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Cliff Bell
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Verdict
Cliff's involvement with outer space began at a very young age, when his father, an Air Force test pilot, was one of those selected to try out for the original astronaut program.  At his mother's request his father turned it down, but the space program was followed closely by his family, as watching every launch was mandatory.  This led to his avid interest in science fiction and the dreams of colonizing space.  Cliff would spend his spare time at the base library reading the books of Jules Verne, H G Wells, Asimov, Bradbury and Sturgeon, to name a few.  In the fifth grade, he ended up in the principal's office for reading "Mysterious Island" when he was supposed to be reading the fifth grade reader.  When Star Trek first aired, Cliff was there, glued to the set for every episode, even "Spock's Brain."  After high school, he attended California State University at Long Beach and earned a BS in Marine Biology.  He then joined the Navy, where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer and became an Anti-Submarine Warfare specialist.  After leaving the Navy, he went to work for defense contractors and spent some time in Saudi Arabia.  His work led him to a career in software testing and evaluation.  This is Cliff's fourth year on TrekTrak.

Melissa Carter
Queer Eye for the Trek Guy: The Missing Minority VIII
Vixens, Victims and Virgins: Sexism in Star Trek
Melissa is part of "The Bert Show" mornings on radio station Q100 in Atlanta and is the only full-time out gay DJ in the city.  She served as Grand Marshal for the 2002 Atlanta Gay Pride parade and was featured in the national lesbian magazine Curve in 2003.  In September 2003, Melissa appeared in an episode of the Fox Television drama The O.C.
       Some of her early influences include Lt. Uhura, Dr. Beverly Crusher and Deanna Troi.  Kira Nerys, Seven of Nine and Captain Janeway continued to mold Carter well into her 20s.  Melissa has attended Dragon*Con for several years and has been spotted at other Trek conventions in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and New Jersey.
       This is Melissa's second appearance on TrekTrak!


Ann C. CrispinAnn C. Crispin
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Verdict
Queer Eye for the Trek Guy: The Missing Minority VIII
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 recently authored the graphic novel Star Trek: Enter the Wolves for DC Comics.
        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.


Noah Cypher
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Verdict
Noah started watching Star Trek at the age of ten and since then has read, listened and watched everything about Trek that he could get his hands on.  He enjoys all Trek, but especially Enterprise, the Original Series and The Next Generation.
       Noah is a huge fan of the Klingons, Andorians and pretty much any race that embraces the Code of the Warrior and the concept of honor.  When not studying, he enjoys learning about the military, wars, history, reading Tolkien and mysteries, listening to Christian and country music, hanging out with his family and friends, and participating in any and all contests. This is Noah's first Dragon*Con.

Peter DavidPeter David
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 fifty novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Publishers Weekly described him as "a genuine and veteran master."  His novels include Sir Apropos of Nothing (A "fast, fun, heroic fantasy satire"--Publishers Weekly) and the sequel The Woad to Wuin, Knight Life, Howling Mad and the Psi-Man adventure series.  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.  Peter is also co-creator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books.  A partial list of his titles include Q-Squared, The Siege, Q-in-Law, Vendetta, A Rock and a Hard Place and, with John deLancie, I, Q.  He produced the three Babylon 5 Centauri Prime novels and 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 Incredible 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, Trancers 4: Jack of Swords and Trancers 5: Sudden Death, 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, and the sequel, Backlash: Oblivion 2.
        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 #1: Worf's First Adventure) 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.
        Peter lives in New York with his wife, Kathleen, and his children, Shana, Gwen, Ariel, and a player to be named later.  And even though this may not be the best year to admit it, he's a Mets fan.
        For more information about Peter, visit his web site, www.PeterDavid.net.
        This is Peter's eleventh year on TrekTrak!

Nicole deBoer
An Hour with Lt. Ezri Dax: Nicole deBoer

Nicole began her acting career as a child in her native Toronto.  A shy child, she astonished her family one day when she came home and told them she had gotten the lead in the play The Wizard of Oz.  With the blessing of her parents, her grandmother helped her to find an agent and shortly afterward, she made her television debut in a Christmas special starring Red Skelton and Vincent Price.  Throughout her childhood Nicole was active in commercials and theatre.
        At age seventeen, she was cast as a series regular in the CBC drama 9B.  Nicole's numerous television credits include Beyond Reality, First Resort, Catwalk, Kids in the Hall, The Outer Limits, Psi Factor, Maniac Mansion and Deepwater Black/Mission Genesis.  On film, she was featured in Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, co-starred in the film National Lampoon's Senior Trip with Matt Frewer and Tommy Chong, and was in the critically received science fiction movie Cube. While filming the series Dooley Gardens in Newfoundland, she got the call and was cast as Lt. Ezri Dax in the seventh and final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, replacing Terry Farrell as the Dax symbiot host.
       Nicole currently appears in the USA Network/SciFi Channel hit series The Dead Zone as Sarah Bannerman.


Edward deGruy
Save Our Show!  How to Prevent Cancellation

      Edward has been involved in fandom for over 20 years and Atlanta fandom since moving here in 1996.  A member of Starfleet (the International Star Trek Fan Club) since 1993, he has helped take some of the geek perceptions the mainstream had of Trek fans and turn it into admiration by charitable works for local area children's hospitals in the Birmingham, Alabama area.
       As one of the early members and current president of the Outworlders, a fan group dedicated to Queer content in science fiction/fantasy/horror in Atlanta, he has helped promote and grow the local fan scene.


Richard Herd
An Hour with Admiral Paris: Richard Herd
The 2004 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Richard is well known to television viewers as Mr. Wilhelm, George's boss on Seinfeld, for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award.  He also portrayed John, the Supreme Commander on the miniseries V.  Other recurring roles include Admiral William Noyce on SeaQuest DSV, Ethan Calloway on Pacific Blue and Admiral Owen Paris in five episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.  Star Trek fans will also remember him as the Klingon L'Kor in the 1993 two-part Next Generation sixth-season episode "Birthright," Parts I and II.  Richard was a series regular on T. J. Hooker as Captain Dennis Sheridan and has guest starred on The Gift of Love with Andy Griffith, Fall from Grace with Kevin Spacey, Ike, The War Years with Robert Duval, Favorite Son with Robert Loggia, A Case for Life with Valerie Bertinelli, Shattered Mind with Heather Locklear, Journey of the Heart with Cybil Shepherd and on Masterpiece Theatre's Song of the Lark with Maximilian Schell.
        Other television appearances include JAG, Caroline in the City, The Fugitive, ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Diagnosis Murder and numerous others.  His film credits include The China Syndrome, All the President's Men, F.I.S.T., The Onion Field, Summer Rental, Sgt. Bilko, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Checkers.  Theatrical credits include the New York productions of Electra, Harlequinade, 20 Poems and The Coach with the Six Insides, which he co-produced and for which he earned Vernon Rice and Obie Awards.
        This is Richard's second appearance on TrekTrak!


Chris Jones
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Verdict
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.

Cheralyn Lambeth
Professional Star Trek Costume-Building
Vixens, Victims and Virgins: Sexism in Star Trek
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.

Monique Lumsden
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Verdict
Monique has been a Star Trek fan since 1998.  First only a Next Generation fan, she became hooked on the whole world of Trek after reading her sister's copy of the 1970 James Blish novel, Spock Must Die!  The Next Generation is still her favorite, but she enjoys all Trek, especially Classic Trek and Enterprise.
       Monique has attended two Vulkon conventions, and this is her third year at Dragon*Con and her first on Trek Trak.  She loves to get involved in activities, and at the second Vulkon convention, she entered her younger eight siblings in the costume contest--the older six as the crew of the USS Mayhem, complete with Lego models of various Star Trek ships, and the youngest two in white cadet rompers.  Both groups won trophies.  At the 2003 Dragon*Con, she modeled for The Tribe fashion show, marched in the Dragon*Con parade and was a contestant in the Evening in Bree, Hall and Masquerade costume contests.
       Monique is an assistant teacher and librarian at her church and enjoys spending time with her family, most of whom are now Trek fans.  A history and trivia buff, she enjoys discussing, debating and exchanging information on past and present issues with family and friends.

Darren Nowell
Queer Eye for the Trek Guy: The Missing Minority VIII
Darren has been around Atlanta fandom since 1985.  After doing several tours of duty with Dixie-Trek and Starfleet Atlanta, he took a break to do something called college.  He studied theatre and philosophy and is now a devil's advocate for everyone but Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Fred Phelps.  His greatest Star Trek moment was being both slapped and kissed by Marina Sirtis at MOC #3 (or was it #2?) after asking her to take off her jacket to reveal her skimpy top.  (Little did she know she had nothing to fear but a fashion critique.)  He is also a founding member of the Save a Sweater...Kill Wesley Crusher fan club and a member of the Atlanta Outworlders, which espouses more gay/lesbian/trans/bi content in science fiction and fantasy.  Not surprisingly, he is currently single and has a super hero fetish.
       This is Darren's third appearance on TrekTrak!

Kevin Parker
Klingon History 101
Kevin has been a Star Trek enthusiast for over ten years.  With his first convention right here in Georgia---Dixie Trek in 1986---he has been an avid participant in science fiction genre ever since.  Currently, he is the Captain of the IKAV Nemesis in Lawrenceville, which is a part of the Klingon Assault Group (KAG), and you can see him during the Halloween season as the monster of your choice at Netherworld.  You can sometimes see him on TNT as "the Bad Boy of Star Trek."

Jerry Seward
The Future of the Star Trek Franchise
Jerry is an avid fan of science fiction.  He founded and co-edited the long-running fanzine Power Star (online archives at http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Lair/7277).  He has submitted spec scripts to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and is presently developing a number of comic book projects for fledgling new company Dark Elf Designs.  He's also hard at work on a novel, The Cyber Strain.  He currently lives in Michigan, where he works as a freelance newspaper journalist and is the president of the independent Star Trek fan club, the USS Solar Wind.

John C. Snider
The Future of the Star Trek Franchise
Queer Eye for the Trek Guy: The Missing Minority VIII
John launched www.scifidimensions.com, an online science fiction magazine, in February 2000 to expand his life-long interest in science fiction, serving as editor, head writer, webmaster and gadfly-at-large.  He has interviewed numerous celebrities and remarkable persons in the genre, including Stan Lee, Majel Roddenberry, Andre Norton, Ben Bova and Sir Ian McKellen.  He has attracted many contributors, notably Robert J. Sawyer (a Nebula Award-winning author) and Dr. Massimo Pigliucci (a distinguished evolutionary biologist who writes syndicated essays on science and skepticism).  He collaborated with world-renowned paranormal investigator Joe Nickell (regular columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine) to create "The Joe Nickell Files," a series of telephone interviews exploring a variety of topics in the world of the paranormal.
        In 2001, John traveled to the United Kingdom to explore the science fiction and fantasy scene on the other side of The Pond.  That series of interviews and articles was published as "scifi dimensions in the UK."  He also chunneled over to Paris to interview SFWA President Norman Spinrad!
        John founded the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award (the SESFA) in 2002, a fan-based award designed to honor accomplishment in science fiction/fantasy/horror by individuals born or living in the southern United States.
        John has been a guest at several science fiction conventions (most notably Dragon*Con), participating in panel discussions on online publishing and various science fiction topics.  He has been a guest on several live Internet broadcasts and radio shows (including Radio Sci Fi, The Dragon Page and The Sci-Fi Zone Radio Show).  He has also been featured in such diverse print publications as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (twice), Atlanta Intown magazine, the Libertarian Party News and the Atlanta Science Fiction Society's monthly newsletter, Future Times.
        John also enjoys collecting vintage comic books, owning one of the most comprehensive Spider-Man collections in Georgia... perhaps in the United States.  He's also a member of the Fellowship of Reason.  He lives in Roswell, Georgia (not New Mexico).

Voltaire
The TrekTrak Filk Concert
Voltaire was born in Havana, Cuba in 1967.  He emigrated with his family to the U.S. as a child and settled in New Jersey (a fact he never stops complaining about!).
        Voltaire is a singer/songwriter whose music has its roots deeply imbedded in European folk music.  His songs speak of love and, most often, the loss thereof with the added twist of how best to seek revenge on the ones who have hurt you.  Lyrically, he explores and reveals those moments of vulnerability most would rather not discuss and exploits with childish abandon those fleeting streaks of cruelty we all feel but choose not to act upon or even mention.
        Voltaire's live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are highly theatrical---full of props and stories.  The visual quality of his performances is not surprising; Voltaire has been directing commercials and animating short films for the last ten years.  He's best known for his Hieronymous Bosch-inspired station IDs for MTV.
        Inspired by the films of Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), Voltaire began animating at the age of ten on a Super8 camera.  At that time, he says, "no three-dimensional object was safe.  My brother's action figures, my sister's dolls, silverware, etc... If it was missing, chances were that it was in the basement in front of my camera."
        Eventually, piecing together snippets of information from fanzines, he was able to teach himself how to make foam rubber animation models and animate them with fluidity and realism.  The films of his childhood landed him his first directing job in 1988. That project was the classic MTV ID called "MTV-Bosch."  The stop-motion tour of the hellish "Garden of Earthly Delights" went on to win several awards, including a Broadcast Design Award, and helped to establish Voltaire's style of animation.
        His strange stew of Gothic darkness, baroque lushness and whimsical surrealism has been seen in a score of television commercials for clients such as Cartoon Network, USA and The Sci-Fi Channel.  His short films, which he describes as being "an opportunity for me to be as strange and demented as I care to be," have been seen at animation festivals around the world, including the sinister "Rakthavira," which toured as part of Expanded Entertainment's "Too Outrageous Animation."
        These days, Voltaire continues writing, recording and performing music, directing and animating commercials and projects for television and working on the occasional comic book.  Somewhere in there, he also teaches stop-motion animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
       When not writing songs about hacking up his ex-lover's lovers or offing the man upstairs, Voltaire spends a lot of time at science fiction conventions.  Usually, he is promoting his comic books and Chi-Chian animated series, but we all know he really just goes to them in the hopes of picking up a new Starfleet uniform or that hard-to-get, limited edition Tribble!  Voltaire, you see, is an avid Star Trek fan (even stating in an interview on The Sci Fi Channel show Exposure that his dream in life is to play a Vulcan!).
        One night after one of his shows at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, he was invited to sit in on a "filk" session.  Filk apparently is a convention phenomenon where musicians sing songs that have science fiction lyrics transplanted over recognizable folk melodies. He says, "There I was, hearing these songs about Star Trek, and I thought, damn!  Now, why didn't I think of this?!  My love for music and obsession with Star Trek collided, and I started to write Star Trek parody songs."  At first, he would play them in his solo acoustic shows at conventions and later recorded them and posted them on MP3.com, where they quickly rose up the comedy charts.
        Voltaire's CD Banned on Vulcan contains solo acoustic versions of four Star Trek parody songs, including the hysterical "Worf's Revenge: A Klingon Rap," which explains once and for all why Worf is the Mac Dad of the Klingon Empire.  "The USS Make Sh*t Up" is about that pivotal moment in every episode of every Star Trek series where, when finding themselves up against insurmountable odds, the crew starts "making sh*t up!"  ("Bounce a graviton particle beam off the main deflector dish...!" etc.)  "The Sexy Data Tango" really crosses the line, describing what it's like having sex with Data!  (And it's written in Star Trek jargon!  Lower your shields and spread your nacelles to make room for his craft, while he thrusts his Delta Flyer into your big, fat, juicy aft!)  "Screw the Okampa (I Want to Go Home)" serves as a campfire song for disgruntled crew members on Voyager who hate Janeway for stranding them in the Delta Quadrant.  If you are fan of Star Trek and love raunchy humor, then this is the filk performance for you!

Garrett Wang
An Hour with Ensign Harry Kim: Garrett Wang
TrekTrak Presents Ensign Harry Kim: Garrett Wang
TrekTrak Theatre Presents: A Klingon Murder Trial
The 2004 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant

Garrett Wang played Ops/Communication Officer Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager from 1995 to 2001.  A graduate of Starfleet Academy, Harry boarded the USS Voyager after a stellar academic career.  He embraced the challenges of space exploration as the crew traveled through the unknown region of space known as the Delta Quadrant.  "Kim is eager, personable and shows traces of a wry sense of humor, although he takes his job very seriously," Garrett says.
        Born in Riverside, California, to Chinese immigrant parents, Garrett spent his formative years on the move.  He lived in Indiana, Bermuda, Tennessee and Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA, majored in Asian Studies and dabbled in theater.  He credits UCLA theater professor Jenny Roundtree as a key influence in his development as an actor.  "Jenny was responsible for my first breakthrough," he explains.  "She inspired me to go beyond the status quo."
        In his first performance outside of college, Garrett garnered unprecedented critical acclaim for his portrayal of John Lee in the lead of Chay Yew's Porcelain at Burbage Theater.  Despite a busy schedule, Garrett has continued to perform in various staged readings such as Model Minority for the Los Angeles Theater Center, Woman Warrior for the Mark Taper Forum and A Language of Their Own for the Intiman Theater.
        Prior to joining the cast of Star Trek: Voyager, Garrett guest-starred in the premiere episode of the ABC series All-American Girl, starring Margaret Cho.  "I believe that I now have a huge responsibility in being one of a very small number of Asian-Americans appearing on television regularly," Wang explains.  "My goal now is to do the best job possible playing Harry Kim and to begin repaying my parents for the unaccountable financial support they have given me throughout the years."
        Wang recently appeared in two independent feature films, Ivory Towers and Hundred Percent.  In 1997, he was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine.  Additionally, E! Entertainment Television has selected Garrett as on of the "20 Coolest Bachelors" in the country.


Beverly Washburn
Star Trek Guest Stars
By the time she reached her teens, Beverly Washburn had appeared in more than 500 TV shows and movies.  Her career flourished through her teenage years and into adulthood.  Watching Beverly on TV's Star Trek, playing Lt. Arlene Galway in "The Deadly Years," growing old and dying in Captain Kirk's arms, or seeing her performance as a sexy, deranged murderess in a thriller with Lon Chaney, Jr., has given her "cult status."  Whether cast in a gripping, dramatic screenplay, or as a delightfully bewildered character in a TV situation comedy, Beverly Washburn has been up to the task.


Eric L. Watts, Dragon*Con Director of Star Trek ProgrammingEric L. Watts
The 2004 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Court-Martial!
Eric has been an avid and active 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, during which time he edited its monthly newsletter, Captain's Quarters, and one fanzine, Star Sector One.  He was appointed Dragon*Conís first (and so far, only) Director of Star Trek Programming in 1992 and he created the highly acclaimed TrekTrak in 1993.
    
Eric is a charter member and currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Southern Bears and was the Editor & Publisher of The New Moon Directory, an annual index to amateur press associations from 1988 to 1997.  He has been a member of the amateur press association Imaginapa (currently on publication hiatus) since 1980 and was its elected Central Mailer for 14 of its first 23 years.  He is a former member several amateur press associations, including Apa Enterprise, Talking of Trek, GAPS, Atlapa and Dragon*Citings.
     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.  He is the technical designer for Soundly Speaking, the monthly online newsletter of NSA Georgia (the Georgia chapter of the National Speakers Association), and the Editor of Survival News, the monthly newsletter of AIDS Survival Project, headquartered in Atlanta.
     Eric started performing stand-up comedy in 2000 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.

     In 2002, in recognition of TrekTrak's tenth year and TrekTrak's many contributions and achievements that have helped make Dragon*Con the twelfth largest annual convention in Atlanta, Mayor Shirley Franklin proclaimed September 2, 2002 as "TrekTrak Day" in the City of Atlanta.
     In 2003, Eric published Star Sector Two, a 72-page Star Trek fanzine set entirely in the Original Series universe.  He is a member of the USS Republic, the USS Churchill, the IKAV Nemesis, the IKV Blackfire and an honorary lifetime member of the Klingon Imperial Embassy.  Eric was the Fan Guest of Honor at Sci-Fi Summer Con in Atlanta in June 2004.


Traci West
Star Trek: Where No College Course Has Gone Before
Queer Eye for the Trek Guy: The Missing Minority VIII
Vixens, Victims and Virgins: Sexism in Star Trek
Traci is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in English.  She received her master's degree in journalism from Kent State University in 2002.  She is currently part-time adjunct faculty in the new College of Communication and Information at Kent State.  Traci has co-taught workshop courses on Star Trek, "From Comics into Film" and "Sherlock Holmes in Film."  In October, she will present a paper on teaching Star Trek at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  She also collects autographs and other pop culture memorabilia, especially Star Trek.  She lives in Brimfield, Ohio with her husband and co-instructor Robert West, a neurotic dog, a psycho cat and two ferrets.

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