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“…beyond friendship,…beyond family”
Newsletter for the USS Endeavour NCC-1508
Starbase 06, Quadrant One, Starfleet Command
|Issue No 3||
the Captain’s Chair
CMDR Roy Jackson
I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but it has been another busy quarter for the Endeavour. Members have made multiple trips to Ohio for Teen TV, we won a trophy in another parade, and one of our members was a key player in the Save Enterprise campaign. I am keeping the intro vague so the authors of the articles inside can give you all the details in their own words.
congratulations go out to all the Cadets who made Ensign (too
numerous to mention), to
Misty Jackson for her promotion to LT junior grade, to Stacy Mulder for her
promotion to Lt Commander, and to Mark Williams for his promotion to Major in
the Marine Corps division. Oh yeah,
I am Commander now. Stacy is to
receive dual congrats because she is now Acting Deputy Chief of Personnel for
little fan club has grown to the point that we are now the largest ship in all
of Quadrant One. This has caused
some concern from other SFC members who have suggested that we split into
multiple ships of a more manageable size. Therefore,
I am inviting all members who may wish to command their own ship to approach the
Command Staff. We can explain the
roles of command and get them started. However,
I am in no way asking anyone to leave.
I love being a part of this ship and everyone on it is like family to me.
Ltjg Rob Irwin
is only one word to sum up BuffyCon, WOW! It was great. Sorry I'm getting ahead
of myself. Let me start at the beginning.
was around Christmas when I called the good captain to wish him and his family a
Merry Christmas. That's when he told me that some of the members of the
Endeavour were going to work security at the April Buffy Con in Ohio. Being a
big fan of the show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," I was excited. That's
understating it. I was like a
little schoolgirl meeting Ricky Martin for the first time. I was jumping on the
couch and...that's another story.
where was I? Oh yeah, April came around and I was just as excited as before,
especially now that I knew all the stars who were going to be there. The witty
Xander, played by Nicolas Brendan, the wise and musically talented Giles, played
by Anthony Stewart Head, the beautiful and funnily evil Harmony, played by
Mercedes Mcnab, the evil robot/ demon/ human Adam, played by George Hertzberg,
and the man from another dimension, the Groosalug, played by Mark Lutz. I'm
almost done stay with me. The love of Gile's life Ms. Jenny Calendar, played by
Robia Lamorte. And finally, last but certainly not least, the beautiful girl
from the show "Firefly," Morena Baccarin.
Many of these stars came to the birthday party we threw for our
midshipman, Dylan Hollingworth.
That was a mouthful. Now, on to the convention. We hopped into the "Monster," (For those of you who don't know, that's the big green van), and headed on a five-hour journey to Cleveland, Ohio. It was worth it. When we made it, I was astounded by all the Buffy merchandise. There was a whole room full of Buffy plates, movies, pictures, and swords. It was amazing.
convention was full of stuff. There was an art room with a plethora of beautiful
pictures, some of which are on display in LT Cyndi's living room. There were
photo sessions with the stars, autograph signings, and episode showings (which
included the ever-famous Buffy musical). They had a costume contest and even had
a Hollywood Squares game. There was just a lot of interesting stuff.
stars each gave a presentation. I thought Mark Lutz was the funniest. I managed
to get a peek on Anthony Stewart Head's presentation when I was on duty. He is
really British. You don't really
see that side of him on the show.
LT Cyndi Jackson
While vacationing in Florida I seized the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center. With three other USS Endeavour members, I planned for only a quick stop. However, this became an all-day experience that will not be forgotten. There was a small admission fee, but the experience was well worth it.
Upon arrival, each of us received the required badge to begin our journey. We immediately found ourselves exploring the past, present, and future accomplishments of mankind. We participated in tours, IMAX Space Films, launch information, life in space, and many hands-on discoveries. We got to wear an astronaut’s helmet, experience what it feels like to walk on the moon, and get in an actual shuttle pod (I think that is what it is called).
I would suggest not riding in the G-force machine that allows you to experience gravity at five times that of normal earth unless you have a strong stomach. One of our group members actually got sick and I felt pretty bad for a long time afterwards.
It was exciting to see the huge tanks that take the actual space shuttle over to the launch pad. I had no idea how really big that equipment is.The information of America’s launchings is awesome but to actually see such endeavors in progress is incredible. This is definitely a great place to visit. Perhaps we could get our CO to plan a Star Trek Day in Florida!
LT Lisa Wehmanen
USS Endeavour held it’s first annual Endeavour Easter Extravaganza
on Saturday, April 3, 2004. The
pitch-in / Easter egg hunt was held at the home of Jim and Vickie Griffin.
first seemed to be a small crowd grew and grew as late arrivals continued to
pour in with containers of food. There
was a large variety of food and deserts and no one went away hungry.
Someone made the comment that “the Endeavour sure knows how to throw a
pitch-in,” and this event proved it.
the meal, we noticed the Easter Bunny had visited the expansive yard of the
Griffins. The kids hunted for 250+
eggs. A few of the eggs “got
away” with help from Corey Hollingsworth and some fishing line. Most of the eggs were filled with candy, but some were filled
with prize tickets. All of the
children went home with lots of candy and a prize of some sort.
Obviously, everyone had a great time. There was so much fellowship we found it difficult to hold a meeting. With over 55 people in attendance, we’ll have a hard time out-doing ourselves next year. Some of the people in attendance were guests when they arrived, but four of them left as new members of the USS Endeavour. A big “Thank You!!” goes out to our gracious hosts who have invited us back next year, and heartfelt “Welcome” to our new members.
Trek Day at Kings Island
(An Endeavour Endeavor)
CMDR Roy Jackson
1, 2004 will be STAR TREK DAY at Paramount’s Kings Island.
Tickets must be preordered by July 23rd to receive the Star
Trek discount and all-you-can-eat buffet.
know from our last newsletter, members of the Endeavour were invited to the SOC
Awards Banquet in Cincinnati on January 18, 2004. At that meeting, I asked the main admiral, Admiral Hurley,
how close we were to Kings Island and he stated we were only ten minutes away.
I was in a Star Trek uniform discussing Kings Island when it hit me that
we should have a Star Trek Day at Kings Island.
It made perfect sense since Paramount owns both.
My thought was that if it were presented as a multi-fan based event with
no one organization inviting all the others, no group would feel another was
overshadowing them. I discussed it
with Admiral Hurley in detail and he was all for it.
My next step was to contact Kings Island. This was difficult because I didn’t know if they even had a web site. Well, I found their website and searched all through it to find someone with whom I could discuss the idea. I found one possible contact and sent an email.
Two weeks later, I received an email from Nikki Stoller with all kinds of questions. After discussing it with Fleet Admiral Bischoff and getting his approval, I responded to the email and explained my idea.
later, I received an email from Joan Griffith, the Indiana contact for
Paramount’s Kings Island. She
sent me her phone number so I called her. Joan
was very courteous and also extremely helpful.
She offered me the great rate we have and the all-you-can-eat buffet as
well. We had to hold off a few
weeks because I wanted to call the event “Star Trek Day,” and that required
permission. Joan stated that Kings
Island was very enthusiastic about the event.
They set up an on-line account to accept payments and promised that we
would get the facilities to accommodate all the people who prepay for tickets.
I had to
sign a contract for a minimum of one hundred prepaid guests. This means that if
less than one hundred people buy tickets; I have to pay the difference.
This is really good because you usually have to sign for at least two
For more information about this event and to download the application, go to http://www.starbaseindy.com/pki.html
sky at night,
Red sky at morning,
Sailors take warning.”
it or not, the “red sky” method of weather forecasting does have some merit.
Red sunsets in northern climates do indicate good weather, while red colors seen
at sunrise often come from the scattering of light caused by cirrus clouds at
the front of an approaching storm.
“red sky” rhyme originates in Mathew 16:2 as Christ says: “When it is
evening, you say, ‘The weather will be fair, for the sky is red.’ And in the
morning you say: ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and
about those rings of light—those halos—we sometimes see around the moon or
sun? Don’t those have something to do with incoming weather?
Sometimes, yes. Just before the blizzard in
that these New York residents saw is something that forms when ice crystals high
in the atmosphere (above 26,000 feet) are lit by sunlight or moonlight.
The crystals are suspended within cirrostratus clouds that usually appear before
a warm rain. A halo in warm weather can often indicate a long, slow rain
day starting in about 12 to 20 hours. And of course, if that halo appears during
winter, that long, slow rain is going to be—you guessed it—snow!
A farmer comes into the kitchen around 11 p.m. and tells his family: “Get ready for bad weather; there’s no Beehive tonight!” Beehive? What’s a beehive got to do with the sky and the weather?
Beehive is a star cluster--a misty patch of light known as Praesepe. There
are hundreds of little stars in this cluster appearing within the constellation
Cancer. When icy cirrus clouds appear, they dim the Beehive even when the
brighter starts, sun, and moon seem clear to us. So when the Beehive is
absent, stormy weather may be on the way.
crisp, cold winter night. You are certain that the weather is perfect for
using that telescope you just got for Christmas; the sky is clear and filled
with thousands of twinkling stars. Nope!! ‘Fraid not!
Actually, somewhat hazy summer nights when fewer stars are visible are better
times for stargazing. The cold air of winter is often full of varying
pockets and layers that make the stars appear to twinkle; getting a good,
accurate look at those stars isn’t always easy! The same thing happens
after a storm in summer. So keep those telescopes capped until two to four
days after that summer storm!
there’s our science briefing for this edition. Enjoy your summer, enjoy
the stars, and look out for halos, dim Beehives, and red morning skies!
Mene Sakkhet Ur-Seveh
from the Front
Major Mark Williams (M&M)
first the good news!! Enterprise will not be canceled due, in a large part, to
www.saveenterprise.com and the letter writing campaign.
you get the bad news. Next year’s renewal will depend on ratings only, said
Mr. Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS TV. Letter writing campaigns would
not affect the outcome.
thought is going into what we can do to help improve ratings over the coming
season, the first being to get UPN on more places, as it’s hard to compete
when the show is not available everywhere against shows that are.
those of you who don’t know, I am fatheadcookie from the saveenterprise.com
forum and I run the yahoo group there. Around two months ago Tim / Picard from
the Art Asylum forum yelled at me in a IM and asked if I would be interested in
helping out with a little project that he was working on. That little project
turned out to be www.saveenterprise.com. It might have started small, but it
grew at an alarming rate, thanks mostly to Tim’s hard work at getting the word
out. Once he told me what he was after I went to work posting all night here,
there, everywhere!! Some might remember my Sunday morning break down I had with
the email to Tim!
guess Tim thought he could trust me, so I took over the yahoo group and became
the main Moderator for the saveenterprise message board. I host the
saveenterprise chat twice a week. I also read through the largest part of the
topics posted to the forum for content, language, personal attacks, proper
placement of topics and so on. I also answer questions through PMs and the yahoo
group. I seem to have lived on the computer these last two months when I have
been home from work. It has been more work than I ever imagined it would be, but
it has also been a great deal of fun, too. I have got to know Tim much better
and have come to find that he is a real great guy who just loves Enterprise and
wants Star Trek to go on. I have been invited to chat with stars and have even
been a chat guest!! Little old me from Indiana--I’m chatting with a star and
being guest chatter somewhere else. Ok--Tim was the real guest--but he wanted me
there too. I’m getting tons of email each day--almost more than I
want--thanking me and saying “great job.” I feel that I really did
that Enterprise will be on next season, some have wondered about the future of
the saveenterprise site. I can tell you as one who knows from the inside that
the site will go on.
am hoping that I can get Star Fleet Command to team up with Saveenterprise as I
consider both to be my groups and I would love to see them work together for the
continuation of Star Trek.
could help saveenterprise with its goals, and with over 5 million hits to the
saveenterprise site since the end of March, the site could help SFC find new
members and ways to get involved.
the collecting front, the new Polar Lights NX-01 is out!! This bad boy is HUGE
with over 200 parts!! I hope you got some time to spare. It can be purchased for
around 39.95 mail order if you know where to look, and I do. Just ask and I will
get you the address.
Polar Lights Enterprise A will be out in the fall. Since it’s in the same
scale as the NX-01, guess what: it’s REALLY HUGE at almost 3’ long and 18”
wide. Clean off the table; we’re going to need room!!
all for now. If anyone wants to know anything about saveenterprise or how he or
she can get more involved, let me know.
here are Scott Bakula's coments about saveenterprise:
response has been incredible. The help that we've gotten from SaveEnterprise,
the faxing the e-mailing, the letter-writing, all of that stuff that people have
contributed, the positive response we've felt all year on the Internet, the USA
Today poll, the positive response we've felt all season from the fans and the
press, for the most part, helped sway the network and largely contributed to our
fourth season. So I can't say thank you enough to everyone for supporting us
Star Trek Fan Forum
CMDR Roy Jackson
Starfleet Officers Club, in conjunction with SOC Entertainment, produces a
television show called “Star Trek Fan Forum” at local station DATV in
Dayton, Ohio. On March 28, 2004, members of the Endeavour crew appeared on their
program to explain Star Trek fandom from a different point of view.
The show was divided into two parts. Part one included Roy Jackson, Mark Williams, Stacy Mulder, Rob Irwin, and Corey Hollingsworth along with SOC members, Doug Batson, Mark Garvin, and Warren Kidd. Part two included, along with Roy and Rob, Lisa, Lexi, and Sierra Wehmanen. James Schwartzfeggar replaced Warren, from the SOC.
Batson, the host, asked us many cold questions, which makes it difficult to
think of a good response, especially in front of TV cameras.
Some of the questions included “What does it mean to be a Star Trek
fan?” and “What do you do as a Star Trek fan club member?”
Other questions were more personal, like “Do you like wearing the
uniform? And “How does it help you to be a fan?”
a very positive note, I was able to mention Starbase Indy coming in November,
Starfleet Command’s 30th Anniversary, our alliance with the House
Ha’Dar, and I gave out our web address.
There were many other discussions and comments that are too numerous to mention in one article, but if anyone would like a copy of the show, get a blank tape to me, Commander Roy Jackson, and I will make you a copy. Seeing Sierra dressed and acting as a Vulcan is worth more than the price of a tape.
Shriner’s Little 500 Parade
LT Cyndi Jackson
May 15, 2004, the USS Endeavour participated in the Shriner’s Little 500
Parade. Our plans were to thank the
Madison County Shiner’s group for the assistance they have provided for one of
our younger members as well as to many of the children in the Madison County
area. The Shriner’s provide free
operations for children to help them lead a more normal life.
Without the Shriner’s help, it would be difficult, if not impossible,
for many of these children to receive these services.
To show our gratitude for such service, a float was designed.
Our theme was “Don’t Dream It, Be It”. All participating members were asked to use their imagination and dreams to establish a personal role in the parade. The float was then designed as a magical forest with many fairies to grant such dreams
On parade day members arrived as princesses, fleet captains, Fairy Godmothers, a Mermaid, a dragon, a peasant, a rocker, and even Marylyn Monroe. Endeavour members paraded through downtown Anderson with pride as a thank you to the Shiner’s. They carried out their various roles by riding and waiving, walking and throwing candy, carrying signs, or presenting our banner. INSIGHT TV recorded the event and aired it twice.
After the parade, all 38 participating members met for lunch at the Shriner’s Headquarters. To our surprise, we were awarded a large trophy. Along with this, we were asked to participate in next year’s parade. And yes, we will be there, and hopefully be even bigger and better!!
Teens on TV!
LTjg Julie Mulder
of us teens from the USS Endeavour are enjoying a wonderful experience—the
chance to be on television. In cooperation with SOC Entertainment of
Dayton, Ohio, we Endeavour teens have been filming a PBS TV program—and having
the time of our lives.
green bus—still awaiting its christening—has made one of the trips to Dayton
now, loaded with Endeavour members, snacks, sleeping bags, and lots of laughs.
Endeavour teens recently involved in working on the TeenTV program with
Dayton’s Starfleet Officer’s Club include: Patrick Beane, Cory
Hollingsworth, Dylan Hollingsworth, Bobby Irwin, Julie Mulder, and
Wehmanen. Accompanied by Cyndi Jackson, Roy Jackson, and Lisa Wehmanen, we
have traveled to Dayton and filmed background segments for the TeenTV program.
fun and educational activities have been provided as the backdrops for these
background segments. We have played football and gone bowling. We have
visited an early America historical park, a miniature golf park, an arcade,
played in bumper boats, and gone to the Dayton Air Force Museum.
TV talk show is a show where we can get together and talk about issues that we
have to deal with as teens today. The topics to be discussed so far are:
Drunk Driving, Death, Parents, Grief, Teen Suicide, Drugs, and Peer Pressure.
TeenTV will be providing the help information for these teen issues at the end
of the program that the issues appear in. Hopefully, watching the show
will encourage teens in trouble to speak out and get the help they need.
of this filming has been undertaken pro bono—free—there is a chance that a
grant will allow us eventually to receive paychecks for our participation.
We have been set up with TeenTV e-mail addresses—so we can receive our loads
of fan mail—and we have been provided with business cards.
We wish a
big “Good Luck” to Bobby Irwin. Bobby will be undertaking the acting
challenge of being in a TV romance on the teen talk show. Bobby is paired
up with Stephanie--one of the cast members from Dayton. Bobby is going
where no teen has gone before because no one else from the Endeavour volunteered
for this romance set-up! Good Luck, Bobby, and have fun!
tentative filming dates for the summer are as follows:
9 and 16-filming from 11 until 3
July 7 and 21
August 4 and 18
school starts up again in the fall, filming will be on the second Saturday of
each month, mostly in the studio.
Congratulations, Endeavour teens!!!!
Staff USS Endeavour
Officer/Chief Science Officer
|LTCDR Stacy Mulder|
|Second Officer/Chief of Operations||LT Lisa Wehmanen|
|Chief Engineering Officer||
|Chief Security Officer||ENS Josh Williams|
|Chief Medical Officer||
|Chief Communications Officer||LTjg Julie Mulder|
|Chief Marine Officer||MAJ Mark Williams|
|Chief Search & Rescue Officer||ENS Lora Holman|
USS Endeavour is a registered not-for-profit organization
affiliated with Starfleet Command.
James Cook’s voyage around the world in the Endeavour made many crucial
contributions to astronomy, geography and navigation. But it was also the first British voyage to have a group of
natural scientists on board. The
wealth of advances in knowledge made by this team set a precedent for future
The official reason that the Royal
Society of London and the Navy wanted the Endeavour to sail to the south Pacific
was to observe the eclipse to the Sun by the planet Venus.
Measurements made from observing the eclipse would make navigation at sea
eclipse to the Sun by the planet Venus:
Last occurrence: June 1769
Next occurrence: June 2004
July 2-4, 2004
XXIV at the Sheraton Hotel in Indianapolis.
Located at Keystone at the Crossing. The Starfleet Command meeting will be held July 4th and all Endeavour Members are urged to attend.
July 3, 2004
Midnight Parade in downtown Anderson, Indiana.
This year’s theme is “America United.” We have chosen to elaborate on this theme and add the words, “Past, Present and Future.”
If you have any suggestions or wish to be in the parade, contact a member of the command staff.
Endeavour will hold its first fundraiser at Cox’s Supermarket in Alexandria,
Hamburgers and drinks served through lunch. Cox’s has offered to allow us to set up additional tables for craft and bake sales.
Trek Day at Paramount’s Kings Island
Order your tickets early, especially if you are applying through the US Postal Service.
Deadline for ticket purchases is July 23, 2004 and no tickets for this event will be sold at the gate.
If you have any information concerning an upcoming family event that is
free or inexpensive, contact any Command Staff member and they will get the
message to all members.
Unless otherwise stated on the our Yahoo Groups message board, the Endeavour monthly meetings will always be held on the third Sunday of each month at 1 pm at Reader Copies in the Cross Street Payless Plaza, Anderson, IN.
If you are not a member of the Endeavour message board, contact Roy Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org and give him your name and email address. Once you are added, you will receive emails of all the postings and you can post messages yourself. It is a great way to stay in touch with the rest of the crew.
If you need copies of the Starfleet Command Application click HERE.
The Endeavour Needs Some Color!
Have your parents save and print out the picture below. Color the Endeavour with markers, colored pencils or crayons and give your picture to any command staff member. If your picture is chosen as the best entry, your name will be announced in the next newsletter.