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Ethan Phillips, Standup Guy

For someone who never followed the game, I sure do have the hats. I own somewhere north of 200 baseball caps, emblazoned with non-sports logos of all description---movies I traveled far to personally...

January 09, 2016

Creating Official Trek Magazines (1983-2000)

My life, for 17 years (1983-2000), was haunted by licensed magazines. During that fabled era, I served as Editor of abo...

November 28, 2015

Starlog Cover Circle Blues

You can’t tell a book by its cover, the whole adage goes. That’s particularly true of Starlog where the art...

October 25, 2015

Life, Death, & Tasha Yar

Weeks before the fall 1987 premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation, one of its publicists assured me as to just who ...

August 13, 2015

No Tribble at All: My Many Interactions with David Gerrold

On my very first day at Starlog in October 1982, I had to make some daunting phone calls. Editor Howard Zimmerman deleg...

July 17, 2015

Kirk vs. Picard: An Enduring Debate

It’s a fannish heroic tradition dating back millennia.In Ancient Rome, I’d bet toga-clad citizen nerds played Fantasy Gladiator games, keeping score by scroll, drafting their favorite fig...

June 09, 2015

A Bad Beginning with Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig wasn’t happy with me. And who could blame him? He was calling from the set of Star Trek IV: The Voy...

May 07, 2015

Happy Hour At Quark's

The invitation came in a blizzard. A severe snowstorm had suffocated the East Coast, halted all public transit and, inc...

April 15, 2015

John Colicos: "Full Expression"

John Colicos was a "Slightly Hammy, Overblown Actor." Let us pause to see if the Internet erupts in dismay over the cha...

March 10, 2015

Brief Encounters of the Trekster Kind

No matter what you or I do, we can’t meet them all. It’s just unrealistic. Impossible. Undoable. Star Trek ...

February 11, 2015

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