1999 Program Participants
Clifford Bell
Star Trek: Insurrection: The Verdict
Cliff is 46, has been a Star Trek fan since the Original Series and still believes that Kirk is the best Captain.  He has seen all the movies and followed all the series: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.  He says that Insurrection, while not a perfect movie, did have a few memorable scenes and he's prepared to lead this discussion on what went right and what went wrong.

Jonathan Buchanan
Cats in the Cradle
Jonathan was born in Georgia and is 18 years old.  He fell in love with Star Trek one night when he was five or six when he went to his grandmother's house.  She let him stay up longer than his parents did and on that night he saw for the first time in his life an episode of the Original Series of Star Trek.  That episode, which showed Spock performing a mind-meld on space probe, was miraculous for Jonathan, as it later led him to ideas about mind-to-digital communication and cybernetics.  He later found that cybernetics was very new, and that someone had to be a part of the robo-prosthetics field in order to succeed in it.  He began drawing because of that initial spark, thinking about the motion, mechanics and functions that robots would have, and started coming up with his own ideas for computer games based around those things.  Because of Star Trek and the marvels it showed to him, Johnathan is pursuing a career in programming.  He says, "Star Trek fans are the hopes for a brighter tomorrow, for they have seen the future, and it is coming."

Ann C. Crispin
An Hour with Ann C. Crispin
Ann C. Crispin at the 1995 TrekTrakAnn 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.  In 1984, Ann wrote the novelization of V, the million-copy bestseller based on NBC's much-remembered but ill-fated science-fiction TV miniseries.
        Ann and noted fantasy author André Norton have collaborated to produce Gryphon's Eyrie and Songsmith for Tor Books. Fans of the Witch World have reacted enthusiastically to both works.
        One of Ann's major undertakings 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, Ancestor's World and Voices of Chaos.  The books center around a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers, both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from Earth.
        StarBridge (Book One) was placed on the American Library Association's Young Adult Services Division's list of Best Books of 1991, and Silent Dances (Book Two, co-authored with Kathleen O'Malley) made the 1991 Preliminary Nebula ballot. Serpent's Gift (Book Four, 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 Kathleen O'Malley) was nominated for the American Library Association's Young Adults "Best Books" list. Ancestor's World (written with T. Jackson King) was released in June 1996, and Voices of Chaos, written with noted fantasy author Ru Emerson, was released June 1997.
        Ann also scripted the audio tape versions of her novels Yesterday's Son, Time for Yesterday and Sarek.  Upcoming works include a fantasy trilogy for Avon Books, Exiles of Boq'urain.  The titles for the individual books are Storms of Destiny, Winds of Vengeance and Flames of Chaos.  These works will be released in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
        In 1995, Ann produced 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 and The Hutt Gambit appeared in May and August of 1997, and Rebel Dawn came out in April of 1998.  Coming as they do during the twentieth anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars, 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.
        Other current projects by Ann include the novelization for the film Alien: Resurrection, written in collaboration with Kathleen O'Malley.  Ann currently serves as Eastern Regional Director of the Science Fiction 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, and numerous mini-workshops at science-fiction and Star Trek conventions, where she is a frequent guest.

Peter David
Star Trek Comic Books
Star Trek in the 25th Century
Sunday Morning with Peter David
Peter has written nearly two dozen novels and hundreds of comics books, including The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Aquaman, X-Factor, Sach & Violens, Soulsearchers & Company, The Atlantis Chronicles, Dreadstar, Wolverine and The Phantom. Peter has written several popular Star Trek novels including Q-Squared, Q-in-Law, Vendetta, A Rock and a Hard Place, The Rift, Imzadi and The Siege, which have spent a combined six months on the New York Times Bestseller List.  His other novels include Knight Life, Howling Mad, the Psi-Man and the Photon adventure series and novelizations of Batman Forever, The Return of Swamp Thing and The Rocketeer.  He has written several episodes of the acclaimed television series Babylon 5 and is screenwriter of the award-winning science fiction film spoof Oblivion.  His television series, Space Cases, was co-written with Bill "Lennier" Mumy.  He also writes a weekly column, "But I Digress..." for the Comics Buyers Guide.  This is Peter's sixth year on TrekTrak.

Keith R. A. DeCandido
Star Trek Comic Books
Deep Space Nine: The Verdict
Religion in Star Trek
Photo Copyright  1998 Ernest LileyKeith was born, raised and educated in the Bronx, and his early influences include Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. LeGuin, J. R. R. Tolkien and P. G. Wodehouse.  After serving as Executive Editor on Fordham University's award-winning alternative newspaper, the paper, he worked at Library Journal as an Assistant Editor for two and a half years.  From 1990 to 1994, Keith was cohost and producer of 100 half-hour episodes of The Chronic Rift, a New York City public access talk show on science fiction, fantasy, comics, gaming and other genre issues.  In September 1993, he became Associate Editor of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror for Byron Preiss Visual Publications and Byron Preiss Multimedia Company (BPMC).  When Senior Editor John Betancourt left the company, Keith was promoted to Editor and remained there for three years, editing a highly successful line of novels based on Marvel Comics' superheroes and helping to bring Alfred Bester back into print.  In May 1998, Keith formed his own company, Albé-Shiloh, Inc., a provider of writing and editing services, through which he continues to serve as Consulting Editor for BPMC's Marvel-based novels.
        Keith has published eight short stories, with a ninth on the way, for the Marvel, Doctor Who, Magic: the Gathering and Chicks in Chainmail anthology series.  He cowrote the novel Spider-Man: Venom's Wrath with José R. Nieto and two works based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher's Guide (with Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder), the official companion to the TV series, and The Xander Years, Vol. 1, a novelization of three Xander-focused episodes.  His Young Hercules novels Cheiron's Warriors and Brothers in Arms will both be published in the fall, and he and José are working on Venom's Rage, the sequel to Venom's Wrath, to be published in October 2000.  Keith has also co-edited four anthologies (The Ultimate Alien, The Ultimate Dragon, OtherWere: Stories of Transformation and Urban Nightmares) and one short-story collection (Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester).  He edited several books for Atheneum Books for Young Readers' "Dragonflight" imprint of young-adult fantasy and horror novels, as well as the aforementioned Marvel and Bester books.
        In the Star Trek universe, Keith served as a Photo Editor on the Star Trek Omnipedia CD-ROM and was a Consulting Editor on both Star Trek: The Next Generation & The X-Men: Planet X and this summer's "Double Helix" crossover.  He has performed a variety of editorial and research jobs for both Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster Interactive on various Trek projects, and will be scripting a Star Trek: The Next Generation comic book miniseries called What Dreams May Come, which will be published by DC/WildStorm in early 2000.

Christopher Golden
Star Trek Comic Books
Chris is the award-winning, Los Angeles Times best-selling author of such novels as Strangewood and The Shadow Saga (which includes Of Saints and Shadows, Angel Souls and Devil Hearts and Of Masques and Martyrs), Hellboy: The Lost Army and the recent hardcover X-Men: Codename Wolverine, among others.  He has also written a series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels (many of which he co-wrote with Nancy Holder), including the upcoming hardcover, Immortal.
        Chris' comic book work includes the Marvel Knights restart of The Punisher, as well as Punisher/Wolverine: Revelation and stints on The Crow and Spider-Man Unlimited.  Upcoming projects include several Buffy the Vampire Slayer specials and miniseries, a WildStorm one-shot called "Night Tribes" and Batman: Real World.
        The editor of the Bram Stoker Award-winning book of criticism, CUT!: Horror Writers on Horror Film, Chris has written articles for The Boston Herald, Disney Adventures and Billboard, among others, and was a regular columnist for the worldwide service, BPI Entertainment News Wire.  He is one of the authors on The Watcher's Guide: The Official Companion to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Yearbook.  His latest works include a new, original dark fantasy entitled Strangewood, which will be published in 1999 by Signet, and a series of Young Adult mysteries for Pocket Books, the first of which, Body Bags, will appear in mid-1999.  Chris is also writing (with Tom Sniegoski) a Star Trek prestige format one-shot for WildStorm.
        Chris was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family, and graduated from Tufts University.  Before becoming a full time writer, Chris was Licensing Manager for Billboard magazine in New York, where he worked on Fox Television's Billboard Music Awards and American Top 40 radio, among many other projects.

Daniel Greenberg
Star Trek: Voyager: The Verdict
Star Trek in the 25th Century
Daniel wrote the interactive screenplay for the computer game Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, starring members of the original series.  He co-designed Star Control 3 and worked on many other computer games, like the AD&D game Al Qadim, the Genie's Curse.  He's written dozens of RPG titles for games like Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, Wraith, AD&D, Star Wars and many others.  His games, which include the Malkavian Clanbook, the Giovanni Chronicles: The Last Supper, Children of the Inquisition, Elysium, Rage Across New York, Digital Web, Umbra, Tatooine Manhunt and Who Watches the Watchmen have been popular and critical successes, winning the RPGA and the GAMA/Origins awards.  He also writes on technology issues for publications like the Washington Post and Digital Video magazine.

Richard Harper
Backslash Fiction
The Missing Minority IV
Religion in Star Trek
Richard has been a Star Trek fan since he viewed Star Trek: The Motion Picture at age 5.  Many years later, he's grown into a regular Trekker and avid fan of science fiction, despite coming from the only region in the country that dropped all Star Trek shows (Hattiesburg, Mississippi).  Since moving to Atlanta in 1996, he has attended local conventions dealing with science fiction, horror, comics and books.  He currently works as an R&D chemist and spends his spare time writing reviews and original stories online.  Though admittedly not a hard-core Trekker, he still enjoys watching the shows and reading literature about Star Trek and other science fiction areas.

Richard Herd
An Hour with Richard Herd
The 1999 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Richard Herd as the Klingon L'KorRichard Herd as Dennis Sheridan on T. J. HookerRichard Herd's vast résumé of film, television and stage credits includes many appearances in the science fiction genre, including Admiral William Hoyce on SeaQuest and John, The Supreme Commander on V: The Miniseries. Star Trek fans will remember him as the Klingon L'Kor in the 1993 two-part Next Generation sixth-season episode "Birthright," Parts I and II.  Richard also co-starred with William Shatner in the television series T. J. Hooker as Dennis Sheridan.  In addition to SeaQuest, V and Star Trek, he has appeared on Quantum Leap, Beauty and the Beast, Tales from the Crypt, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider and Brisco County, Jr.  His most recent roles include the recurring character of George's boss, Wilhelm, on Seinfeld and in the Clint Eastwood film Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilClick here for Richard's complete filmography.

Cheralyn L. Lambeth
The Ultimate Star Trek Alien How-To Workshop
The 1999 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
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 decided to major in something really useful such as Dramatic Arts and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures.  Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn travelled to New York to study costumes, wigs and make-up at the Juilliard School, and achieved her first fifteen minutes of fame by making her Off Broadway acting debut appearing with John Leguizamo in Mambo Mouth.  From there, she moved to Minneapolis to create Muppet costumes for Sesame Street Live! (acquiring a very up-close and personal relationship with Big Bird!), and returned to New York a year later to work with Jim Henson Productions on Dinosaurs! and The Muppet Christmas Carol.  In between work and more work, Cheralyn managed to help play-test the Star Wars role-playing game Mission to Lianna, and has written articles for such genre-related periodicals as Con-Tour Magazine and Bjo Trimble's Sci-Fi Spotlight.
        Cheralyn has always been fascinated from a technical point of view by the aliens and futuristic gizmos in the Star Trek universe.  A resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, she currently works as Production Supervisor for Paramount Production Services, creating among other things, Klingons, Romulans and Borg for Paramount attractions such as the Star Trek World Tour and Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Dirk Loedding
Dirk has been an avid Star Trek fan since he saw his first episode back in the early '70s, shortly after returning from living in South and Central America.  He has been to many conventions, starting way back in 1981, when he attended the Atlanta Fantasy Fair, and has been to at least one convention every year since then... and has the badges to prove it!  He's also been a very devoted Babylon 5 fan, since before the pilot even aired, thanks to the magic of BBSs and Usenet.  From 1995 onwards, Dirk has been running a mailing list consisting of compilations of posts from the creator and executive producer of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski.  He's also been running mailing lists for Babylon 5 viewers, so they can keep up with when Babylon 5 is on.  This is Dirk's third year of running the Babylon 5 programming track for Dragon*Con.  Dirk is currently employed as a programmer/analyst for a large telecommunications firm.  He's been married for nearly seven years, and he and his wife Becky had their first child, Amanda, last September.

Dave McConnell
Star Trek FilkSing IV
Dave McConnell at the 1998 TrekTrakDave has been active in fandom since 1968 and is Dragon*Con's Director of Filk Programming.  He co-authored with Ken Kessler his first filksong, What Do You Do with a Drunken Hobbit?, in 1972.  Dave was the rhythm guitar player for the all-filk band Timelines, which he founded in 1993 and who released an album, Timelines Takes Flight, in 1994.  This is Dave's fourth filk performance on TrekTrak, having performed with Timelines at the very first TrekFilk in 1994 and again with Leslie Fish in 1997 and 1998.

Billy Murphy
Cats in the Cradle
Billy is 15 years old and has been watching Star Trek since he was about 3 years old.  His first exposure to Star Trek was Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.  Since then, he's become a big Trekkie and along the way accumulated a lot of knowledge about every aspect of Trek.  He goes to Star Trek conventions whenever they come to town and wears a Voyager uniform.  At the last convention he went to, he wore the "evil" Starfleet uniform from the episode "Living Witness."  Billy's other hobbies include the Star Wars CCG, the violin, schoolwork and RPGs.

Bill Ramsey
Trekkies: The Motion Picture
Bill Ramsey at the 1998 TrekTrakBill, a.k.a. "Major QorToq vestai-Chang," has been a fan of Star Trek since the early 1970s and has been attending small conventions such as GenCons and the Euro GenCon since the late 1980s.  He is a member of the International Federation of Trekkers (IFT) and the Klingon Assault Group, for which he is currently the Quadrant Fencer (Quadrant Marine commander) for its Dark Phoenix Quadrant (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida) in the Dark Moon Fleet (Eastern seaboard and southeastern U. S.).  The Klingon Imperial Marine Force provides security for many conventions in the south.  Bill has been a gamer since the days of Chain Mail, which predates Dungeons & Dragons.  He is a Masters-ranked Dungeon Master and a player with the RPGA, and was the Regional Director for the RPGA East Anglia U. K. 

Larry Septrick
The 1999 Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant
Star Trek: Insurrection: The Verdict
Larry SeptrickLarry was born in the mid-west and, since the middle of the 20th century, has traveled throughout this country and parts of Europe and Japan.  This exposure to many cultures and foods, blended with his love for the real and implied sciences, helped develop him into a well-cultured, fun-loving Klingon in human clothing who loves to laugh.
        Larry's play career in Klingon fandom has been an active and brilliant one.  Years of selective breeding, coordinated with the subtle subversion of key military figures; all combined with strategic time travel to secure critical technologies and billions of dollars worth of gourmet chocolates, all helped this Klingon warrior to advance through the ranks.
        Joining the Klingon Assault Group -- better known as KAG -- as a Sergeant, Larry was quickly recognized as a leader.  As his rank increased, new positions and responsibilities were placed upon him: Fleet Commander, Naval Commander and finally Deputy Commander of KAG.  All positions were designed to help people enjoy playing in a Klingon atmosphere.  Admiral Kroesh finally advanced to the top position of possibly the largest Klingon-oriented fan club in the world.  Larry Septrick is Admiral Kroesh, Commander of KAG forces.
        No longer is Larry armed with a disruptor or bat'telh.  Instead, you will find him with a smile and a very large pewter mug.  When he is not commanding fleets into battle, he enjoys telling entertaining stories about his life and "being" a Klingon, as well as inventing recipes for his latest conquest, his Klingon cooking show on cable access TV, Cooking with Kroesh.

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

James J. Simonelli
Religion in Star Trek
James J. Simonelli at the 1998 TrekTrakIn his profession, Jim develops and presents training courses for Business and Systems Analysis, as well as Methodology Implementation and Project Management.  He is a collector of the Star Trek videotapes and Decipher Cards and is fairly well read in Latin and Greek mythologies. 

Brad Strickland
Star Trek Authors Showcase
Brad Strickland at the 1994 TrekTrakBrad, an Associate Professor of English at Gainesville College, is the author or co-author of twenty-two novels, including five in the Star Trek Young Adult series, three in Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark? series, and four completions of works begun by the late John Bellairs.  He has also written some sixty short stories and hundreds of reviews, essays and articles.  He is a past co-winner of the Phoenix Award, and his novels have won awards from the New York Public Library, the American Booksellers Association and the Schaumburg Township School System in Illinois.

Donny Velji
Deep Space Nine: The Verdict
Star Trek: Voyager: The Verdict
Donny VeljiDonny was first introduced to the world of fandom in the summer of 1991 and since then has made the rounds to several conventions, including four Dragon*Cons.  Spinning out of those experiences, he found himself in the world of the Internet, where he became an avid websurfer and participant in chat rooms on IRC, speaking with members of fandom all over the world.  Donny doesn't maintain a web page of info, but he keeps his eyes open for the latest scoops and rumors concerning science fiction such as Star Trek, Babylon 5 and pro wrestling.  (Pro wrestling?!)  Donny is also the writer of the science fiction comic book The Guardians (coming to a comic store near you... as soon as it's published!).

Wayne Walls
Deep Space Nine: The Verdict
Star Trek: Voyager: The Verdict
Wayne Walls at the 1998 TrekTrakWayne has written for Vault magazine and contributed pieces to The Wild Hunt amateur press association.  His past illustrious "Fan Boy" highlights include stomping John de Lancie in a Star Trek trivia contest, a costume contest as the Terminator in an ad campaign for WD-40 which he described as "less filling but tastes great," and, in more personal circles, his wedding, where he treated the guests to a showing of Return of the Jedi with his blushing bride in tow, still in the white dress.  But in all truth, his favorite show is The Big Valley.

Eric L. Watts
The Missing Minority IV
Eric L. Watts, Dragon*Con Director of Star Trek ProgrammingEric has been an avid Star Trek fan since 1977.  He founded and was President of the United Federation of Trekkers, South Carolina's largest Star Trek fan club, from 1980 to 1988 and has been Dragon*Con's Director of Star Trek Programming since 1992.  Eric has been a member of the amateur press association Imaginapa since 1980, including 11 years as its Central Mailer, from 1983-1988 and 1991-1997, and is a former member of the amateur press associations Apa Enterprise, Talking of Trek, GAPS, Atlapa and Dragon*Citings.  He is also the Editor & Publisher of The New Moon Directory, an annual index to amateur press associations, and a member of both the Southern Bears and the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus (for which he is also web site administrator).  Professionally, Eric holds Associate in Arts degrees in Visual Communications (1990) and Web Site Administration (1999) from the Art Institute of Atlanta and is currently employed as the Graphics Coordinator for a major industrial chemicals company in Marietta, Georgia.  He is a member of the Atlanta chapters of the Graphic Artists Guild and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, as well as the Creative Club of Atlanta and the HTML Writers Guild.

Grace Lee Whitney
An Hour with Grace Lee Whitney
Another Hour with Grace Lee Whitney
Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice RandGrace Lee Whitney is a versatile actress, vocalist, and all-around entertainer who hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She began her career as a "girl singer" on Detroit's WJR radio at the age of 14, eventually moving to Chicago at the age of 17 to become a nightclub singer and model.  Soon, she began opening in clubs for the likes of Billie Holliday and Buddy Rich, and touring with such luminaries as the Spike Jones and Fred Waring Bands.  Grace continued to hone her skills through musical and comedic performances on Broadway, making her debut in Top Banana, where she studied under actor Jack Albertson and also clowned with comedic greats Phil Silvers and Kaye Ballard.  Following the successful run of the show, she joined the cast in a move to Hollywood to film the screen version for United Artists.  Later, she continued her jazz and pop vocalizing while fronting for her band Star and in solo performances in venues throughout North America.
Grace Lee Whitney as Commander Janice RandGrace has appeared in three true classics -- The Outer Limits' "Controlled Experiment" with Barry Morse and Carroll O'Connor; Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis; and the role for which she is best known: Janice Rand in the Star Trek universe.  She was selected by Gene Roddenberry to create the role of the infamously basketweaved Yeoman Janice Rand in the classic 1960s television series, and she returned as Chief, then Lt. Commander Rand in four of the first seven Star Trek movies.  Grace's most recent return to the Star Trek universe was in 1996, as Communications Officer Commander Rand, with George Takei as the USS Excelsior's Captain Sulu, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback," written especially to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original series.  She also participated in Paramount Pictures' 30th Anniversary Star Trek celebration in Huntsville, Alabama and the subsequent live television special broadcast from Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, which aired on UPN.
        Grace continues to delight fans in personal appearances at conventions and events throughout North America and Europe.  Her autobiography, The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy, is in current release nationally, and Grace will appear at Dragon*Con to promote the tome.  Her trek continues!

Joe Yost
Joe grew up watching science fiction.  Most notable among his favorites are or were Doctor Who, Space:1999 and the original Star Trek series.  When The Next Generation premiered in the fall of 1987, Joe became hooked for good and began going to the conventions.  Less than six months later, he joined his first organized fan club in Sarasota, Florida, just south of his hometown of Bradenton.  After the initial fan group evolved and then disbanded, he jumped onto another one and used that to explore one of the possible futures based on the Original Series episode, "Mirror, Mirror" -- not what you'd expect from such a quiet and unassuming fellow.
        By the summer of 1994, Joe began going to conventions in Georgia, happened upon Dragon*Con and hasn't been the same since.  A resident of Atlanta since 1997, Joe enjoys his second year as a member of the TrekTrak staff.  As an aside, if you just can not get enough of Joe during TrekTrak, he is also a member of a rhythm and a capella troupe known as Tribalaka (a.k.a. "The Tribe"), appearing on the filk track here at Dragon*Con for the second year in a row.
        In his spare time, Joe is a writer, proofer, copy editor and all-around nice guy.

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