2008 Program Participants

Alpi · Avari · Bellucci · Boothe · Brooks · Cawley · Chalkley · Churvis · Crowe · David · Dease · DeCandido · Dorn · Feinberg · Fowler · Grazier · Greenberg · Hammer · Holloway · Jones · Keating · Keela & Katkith · Koenig · Livingston · Lofton · Morris · Osborne · Pedraza · Perry · Phillips · Picardo · Reddick · Rowles · Russ · Sherman · Snider · Takei · Watts---

Ben Alpi
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
Ben was born and raised on the Canadian border in pastoral northern New York.  As a director and visual effects artist, he has worked on a number of independent films in a variety of capacities.  Most recently, he was second unit director for the feature-length documentary American General: Benedict Arnold.  His directorial debut, Silver Lining, premiered in February 2008 alongside five other independently funded short films at the Madison Theater in Albany, New York.  The weeklong “Indies at the Madison” event outperformed all six of the widely released films playing at the theater.
      Ben served as Second Unit Director for the Star Trek: Phase II (formerly Star Trek: New Voyages) episode "Blood and Fire" and as First Assistant Director: Second Unit and key grip (New York) for the New Voyages episode "World Enough and Time."  Ben will direct his first episode of the award-winning online series in 2008.

Erick Avari
Star Trek Guest Stars
        It's no surprise that Erick has deftly adapted himself to roles that span a range of more that two dozen ethnicities: that is, if you call Bajoran and Klingon "ethnicities."  His childhood in Darjeeling, a mystically beautiful Himalayan town in northern Indian, uniquely prepared him for a career that has taken him from the cricket field to outer space and back several times.  The town is a crossroads for people from Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and other exotic locales, as well as a favorite vacation spot for aristocratic Europeans and, in the 1960s and '70s, a required stop for youthful Americans and Australians on the so-called "hippie trail."
        "In Darjeeling, it was necessary to learn several languages to be able to communicate with the limitless variety of people we met from the Dalai Lama, when he fled Tibet, to the royal families of Bhutan and Sikkim.  My primary language is obviously English, but I learned Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and Gujerati as a child, and with them the customs of a polyglot nation.  Tenzing Norgay, who surmounted Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary, lived around the corner," Avari remembers.
        "My father had been Chief Game Warden of the West Bengal Forests as a young man, and his cronies came from all over the world to visit the jungles around us.  Canadian and Belgian Jesuits staffed the schools I went to.  It was as international a place as New York or Los Angeles, although on a much more intimate scale."
        His childhood also introduced him to the joys of the cinema early on.  Both his parents came from families that owned movie theaters throughout India and other parts of Asia.  His maternal great-grandfather was a theatrical producer during the Victorian era, known for introducing women to the Indian stage.
        "We saw at least two films a week in English, at my father's theaters, the Capitol and the Rink.  If we wanted, there were Hindi and Bengali movies as well.  My family always knew I'd be in the film industry, but I don't think that this is what they imagined," he laughs.
        "It's crazy when I think about it now.  I didn't know anything about professional training programs, I knew no one in the United States, but I knew that I had to be here."  After several years of college in India, Avari won a scholarship to the College of Charleston in South Carolina and he was on his way to America.
        A career awaited him that would include Broadway plays, major motion pictures and hit TV series, as well as the requisite years of struggle.  Erick was featured in three recent films: Mr. Deeds, Adam Sandler's take on the classic Gary Cooper film; Three Days of Rain, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and Master of Disguise, Dana Carvey's return to the big screen.  In 2003, he was seen in Daredevil, starring Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, and Searching of Haizmann.  In 2005 he starred in Dancing in Twilight.
        Erick's credits include leading roles in films from Kevin Reynold's cult classic The Beast of War, as well as commercial megahits such as Planet of the Apes, Stargate SG-1, Independence Day and The Mummy.  His comedic skills have landed him starring roles in For Love or Money and Woody Allen's only TV film, Don't Drink the Water.
        A lengthy theatrical background has garnered him critical acclaim for roles at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City, including his portrayal of Vasquez in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and the Broadway hit, The King and I. He has had the pleasure of performing in some of the most prestigious regional theaters in the country including The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Chicago's Goodman Theater, and The Cleveland Playhouse, playing roles such as the King in King Lear and Joseph Smith in the Mabou Mines production of The Morman Project.
        On television, in addition to his recurring role as Kasuf on Stargate SG-1, Erick played Klingon bureaucrat B'iJik in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification, Part I," Bajoran Vedek Yarka in the Deep Space Nine episode "Destiny," and Novan leader Jamin in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Terra Nova."  Erick has also played notable roles on The West Wing, Law and Order, Family Law, NYPD Blue, and several movies of the week.  Erick has been working at becoming an overnight success for the past twenty years.

Joël Bellucci
Star Trek vs. Battlestar Galactica
Reinventing Star Trek: Back to the Future?
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
Joël is a marine scientist, web designer and visual effects artist.  His marine experiences range from photo-ID studies of bottlenosed dolphins to diving under the Antarctic ice sheet.  He's been a contributor to 3D Artist Magazine as well as to numerous local newspapers and magazines.  He's also active in Florida's Tampa/St. Pete GLBT community through the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, for which he's done film trafficking for the last five years.  He is single-handedly responsible for converting innumerable individuals (15, actually) to the joys of The Next Generation and would like to think that he is somehow responsible for the success of Patrick Stewart's career.
        Joël is also a cast member on---and visual effects artist for---Star Trek: Phase II (formerly Star Trek: New Voyages), and its spinoff, Star Trek: First Voyages.

Autumn-Skye Boothe
The 2008 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Autumn-Skye is the owner of Majestic Productions USA, producers of the Miss Virginia Galaxy, Miss Atlantic Shores and Miss American Majesty beauty pageants.  She has over twenty years of pageant experience, spanning from her first title as Miss Columbia National Teenager in 1987 to her most recent crowning as Ms. Maryland East Coast USA 2005, and is a certified judge in the Maryland MAO (Miss America Organization).  A former Miss Virginia Galaxy and Miss US Galaxy queen, she graduated Columbia College with honors at age 15.  Since then, she has helped coach five national queens and numerous runners-up as the owner of Queen's Court Coaching.  Autumn-Skye has since completed a post-baccalaureate degree and also does consulting work with a major insurance company in addition to directing pageants.
        Recently married, Autumn-Skye has two children: daughter Audrey, age 12, and stepson Stephen, age 13.  Her husband Carl is a sales manager who helps the family business as co-director of their three pageant systems.  Autumn-Skye loves collecting Titanic items, antique Good Housekeeping magazines and Depression glass.  She enjoys taking Carl and the family to Riverdogs hockey games whenever possible, as well as watching Desperate Housewives and of course, keeping Starbucks in business through a healthy addiction to their Iced Chai Latte.
       Autumn-Skye has served as a judge for the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant for the last seven years, and TrekTrak is pleased to welcome her to the 2008 pageant!

Avery Brooks
The TrekTrak Show featuring Avery Brooks & Michael Dorn
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Reunion: Avery Brooks, Michael Dorn & Cirroc Lofton
Avery is an accomplished stage, television and film actor best known for his role as Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  He is the only actor to appear in all 173 episodes of the series, and has also directed several episodes.  In addition, he played Benny Russell in the episodes "Far Beyond the Stars" and "Shadows and Symbols." He also voiced Sisko in the games Star Trek: Deep Space Nine---Harbinger and Star Trek: Legacy.
        Hailing from Evansville, Indiana, Avery attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana.  After graduating, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio as well as Indiana University.  In 1973, he became the first African-American to receive an MFA in acting and directing from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  He is currently a tenured professor of theater arts at Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts, and in 1993, he was inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.  That same year, he became the Artistic Director of the National Black Arts Festival, a biannual, ten-day festival celebrating the art and culture of the African Diaspora held in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was the Artistic Director during the 1994 and 1996 festivals.
        Raised in a musical family, Avery has a passion for playing jazz piano as well as acting.  In March 2006, he played the piano at the funeral for Gordon Parks, who gave Avery his first television acting experience when Parks directed him in Solomon Northrup's Odyssey in 1984.  Avery also sang the theme from The Learning Tree, a film that Parks wrote and directed.  Avery was also present at Ossie Davis' funeral in February 2005, at the end of which he read the epilogue from the 1961 play "Purlie Victorious," which Davis wrote.
        Avery was filming an interview on the Star Trek franchise when the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction was being held at Christies.  He briefly entered the bidding room and described the experience as bringing back "great feelings of nostalgia."
        Avery has been married to Vicki Bowen since 1976.  The couple have three children: Ayana, Asante and Cabral.  Although he continues serving as a tenured professor at Rutgers, Avery had left his teaching job to play Benjamin Sisko on Deep Space Nine and has yet to return to full-time academic work.
        Avery has received high acclaim for his portrayal of Paul Robeson in the long-running one-man show of the same name.  Avery has starred in this play since 1982, including two performances on Broadway (in 1988 and again in 1995).  He actually first played Robeson in the 1978 off-Broadway show Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, which ended up on Broadway in early 1979.
        Avery' stage credits also include many Shakespeare characters, including Othello, Oberon, and King Lear.  In addition, he originated the role of Malcolm X in Anthony Davis' opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, in 1985.  He went on to perform in another Anthony Davis opera, Tania.
        While best known for playing Ben Sisko, Avery had his first episodic television starring role in Spenser: For Hire as the lead character's partner, Hawk.  Avery went on to reprise the role of Hawk in the short-lived spinoff, A Man Called Hawk.  Prior to this, he made his television acting debut playing the title role in the 1984 TV adaptation of Solomon Northup's Odyssey.  In 1987, he again played the title role in a TV adaptation of a famous novel, this time Uncle Tom's Cabin, which co-starred fellow Star Trek performers Bill Bolender and Albert Hall.  Aside from these, he made an appearance in 1985's Finnegan Begin Again (starring Bob Gunton and David Huddleston) and played the role of Cletus Moyer in 1988's Roots: The Gift.  The latter also starred Star Trek: The Next Generation actor LeVar Burton in his famous role of Kunte Kinte and also featured future Star Trek: Voyager stars Kate Mulgrew and Tim Russ.
        Avery was cast as Benjamin Sisko, commander of space station Deep Space 9, in 1992.  For his performance in this role, Avery received two Image Award nominations as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, one in 1996 and another in 1997.  Also in 1997, he received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for his portrayal of Sisko.  Avery remained with the series through all seven seasons, appearing in every single episode, while at the same time continuing his professorship in theater arts at Rutgers University––occasionally instructing classes in his character's costume.
        While Deep Space Nine was still in production, Avery continued to star in a number of Spencer telefilms.  He also become one of many Star Trek performers to voice in the animated series Gargoyles.
        Avery made his feature film debut in 1998, playing a mafia kingpin in the action thriller The Big Hit.  This was followed that same year with the critically-acclaimed drama American History X, which also starred Star Trek: Voyager's Jennifer Lien.  Also in 1998, Avery' deep, commanding voice was employed to narrate various documentary programs, including Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery, Africa's Elephant Kingdom and The Greatest Places.
        After Deep Space Nine ended its run in 1999, Avery continued to act on stage and continued narrating documentaries such as Jesus: The Complete Story, The Ballad of Big Al, Land of the Mammoth and Walking with Dinosaurs.  He also hosted the Discovery Channel show Unsolved History for a few years.  In 2001, he had a supporting role as a police detective in the film 15 Minutes, which also featured Kim Cattrall, Kelsey Grammer and future Star Trek star Anton Yelchin.
        Avery has also participated in a number of Star Trek documentaries and specials, including The Science of Star Trek, Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond and Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier.  Footage of his performances on Deep Space Nine have been used in such documentaries as Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments and How William Shatner Changed the World.
        Avery can be heard on the soundtrack for Anthony Davis's opera Tania, released in 2001.  He sings the role of Cinque in this production.  He recently completed work on a CD containing "a selection of ballads and love songs," in which he praises his father and artists he admires.  Avery is currently working on an audio recording of Alex Haley's Roots.

James Cawley
Reinventing Star Trek: Back to the Future?
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
The 2008 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Designing the 23rd Century
A big Star Trek fan growing up, in 1997 James began collecting props and costumes from the original series and acquired the original Enterprise blueprints when he interned on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He went on to spend over $100,000 constructing nearly flawless recreations of sets in an abandoned car dealership in Port Henry, New York.  Funding the project through his successful career as an Elvis impersonator, James and fellow Star Trek fans gathered together to begin shooting new episodes.  The high quality of Star Trek: New Voyages has led Trek actors such as George Takei and Walter Koenig to act in episodes, and has brought original series writers such as D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold to take on roles behind the camera without any financial compensation.  James' prominent role in Star Trek: New Voyages gave him the opportunity to play small roles in a few other Star Trek fan episodes.  He played Mackenzie Calhoun in the 41st Star Trek: Hidden Frontier episode "Vigil," and he had a cameo as Captain Kirk along with New Voyages co-stars Jeff Quinn and John Kelley in the premiere episode of Starship Farragut.  The starship Ticonderoga in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "The Aenar" was named as a subtle nod to James' hometown.  His sets have also been used by Star Trek: Enterprise in the episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" and in the professional fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, in which James plays Peter Kirk.  In addition to producing more episodes of Star Trek: Phase II (formerly Star Trek: New Voyages), James is currently in pre-production on the spin-off Star Trek: First Voyages and a remake/continuation of The Wild Wild West.  He will also be playing a small part in the new Star Trek movie.  James' "day job" is as an Elvis impersonator.

Larry Chalkley
The Music of Star Trek
Designing the 23rd Century
Larry has been a fan of Star Trek for as long as he can remember.  Over the past twenty or so years, he has spoken on the topic of Trek and its impact on society to various groups and organizations, including the Science Museum of Virginia, the Richmond First Club and the University of Richmond.
        As an avid collector of Trek, Larry created memorabilia displays for the Science Museum of Virginia, Barnes and Noble and local libraries during Star Trek’s 25th anniversary.  Additionally, his comprehensive Trek card collection was featured in the magazine Tuff Stuff’s Collect.
        Most recently, Larry served as an advisor to a local video production company making a Trek parody for a corporate client.

David Churvis
The Music of Star Trek
Dave has been watching Star Trek in its various incarnations since he was four years old and a show called Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted and changed his view on the world forever.  Since then, he has become an expert in all things Trek, as well as an accomplished software engineer and musician.  He currently lives in Norcross, Georgia, with his partner Matt, his musical instruments and about a billion DVDs.

Joe Crowe
The TrekTrak Trivia Challenge
Reinventing Star Trek: Back to the Future?
Joe is head writer of RevolutionSF.com, an online magazine devoted to sci-fi commentary, review and comedy.  He writes RevolutionSF Newsblast, a Daily Show-style sci-fi news report.  His work has been called "Swiftean in its satiric eloquence" and "just one word: horrible."  He is also the editor and co-author of Assembled: Five Decades of Earth's Mightiest, a history and commentary book about Marvel Comics' Avengers.
        Joe lives in Fultondale, Alabama, with wife Stefanie and daughter Quin.


Peter David
Star Trek Comic Books?  What?  Again?
TrekTrak Presents: Peter David
Peter 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 O'Shea David, and children, Shana, Gwen, Ariel and Caroline.  For more information about Peter, visit his web site, www.PeterDavid.net.
        This is Peter's fifteenth year on TrekTrak!


Joshua P. Dease
Star Trek Online Simming
Star Trek vs. Battlestar Galactica
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Joshua has been working with film, television and theatre for over a decade.  Having worked both in front of and behind the camera, he applies his experience to produce films that are intruging, stimulating and exciting for the audience.  His career features work on American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Making the Band.  He has also worked on various feature films starring Kevin Bacon, Julia Stiles, Adam Baldwin, Danny Glover and Angela Bassett.
        In 2007, Joshua signed on as the Senior Vice President of Movie Tao Productions and the South East Film Association (SEFA).  Both organizations are devoted to bringing production work to the southeastern United States and showcasing the work of the many talented independent filmmakers of the region.  In May 2008, principal photography will begin on 1.8 Days, the high-budget feature which Joshua will produce with his associates Bren Pettengill and Chuck Fallaw.
        Key to the development of his career was his admiration of Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future when he created Star Trek.  Each series and film created as part of that franchise has been able to inspire and uplift in a way that crosses the barriers of race, sex, orientation, education and social class.  It is his hope to develop films that contribute to the positive development of mankind, if only a fraction of what Star Trek has accomplished.  Joshua has no problem stating that he is an avid fan of the series, and feels fortunate to be able to appreciate the series from that point of view, and of that as an industry professional.  As part of his enjoyment of the series, he has participated in text-based online role-playing ("simming") since 1999.  His group memberships have included the United Space Federation, and the newly created organization Verak Nor.

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Star Trek Authors Cavalcade
Star Trek Comic Books?  What?  Again?
Keith is an author, editor, musician, book packager, critic, essayist, anthologist and karate student.  He probably does some other things, too, but he can't remember them due to the lack of sleep.  Since 1999, he has been contributing with alarming regularity to the Star Trek universe in prose and sequential art, with dozens of novels, eBooks, short stories, novellas and comic books to his credit, covering all five TV shows as well as several prose-only series such as Starfleet Corps of Engineers, I.K.S. Gorkon, New Frontier and The Lost Era.  In 2008, his Trek work ranges from the Klingon Empire novel A Burning House to the Alien Spotlight: Klingons comic book to the final eBook in the Next Generation miniseries Slings and Arrows to the short novel A Gutted World in Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions.  Keith has also written in the universes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI: NY, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Marvel Comics, Doctor Who, Serenity, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape and a whole lot more.  In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith is a professional percussionist, a brown belt in Kenshikai karate and devoted follower of the New York Yankees.  Find out less about Keith at www.DeCandido.net.

Michael Dorn
The TrekTrak Show featuring Avery Brooks & Michael Dorn
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Reunion: Avery Brooks, Michael Dorn & Cirroc Lofton
The 2008 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Jake & Worf: Cirroc Lofton and Michael Dorn
Born in Texas and raised in Pasadena, California, Michael studied radio/television production at Pasadena City College and took his turn in front of the student cameras.  When he left school, his interests settled in music and it was there that he pursued his early professional career as a performer.  He moved to San Francisco in 1973, then back to Los Angeles in 1976, making his living during that time playing and singing in several rock bands.  Then in 1977, Michael landed a small part on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and thought his moment had arrived.  Actually, his moment was still a few years away, but it was certainly a start.
        Michael received much of his on-the-job training as a semi-regular on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives.  In the prime-time hours, Michael was seen as Officer Turner during the final two seasons of the weekly cop series CHiPs and guest-starred on many more primetime series, including Knots Landing and Falcon Crest.  He went on to a flurry of supporting cast activity in such theatrical features as The Jagged Edge.  Then, in 1987, Michael donned mounds of facial makeup for what was to be his signature role: the USS Enterprise's Klingon officer Lt. Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He reprised his role of Worf on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and contributed behind the scenes, directing several episodes of DS9.
        Since the end of DS9, Michael has continued to act in a variety of projects, and is quite in demand for his voice work — he's provided voices for a plethora of animated series, including Spider-Man, Kim Possible and Gargoyles (with fellow Trek thespian Marina Sirtis).  He also wrote, directed and starred in a TV sitcom pilot, Through the Fire, and directed an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, "Two Days and Two Nights."
        Besides the Star Trek films, Michael has been seen in theaters in such independent features as Timemaster and Shadow Hours.  He played the Sandman in Disney's The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.  On the smaller screen, he starred in the Showtime telefilm, Amanda and the Alien, and also did a star turn in the Showtime series The Outer Limits, and acted as host of the Discovery Channel's popular series The World of Wonder.
        In what free time he has, Michael enjoys flying in his single-seat military training jet, an F-86.  He flies to air shows around the country and uses his plane as the ultimate private getaway.

Ken Feinberg
Star Trek Guest Stars
Atlanta native Ken Feinberg earned his degree in filmmaking, directing and writing from the University of Georgia with minors in Drama and Art.  For more than ten years, he has directed, written, acted in and produced acclaimed major plays, videos and short films in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Atlanta.
        After working on both stage and screen in New York, Ken relocated to Los Angeles in the early '90s, where he continued performing and writing as a member of the prestigious Hollywood Repertory Company, Theater Geo and others.  It was in the Hollywood Repertory Company that Ken coauthored and produced the play Real Life Photographs, nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award.
        In 1994, Ken returned to Atlanta, directing the Southeast premieres of major Broadway award-winning shows: Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio and Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden.  Ken directed other acclaimed plays, including the world premieres of many original shows.
        In 1996, Ken became the Artistic Director of New Leaf Productions, where he wrote and directed two popular shows: Schampagne and Shtik, a gala toast to Vaudeville, and the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, now being considered for a Broadway run.
        In 2004, Ken was named one of 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans, along with Julia Roberts, by Jezebel magazine, Atlanta's version of Los Angeles Magazine, and he was interviewed by People magazine for their most eligible bachelor issue in 2001.
        Ken continues to write, having had a play published by Yale University Press: Peter and Wendy in Neverland, and the recent completion of his first novel, Basketball and Past Lives, which he's developing into a screenplay.
        Since returning to Los Angeles in 2001, Ken has directed two other short films and three original theater shows.  In 2002, he completed shooting Coming Clean, a twelve-character ensemble romantic comedy which he developed, cowrote and directed.  He has appeared in episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Alias and The District, and as the Alien Captain in the second-season Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Horizon."
        Ken continues his love of developing original works that not only entertain, but also enlighten and educate.

Dan Fowler
Star Trek Online Simming
Dan is a twenty-six year old science fiction and fantasy geek that enjoys writing fictional works for the many characters he has penned over the years.  He joined the United Space Federation (USF) online role-playing/simming group in late 1996.  After five years of membership, he stopped actively role-playing in the USF and his independent group (USS Redemption).  He reprised his original character in 2006, when he rejoined the USF, to role-play with his original sim.
        In 2007, Dan cocreated the independent Star Trek sim Verak Nor.  This Deep Space Nine-style sim utilizes a concept known as "Simming 2.0," integrating heavy multimedia components such as graphics-laden mission briefs and real-time streaming audio for the chat room sim.  With the help of his cofounder, Kelly Rowles, Verak Nor has become an award-winning Star Trek sim, having won awards for Best Crew and Best Star Trek Live Sim in the 2007 Tournament of Sims.
        Dan is a part of many different fandoms in the science fiction and fantasy genres; Star Trek, Battletech and World of Warcraft are his predominant interests.  He also enjoys long walks on the beach.  But not really, because sand in your toes isn't fun.

Kevin R. Grazier
Star Trek vs. Battlestar Galactica
Dr. Kevin R. Grazier is the Science Advisor for The Sci-Fi Channel series Battlestar Galactica, Eureka and the PBS animated series The Zula Patrol.  He worked with Richard Hatch on both Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming and Great War of Magellan projects, writes the (more or less) monthly Battlestar Galactica TECH Blog on www.hollywoodnorthreport.com and is currently serving as the editor for two books in the BenBella SmartPop series: The Science of "Dune" and The Science of Michael Crichton.
        Kevin received his Ph.D. in planetary physics from UCLA and is a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.  He holds the dual titles of Investigation Scientist and Science Planning Engineer for the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan.  Kevin's research involves long-term, large-scale computer simulations of solar system dynamics, evolution and chaos.  He has also written mission planning and analysis software that won both JPL- and NASA-wide awards.
        Kevin has been featured in several documentaries, co-hosted the premier episode of Discovery Channel's Science Live! Kid's Edition, and even co-anchored CNN's coverage of Cassini's Saturn orbit insertion with Miles O'Brien (the CNN guy, not the DS9 guy).
        In what passes for his spare time, Dr. Grazier teaches classes in basic astronomy, planetary science, cosmology and the search for extraterrestrial life at UCLA, Glendale College and Santa Monica College.  He is also a planetarium lecturer at Los Angeles' famed, and recently re-opened, Griffith Observatory.

Andrew Greenberg
Reinventing Star Trek: Back to the Future?
Best known for designing computer games and roleplaying games, Andrew co-created the Fading Suns roleplaying and computer games and was the original developer of White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade.  He has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books.  He has also worked on products with other roleplaying game companies, including Star Trek Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.  His computer game credits include Dracula Unleashed, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Lords, and more.  His most recent computer game credit is Railroad Tycoon Mobile and he is currently working on the Global Agenda MMO.  He began teaching game design at the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2006, and serves on the International Game Developers Association Curriculum Committee.  He regularly writes for publications as diverse as Prick magazine and the Matthew Bender legal reference series.  He is also the organizer of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE).

Charles Hammer
Star Trek Online Simming
Chas is a noted leader within the Star Trek online role-playing (simming) community.  He founded and heads the Simming League, a hub for simming leaders.  Through the Simming League, he organizes large-scale events for the simming community, including the SciWorld Online Convention and the Tournament of Simulations.  Chas is the co-owner and chief editor of SimEnc.com, a wiki dedicated to the simming community.  For five years, he ran his own sim club, Trek Online.  In real life, Chas is a research scientist and lives in New York City.

Brian Holloway
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
Brian began his theater career at the ripe old age of 7 when he appeared in a regional theatrical production of Fiddler on the Roof with his father.  Since then, the acting bug has hit hard and became a full-time commitment.  Although he dabbled in the medical field for a short time, he could not be kept long from the bright lights and appeal of the stage.  After receiving his BFA in Performance Arts, he toured nationally with several theater organizations for about seven years and could be seen headlining in productions ranging from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Henry IV, Parts I and II to musicals like Big River, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate and Jekyll & Hyde, to name a few.
        Brian got into science fiction when he was still in high school in Utah and has been and avid and regular convention attendee since he was 15.  He has also received theater degrees in costume and makeup design and has won national and regional awards for his design work.  He even had costume designs for an original theatrical piece, HOTLINE!, displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  While in Utah, he was fortunate to befriend Paula Crist, an actress and stuntwoman for productions like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Battlestar Galactica and the TV series Planet of the Apes.  Paula got him connected to the film industry and he has been fortunate enough to land limited work in such productions as The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, Domestic Disturbance, Doctor Who: The Movie, Highlander: The Series, Shallow Hal and Star Trek (an extra in the background in The Motion Picture and in the Voyager episode "Nemesis").
        Brian now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has had the great fortune to meet such wonderful people here and has learned much from local celebrities and fellow con-goers such as Cheralyn Lambeth, the 501st Squadron and the SCA Wardrobe Guild.

Chris Jones
Designing the 23rd Century
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 science fiction shows, stories and activities to the present day.  Chris has participated in sci-fi and fantasy gaming as far back as the mid-'70s, including board strategy games, role play games and miniature games, including running game demos.
        Though his primary occupation is as a computer technician, he has served many years in the military under multiple occupations, including deployment to Operation Enduring Freedon / Iraqi Freedom III.  He has been an extra in TV and movies, and has been involved in running Sci Fi Summer Con Atlanta for the last five years.  Chris is currently a member of the Klingon Assault Group in the ship IKAV Nemesis, for whom he helps coordinate public events such as Toys for Tots.  He also designs insignia and accessories for Klingon costumes.

Dominic Keating
TrekTrak Presents Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: Dominic Keating
The 2008 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Born in Leicester, England, Dominic's early stage performances led his instructors to single him out as a "bright, young hope."  Nevertheless, his major studies at the University College in London earned him a B.A. with honors in history, not theatre arts.  But he kept the acting flame alive through the academic years, participating in several University productions and pondering an eventual leap into the professional theatre.
        Dominic's credits include motion picture, television and stage.  His many credits in television, movies and the theatre include Prison Break, Heroes, Beowulf and Hollywood Kills.  He starred in the feature film Jungle 2 Jungle as Ian opposite Tim Allen and Martin Short.  Dominic is widely known for his role as Malcolm Reed in Star Trek: Enterprise.  He also appeared in the Oscar-nominated feature film Almost Famous and starred with Raquel Welch in What I Did for Love.  In The Hollywood Sign as Steve, he plays his first American role opposite Rod Steiger, Burt Reynolds and Tom Berenger.
        His stage credits include University productions of Life Class and Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  He won an award for Best Actor on the Fringe for his role as Cosmo in The Pitchfork Disney at the Bush Theatre in London.  He also starred in the one-man play The Christian Brothers in King's Cross and in The Best Years of Your Life at the Man in the Moon Theatre in Chelsea.  He was awarded the Mobile Prize for his performance in Amongst Barbarians at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, which then transferred to the Hampstead Theatre in London.  Other performances include roles in Screamers at the Edinburgh Playhouse Festival and in Alfie at the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles.
        Dominic worked in a drag act called "Feeling Mutual" in order to get his Equity card.  He currently resides in Los Angeles, enjoys golfing, swimming, music, boogie boarding, reading and traveling, and supports Save the Children organizations around the globe.

Keela & Katkith
Keela & Katkith's Klingon Karaoke

Keela and Katkith, who both love to sing, debuted their version of Klingon Karaoke at Spartacon in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in November 2002.  It was well-received and they were very excited by the response.  The next stop was ConCarolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2003, where it was also enjoyed, and they have been invited back every year since with performances both Friday and Saturday nights.  They have also been featured at StellarCon in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point (North Carolina) area in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.  Klingon Karaoke has also been performed at Beach Bash 2003 and STARFLEET's Region 1 Summit 2005.
        Keela & Katkith debuted their Klingon Karaoke at TrekTrak in 2005 to an enormously enthusiastic audience and are excited to again return in 2008 for their fourth year.  Audience members will be delighted to know that K'Blamm, the Klingon jester, also returns this year to assist.  All the songs are in the huMan tongue, as normal Karaoke is; it's just that the venue is karaoke with a Klingon twist.  TODAY is a GOOD day to SING!

Walter Koenig
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
TrekTrak Presents the World Premiere of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
Walter played the navigator Pavel Chekov on the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek television series and in the several movies that featured the original cast.  He was cast as Chekov because of his resemblance to British actor/musician David Thomas "Davy" Jones of the Monkees to attract a younger audience, especially girls.  (The studio's publicity department, however, ascribed the inclusion of Chekov to an article in Pravda complaining about the lack of Russians in Star Trek.)  Walter wore a hair piece while playing the character of Chekov on the original Star Trek series.  Gene Roddenberry asked him to "ham up" his Russian accent to add a note of comedy relief to the series.  He is also credited for writing the Star Trek animated installment "The Infinite Vulcan," making him the first original cast member to write a Star Trek story for television.  Interestingly, the character of Pavel Andreievich Chekov never appeared in the animated version of Star Trek.
        He received Saturn Award Nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Film for both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.  Walter reprised his role of Pavel Chekov for the fan webseries Star Trek: New Voyages episode "To Serve All My Days" and the independent Sky Conway/Tim Russ film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, both in 2006.
        After Chekov, his best-known role is the Psi Cop Alfred Bester on the television series Babylon 5.  Walter was the "Special Guest Star" in twelve episodes and, at the end of the third season, the production company applied for an Emmy nomination on his behalf.  He was slated to play Bester on the spin-off series Crusade, but the series was cancelled before his episode was filmed.  He also played "Oro" in two episodes of the Canadian science fiction television series The Starlost, which aired in 1973 on Canada's CTV television network.
        Walter's film, stage and TV roles span a fifty-year time span.  He has played everything from a teenage gang leader (Alfred Hitchcock Presents) to a middle-aged Tom Sawyer (The Boys in Autumn).  He returned to space with a starring role in Moontrap and played a computer hard drive in Maximum Surge.  In addition to acting, he has written several films (Actor, I Wish I May, You're Never Alone When You're a Schizophrenic), one-act plays and a handful of episodes for TV shows: Land of the Lost, Family and The Powers of Matthew Star.  Walter has also written several books, including Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe (autobiography), Chekov's Enterprise (a journal kept during the filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot (a science fiction novel), which was rereleased in 2006.  He also created his own comic book series called Raver, which was published by Malibu Comics in the early 1990s.
        Walter has taught classes in acting and directing at UCLA, the Sherwood Oaks Experiment Film College, the Actor's Alley Repertory Company in Los Angeles and the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  In 2002, Walter directed stage versions of two of the original Twilight Zone episodes for Letter Entertainment.
        In 2004, Walter costarred in Mad Cowgirl, an independent movie about a meat-packing health inspector dying from a brain disorder.  Walter plays televangelist "Pastor Dylan," a character described as "a sleezy, slimy, sex-addict."  The movie played the SF Indiefest and the Silverlake Film Festival, followed by a limited release in major cities such as New York and Seattle.  Mad Cowgirl was released on DVD in 2006.

Richard C. Livingston
Star Trek vs. Battlestar Galactica

Richard brings over 21 years experience in both feature and television animation as a layout and design supervisor, journeyman layout artist and visual development artist.  His Walt Disney Feature Animation screen credits include: Mulan, Tarzan, John Henry, Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear and Brother Bear 2.  He has contributed conceptual design work for the Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica, for both the miniseries and seasons one through four, designing the Colonial One, Cylon hover transport and many more.  He recently completed work Battlestar Galactica: Razor, where he designed the Scorpion shipyards and the retro Cylons.  Other recent design work include the bionics for the new NBC series The Bionic Woman.  Richard attended Sheridan College's Animation program from 1980-1983.  He moved to Orlando, Florida, in 1995 from Toronto, Canada, and is currently employed as a concept artist for N-Space, a computer game company in Orlando.

Cirroc Lofton
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Reunion: Avery Brooks, Michael Dorn & Cirroc Lofton
TrekTrak Presents the World Premiere of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Jake & Worf: Cirroc Lofton and Michael Dorn
Cirroc played the regular role of Jake Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from 1993 to 1999.  Although he watched the original Star Trek series and was a fan, Cirroc prefers The Twilight Zone.  He made his first acting appearance in the 1992 hit film Beethoven and was cast as Jake Sisko later that year.  Filming DS9 kept him busy, but he made his first guest appearance in an 1996 episode of Moesha.  He later made two guest appearances in Smart Guy as two different characters.  Soon after DS9 ended, he was a main cast member on The Hoop Life.
        Two years after DS9 ended, he guest-starred as Anthony Carter in the Soul Food episodes "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and "Come Back for the Comeback."  The former episode was directed by LeVar Burton and starred James Avery as a relation of Cirroc's character.
        In 2003, he guest-starred in 7th Heaven, starring Star Trek film actors Catherine Hicks and Stephen Collins.  In 2006, he appeared in the TV series Invasion alongside fellow DS9 star Armin Shimerman and Voyager guest star Ivar Brogger.  The following year, he made an appearance on CSI: Miami.
        In 2004, he appeared in Trekkies 2 and in the motion picture Fronterz.  He recently completed work on the independent feature The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks, starring Star Trek: Enterprise's Anthony Montgomery in the title role.
        Cirroc will be seen in the web-based fan film mini-series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.  Directed by Tim Russ (who also appears in the series as Tuvok), the series also stars fellow Trek veterans Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney, Garrett Wang, Alan Ruck, Gary Graham, Lawrence Montaigne, Arlene Martel, Celeste Yarnall, Jack Donner, Crystal Allen and Cirroc's DS9 co-stars J.G. Hertzler and Chase Masterson.

Phil MorrisPhil Morris
Star Trek Guest Stars
Phil 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.


Terri Osborne
Star Trek Authors Cavalcade
Terri made her professional fiction writing debut in 2003 with the critically acclaimed "Three Sides to Every Story," the Jake Sisko and Tora Ziyal story in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tenth anniversary anthology Prophecy and Change. Other short fiction includes "'Q'uandary," the Selar story in the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits, and "Eighteen Minutes," a story featuring The Doctor in the Star Trek: Voyager tenth anniversary anthology Distant Shores.  Her eBook Malefictorum, the landmark 50th installment in the monthly Star Trek: S.C.E. series and a 24th century locked-room murder mystery, was released in March, reaching #7 on ereader.com's overall bestseller list.  She landed eBook number 61 in the Star Trek: S.C.E. series, entitled Progress, in which we'll revisit the people of Drema IV and catch up with a young woman named Sarjenka.  Beyond that, she is hard at work at more fiction, both in and out of the Star Trek universe, including an original dark fantasy novel.  Visit Terri's web site at www.terriosborne.com.


Carlos Pedraza
Star Trek vs. Battlestar Galactica
Reinventing Star Trek: Back to the Future?
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
Carlos is a writer for Star Trek: Phase II (formerly Star Trek: New Voyages) and is one of the creators of the forthcoming series Star Trek: First Voyages.  Before joining the Phase II crew as an associate producer in 2005, Carlos was the staff writer and one of the producers of Star Trek: Hidden Frontier, the longest-running fan-produced science fiction series on the Internet.  Over the course of three seasons, he wrote 13 of that series' 43 episodes.  David Gerrold, writer of "The Trouble with Tribbles," authorized Carlos to rewrite his famous unproduced script for Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Blood and Fire," for production by Phase II.  Carlos' work has been featured in Daily Variety, The Today Show on NBC, Countdown on MSNBC, ABC News, the Columbia News Service and The New York Times.  Carlos is a former Associated Press writer, deputy press secretary for the Governor of Washington, teacher, consultant and trainer for nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.
        Carlos has previously appeared as a guest at Arisia, Gaylaxicon, the Starfleet Ball in the U.K., and at Dragon*Con every year since 2005 as one of TrekTrak's most articulate and active programming participants.

Brooke Perry
The Music of Star Trek
This year marks Brooke's 31st anniversary of convention-hopping, having met Gene Roddenberry at the age of 8.  Residing in Alabama, Brooke is a proud Ensign aboard Atlanta's own USS Republic NCC-1371 and is a regular contributor to their chapter newsletter, The Sovereign Star.  An avid soundtrack fanatic, Brooke is thrilled to be moderating this year's panel on one of his greatest passions, The Music of Star Trek.  He also devoutly worships the Holy Trinity: Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann and Ennio Morricone.

Ethan Phillips
The 2008 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
TrekTrak Presents Neelix: Ethan Phillips
Ethan was born on February 8, 1955, in Garden City, Long Island, New York, as the only boy of six children.  He graduated from Boston University with a degree in English literature and received a Master's degree in fine arts from Cornell University.
Ethan began his acting career on stage in both Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including My Favorite Year at Lincoln Center, Measure for Measure for the NYSF, Lips Togther, Teeth Apart for Manhattan Theatre Club and Modigliani at the Astor Place, and in new works for Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Hudson Guild Theatre, the American Jewish Theatre and many others.  During his comprehensive acting career, he also played leading roles for many of the major regional theaters around the country, such as San Diego's Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Mark Taper Forum, Baltimore's Center Stage, the Geffen in Los Angeles, Pasadena Playhouse, the McCarter Theatre and the Boston Shakespeare Company.  He spent ten summers at the Sundance Theatre Lab and is a cofounder of First Stage in Los Angeles, which has been developing new plays for over twenty years.
Ethan has been on several popular TV shows and movies, including five seasons on Benson and seven seasons on Star Trek: Voyager as Neelix.  He has been a guest star on scores of other television shows.  Ethan has appeared in many feature films and award-winning shorts and has an active voiceover career.  Ethan is also a playwright and an author.  His original play, Penguin Blues, has been produced more than 150 times throughout the United States and Canada.
Ethan is no stranger to feature films, either.  Star Trek fans recognized him in human form as a holographic nightclub maitre d' in Star Trek: First Contact.  He starred in the Tim Allen film For Richer or Poorer and appeared in the movie Jeffrey as a sexaholic attending a 12-step group meeting.  In addition, Ethan can be seen in the movies The Shadow, Wagons East, Man Without a Face, Green Card, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Glory, Lean on Me and The Island.  Ethan recently came off a 7½ month run on Broadway alongside Nathan Lane in the hit Broadway show November.

Robert PicardoRobert Picardo
TrekTrak Presents The Doctor: Robert Picardo
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.

David Reddick
Reinventing Star Trek: Back to the Future?
Star Trek Comic Books?  What?  Again?
David is a professional cartoonist and creator of the comic strips "Legend of Bill" at LegendofBill.com, "The Trek Life" for StarTrek.com, and "Gene's Journal" and "Rod & Barry" at Roddenberry.com.  He is also a full-time cartoonist at Paws, Inc., where he works on the "Garfield" comic strip, publishing and licensing.  David was an award-winning staff cartoonist at a daily newspaper for six years where his editorial cartoons and single-panel cartoons were distributed to newspapers nationwide through Artizans Syndicate, Scripps Howard News Service and CNHI News Service.  David also produces comics and cartoons for magazines like Star Trek Magazine, Knights of the Dinner Table, Nickelodeon and Scholastic's The New York Times Upfront.  He has created comic book work for IDW Publishing and Tokyopop, has created product designs for companies like Paws, Inc., Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios, Roddenberry Productions, Canson, Inc. and the NCAA, creates mobile content for providers like CBSMobile and ROK Comics in the UK, and his abstract and pop art paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Indianapolis, Florida, Michigan, England and France.  He has also painted wall murals in Japan.

Kelly Rowles
Star Trek Online Simming
Kelly is a twenty-four year-old Star Trek role-player (also known as a "simmer") with more than a decade's worth of online RP experience.  She was a member of the United Space Federation (USF) online role-playing group from June of 1997 through June of 2007.  She was only thirteen years old when she joined and became one of the youngest individuals to reach the rank of Captain and lead her own USF sim.  Over the years, she has also cofounded two independent sims, the USS Redemption and Verak Nor, with fellow simmer Dan Fowler.  She is also a member of the Simming League, the oldest organization for simming and online role-playing leaders and clubs, and the self-described "United Nations of simming."
        Although retired from the USF, Kelly continues to co-operate Verak Nor as the character "Captain Lyra Rose."  Set after the end of Deep Space Nine, Verak Nor is a chat-based sim featuring live sound effects which are streamed over the Internet.  With the help of her cofounder, Dan Fowler, Verak Nor has become an award-winning Star Trek sim, having won awards for Best Crew and Best Star Trek Live Sim in the 2007 Tournament of Sims.
        This is Kelly's fourth Dragon*con, but her first appearance as a panelist on TrekTrak.

Tim Russ
TrekTrak Presents Tuvok: Tim Russ
TrekTrak Presents the World Premiere of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

Best known to Star Trek fans as the Vulcan tactical officer on Star Trek: Voyager, Tim has been working within the entertainment industry for the past thirty years.  His talents encompass a wide spectrum of the performing arts, including composing, music (guitar and vocals), writing, directing, voiceover and producing.  Tim received his B.S. in Theater at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and completed one year of post-graduate work in theater at Illinois State University.
        As an actor, Tim has worked in a cross-section of films and television.  His film credits include Live Free or Die Hard, The 'O' in Ohio, Star Trek: Generations, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, series regular roles on The Highwayman, The People Next Door, Star Trek: Voyager and Samantha Who.  He has also appeared in numerous stage plays, including the original Los Angeles premiere of Dreamgirls.
        Tim has performed as a musician for over twenty-seven years, playing bass, acoustic and lead guitars as well as solo vocals.  His musical talents are showcased on three CDs currently distributed through iTunes and CD Baby.
        As a writer and producer, Tim currently shares the helm in the production of the feature film East of Hope Street, which won Best Feature Film and Best Actress awards on the festival circuit and was released theatrically in the U.S.  He was the recipient of the Sony Innovator's Award for a commercial he produced entitled "The Zone."
        Tim also has directing credits in the television and film, including Star Trek: Voyager, The FBI Files, Psychic Witness, Roddenberry on Patrol and the feature film, Star Trek: Of Gods And Men.
        Tim has expanded his performing talents to include voiceover.  His recent VO credits include Hotwire.com, six audio books and the video games L.A. Law and Elite Force.
        Most recently, Tim co-produced a musical children's audio book project entitled Bugsters, which won the National Parenting Award and will be featured on the playlist for the Fisher Price MP3.  Bugsters was published in 2007 as a hardcover book with Woods 'N' Water Press.

Josepha Sherman
Star Trek Authors Cavalcade
Josepha is a fantasy novelist, folklorist and editor who has written everything from Star Trek novels to biographies of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com) to titles such as Mythology for Storytellers and Trickster Tales.  She is a winner of the prestigious Compton Crook Award for best fantasy novel and has had many titles on the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Reader list.  Josepha's Star Trek novels include Vulcan's Forge, Vulcan's Heart and Vulcan's Soul, Books I, II, and III, all coauthored with Susan Shwartz.  Her other current titles include the reprint of the Unicorn Queen books from Del Rey and the almost-finished The Encyclopedia of Storytelling, due out early next year.  She is also working on Folklore for Storytellers and three books on astronomy for children.  When she isn't busy writing, editing or gathering folklore, Josepha loves to travel, knows how to do horse whispering and has had a newborn foal fall asleep on her foot.  She also is the owner of Sherman Editorial Services.

John C. Snider
Reinventing Star Trek: Back to the Future?
John is the editor of the online science fiction magazine scifidimensions.com, published monthly since February 2000.  He's also the founder and administrator of the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award (the SESFA), designed to honor accomplishments in science fiction, fantasy and horror by individuals born or living in the Southern U.S.  His freelance writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Skeptic, Philosophy Now and Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest.  He lives in Roswell, Georgia (not New Mexico) with his lovely and intelligent wife.

George TakeiGeorge Takei
The TrekTrak Show featuring George Takei

Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
TrekTrak Presents Sulu: George Takei

Best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, George has more than thirty feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit.
        Recognized worldwide as a member of the original Star Trek cast, George received a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 1986 and he placed his signature and handprint in the forecourt of the landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1991.
        George was a recurring character on NBC-TV's Heroes, playing Kaito Nakamura, the father of time-traveler Hiro Nakamura (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Masi Oka).  George appeared in five episodes of Heroes' first season and he returned for two episodes in the second season.
        In 2006, George became a semi-regular on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.  George was the announcer and on-air personality during Stern's debut week in January.  George appeared for an additional four days in June, two days in September and four days in December.  In 2007, he was in-studio for four days in March, four days in July and four days in December.
        George returns as Sulu in "World Enough and Time," an episode of the Star Trek: New Voyages Internet series.  The episode, produced by fans and industry professionals, is directed by Marc Scott Zicree and written by Michael Reaves.  It premiered at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills in August 2007 and was also presented by TrekTrak at the 2007 Dragon*Con.
        Among his credits is a music industry accolade -- a 1987 Grammy nomination in the "Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording" category.  George's distinctive voice is featured in Walt Disney Pictures' full-length animated feature, Mulan (and the upcoming Mulan II), Star Trek audio novel recordings, Fox Television's The Simpsons, Futurama, and in numerous voice-overs and narrations.
        In October 2007, an asteroid was named in honor of George.  The asteroid's official scientific name is 7307 Takei, which was approved by the International Astronomical Union's Committee on Small Body Nomenclature.   7307 Takei is located between Mars and Jupiter and is approximately five miles in diameter.
       Widely recognized for his vocal talents, George has been a guest narrator for several symphony orchestras.  In November 2004, George narrated Copeland's Lincoln Portrait with the Honolulu Symphony conducted by Samuel Wong.  He has narrated Johan de Meij's Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings with the Long Island Philharmonic, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Orange County California Wind Orchestra, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Lakeland, Florida, all conducted by David Warble.
       Serving as co-hosts, George and actor-comedian Margaret Cho provided the narration for the 2006 Peabody Award-winning Crossing East, a radio documentary divided into eight hour-long installments that traces the history of Asian American immigration to the United States.
        A community activist, George serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, the nation's foremost Asian Pacific American theater.  He is chairman emeritus of the board of trustees of the Japanese American National Museum and a past member of the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.
        A member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization, George is a spokesman for HRC's Coming Out Project.  In April 2006, he embarked on a nationwide speaking tour called "Equality Trek  in which he talked about his life as a gay Japanese American.  Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy presented George with HRC's Equality Award at its San Francisco gala dinner in July 2007.
        In 2004 and early 2005, he served on the Independent Task Force on Television Measurement, a 19-member body chaired by former Congresswoman Cardiss Collins that made recommendations on how the Nielsen ratings service can more accurately measure diverse television audiences including people of color.
        George's acting career has spanned five decades.  It began in the summer between his freshman and sophomore years at the University of California at Berkeley, when George answered a newspaper advertisement placed by a company casting voices for a motion picture.  The film was Rodan, a Japanese science-fiction classic about a prehistoric creature terrorizing Tokyo.  In a sound stage on the MGM lot in Culver City, Calif., George dubbed the original Japanese lines into English, creating distinct voices for eight characters.
        George's professional acting debut occurred on live television in the pioneering drama series, Playhouse 90.  His motion picture debut was in Ice Palace starring Richard Burton, released by Warner Bros. in 1959.  Films include six Star Trek motion pictures (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek: The Motion Picture), The Green Berets, Majority of One, Noon Blue Apples, Who Gets the House?, Mulan, Trekkies, The Best Bad Thing, Patient 14, Chongbal aka Vanished, Live by the Fist, Bug Busters, Kissinger and Nixon, Prisoners of the Sun, Return From the River Kwai, Red Line 7000, Never So Few, Walk Don't Run, An American Dream, P.T. 109, Oblivion, The Loudmouth, Which Way to the Front?, Bicycle Built for Three and Hell to Eternity.
        In addition to his role in the original Star Trek series, television roles include guest-starring appearances on 3rd Rock From the Sun, Murder She Wrote, Watching Ellie, Grosse Pointe, Early Edition, Diagnosis Murder, In the House, John Woo's Once a Thief, Homeboys in Outer Space, Muppets Tonight, Brotherly Love, Mission: Impossible, Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Miami Vice, I Spy, Son of the Beach, Marcus Welby, M.D., Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-O, Ironside, Kung Fu, Mr. Novak, Mr. Roberts, The Six Million Dollar Man, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Death Valley Days, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Bracken's World, Combat, Chico and the Man, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, MacGyver, Californians, Chrysler Theatre, U.S. Steel Hour, My Three Sons and many others.
        George is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (presenter of the Academy Awards), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmy Awards), Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
        In the theatrical arena, George starred in Peter Shaffer's Equus, directed by Tim Dang, at East West Players in Los Angeles, from October 26 to December 4, 2005.  Additional theatrical credits include Undertow, winner of the Scotsman First Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and The Wash, written by Philip Kan Gotanda and presented in New York at the Manhattan Theater Club and in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum.  He performed in Year of the Dragon at the American Place Theater in New York and in Fly Blackbird at the Billy Rose Theater in New York and the Metro Theater in Los Angeles.  George played in a musical version of Snow White at the Dome Theater in Brighton, England, and was the genie in Aladdin at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading, England.  In June 2002, George appeared in The Human Race Theatre Company concert production of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures at the Loft Theatre in Dayton, Ohio.
        George is grateful for his association with Star Trek, TV's quintessential sci-fi show, and the character he portrays, Hikaru Sulu.  Originally helmsman of the starship USS Enterprise, Mr. Sulu was promoted to captain of USS Excelsior in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, released in 1991.  George reprised his Captain Sulu role in a Star Trek: Voyager episode entitled "Flashback" in 1996.
        George's talents extend to writing.  In 1979, he co-wrote with Robert Asprin a science-fiction novel, Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe.
        As told in his autobiography, To the Stars, published by Pocket Books in 1994, George was born in Los Angeles, California.  With the outbreak of World War II, he and his family, along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, were placed behind the barbed-wire enclosures of United States internment camps.  George spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the swamps of Arkansas and at wind-swept Camp Tule Lake in northern California.
        George's family eventually returned to his native Los Angeles, which shaped his acting career.  The motion picture studios -- their magical back lot sets visible behind tall fences -- were alluring presences.  Every grammar school skit, junior high drama club, and high school play became a stepping stone to realizing his not-so-secret dream of becoming an actor.
        After graduating from Los Angeles High School, George enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley.  Later, he transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor of arts in theater in 1960 and a master of arts in theater in 1964.  He attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-Upon-Avon in England and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.  In Hollywood, he studied acting at the Desilu Workshop.
        In addition to his acting career, George always has been extremely involved in civic affairs.  Along with actress Beulah Quo, George produced and hosted a public affairs show, Expression East/West, which aired on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1973.
        Always a political activist, George ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1973, losing by a small percentage.  At a crossroads, he had to decide whether to pursue a political career or an acting career.  He decided on acting, but to remain involved in civic affairs to whatever extent he could.
        George was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, serving from 1973 to 1984.  George was one of the driving forces behind the Arts in Transit program, in which every Metro Rail subway station is given its own distinctive look, thereby fostering neighborhood pride.  He also served as a vice president of the American Public Transit Association.
        George is a past chairman of El Pueblo Park Association and former president of Friends of Little Tokyo Arts, an organization that encourages and supports artists.  In the international arena, George was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, where he served two terms.  He is a member of the board of directors of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation.  The Government of Japan recognized George's contribution to the Japan-United States relationship by giving him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.  The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in November 2004.
        George is a dedicated long-distance runner since his high school cross-country team days.  He has completed five 26.2-mile marathons and carried the Olympic Flame in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Torch Relay.  George and his life partner, Brad Altman, are residents of Los Angeles.

Eric L. Watts, Dragon*Con Director of Star Trek ProgrammingEric L. Watts
The TrekTrak Show featuring George Takei
The TrekTrak Show featuring Avery Brooks & Michael Dorn
Star Trek: Phase II (formerly New Voyages) and The Missing Minority: TrekTrak presents the World Premiere of "Blood and Fire"
The 2008 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Eric first began watching the original Star Trek series in the afternoon after getting home from junior high school in the early 1970s.  As a high school sophomore, hoping to connect with other fans of the show, he bought a copy of All About Star Trek Fan Clubs in 1977 and was amazed to discover that one of the names on the magazine's pen-pal list was a fellow student in one of his very own classes!  He introduced himself to her, who then loaned him a copy of the fanzine Off the Beaten Trek, in which the lead story dealt with how Spock had to deal with the death of Captain Kirk on a landing party mission.  A lifelong friendship---and a brand new Trekkie---was born!  A year later, in 1978, he attended his very first Star Trek convention: Vul-Con, a one-day event at Greenville (S.C.) Technical College with no guests but an auditorium filled with fanzines, home-made costumes and enthusiastic fans buzzing with rumors about the possibility of Star Trek returning as a major motion picture!
       In the summer of 1980, Eric founded the United Federation of Trekkers in Columbia, S.C., of which he served as president for the next eight years.  Within three years, the UFT grew to become the largest Star Trek fan club in the state, with over one hundred dues-paying members.  As president, he was a featured guest on the daily radio talk shows on WIS-AM 56 and WSOC-FM 100, was interviewed on several occasions by The State, The Carolina Reporter and The (USC) Gamecock newspapers, and in 1983 was featured in a segment of Columbia's local edition of PM Magazine, on WIS-TV.  Eric also served as editor and publisher of the UFT's monthly newsletter, Captain's Quarters, which at one point was sold on local newsstands as a mini-fanzine, as well as the UFT's one-shot fanzine, Star Sector One.  Club activities included monthly meetings, viewings of original series episodes on 35mm film at the local planetarium, serving as costumed ushers for a science fiction-themed concert presented by the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra, attending Star Trek motion picture premieres in costume and annual picnics and barbecues at a local park.  After eight glorious years, Eric resigned the presidency of the UFT and editorship of its newsletter in 1988 and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta.
        In 1990, Eric joined the Atlanta in '95 WorldCon Bid Committee, a group dedicated to bringing the 1995 WorldCon to Atlanta.  During the next two years, he served the bid committee as its Volunteer Coordinator and as Central Mailer of its internal amateur press association, Atlapa.  It was during this period that he met, worked with and became friends with Ed Kramer, a founder and then-chairman of Dragon*Con.  At the 1992 WorldCon in Orlando, following the announcement of Glasgow, Scotland's successful bid for the 1995 WorldCon, Ed asked Eric to join the Dragon*Con organization and develop a track of programming devoted to Star Trek.  Nine months later, in July 1993, Eric unleashed the very first TrekTrak... and Dragon*Con has never been the same!  Fourteen years, more than three hundred programming events and many dozens of programming participants later, TrekTrak, under Eric's singular direction, has become one of Dragon*Con's most popular, well-attended and highly respected tracks of programming.  In 2002, in recognition of TrekTrak's tenth year and its many contributions and achievements that 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 2005 and again in 2006, TrekTrak's most popular annual event, the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, was recognized by America Online as one of the Top 11 Most Offbeat Beauty Pageants Across America.  The MKE pageant has also been featured in Discover magazine, Shock magazine, Spin magazine, Creative Loafing and on FoxNews.com.
        In 2003, Eric published Star Sector Two, a 72-page Star Trek fanzine set entirely in the Original Series universe.  In addition to his service aboard the USS Republic, he is also a member of the IKAV Nemesis, the IKV Blackfire and an honorary lifetime member of the Klingon Imperial Embassy.  Eric was honored to be selected as the Fan Guest of Honor at Sci-Fi Summer Con in Atlanta in June 2004.
        In September 2006, Eric served as a production assistant on the upstate New York set of Star Trek: New Voyages during the filming of the episode "World Enough and Time," featuring George Takei as Lt. Sulu.  In October 2006, Eric was interviewed by CNN's Hong Kong news anchor Hugh Riminton about Star Trek's 40th anniversary in a segment on CNN Today, broadcast live around the world on CNN International.  Later the same month, he appeared in Star Trek costume in an episode of CNN's Future Summit program featuring "iconic sci-fi forms of travel."
        Eric joined the USS Republic NCC-1371, a chapter of STARFLEET International, in 2003 and was elected Commanding Officer in May 2006.  After establishing an all-new Internet presence for the chapter, creating a successful Member Benefits program for the membership, coordinating a busy schedule of chapter activities and nearly tripling the membership roster in his first six months, Commander Watts was promoted to Captain by STARFLEET International in December 2006.  In March 2007, Captain Watts received the STARFLEET Region 2 Commanding Officer of the Year Award at the 2007 Region 2 Summit in Columbus, Georgia, and in August 2007, he was awarded the STARFLEET International
Commanding Officer of the Year at the STARFLEET International Conference in Denver, Colorado.  At the 2008 Region 2 Summit in Montgomery, Alabama, in March 2008, Captain Watts received the Region's Best Printed Newsletter, Most Informative Web Site and Recruiters awards.
        Eric created and was the editor and publisher of The New Moon Directory, an annual index to amateur press associations, from 1988 to 1997.  He was a member of the amateur press association Imaginapa from 1980 to 2002 and served as its elected Central Mailer for 14 of its 23 years.  He is also a former member of several other amateur press associations, including Apa Enterprise, Talking of Trek, GAPS, Atlapa and Dragon*Citings.
        Eric is currently performing in his thirteenth season as a member of the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.  Since 1993, he has served that organization at various times as newsletter editor, web site administrator, marketing committee chairman, office manager and a two-year term on its Board of Directors, and he currently serves on the archives and marketing committees.  He is also a member of Atlanta Prime Timers and Georgia Right to Life, and a former longtime member of Southern Bears, for whom he also served a one-year term on its Board of Directors and briefly as newsletter editor.
        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.
        An avid karaoke fan, Eric took first place in a local karaoke competition associated with the Karaoke World Contest USA organization in February 2006.  He then advanced to the Georgia state finals, where he took third place in March 2006.  That led him to the Region 6 semifinals (GA, AL, TN, NC, SC, FL), held in Pell City, Alabama, in May 2006, where he competed against 26 excellent vocalists and where he says he "had fun."
        Eric is Dragon*Con's longest-tenured track director and is honored to serve this, his sixteenth year, as Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming.

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