Here’s today’s flashback: In the days before the internet, Trek fans would actually gather in each others homes and talk about Star Trek. Young Dana here started his own local Trek club, and I joined it for a while. Met many interesting
characters people! The highlight for us was actually getting to watch a (film-stock) Trek episode every month, which was borrowed from the local ABC affiliate and shown on a movie screen at Dana’s house!
As I recall, Dana wanted to go beyond just a bunch of fans talking about their passion, he wanted to make it more a philanthropic thing, sort of bringing the ideals of the Federation universe into the real world. I remember we had a car wash once to raise money for a local charity. Although I appreciated Dana’s noble ideals, I think this idea didn’t go too far, Many of us just wanted to talk about Trek and compare notes on our memorabilia collections! I still have a couple of ‘newsletters’ from the club, and I’ll post them here as soon as I find them!
Wonder what Dana is up to these days? Probably a C.E.O. 🙂