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WELCOME!

Let’s Take a Journey Down Memory Lane

To the 40 th Anniversary Newsletter for the United Federation of Phoenix, one of the oldest continuously meeting Star Trek Clubs in

North America. Started by college students at Arizona State University in 1975.

Your humble newsletter editor has been a member since 1990. While I am known as the “Doctor Who Guy” in the club I am big fan

of Star Trek because like most people in this country I grew up watching it from a very young age. I am old enough to have watched

some of it on Network TV but I have no memory of doing so, so likely I got into it in Syndication after school in the early 70’s.

I love the optimism of Star Trek. I like the values and the morals imbued in Star Trek. But when I was a kid I just loved the adventure.

Hop into the Starship Enterprise and just go somewhere knew and different.

I didn’t get involved in fandom until I got into the UFP.

I am a two time Captain of the club (possibly 3?). I have been doing this newsletter now for 8 ½ years on this stint.

I was saddened by the recent passing of Yvonne Craig recently because, like most young boys I had a thing for BatGirl. Then I saw

her on Star Trek and that made me happy to. That is what we need to cherish is our memories.

I have enjoyed the interaction over the years of the Club and celebrities and other fans.

So this Newsletter is dedicated to memories of days and people gone by, but hopefully it will also spur us on for the future. Star Trek

is all about the future and what we can make of it.

The Club will turn 50 in 2025. Let’s hope we are all here to celebrate that milestone too.

So I want this to be a warm remembrance. Star Trek fandom turns 50 next year itself. So we have a lot to look forward to also.

But it will not be comprehensive. Things will get left out. That’s just going to happen. So let’s start at the beginning…

The information on the formation is sketchy. But it does seem that in the later months of 1975 a group of ASU students who all

shared an interest in one particular show, Star Trek, got together. Possibly, sparked off by the run of the Star Trek: Animated Series in

1974-75 (the first and only new Trek until the Movies some years later) and the appearance of Gene Roddenberry in town. They

circulated a fliers and such around advertising a get together, the embryo that would be the UFP was born.

At the Next meeting, John Fong, one of the original 4 had in his possession ¾ inch videos of the original run of the show. Now keep in

mind this is several years away from anything even remotely like a VCR that was affordable for most people. So this was a very

definite boon. The tradition of UFP Video Days was born. The faithful had a plan to gather and to be with others of their kind.

The original organization was of an “Executive Council” who oversaw the meetings. There were no “officers” per se as yet. They

alternated social and business meetings. The meetings were at each member’s residences and such in succession. But somewhere

along this line the club needed more structure and the current officer positions were born. How and why this was done is not really

known. The first Club Constitution was made in June-July of 1977. It defined the club and officer’s duties exactly, so no officer could

be supreme.

The club has never had a relation with then-Desilu Studios, later Paramount/Viacom. The UFP exists as a social gathering club with

no real need to be connected to the larger system. There were members who, in the interest of the furthering the underlying percepts of

Star Trek & SF who put on public exhibitions and the UFP showed up to promote Star Trek in public. And one non-member who was

dating a member built an original Transporter console model.

(Then in the 90’s for The Next Generation, a new console was built by Mike Elliott, Brian Gilles and Others.)

And now that very same Transporter has been refurbished and seen at Phoenix Comic Con and other conventions in town all these

decades later.

The Club did a video project called “Star Trek: The Home Movie” in the early 80s. Then the second on 20 years later in 2001, called

“2001: A Space Oddity” so yeah, we’ve done fan films!

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AN OFFICERS HISTORY

Club Year

Historical Record of UFP Officers

Captain First Officer Treasurer Secretary

75-76 4 Executive Council Members alternated meetings

John Whiting 1 , Dorene Wellman-Healy 3 , John Fong

Frances O'Steen-Hatzis, Kaye Shuchman, Kandy Barber-Fong

1

resigned Dec 75, replaced by Alan Kincaid 2

2

resigned March 76, replaced by Mike Strong

3

resigned May 76, replaced by Toni Moore

Sept 76 -

Spring 77

Cindy Elting-Compton

Peggy Etling-Rizzo

John Fong

Carol Gerke

Frances O'Steen-Hatzis

Mike Strong

77-77 Greg Ampagoomian Jolaine Pecor Dawn Loudy Toni Moore

77-78 Kandy Barber & Kathy Cady Dawn Loudy Karen Methany

unknown

78-79 Greg Ampagoomian Kathy Cady Dawn Loudy Karen Methany

79-80 Kathy Shirey Unknown Unknown Unknown

80-80 Greg Shirey Tom Monson Katie Gillen Thom Franklin

80-81 Katie Gillen Petra Dombek Kirk Hill Thom Franklin

81-82 Kim Farr Bobbi Rapp Laurie Rapp Thom Franklin

82-83 Denise Wallentinson Jim Strait Unknown Thom Franklin

83-84 Jim Strait Larry Zacher P.J. Hefti Carol Davis

84-85 Frank McShane Donna Morgan Deborah

Lorsbaugh

Patty Vance

85-86 Jim Strait Larry Zacher Frank McShane Lynne Kourtidis

86-87 Larry Zacher Frank McShane Alice Ford Jim Strait

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87-88 Barbara Barcus Mike Elliott Jim Strait Frank McShane

88-89 Barbara Barcus Dave Philpott Jim Strait Kris Philpott

89-90 Bobby Warren & Dave Philpott Kris Philpott Jennifer Schreiber

Jeff Schreiber

90-91 Kris Philpott Dave Philpott Barbara Barcus David Bluestein

91-92 Diane Elliott Jim Strait Barbara Barcus Lee Whiteside

92-93 John T. Wheeler Morgan Hunt Lee Whiteside Ali Hutchins &

Woody Harper

93-94 Jim Strait Morgan Hunt Lee Whiteside Marcella Chapman

94-95 Morgan Hunt Mark Boniece Lee Whiteside Jim Strait

95-96 Diane Elliott David Hungerford Lee Whiteside John T. Wheeler

96-97 Diane Elliott Frank McShane Lee Whiteside Mark Boniece

97-98 Mark Boniece Jim Strait Lee Whiteside Angel Trinkle

98-99 Mark Boniece Tannon Webber Lee Whiteside John T. Wheeler

99-00 Mark Boniece Frank McShane Lee Whiteside John T. Wheeler

00-01 David Williams John Wheeler Lee Whiteside Mark Boniece

01-02 David Williams Frank McShane Lee Whiteside Mark Boniece

02-03 John Wheeler Frank McShane Lee Whiteside Mark Boniece

03-04 Frank McShane Terri Spencer Lee Whiteside Mark Boniece

04-05 David Clyborne & Dawn Grigsby David Rood Frank McShane

Mark Boniece

05-06 Mark Boniece Dawn Grigsby Dave Rood Frank McShane

06-07 Dave Williams Toni Taylor-Moore Mark Boniece John Wheeler

07-08 Dave Williams Toni Taylor-Moore Mark Boniece John Wheeler

08-09 Glenna Lawrimore Paul Synodis Mark Boniece John Wheeler

09-10 Jim Strait Ron Wimmer & Mark Boniece John Wheeler

Paul Synodis

10-11 Toni Taylor-Moore Doug Hall Mark Boniece John Wheeler

& Kim Smith

11-12 Kim Smith Deb Nickelson Mark Boniece John Wheeler

12-13 Walt Bartlow Jennifer Wirtz Kim Smith John Wheeler

13-14 David Williams Mark Boniece Kim Smith John Wheeler

14-15 Walt Bartlow Mark Boniece Kim Smith John Wheeler

After 2 nd Round of Nominations Currently:

Captain—John Wheeler (Thinking about it, which in this club usually means “yes”)

VP—Mark Boniece

Treasurer- Kim Smith Secretary- John Wheeler

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The first Flyer for the UFP:

So with that, I turn it over to a piece written by one of the founders of the Club, the Late Greg Ampagoomian in a piece written for the

30 th Anniversary.

U.F.P. Memories

Greg Ampagoomian, U.F.P. Captain Ret.

In a darkened movie theatre in Scottsdale 20 members of the United Federation of Phoenix sit in anticipation. It is a little over ten

years since the last episode of our favorite television show has aired. There is a flash on the screen and the buzz of the small crowd

stops. Then comes the boom of the orchestra and that now familiar music begins. The excitement builds and with renewed enthusiasm

we view Star Trek: The Motion Picture (who knew). Yet it is not the opening of the film or even the first sight of James T. Kirk that

gets to us. Due to a computer glitch our old friend Montgomery Scott must shuttle us over to the refitted Enterprise. We approach the

space dock with Admiral Kirk and see that familiar configuration but there have been changes. She looks bigger, sleeker and ready for

five more years “where no man has gone before.” In the darkened theatre there isn’t a dry eye in the house, not even mine. We are

home, in a comfortable place, with old friends and the adventure begins again (such as it was).

Why start with this night so long ago? It is an emotional memory. A memory that stands out because as fans we worked for it to

happen. It is what keeps us together. It is a memory that happened thanks to the efforts of UFP members. They arranged for us to work

at the theatre, I believe it was the El Camino, in exchange for that particular preview. (As a side note, this was a tech check of the film

after it arrived at the theatre. We had to wait for it to come from the airport and it was late. Then it had to be spliced together and put

on the big reel.) Even I donned the jacket of an usher for a couple of days. We also supplied our transporter console to be displayed in

the lobby and those of us who had them arrived on opening night in our uniforms.

We owed that night to many other people, the trekkers and trekkies who came before us all over the country, the “Super Fans” like Bjo

Trimble, the “Great Bird of the Galaxy,” and a glass must be raised in thanks to George Lucas. Without the great success of, what we

now know as episode 4, there would not have been a kick in the pants at Paramount to actually get ST:TMP off of the written page

and onto the screen.

My personal adventure with the UFP started with a convention…naturally.

I was working at KTVK, channel 3 (at the time it was the ABC affiliate on 16 th street) and we did a local public service program

called “Sign Out” for the hearing impaired. On this particular episode one of the guests came to talk about a local Science Fiction and

Comic Book convention which we all came to call Cookie Con One. The principal sponsor was a man named Ivan Cook. The guest

came dressed as Doctor Miranda Jones from the episode “Is there in Truth No Beauty?” Having been a closet Trekkie for so long it

was a slam-dunk that I was gonna join up. I attended a meeting, coughed up the appropriate funds and I was a member. Mind you, I

am not one who joins groups, I’m pretty much a loner but I was now among people with a special interest. That’s what it’s all about,

isn’t it? In the time I spent with the club and at conventions I have never been with a better group of people. Like any group we didn’t

always get along or see eye to eye but we still had that one thing that held us together…Star Trek and the hope for a better tomorrow.

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August 1977, the first Phoenix Fan Convention….a convention put on by fans for fans (those are the best kind, I think we all miss

them). Special guests were George Takei, DeForest Kelley and Susan Sackett. I was Captain at the time but for the purposes of the

convention I did public relations. I got the word out to the media for some “free advertising” and they showed up to see our fans and

guests. The convention fell on the weekend of my 27 th birthday and one particular member, with the help of others, threw me a

birthday party in the con suite…special guests were DeForest Kelley, George Takei and Susan Sackett. It is a birthday that will stay

with me forever and I thank those members for it. The second great memory of that convention was introducing DeForest Kelley to

the packed main ballroom at the Adams hotel. I still have the picture over my desk.

One of the great privileges of being a member and having the convention committee be made up of members is getting a private

audience with the guests of honor. At a certain time, either before or after their main talks we got our autographs, handshakes and

pictures with them. Another great memory of that convention was meeting new people from around Arizona and other parts of the

western United States. One great fan/vendor had T-shirts that said “Property of the Klingon Rollerball Team.” She was fun to talk

with and had some very interesting views on the relationship between Kirk and Spock. Finally there was that Sunday morning

conversation with George before he left. He had been out on his morning jog with some members who knew of his desire to jog

around the streets. He was packing and we talked about the downtown area. I told him about the central corridor and, being a member

of the L.A. Transportation Board at the time, he told me that it was a bad idea and it caused urban sprawl. I guess he was right.

The club has always had good organizers and when a group needs to raise money what better way is there but a car wash? We held

ours at the Burger King that was (is?) on McDowell just east of Scottsdale Road. I think Kathy Cady got that one together. I don’t

remember if we were just raising money for the club, for a project or a charity.

There were Halloween parties and picnics and meetings. That first time I was Captain a strain was put on me because of work. I got

put on weekends and meetings were Saturday night. No problem, I went to our program director who was also in charge of community

relations. I suggested that it would be good community relations and promotion for the station to allow us to have the meetings on

Saturdays in the studio. The answer was a firm no. Something to do with liability and insurance. I went ahead with it anyway…what

management didn’t know couldn’t hurt me. The crew was okay with it and every once and a while I would leave to direct a station

break. We were done by 9 so I could go up to the newsroom and get my scripts and the rest of the members could get ready for their

trip to the Sombrero Theater. That’s right, they were Trekkies but they were into the new cult classic…The R.H.P.S.!

One night, because someone had a tape in their boom box, after the meeting they showed off their skills at dancing “The Time Warp.”

Some weeks later they dragged me off to see this phenomenon for myself. They sat me down in the front row, which they practically

owned, handed me the correct accoutrements and watched me watching the movie. At the end the lights went up and I watched as they

danced again on stage.

At another meeting, to raise money, we had an auction. That was fun too. I was the auctioneer and we had a good laugh. During my

second term someone came up with a unique fundraiser. Buy a pie and throw it an executive council member. Once the mundane

business was dispensed with our meetings had unique types of fun.

Another side note…on one of those holidays where no one is really working there is always a small crew at a television station. On

this particular day I was stuck there with nothing to do. What better way to pass the time but to go to the film room (yes film…that’s

the way we aired a lot of programs back then, including Star Trek) and pull out an episode or two. On this particular day I chose “The

Trouble with Tribbles.” I put it up on an old projector and sat and watched and laughed and repeated lines. The man in charge of the

film room finally stopped and asked if I hadn’t seen them enough (I have them all on tape now). I told him that this was like any other

hobby. Stamp and coin collectors take their prizes out and look at them from time to time and never tire of it, so it is with the episodes.

I guess I made sense of it to him and he went on with his work and I watched another episode.

Executive Council meetings could be unique also. We tried to spread them out that first year but I think the majority of them were at

my apartment. Dawn Loudy (later Earle) usually brought her toddler Warren. He was a good youngster but on this one night he got

hold of my key ring and tried to plug them into a wall socket. To this day Toni Moore swears that I literally flew across the room to

prevent a shocking event. Warren has grown into a fine young man that would make any mom proud. The four of us on the Exec.

Council that first time around were under a lot of pressure to make the new system work. Were it not for Toni, Dawn and Jolaine

Pecor I don’t know if the reborn UFP would have lasted.

That brings me to the drafting of the new constitution. First off I have to give credit to those who were in the UFP before me. They

were the ones who started the organization and, I believe, patterned it after other fan organizations that they had known. It eventually

lead to a bit of chaos and brings to mind Han Solo’s line in episode 5, “Sorry princess no time to discuss this in committee.” (So many

Star Wars references in a piece about ST). It didn’t seem to me that anyone wanted to be responsible and so very little got

accomplished. Unlike James T. I was a Boy Scout and was used to a bit more order. I took it upon myself to set up the system that

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seems to still be in use today. During the meeting where we adopted the document changes were made that made the assembled group

happy.

That was not the beginning of the UFP. It started with a group of dedicated fans. That core group started an organization that has

bridged several decades and moved into a new century…I hope, I know, that it will, “Live Long and Prosper.”

COPYRIGHT 2005 SOLAR WIND PRODUCTIONS

The history of this Newsletter starts with this…

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Did that say CopperCon 4?

The club has also been in local papers twice in its history. Most exstensively in the founding year of 1975 in The Arizona Republic.

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Then the second time was in what was then The Phoenix Gazette when we got to watch the Series Finale of “The Next Generation”

early as we did back then because club member Lee Whiteside had a contact at the time who’d record the Syndication feeds the week

before they aired. We watched most of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine that way.

(see below)

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We also had a presence at Creation Cons, especially in the 1990s also. Now, as of last year we also branch out to Phoenix Comic Con.

Conventions have been the club’s life blood since it’s beginning. And speaking of beginnings. Lets start the photo show in the

beginning…

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Gene Roddenberry in Phoenix.

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30 years later…

Greg Ampogoomian & Doreen Healy

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Star Trek: The Home Movie

Forgive us Father, for we have sinned…

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Spock trying to read Kirk’s Mind…Fascinating!


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Yes, that was a real place back in the day….

John Fong, Thom Franklin, and Robert Morales

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Which brings up the fact that the UFP’s Classic Series Transporter has been a big part of this club for 35+ years. There was a TNG

Transporter built in the 1990s but it hasn’t weathered nearly as well.

THE UFP CLASSIC SERIES TRANSPORTER.

(1977)

(Refurbished for Phx Comic Con 2015)

At the Original Cine Capri.

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Robert Brent, Dayton Ward, Jeff George, David Gerrold, Walt Bartlow,John Wheeler, Kim Smith, Kevin Dilmore, Eileen Johnson,

Jim Strait, Mark Boniece and Dave Williams.

CopperCon 25

David Matteson, John Wheeler

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The TNG Transporter built by Mike Elliot and Brian Gilles.

Together at Coppercon 25

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Lee Whiteside

A Different kind of Transporter!

Mia, Jim Strait,John Wheeler, Toni Moore #2, Robert Picardo, Dave Williams, Mark Boniece, Danielle Boniece

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Another UFP Tradition…Halloween

1980

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Jim Strait

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In the pre-internet days the Club also engaged in that very 80’s fandom tradition of the Fanzine.

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Quastar Era By Jim Strait

In reviewing the UFP's 40 year history, I feel I should mention an era that lasted from 1981-89 that recent members

do not really know of. This is the era of Quastar. I suspect the prior UFP members spent a lot of effort on the

Phoenician Star Galleys but I can not comment on those since this was before my time. I would not consider my

self a proponent of the Quastar effort, but I do have a perspective of how it started, ended, and the times that

followed. Recent members know the effort of putting all we have in to something such as sponsoring guests and

parties. But this is nothing like the Quastar project(s). For almost a decade it used up most of our resources

and time. Almost all of the members participated in it. The UFP almost became devoted to nothing else. I don't

know who first suggested it, I am thinking it might have been Bobbi Rapp. She had described how this was very

popular in the east. We had no real communication with other clubs. There were no real Trek publications and this

was long before Internet use.

If you are a fan and there are no more ST/SF stories available, what do you do? You write your own. If you do,

who would read them? Quastar was a Fanzine. A Fanzine is a fan produced magazine. It is made by fans for fans.

We came up with the name ourselves. It was not used elsewhere but sounded cool. Some would think we meant Questor as in "The

Questor Tapes" (different spelling) but it had nothing to do with that movie. The idea was that we

would take submissions from the whole club of Stories, Artwork, Poems and Songs, Cartoons, Games, and the like. We

would assign an Editor or Editors who would review the submissions and decide what to send back for re-write

(sometimes to another person), what to use, and what to pass on. Most of the effort was done at home, off weekends

and at various locations. This was at the very beginning of the appearance of home computers, so much was done by

hand and using typewriters. Hours upon hours were spent. We would then print out a master copy, have X number of

copies printed, then sell them to recoup the printing cost. We had fund raisers and sold ads. The first Quastar

was 92 pages, copyright June 1981. We sold them by mail, within local fan networks, and at local cons (LepreCon,

CopperCon, etc.) There was enough of a market that we easily sold all copies and had enough to start another. We

got good feed back. We had some left over material that had to be cut for space, not quality. So the decision was

made to do Quastar 2. Now we had more experience.

Quastar 2 was the same thing but with the added experience and more computer publishing tools; it was obviously

better in every way. I would think people would be tired of it by then, but for most it was a passion. Quastar

went out with 98 pages, copyright June 1982. Quastar 3 was 142 pages, copyright 1983. Quastar 4 was a little different because one

of our members worked in the St. Joseph Hospital publication

department and as long as we paid for the paper and ink, he could do the printing for free. So for Four we did a

color cover, plastic (comb) binders, special tan paper with curved corners. Four went out with 135 copies of 200

pages each, copyright April 1984. Again each Quastar version obviously better then the one before in every way.

We discovered that the color cover had a negative side effect. Apparently this had become a way to recognize the

K/S adult oriented fanzines and those seeing them looking for K/S were frustrated we did not deliver. Lesson

learned.

By Quastar 5, Denise Wallentinson, who had been the primary editor, was getting burned out and had to stop. We

did not have the printing advantage of Four, so Quastar 5 went out with only 200 copies of 160 pages each. When Four sold so well

we made more copies of Five. Denise stopped and I believe left the club with Five. She could

not be part of the club without pouring herself in to the zine and she was exhausted by it. She had to quit cold turkey. Kim Farr took

up the reigns.

While at a local Con, the Colorado based StarLand group had a table selling a variety of fanzines. They were also

the producers of Datazine, a publication listing other Fanzines. I asked Steve Walker what they thought of our

Quastars.

He said they were really good and he had noticed their improvement. He then said, "Do you want to see

what your next one will look like?". Apparently our evolution was not unique and other clubs and businesses had

been down the same road. He showed me one of ours and compared it to one of another club along with their next

version. Apparently our progress was predictable and respected nationally.

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Kim was not attending meetings and the editing staff had almost become a separate entity from the UFP by now. Over

time most of the editing staff had moved on. There was still an interest in working on it, but much diminished

now. Per the Denise, there was so much material left over from Five that all of Six would just be the edit in of

the items that would not fit in Five. We had announced we were not taking new submissions for Six since it would

be made up of the prior. The market was also diminished. We could not sell all the 200 Quastar 5's and

preparation was being planned for Six. No one heard from Kim and more time had passed. Quastar was still the

clubs biggest asset. Finally the officers contacted Kim to check the status. She had been busy and not finished

it all yet. So they asked if she could turn over what she had and the club members would divvy up the remaining

work that she was hung up on. She did but some of the copies were so faded that they could not be copied. We

asked her for the source computer files so that we could re-print them. She showed up at a meeting and blew up at

us all about all her work. I had never seen Kim this way before. She promptly resigned and walked out. I don't

think I have seen her since. Obviously there was more going on. I found out later of her divorce. With her

resignation, a new editor and staff were assigned and some adjustments were made. No one would have dared change

her work prior. Larry Warner had provided great art work for the cover as usual but it he put Captain Picard on

it. The material of the Quastar was all original series with no TNG in it. The delay had been so long that it was

all from before TNG had first aired. We took a TNG story submission, cleaned up the borders a bit, reprinted it

all, did a glossy cover for the first time, and Quastar 6 went out with 150 pages, copyright October 1989. We

could not sell all of them with years of trying. The market had dried up. Lee still has some in the box. No

interest remained in the club. And that ended the Quastar era.

Editor: On a personal note I tried to get them going again in 1992, to the sound of crickets.

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Another Tradition in the club is the Pool Party, imagine that, in Phoenix at 110+!

I didn’t have any of the allegedly incriminating and more salacious pool party photos that were alleged in Club lore to have happened

in the 1970’s and 1980’s when the Club’s average was significantly younger.

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It’s Spring & Fall cousin was THE PICNIC

Which in earlier days also included Model Rockets, but the cities gradually banned them from more inhabited area so we now use an

undeveloped area in Queen Creek. But that didn’t stop us from launching some legendary rockets.

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The SR-71

This model rocket went and came down poorly over and over again to the point where most of it was just colored apoxy. It finnally

died one day when it did a nose dive in sidewalk in Deer Valley.

The other was overpowered, and aptly named duo of “A Very Bad Idea” by Tannon. It was a rocket that was over powered it flew off

and was never heard from again because it landed on a school. It’s Prequel rocket had soared sideways (it was so heavy it fell over on

launch) and was shot over I-17 from Deer Valley Park never to be seen again.

Did I forget to mention that Tannon has the title of “Official Club Scapegoat”.

And we don’t even want to mention the time that Jim nearly shot down a Phoenix Police Helicopter….

Then there is the life blood of the Club, CONVENTIONS!!

A prime example was sent to me by Alice Harper (Ford, maiden name):

“I had been a fan of Star Trek since 1967, and I thought I was alone. I was introduced to UFP about 1983 by Bobbi Rapp. Jim Strait

immediately took me under his wing and introduced me to local fandom. Coppercon was my first con. Fast forward almost 10 years,

and at a UFP planning meeting for our involvement in Westercolt 45 (July 1992) being held at my house, I met the love of my life, the

late Woody Harper. We went on to get married at Tuscon in 1995, with most our UFP friends in attendance. The thing that struck me

about UFP was their true embodiment of IDIC. Everyone was welcome and no one was judged. I can happily say that being involved

with UFP changed my life for the better. Live Long and Prosper!”

I met the UFP in 1988 at a Con at The Adams Hotel but didn’t join until 1990 myself.

Many new people have joined because of Phoenix Comic Con this year. They remain a vital part of the UFP experience.

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Shall we start with “The Dookus of Hazzard”. Written by Randall Whitlock. Green Make up by John Wheeler. Costuming by

Randall.Starring Randall Whitlock as “Uncle Jessie” Dooku, Diane Elliott as “Daisy” Dooku, Jim Strait as Boss Vader and Dave

Williams and John Wheeler as “Bo and Luke” Dooku. September 7 th , 2002 @ CopperCon 22.

So if the UFP was at a Con, for over a decade that meant : SCI FI JEOPARDY!!

Played with the more classic rules but get everyone involved (or try to). We’d split up the room into 3 teams. Each team would have 1

“Captain” who had the buzzer and the rest were his crew of Sci-Fi Geeks.

We Sci-Fi Geeks would give the answers and the Geeks prompted the Captain of their team to buzz in and answer in the form of a

question.

Jim Strait was always the Master of Ceremonies and then we had a judge panel, score keeper and time keeper.

It was a lot of fun, but it was also a lot of work. We’d typically have an entire meeting devoted to nothing but writing the questions.

There’d be Star Trek, of course, but after that, it could be anything, even a category about the Guest of that Convention.

there always had to be a “Vanna” (yeah, we know that’s “Wheel of Fortune” but the name kinda stuck).

And

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Jim S. & Deb Nickelson

Roland Mader,Mike Fett, Terri Spencer,Kim Smith, Patty Weber, Dave Bluestein

Back Row: Mark Boniece, John Wheeler, Jim Strait, Lee Whiteside, Dave Williams, Tannon Weber, Jeff George

ROOM PARTY!!

Which mean also meeting and greeting with Celebrities. In the early days of Creation it was possible to take, say Michael Dorn or

George Takei out for breakfast before the Con. Then Creation went all Ferengi Con amd that ended.

Again, not a comprehensive list.

Grace Lee Whitney

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Authors: Dayton Ward, David Gerrold, and Kevin Gilmore.

Jewel Staite, “Firefly”. Since paid for her to come to the convention we got a private meeting with her just like the Star Trek Authors

above).

And occassionally, Our Members are the Stars…

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Dave Bluestein amd Mia on The History Channel! “Beyond The Final Frontier” (2007)

Bill Thomas (left- tall guy) one a Creation Contest once for doing an impression of Jimmy

Stewart as a Star Trek Captain. He is also the originator of the “What’s Your Shoe Size?”

question where he came to a meeting a bet no one would ever beat his Size 15 Shoes. It

took around 15 years to do so when Thomas Lawrimore showed up with bigger shoes.

He is a UFP Tall Tale.

Bobby Warren.

Dr. Lawrence Krause & Armin Shimmerman at Physics of Star Trek Presentation at ASU.

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David Stipes is known for his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Creepshow (1982) and Real Genius (1985) and Star Trek:

Voyager.

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The there’s The Star Trek: Experience that was in Las Vegas for 10 years and The UFP made the TREK to it several times.

The epic Warp Core Breach Battle…

The Next Warp Core Beach

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Left: (Dave) Bluestein of Borg, John Wheeler, (obscuered), Frank Williams

Right: Larry Zacher, Mark Bniece,Danielle Boniece, Lee Whiteside,Jim Strait, Glenna Lawrimore, Thomas Lawrimore.

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As epic as that was…There was Star Trek: The Exhibition in 2009 when the UFP were the Rent-A-Geeks on the weekends for

months. Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona. November 2008 – May 2009. And then in 2013 at the Arizona State

Fair.

The most fearsome Captin in Starfleet!

T

Capt. Terri Spencer

Capt. Wheeler and First officer Mr. Strait.

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Kirk, Spock, and McCoy?

Nope, just UFP members…

Capt Jim “Spock” Strait.

Capt. Williams, Not Dave. Frank…No relations…

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Jim Strait, John Wheeler, Dave Williams, David Bluestein

David Acosta, Jim Strait,Thomas & Glenna Lawrimore, (back row obscured),Paul Synodis, Dave Bluestein, Jeff George

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The UFP crew Captained by Glenna Lawrimore with Special Guests Mike & Denise Okuda along with David Stipe.

Make it So!!

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Scotty I need more power!

Combining the UFP with The Starfleet Academy from Apache Junction

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What the hell is an “osmosis module”??

MOVIE NIGHT

The club has been to several Star Trek Movie premieres and just movies in general

Star Trek: Insurrection with people from a Club called Desert Rose. Below: Star Trek: Nemesis

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Which Leads to other tried and true UFP traditions…

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Bowling

Camping

Not the bottom one though…

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Kartchner Caverns

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More Activities…

Aquarium @ AZ Millls Mall

ASU Science Tour with Dr. Dave

Challenger Center 2002

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Horsing around.

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Free Comic Book Day 2015

Planetarium Trip- Tucson

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS

The UFP does like a good Christmas Party and New Years, usually celebrated together. All the pictures are from the more modern era.

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Current Capt Walt showing off for the camera several years ago. No wonder he became the Captain!

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There has also been a tradition for some time that involves the Christmas Angels program at the local malls. The Club has been

participating in this for some years. So here is a selection of photos and the booty for the children in need.

2001

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GENERAL PICTURES

A Star Trek Wedding…

Geoff Hurn with Jim

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Ron Wimmer

The Cast of 2014

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Dualing Toni Moore’s!

I don’t Erica anywhere…

Wendy, Ali, Barbara Barcus, Woody,Alice,Jim,Jeff Schreiber…

Dave Rood Dave Phipot 2015

Jeff Schreiber Jennifer Schrieber and Frank

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Cartoons

The Newsletters of the years have also featured cartoons, usually related to Star Trek or Sci-Fi. A small sample.

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One of our members was even immortalized as a Cartoon!

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MEMORIAL: TO THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED

Not a comprehensive list. Also some will have more space involved than others which was not intended as a

slight to anyone, more an information gap.

And Speaking of Space and cartoons…The Passing of the “Heart of The UFP”.

“The Missing Spirit”

By John T Wheeler Nov 10, 2006

Francis Edward McShane, a man who hated his initials “FEM” because in the military

where he had to

sign his initials it gave him some grief, was a very dear friend of mine. We were always

trying to encourage each other in our own ways. He will be sorely missed by the Club. But

mostly he’ll be sorely missed by me.

I had known Frank from the first day I joined UFP in early April 1990. But we didn’t really

get tight until

2004 when Frank and I discussed a mutual want of ours- to go into business for ourselves

on the side. That was quite an undertaking for a guy who worked graveyard and a guy who

was working 2 jobs at the time. But it was something that we both had wanted and had

discussed off and on for probably a year or so

Always dreaming..

So we set off to conquer the bureaucracy of it all. And boy was there a lot of that.

But we did. Thus was born McShane Machines, what Frank always had called his Magnet

and such Business unofficially to that point anyhow, and The Wizard of Facepainting.

So I owe my businesses name to Frank. As I owe a lot of the motivation for it to both Frank

and Diane, both now sadly passed.

We set up a month-to-month lease at the Indoor SwapMart on Indian School and I-17

because we agreed it was the best place to start out. Boy, were we both innocent and terribly

naïve. But the fun we did have was in

spite of that. Don’t worry if you never heard of it, it only lasted a month. It was a disaster of

epic proportions. We lost a boat load of money on that one. But Frank always took it as a learning experience on what not to do and to try and do

things better. He went around and talked to other dealers and was trying to learn what worked and what didn’t. That’s when we knew we were in for

it now. The place was full of kids. So I thought it was a good environ for me. There were no other sellers like him, but there were similar products.

So we reasoned it could work. We worked hard at it. It was a grueling 7-8 hour day every Saturday and Sunday for that month. But the death knell to

this little dream was quick. But Frank was philosophical because he was learning what worked and what didn’t. And that was a very good thing. I

liked that about Frank. Though he did seem to get a raw deal from a lot of life he just kept soldiering on trying to learn, trying to better himself. If get

dealt lemons, make lemon aid, even if it takes you 6 months to do it. I will take that spirit with me. We got very close at the Swapmart and every

chance I got after that, mostly Festivals, I would invite Frank to come and share my tent with me because I enjoyed his company mostly, but also I

want others to take notice of him. But I’m afraid I also overshadowed him and was too busy (20 kids in line all night) to pump up his business. So he

never did particularly well. I never felt right about that. I expressed to him on several occasions that I felt bad about that. But he persevered and tried

new and different things. He even asked my about Thanksgiving this year, where we had done a festival for several years. Though not very

successful, he just kept at it. He had a sense of humor about it all. He was working on labels for CDs as picture coasters when he passed away. We

were talking about when he came over to my place on

Tuesday Oct 24th, the day before my birthday. And that’s when I sprung on him, my surprise, I was going to get a new computer and I was going to

give him my old one so that he could advance his needs with a better internet connection. Sadly, that did not come to pass. I had taken the day off

from work and had plans to just be a vegetable.

But I knew Frank was at home also after his latest stint in the hospital. So I invited him over. I cheered him up and at the same time we could sit

around and BS like I have rarely been able to do. That was valuable time. Lo, how valuable no one knew. It was on the way back to my place that

day that Frank wanted to stop at the post office and mail a bill. I needed to do so as well. The automated stamp machine was broken so we had to

stand in line.

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That was when Randall Whitlock appeared for a brief moment, we said some inanities and he left and we went back to my place and we watched the

first two Episodes of “Torchwood” and ate Subway sandwiches as we very often did at Festivals and such. Then we went out dinner on my Birthday

to Haus Murphy in downtown Glendale, a very nice, but pricey, German Restaurant. I wanted to do something different for my Birthday. I had been

inviting

Frank to share my birthday for the last few years and we’d gone to Red Lobster and Black Angus and the like but I wanted a change. And Frank liked

the idea as he was fond of German food but had not had it in a while. Personally,

I thought he was walking very well that night, much better than he had recently, so I had no clue what was to come. Do any of us? We sat there for

probably 3 hours just eating and talking, mostly about the Bronx and Flint,

Mi where we were from. We even talked about religion that night. Which is why his Roman Catholic wishes are important to me, because that night

he said they were still important to him even if he wasn’t active. He recounted one of his favourite stories, it came up a lot, so I recount as I

remember it though, I’m not the storyteller that Frank was, for posterity: Frank was low man on the Air Force totem pole but he actually did read the

manuals so he got a job reading the manuals and updating them. There was an inspection with some General who was touring the base, this was in

England, and Frank was with them and a Lieutenant who was his boss. Frank knew the locks guarding all this highly classified and/or dangerous

warehouses and bunkers were crap but the General didn’t. He asked about them and to demonstrate he took a ballpeen hammer and shattered this

thick lock into a million pieces.

Apparently, the general was not amused. Neither was the lieutenant (who Frank didn’t know was getting a kickback),

“I was on his shit list for that”. That was Frank, to me, always wanting to do the right thing, but timing, luck, or whatever was just off and it just

didn’t happen quite how it should have. I can relate to that.

Always Hoping. Always Dreaming.

But never quite getting there.

But not giving up either.

That’s what I saw in my friend Frank And that’s what I will miss the most.

Tribute to Frank. Video by David Bluestein

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl8tn6L6B4Y&feature=youtu.be

Oh, and some of his ashes were shot into space….

Celestis Bio

http://www.celestis.com/memorial/newfrontier/mcshane.asp

Another Frank McShane tradition for many years was his “Golden Trivia” that was in the Newsletters for years.

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Memorial in 2008 at Star Trek: Experience in Vegas

John Fong Greg Ampagoomian Woody Harper Deborah Lorshbaugh

Jeff Schreiber

Kris Philpott

April May Scott with Late Judson Scott.

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Paula Hurn, mother of Geoff Hurn, also not pictured.

Roberta “Bobbi” Rapp

GENE RODDENBERRY MEMORIAL, November 1, 1991

3 UFP members attended the Memorial Services at Forest Lawn Cemetary.

Dave Bluestein, John Wheeler, and Diane Elliot.

Dave, using stealth and a 90s camcorder recorded the service.

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UFP CALENDAR

Sept 5th 40th Anniversary Party 1pm Dave & Kim's, Moon Valley

Sept 19th Videos & Elections 1pm Election 4pm Dave Matteson,

Central Phx Biz 6pm

Third Nominations

No Biz

Oct 3rd Gaming 1pm Calendar Plan 4pm Steve Kadel, Glendale Biz

TBD

Funny look similar to this one found in a Newsltter from 2010:

(found in 2005 Newsletter)

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