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THE ANVIL U.S.S. Hephaestus: NCC-2004

March 2014

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE From the Ready Room

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XO Briefing

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Ship’s Log

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Starfleet Marine Corps

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Treasury Report

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Starfleet Renewal Reminders

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Away Team and Activity Schedule

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Star Trek News

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Reviews

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Area Conventions

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Summit Photos

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Command Structure

HEPHAESTUS is the Greek name for the Roman god of the forge, Vulcan. Birmingham has the world’s largest iron statue, that of the Roman god, Vulcan. We named our Starfleet chapter the Hephaestus to give us ties to our city and to Star Trek, which has had its own Vulcan since 1966. Hephaestus forged armor and weapons for the gods. We create our own “armor and weapons” here, in our newsletter, so it is called The Anvil.

About the Cover Photo: This is one of many Star Trek ships that Scott Crawford (USS Haise) has designed and built from Lego bricks. These are NOT kits.

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WEB LINKS Starfleet www.sfi.org Region 2 www.region2.org USS Hephaestus www.usssheph.org

Editor

MarkAdam Miller

Layout, Graphics and Publishing

Brenda A. Miller

Marine Reporting

Neil Yawn

Treasury Reporting

MarkAdam Miller

The Anvil, Issue 270, is the monthly newsletter of the USS Hephaestus, NCC-2004, of Starfleet, The International Star Trek Fan Association. All terms and phrases from Star Trek are owned by Paramount Pictures Corporation, a division of Paramount Communications and all rights are reserved.


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F r o m t h e R ea d y R o o m Brenda and I went to Summit 2014 in Vicksburg, MS. We had an enjoyable time with those from other ships in Region 2. We also were able to meet the new Commander of Starfleet(CS). I even was allowed to throw a pie in his face for charity. Several of the pictures in the newsletter are of Lego ships that were on display at the Summit. The ships were built by Scott Crawford, Ph.D a member of the U.S.S. Haise. Check out our Facebook group at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hephaestus2004/

I am always looking for people who want to write a Trek news article or a movie/television review, or even a short story they might want to share. I am also always looking for Star Trek pictures to post in The Anvil. If you have a costume you want to show off or a meeting you were at please send me pictures to include in the Anvil as well. I’m always looking for interesting items to include in our newsletter. As always see you around the ship, Capt. MarkAdam Miller cohephaestus@bellsouth.net P.S. Please note that we are changing the dates for the May and June Poker and social because of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The will be the third weekends instead of the second weekend.

XO Briefing I’m excited! We’ve made it through a bitter winter and into spring, my favorite season of the year. At least I think we have. I’m looking forward to warm days and wearing shorts and t-shirts. And that brings me to ship’s business. We have two major socials coming up. One is the Spring Cookout on April 12 at Pete and Sue Ellen’s. The other is the Summer Cookout or Captain’s Cookout on July 2. As usual, bring your main course for the grill; drinks and snacks are furnished. These events usually start at 2:00 pm, but Pete will post all the details on the list later. By the way, the Summer Cookout will also take place at the Mohneys. Thanks to them for hosting our events. In other business, take a few minutes and check out the Anvil. There’s a schedule of upcoming events, a listing of expiration dates on Starfleet memberships, and a section on upcoming conventions in the region, all right in our newsletter. Thanks to Brenda and MarkAdam for their work putting it together. That’s all this time. See you next time. Pat Hicks booklady44@charter.net USS HEPHAESTUS

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Ship’s Log February 8, 2014 Social We had a great social. We had pizza to eat. We played the game Dixit. Brenda took the lead early in the game and did not let up. Danny came close to catching up with her but she won in the end. Several people also play Xbox Lego Marvel Superheroes. Attendance: 14 people. February 27, 2014 APF Warp 11.9 The party was a great success. We watched “Star Trek Into Darkness” and discussed the film’s role in the Star Trek Universe. We had Borg Chips and Romulan Punch. Members in Attendance: 2 March 7-8, 2014 Summit 2014 The Summit was held in Vicksburg, MS. It was a great time with several interesting panels on Lego, Criminal Investigation, board games and other topics. We also had as a guest, Karole Selmon who was Yareena in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Code of Honor”. The poker tournament had 7 participants, Brenda Miller won 3rd place. We also had the pie toss to raise money for MS. I was allowed to toss the Pie into the new CS’s face. I hope he says something nice in the court martial papers. With the poker game, pie toss and auction/sales we raised about $2000 for MS. All in all a good time was had. I also recommend Goldie’s BBQ if you want a good place to eat. Lucy Ferron announced that she will be leaving Region 2 and moving to Texas. She recently got married and that it where they will be living. Some photo highlights from the Summit are scattered throughout this newsletter. Members in Attendance: 2 Personnel Updates: Congratulations to Katrina Mohney for winning Cadet of the Year 2013.

If you have any news or accomplishments you would like to share with the group please email them to me at: cohephaestus@bellsouth.net. Also your personal updates can give your Captain added info to help get you recognition and an award at summit for your accomplishments.

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Starfleet Marine Corps Greetings, The 654th MSG is looking for members. There is a completely different set of Academy schools for those trying to get the Boothby awards. There is no pressure in joining. There are two categories: Active which means all ranks will be Marine ranks, and Reserve which mean you stay primarily Fleet and only use Marine ranks when doing marine stuff. Contact Major General Neil Yawn if you are interested or have questions. Looking to boost your Boothby Awards? The Starfleet Marines Academy may be your answer. Check out what SFMC Academy has for you. Major General Neil Yawn, OIC 1 BN, 2BDE, OIC 654 MSG

Treasury Report September Description

Payments

Deposits

Balance

Beginning Balance

$

162.74

Ending Balance

$

162.74

STARFLEET RENEWAL REMINDERS Potts Family Mohney Family Green Mangina Hicks family

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03/05/14 03/08/14 04/26/14 05/10/14 05/29/14

Lindsay Miller Family Robinson Arnold Youngblood-Yawn

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06/18/14 08/26/14 09/15/14 11/30/14 11/30/14

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Away Team and Activity Schedule DATE Feb. 1, 2014 Mar. 14, 2014 Mar 15,2014 April 5, 2014 April,11, 2014 April 12, 2014 May 3, 2014 May,16, 2014 May 17, 2014 June 6, 2014 June 20, 2014 June 21,2014

EVENT/TIME Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm

LOCATION/ACTIVITY cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Burtyk’s House Mohney’s House cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Pete Mohney’s House Mohney’s House cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Paul Mohney’s House Mohney’s House cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Dennis Evan’s House Mohney’s House

ALL EVENTS AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE REFER TO THIS SECTION FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION

Jack and our new Commander of Starfleet

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MarkAdam giving “it” to the new Commander.

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Star Trek News John Scalzi’s Redshirts to come to TV. If you read and enjoyed John Scalzi’s book Redshirts then you may be in for a treat. FX is creating a miniseries based on the book. It is being developed by veteran feature producer Jon Shestack (Dan In Real Life) and producer-director Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants) and his partner Alexandra Beattie. Redshirts, which won a Hugo award 2013, is about five new recruits and their adventures in the 25st century. The main plot is that their fellow crewmates seem to be dying off at an alarming rate. The cause seems to be from a Sci-Fi TV show from the early 21th century. Here’s hoping it is as good as the book. (trekmovie.com)

On to the next Great Adventure The following are some noted people of Star Trek who have passed in recent months: Sarah Marshal: Died January 18, 2014 at the age of 80. She was in various TV shows of the 60’s including Twilight Zone and Get Smart. She is known to Star Trek fans as Dr. Janet Wallace from the “The Deadly Years (TOS).” Her last name may be the inspiration for Carol Marcus’ fake name (Carol Wallace) that she used to get aboard the Enterprise in Star Trek Into Darkness Hal Sutherland: Co-Founder of Filmation. Filmation brought us the animated series of Star Trek Joe Longo: Prop master for Star Trek, Wrath of Kahn, The Search for Spock, The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine. (trekmovie.com)

Harlan Ellison’s “City on the Edge of Forever” coming out in Graphic Novel Harlan Ellison’s original screen play “City on the Edge of Forever” is being published by IDW. It will feature Scott and David Tipton and illustrated by J.K. Woodward. The story will be in five issues staring in June. This is the

original script that Mr. Ellison submitted to the series and not the finished product that was produced. Mr. Ellison will be overseeing the project. (TrekToday.com) (Did I miss something? You have an interesting news item from Star Trek? Then send me your suggestions and articles at cohephaestus@bellsouth.net)

Reviews No reviews this month because of being at Summit 2014 . USS HEPHAESTUS

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Area Conventions For additional Cons please go to http://www.southernfan.com/calendar.htm

MARCH March 20-23 – MegaCon – Orlando, FL http://www.megaconvention.com MegaCon, short for Mega Convention, is a rather large convention that includes many genres, ranging from scifi and comic books to anime and fantasy. It happens annually between late February and early March at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. There are over 150,000 square feet of exhibitors and merchandise. Events include Indy Film Festival, annual cosplay/costume contest, all genre costume contest, panels, and rave dances. MegaCon guests include Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Dean Cain, and from comics book area Neal Adams, Josh Adams, Mark Bagley, Allen Bellman.

APRIL April 4-6 – 221B Con – Atlanta, GA http://221bcon.com An event focused on Sherlock Holmes April 12-13 – ALT*Con Florida – Tallahassee, FL http://www.tallahassee.altconflorida.com ALT*Con Florida 2014, a cosplay and sci-fi convention, is happening on April 12-13, 2014, and will take place at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, FL. ALT*Con seeks to bridge the great expanse of fandoms, and bring a little harmony to geeks across the universe. With vendors ranging from comic book dealers to handmade crafts and t-shirts, this is a place where the more different you are, the more normal you'll seem! The only thing we won't have is hate, so, suit up, and let your geek and/or freak flag fly at ALT*Con: Tallahassee 2014.

Our Special Summit guest Karole Selmon

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April 25-27 – Trek Trax – Atlanta, GA http://trektrax.org TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA), now in its fourth year, is an annual science fiction convention based in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to space opera in general and "Star Trek" in particular, that places special emphasis on fanbased events, activities, programming and productions. TXA 2014 will present two tracks of concurrent programming, one devoted to "Star Trek" and one devoted to all other space opera TV shows and movies; a gaming room for role-playing, board and card games; a VIP champagne reception; a science fiction costume contest; video programming room; dealers room; con suite; and the 15th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant. Guests of Honor Our confirmed guests for 2014 are Felix Silla ("Star Trek," "Battlestar Galactica," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Return of the Jedi"), Arlene Martel ("Star Trek," "Battlestar Galactica," "The Outer Limits," "The Twilight Zone"), Jeremy Roberts ("Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Star Trek: Voyager") and Keith R. A. DeCandido (author of dozens of "Star Trek" stories, novels and comics). **

MAY May 23-25 -- Mobicon XVII -- Mobile, AL http://www.mobicon.org A three-day convention for fantasy, science fiction, horror, comic book, anime, and gaming fans. May 23-25 – Timegate – Atlanta, GA http://www.timegatecon.org A convention for Doctor Who, Stargate and everything in between. Guests include :Paul Mcgillion (Dr. Beckett, Stargate Atlantis) and Paul Kasey (various aliens, Doctor Who, Sarah Jane, Torchwood) May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con – Atlanta, GA http://www.wizardworld.com/home-atlanta.html Where POP Culture comes to life. May 30-June 1, 2014 – Alabama Phoenix Festival – Birmingham, AL http://alabamaphoenixfestival.com The Alabama Phoenix Festival is a family-friendly, multi-genre, fan convention featuring celebrity guests, authors, comic book writers and artists, vendors, and much more. We have activities for people of all ages and welcome you to come join us in the fun.

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JUNE June 26-29 – Play On Con – Birmingham, AL http://www.playoncon.com/ Play On Con (POC) is a family-friendly four day fantasy and science fiction fandom convention held each year in Birmingham, Alabama--the Magic City!

June 27-29 – LibertyCon 27 – Chattanooga, TN http://www.libertycon.org Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

June 28-29 – Con Kasterborous – Huntsville, AL http://conkasterborous.com/ North Alabama Dr Who Convention. We have a huge surprise for you…that’s right, the 7th Doctor – Sylvester McCoy – will be our guest of honor for Con Kasterborous 2014! Check out the flyer below, and feel free to spread it around!

These Lego models are designed and built by Scott Crawford. They are not from kits

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Summit Photos

Pie Toss

Saturday Banquet

Jack playing with his toys

Great Peon

MS Charity Presentation

Summit 2014 attendees

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Alabama Phoenix Festival May 30 – June 1, 2014 http://www.alabamaphoenixfestival.com

IS PROUD TO SUPPORT STARFLEET Please use us for all Your Trek Fantasy Comic & Gaming Needs!!! (205) 978-0600 www.kingdomcomics.net

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USS HEPHAESTUS COMMAND STRUCTURE COMMAND STAFF

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

MarkAdam Miller, Captain – Commanding Officer Pat Hicks, Fleet Captain – 1st Officer Brenda Miller, Lt Cmdr – Second Officer

SueEllen Mohney, Captain Denby Potts, Rear Admiral Danny Potts, Rear Admiral

SCIENCES

NAVIGATION

Roy Green, Brigadier, SFMC – Archaeology and Anthropology

Pete Mohney, Admiral

COMPUTER SCIENCES

ENGINEERING

Danny Potts, Rear Admiral

Flo Hurst, Commander

COMMUNICATIONS

SECURITY

Brenda A. Miller, Lt Cmdr Pat Simmons, Lt Cmdr Melissa Boartfield, Crewman

Roy Green, Brigadier– Security Intelligence, Chief

OPERATIONS

MARINES

SueEllen Mohney, Captain – Chief of Operations and Counselor Shelia Benton, Lt Col – Stampede Coordinator, SFMC Brenda A. Miller, Lt Cmdr – Ships Stores Officer and Secretary Lynnette Yawn, Lt. – Ships Galley Officer

Neil Yawn, Major General, SFMC Roy Green, Brigadier ,SFMC Shelia Benton, Lt Col

MEDICAL

UNASSIGNED CREW AND CIVILIANS

Shelia Benton, Lt Commander – Chief Medical Officer, SFMD

Gloria Greening, Lt Edward deGruy, Lt Cmdr Renee Gainer, Lt JG Donald Arnold, Ensign Diedra Robinson, Crewmen Haley Youngblood, Crewmen

CADET TRAINING Matthew Potts, Petty Officer Katrina Mohney, Cadet Crewman Tara Mohney, Cadet Athena Youngblood, Cadet

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