can Be a Game Show Contestant and Win! (Dell Books).  (And following her own advice, in 1986 Susan went on Jeopardy! and won $10,000 in cash and prizes.)  Another book co-authored with Cheryl Blythe was Say Goodnight, Gracie! -- The Story of Burns and Allen (E. P. Dutton, 1986; paperback edition, Prima Publishing, 1989).  Following that came The Hollywood Reporter Book of Box Office Hits (Billboard Publications, 1990).  Another book, "Star Trek": The First 25 Years, co-authored with Gene Roddenberry, was purchased by Pocket Books, although not published due to the publisher's legal entanglements.  Instead, it became the basis of the 1994 book, "Star Trek": 'Where No One Has Gone Before': A History in Pictures, by J. M. Dillard.  In the Fall of 1993, Billboard Books published Prime-Time Hits; a third Billboard book (and Susan's ninth), Hollywood Sings!, was released in 1995.  In 1996, the revised second edition of The Hollywood Reporter Book of Box Office Hits was published. Inside Trek: My Secret Life with Star Trek Creator Gene Roddenberry (Hawk Publishing Group, 2002) brings her total to eleven published books.
        When not writing, Susan's other interests include Humanist activism; wildlife conservation and animal rights; traveling; hiking; showing dogs; SCUBA diving, and photography.  She is a member of MENSA (the high IQ society), ATAS (Academy of Television Arts and Sciences), NWU (the National Writers Union) and WGA (Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.). 
        In 1994, after 26 years as a Californian, she moved to Arizona, where she enjoys the "dry heat."  She shares her home with her two dogs, a Shiloh Shepherd and a Golden Retriever.
Josepha ShermanJosepha Sherman
The Mythology of Star Trek

Josepha Sherman is a fantasy and science fiction writer, folklorist and storyteller.
        Her fantasy novels include The Shining Falcon (Avon, 1989), winner of the Compton Crook Award; Child of Faerie, Child of Earth (Walker, 1992), an ALA Best Book and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; the national bestseller Castle Of Deception (with Mercedes Lackey, Baen Books, 1992); A Strange and Ancient Name (Baen Books, 1993), a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Windleaf (Walker, 1993), an ABA Pick of the List, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; the national bestseller A Cast of Corbies (with Mercedes Lackey, Baen Books, 1994); Gleaming Bright (Walker, 1994), a Junior Library Guild Selection; the national bestseller The Chaos Gate (Baen Books, 1994); King's Son, Magic's Son (Baen Books, 1994), a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; The Shattered Oath (Baen Books, 1995), a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Forging The Runes, sequel to The Shattered Oath (Baen Books, 1996), a dark urban fantasy novel, Son Of Darkness (Roc Books, 1998), a Xena book, Everything I Needed to Know in Life I Learned from Xena, By Gabrielle, "translated from the Athenian Times" (Pocket Books, 1998); and a Highlander novel, The Captive Soul (Warner Aspect, 1998).
        In addition, she has co-authored, with Susan Shwartz, the national bestselling Star Trek novel Vulcan's Forge (hardcover and mass market), together with the audio script for the novel, read by Leonard Nimoy. Its sequel, Vulcan's Heart, was published in 1999.
        Sherman's folklore titles are all from August House: A Sampler of Jewish-American Folklore (1992), Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales (1993), Once Upon A Galaxy (1994), Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts: The Subversive Folklore of Children (with T.K.F. Weisskopf, 1995), Trickster Tales (1996) and Merlin's Kin: Tales of the Hero Magicians (1998).
        Nonfiction works include First Americans (Smithmark Publishers/Portland House, 1988), and Puerto Rico (Marshall Cavendish, 1999), as well as two articles on fantasy writing commissioned by The Writer.
        Josepha has sold over 125 short stories and articles to books and magazines, and has written for the animated TV show Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. In addition, she's done storytelling for all ages, and lectured on folklore, fantasy and science fiction across North America, including speaking engagements at the Library of Congress and the American Folklore Society conferences. She's an active member of The Authors Guild, SFWA, the American Folklore Society and the SCBWI, as well as a fan of all things SF, equine, computer-oriented, aviation, and of the long-suffering ("wait till next year, or possibly this year!") New York Mets.
Armin ShimermanArmin Shimerman
TrekTrak Presents: Armin Shimerman
The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant

Armin was born in the small town of Lakewood, New Jersey. He and his family moved to Santa Monica, California, in 1965, where he attended and graduated Santa Monica High School. He attended UCLA and graduated in 1972 with a degree in English, specializing in Shakespeare. He immediately became an apprentice in the San Diego Old Globe Theater, where he spent the summer doing Richard III, Love's Labours Lost and Merry Wives of Windsor.
        He moved to Connecticut in 1974 and his first equity job was in Marcus Brutus in 1975 at Stage West in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1976, he appeared in a premiere performance on Broadway in Joseph Papp's production of Three Penny Opera with Raoul Julia, followed by Broadway performances in Saint Joan with Lynn Redgrave at the Circle in the Square, Broadway with Teri Garr and Glen Close, and I Remember Mama with Liv Ullman, which was Richard Rogers' last musical. Over the course of these years, Armin also did over a dozen national commercial spots.
        He met Kathryn Swink in a Broadway bar called Barrymores in 1979, and they were married in Portland in 1981. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and spent a year looking for theatrical work. His first TV appearance was as a telephone repairman on Hill Street Blues. His first TV guest star appearance was in We've Got It Made. His first recurring role was that of Pascal on Beauty and the Beast.
        His first appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation was as the unbilled character of "wedding gift box" in the first-season episode "Haven."  He passed up an episode of The Beauty and the Beast in order to portray the Ferengi character Letek in the first-season episode "The Last Outpost."  Armin also played Bractor in the second-season episode "Peak Performance," but it was  his portrayal of Letek that led to his casting as Quark on Deep Space Nine, a role he enjoyed for seven great years.  He also played Quark in the seventh-season Next Generation episode "Firstborn," the series premiere of Voyager and the film Star Trek: Insurrection.
        He was cast in the role of Principal Snyder in the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he recurred as Snyder for three seasons.
        In 1999, his first novel, 34th Rule, was published, since acknowledged as the bestselling Deep Space Nine novel ever sold. In June 2000, his second novel, Merchant Prince, was published by Pocket Books.
        He has served for six years as National Board member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Carel StruyckenCarel Struycken
Mr. Homn Speaks!
Star Trek: The Next Generation Guest Stars
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager Guest Stars

Born in The Hague, Holland, Carel Struycken began his acting career when he was discovered at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, by a passerby who told him, "We need you for a movie!"  It was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Ever since, Carel has appeared in countless TV shows and motion pictures.  His portrayal of Mr. Homn, the silent, vigilant companion of Lwaxana Troi, has endeared him to Star Trek fans the world over.  Like another Trek alumni, the late Ted Cassidy, Carel played Lurch, the strange butler in The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.  He also featured in Trek writer Peter David's Oblivion and Oblivion 2: The Backlash.  More recently, he can be seen in the science fiction comedy Men in Black.
Eric L. Watts, TrekTrak Programming DirectorEric L. Watts
Enterprise: The Verdict
The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant

Eric has been an avid Star Trek fan since 1977.  He founded and was President of the United Federation of Trekkers, South Carolina's largest Star Trek fan club, from 1980 to 1988 and has been Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming since 1992.  Eric has been a member of the amateur press association Imaginapa since 1980 and is now serving his twelfth year at its Central Mailer.  He is a former member of the amateur press associations Apa Enterprise, Talking of Trek, GAPS, Atlapa and Dragon*Citings.  Eric is also the Editor & Publisher of The New Moon Directory, an annual index to amateur press associations, and a member of Southern Bears, Atlanta Prime Timers and the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus (for which he is also web site administrator and Board member).  Professionally, Eric holds Associate in Arts degrees in Visual Communications (1990) and Web Site Administration (1999) from the Art Institute of Atlanta and owns his own graphic and web site design business, ELW Graphix.  Blessed with a love for the English language but cursed with a Southern drawl, Eric recently launched a secondary career in stand-up comedy and has performed at The Comedy House in Kennesaw, Eddie's Attic in Decatur and The Kudzoo Cantina in Bowdon.  In May 2000, he placed as a finalist in WB36's Late Nite Laff-Off competition at Dave & Buster's in Duluth, and was a featured performer at Eddie's Attic's Third Annual Gay Comedy Festival in June 2001.
Lisa WilcoxLisa Wilcox
Star Trek: The Next Generation Guest Stars

Lisa has acted in over one hundred films, television, commercials and theater productions. She began her career in her teens modeling and doing Equity Waiver Theatre and received numerous awards for her portrayal of "The Girl" in Lanford Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore and the part of "Madge" in William Inge's Picnic. She went on to attend UCLA and received a degree in Theatre Arts.
        Since college, Lisa played the lead part of "Alice" in Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, directed by Renee Harlin in 1988. It is by far the most successful of the Nightmare series and successful horror film of its time, earning over $80 million at the box office. This record was just recently beat by Scream 2.
        Due to the success of Nightmare on Elm Street, Lisa played "Alice" once again in Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, directed by Stephen Hopkins. Since the Nightmare series, Lisa was a regular in the television series Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures, Knots Landing, General Hospital and numerous other guest-starring roles.
        Some of her television highlights include Star Trek: The Next Generation portraying the part of Yuta in the third-season episode "The Vengeance Factor." In this storyline, Yuta and Commander Riker fall in love, but due to Yuta's genetic engineering to be an assassin, Riker must kill her. She also portrayed the part of Eden Candle, the seemingly innocent vixen blonde in the famous episode of Chicago Hope shot in black and white, Alfred Hitchcock-style. The storyline was a parody on many of Hitchcock's films.
        Lisa recently portrayed Carol Brady/Florence Henderson in Fox's Brady Bunch...The Final Days and did a film with Mark Hamill as his co-lead called Watchers Reborn. She also completed filming in Paris doing a pilot called The All New Adventures of Chastity Blade. This project was written specifically for Lisa and is currently in development as a full length feature and television series in the United States.
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