This message board is for the new Team: First Contact--LGBT Community Waiting for the Vulcans to Land, that pertains to the LGBT community and our supporters who belong to this group and are avid Star Trek fans and believe that humanity is capable of much greater things than we are today. One day, if we give up the petty wars, the bigotry of all people for whatever reason, then we will be ready to explore the stars and contribute to the community beyond our own little star on the edge of the Milky Way and extend our hands to others in peaceful exploration of the galaxy, so we may truly go where no one has gone before.Anyone who wishes to discuss any topic you choose for this group may do so here!
Introducing yourself would be a good place to start, so to begin with, my name is Stephanie, it's Thanksgiving Day, 2013 as I write this and in a few weeks I will turn 58 years-old and I have been a fan of Star Trek since the first episode of TOS aired on September 11, 1966, called "Man Trap".
Since that time, I've seen every movie except for the last two in the theaters (I hate J.J. Abrams and what he's done to Gene Roddenberry's vision! I believe Gene would beotch slap the pee out of him if he was still alive!) and all the TV series, including Enterprise, although I found the concept, as a writer, of going backward to be ridiculous. They were bound to lose fans by taking away from the technology instead of moving ahead with it. Being a journalist, I interviewed Gene Roddenberry several times and his mantra was to always take Star Trek forward (except during time travel episodes) or it was bound to fail with the fans. Obviously his inheritors didn't listen very well, did they?
I'm in the process of working with an impressive list of Hollywood "heavy-hitters" (sorry, no names right now, because I don't want to jinx the deal) about a motion picture regarding the life of a late friend of mine who was an astounding gay pioneer--not just a regular gay pioneer but a Super-Star in the 1960s when just saying you were gay could get you arrested and he appeared on national TV and wrote a national magazine column with his (also late--murdered in Mexico) lover in a HETEROSEXUAL pornography magazine that was a huge hit! They were once known as the "Most Famous Gay Couple in America." That's a very difficult title to achieve for the 1960s, don't you think? If all goes well, it will be produced and distributed first as an Indie film, much like the film "Milk" was produced with Sean Penn, but if it makes a splash at Cannes, then it will go national through a larger distributor like Milk and The King's Speech did. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please?
I presently live in Melbourne, Florida and I was born and raised in this area. I grew up on project's Mercury, Gemini, the Apollo moon landings, Skylab, the Apollo-Soyuz first docking and all the space shuttle launches practically in my backyard. You might say that space is in my blood since my father worked on various programs the Air Force had during the wild and wooly cowboy days of rocket development when rocket parts were raining down on our school playgrounds in Cocoa Beach (funny--you never hear about that--do you?) and missiles were blowing up on the pad or right over our houses at all hours of the day and night--sometimes as many as six per 24 hour period!
If we could go from hurling a man in a garbage can into sub-orbital ballistical trajectory to landing them on the moon in 8 short years, then we, as the human race, can do anything we set our minds to.
If you're young, then contemplate that it took less time to develop the hardware to get to the moon than we've been fighting this stupid war in Afghanistan and it cost less than that war has as well.
Imagine where we would be in space if we had poured the DoD budget into space exploration since Apollo? Did you know that Apollo was supposed to still be launching to the moon into the 21st century by original plans? The plan was to have a full moon base set up by the Tyco Ridge by 1995 and it was supposed to be manned by over 500 people with their families with them! Imagine children growing up on the moon! Apollo 1 and the drain the Vietnam war put on the budget pretty well screwed that up.
So if we can do that, then we could anything, including inter-stellar spaceships that travel at FTL speeds (or rather inter-dimensional riffs of lines than are "straighter-than-straight" according to Mr. Einstein--and that's what warp drive is based on), and no poverty, no disease and no need for money. You can be whatever you want to be if you work hard to become that goal, including becoming a starship Captain.
So let's talk of cabbages and Kings and sealing wax, and all things about what happens on the day we actually make First Contact with another race of beings, and it's someone from THIS group who does it? What would you say to them? What are the good things about the human race right now that you would want to tell them?
Hailing frequencies closed.
"Fire at will!"
"Which one is Will, ma'am?"