The Official Communique of the USS Ronald E. McNair
Boston, Massachusetts

March 15, 1998 ---------- Vol. 5 No. 3 ---------- Star Date: 35869.6


Regular ColumnsFeatured Stories
Editor's Note
Captain's Log
Chief Medical Officer's Log
Treasurer's Report
The USS McNair's Mission
McNair Ready Room
TV Schedule
Code 47 via Subspace Radio
Comm Channel News
Avery Brooks In Boston (Convention Report)
From Data's Humor Chip
Fun On The Internet
How The Irish Became White (Book Review) Minority Scholarship Award Available
Nanotechnology: No Longer Tiny Dreams
NASA Notes: 1st Female Shuttle Commander
New Sky-Glasses…in about a decade
Why Women Start Businesses

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Welcome to another issue of INTERCOM! We had a lot of fun putting together this issue.

First, some house-keeping notes. We’ve changed some of the links to the INTERCOM newsletter, so that the site can be maintained more easily and in less time. We also changed the e-mail link to contact the USS McNair. It is now easier to contact us. With this new e-mail form, you can more easily submit articles, questions, or entries.

[Bennie at work in 1950's USA.] Second, some comments on DS9.

I’d first like to congratulation the director and writers of the episode, "Far Beyond The Stars." In my opinion it is definitely one of the best DS9 episodes. Marc Scott Zicree wrote the story. Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler wrote the teleplay. Avery Brooks both acted in and directed the episode. He performed both jobs superbly!

The episode was entertaining, the story was well written, and the plot hung together well. It was fun to see the actors without makeup. I'd wondered for a while what J. G. Hertzler ("General Martok" the one-eyed Klingon) really looked like.

The production values were excellent. The set designers did a masterful job: from the vintage automobiles to the manual typewriter. I wonder how many viewers under 22 recognized the ancient typewriter instrument, given today's computers, keyboard, and pen-tablet computers.

Cirroc Lofton's portrayal of a wheeler-dealer type Jake, with the slick hairdo, was a refreshing change. The multitude of fedoras and jazz music in Harlem was an accurate portrayal of the fashions of the time. Being an African-American who grew up in Harlem in New York's Manhattan borough during the late 50's and 60's, the episode was both entertaining and difficult to watch. Unfortunately, it was not long ago when the racism presented in the episode was "business as usual" throughout the USA. And, some people still want to deny that fear and residue from the "old values" still exists.

With an episode so superbly presented, I wonder how the show's executives can also produce such silly, unbelieveable and bad fare as "The Magnificent Ferengi" episode. What are your favorite or Top 10 DS9 episodes? Granted, there is so much to pick from with DS9. My Top 10 list includes:

  1. The Visitor
  2. Far Beyond The Stars
  3. Statistical Probabilities
  4. Duet
  5. Doctor Bashir, I Presume
  6. Nor the Battle to the Strong
  7. Rules of Acquisition
  8. The Sacrifice of Angels (Part 2 of 2)
  9. Rocks and Shoals
  10. (tie) The Begotten
    In Purgatory's Shadow

I just love those episodes where the main characters face difficult decisions, impossible odds, painful obstacles, discover revelations about themselves or someone they trust; or the situation isn't clear cut, the issues aren't black and white, and the choices aren't easy. In many ways, the Bashir and Jake characters have revealed much about themselves during the past six seasons. Aside from Sisko, my favorite character on the show is Major Kira.

Cast your vote for your favorite DS9 episode. Totals will be posted at this web site after April 20th.

In the last issue, INTERCOM began to handle external links a little differently. When you click on an external link (i.e., a link that takes you from the USS McNair web site to another web site), the INTERCOM software will automatically open a second browser window. This "automatic bookmark" helps you keep your place in the issue. When you finish browsing the external site, simply close that browser window. You will still see the page of this INTERCOM issue which you left, in your original browser window. Or, you can close the browser window with the McNair web site page. The number of browser windows you can open is determined by the settings in your browser software.

How well do you know TREK? That is, how well do you know the television series: Voyager and DS9? For enjoyment and to test your TREK knowledge, this issue contains the always popular quiz. Good luck and have an enjoyable Spring season.

George Jenkins
First Officer

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According to a recently released study, the primary reason why women start new businesses is that they are inspired by an entrepreneurial idea. The second reason is a frustration with their previous work environment or employer. Three major women’s business organizations -- Catalyst, the National Foundation for Women Business Owners (NFWBO), and The Committee of 200 – collaborated to produce the study, "Paths to Entrepreneurship: New Directions for Women in Business."

The study sought to understand why the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. is increasing at nearly twice that of the national average. According to Lois Haber, CLU, ChFC, Chair of NFWBO and CEO of Delaware Valley Financial Services, Inc., "Women are most likely to start their own enterprises because they recognize opportunities to implement entrepreneurial ideas or do for themselves what they were doing for their employers."

Women’s motivations have changed during the past two decades. Women who started businesses during the last ten years are more likely to have prior experience in professional or management positions than in clerical positions. Those leaving corporations increasingly cite frustration with the work environment as a factor. The study also found that:

According to Heidi G. Miller, Chief Financial Officer at the Travelers Group, "It is vitally important that large companies understand why women may consider entrepreneurship over corporate careers in order to create an environment within corporate America that is responsive to their needs."

The study’s methodology included telephone interviews in September, 1997 of a nationally representative, randomly-drawn sample of 800 women and men business owners (i.e., 650 women and 150 men). To ensure adequate representation of larger firms and women-owned firms, the survey was stratified by employment size and gender. Survey results were weighted to their correct population totals for analysis.

Catalyst is a nonprofit organization that works to advance women in business. The National Foundation for Women Business Owners (NFWBO) is a nonprofit research and leadership development foundation recognized as the premier source of information and intelligence on women business owners. The Foundation is affiliated with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

The Committee of 200 (C200) is a professional organization of preeminent businesswomen who exemplify and promote entrepreneurship and corporate leadership among women, comprising more than 375 U.S. and international members from 70 industries. Contact C200 at:
Committee of 200
625 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: 312-751-3477

The study was sponsored by Salomon Smith Barney. To purchase a copy of the report, please contact Catalyst at (212) 514-7600 or via e-mail E-mail replies will slow the processing of your request.

SIDEBAR: What is an entrepreneur? What does an entrepreneur do?

Whether you are currently a student or an employed professional, you have questions about your current or new career. Or, perhaps you are looking to change careers. What is the job like on a daily basis? The StudentCenter.COM Career Database can help.

You can search this helpful web site for career information by industry, by salary, or by position title. Each position description includes a profile of that position (what it’s like to work in that job or career), prerequisites, skills or education necessary to work in the career, related careers, and a discussion of how that career has changed, plus trends and considerations for the future.

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Stardate: 35868.6
Captain Kevin Johnson reporting

March 14, 1998

The USS McNair has reached several milestones recently, that deserve recognition. In December, 1997 the USS McNair made a financial contribution to the campaign to honor Major Robert H. Lawerence Jr. on the Space Mirror National Memorial.

In January, 1998 the USS McNair celebrated its 5th anniversary at Weylus restaurant in Saugus, Massachusetts. Over 22 people attended, including family, friends and members of the USS Christa McAuliffe. The highlight of the event was the surprise presentation by the First Officer of the First "Go Boldly" awards. I believe that all who attended will agree that the awards were an event none of us will soon forget.

In celebrating our Fifth Anniversary, I want to acknowledge the leadership and vision of the USS McNair's founding Captain, Joyce Harris, and First Officer, Walt Cooper. The USS McNair would not exist today if it wasn't for their hard work, determination and enthusiasm. Thanks Joyce and Walt!

For our new members and guests, much has happened during the USS McNair's five year voyage. The crew members produced a tribute to the crew of the Challenger Shuttle at the Boston Public Library, on the ninth anniversary of the disaster in January, 1995.

During the USS McNair's five year voyager we also participated in many away missions: to conventions throughout New England, to Otis Air Force bases, to Shore Leave in Maryland, and to the Federation Science exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut. For the 10th anniversary of the Challenger disaster in January, 1996, the crews of the USS McNair and the USS McAuliffe jointly produced a program at the Boston Public Library to honor the lost heroes.

In August of 1995, I was promoted to the position of Captain as Joyce Harris and Walt Cooper moved on to new challenges. At the same time, George Jenkins was promoted to the First Officer position. He has faithfully and diligently continued as the Editor of our newsletter, INTERCOM, which won an award from the Starfleet Medical Corps club in 1996.

During the past couple years, the crew has submitted several thousand dollars worth of discount coupons to the families of military personnel overseas. Several crew members have colunteered their time to assist the Challenger Learning Center in Framingham bring space science to thousands of youth.

Our social activities have included several video marathons, to view episodes of Babylon 5 and Star Trek; plus away missions to view motion pictures such as the Star Wars Trilogy, Batman and TREK films. During the past year we launched our web site on the World Wide web. And, through all of these events and changes, our membership has grown.

At our ship's February, 1998 meeting we attended a book signing with the author, Dick Russell, of Black Genius. You can read more about this event in the McNair Ready Room section of this issue.

In 1993 at an area convention, Captain Harris presented Michael Dorn with an award of honorary membership in the USS McNair. Later this month, we hope to do the same when Avery Brooks visits Boston. See the COMM Channel News section of this newsletter.

We have accomplished a lot and I want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the past and present USS McNair crew members. Without you, this ship wouldn't be the success that it is. For those of you who are considering a membership with the USS McNair, I want you to know that you can expect to have a lot of fun, and to have an opportunity to explore your TREK, B5, science fiction, space science, books, and related interests.

Last, membership dues are due by the end of April. Join us as we begin our next five year mission.

Captain Kevin D. Johnson
Commanding Officer
USS Ronald E. McNair

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Here's the latest, based upon reliable web sites.

STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine - 6th Season (Unofficial)
#Date#TitleStar Date
1259/27/97525A Time to StandNG
12610/04/97527Rocks and ShoalsNG
12710/11/97526Sons and DaughtersNG
12810/18/97528Behind the Lines51145.3
12910/25/97529Favor the Bold (Part 1)NG
13011/01/97530The Sacrifice of Angels (Part 2)NG
13111/08/97531You Are Cordially Invited...51247.5
13311/22/97533Statistical ProbabilitiesNG
11/29/97RerunA Simple InvestigationNG
12/06/97RerunFerengi Love SongsNG
12/13/97RerunEmpok NorNG
12512/20/97RerunA Time to StandNG
13412/27/97534The Magnificent FerengiNG
01/10/98RerunRocks and ShoalsNG
01/17/98RerunSons and DaughtersNG
01/24/98RerunBehind the Lines51145.3
13601/31/98536Who Mourns for Morn?NG
13702/07/98538Far Beyond the StarsNG
13802/14/98537One Little ShipNG
13902/21/98539Honor Among ThievesNG
14003/07/98540Changes of HeartNG
141?541Wrongs Darker Than Death or NightNG
143?543In The Pale MoonlightNG
144?544His WayNG

STAR TREK: VOYAGER - 4th Season (Unofficial):
#DateEpisode #Prod#TitleStar Date
689/03/97STV401[169]Scorpio n, Part II51003.7
699/10/97STV402[170]The GiftNG
709/17/97STV403[172]Day Of HonorNG
719/24/97STV404[171]Nemesis 51082.4
7210/01/97STV405[173]Revuls ionNG
7310/08/97STV406[174]The RavenNG
10/15/97Rerun[153]The Q and the Gray50384.2
10/22/97Rerun[167]Worst Case Scenario50953.4
7410/29/97STV407[175]Scienti fic Method51244.3
7511/05/97STV408[176]The Year of Hell (Part 1)51268.4
7611/12/97STV409[177]The Year of Hell (Part 2)51425.4
7711/19/97STV410[178]Rando m Thoughts51367.2
7811/26/97STV411[179]Concer ning FlightNG
6912/10/97Rerun[170]The GiftNG
7912/17/97STV412[180]Mortal CoilNG
701/07/98Rerun[172]Day Of HonorNG
801/14/98STV413[182]Waking MomentsNG
811/21/98STV414[181]Messag e in a BottleNG
731/28/98Rerun[174]The RavenNG
742/04/98Rerun[175]Scientific Method51244.3
822/11/98STV415[183]Hunters NG
842/25/98STV417[185]Retrosp ectNG
853/04/98STV418[186]The Killing GameNG
863/04/98STV419[187]The Killing Game, Part IING
873/11/98STV420[188]Vis-a-V isNG
88?/??/98STV421[189]Omega DirectiveNG
89?/??/98STV422[190]Unforget tableNG
90?/??/98STV423[191]Living WitnessNG
91?/??/98STV424[192]Reciproc ityNG
92?/??/98STV425[193]Demon< /TD>NG

BABYLON 5 - 5th Season: "The Wheel of Fire"
Air DateEpisode#Production#Title
98/01/2189502No Compromises
98/01/2890503The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari
98/02/0491504The Paragon of Animals
98/02/1192505A View from the Gallery
98/02/1893506Learning Curve
98/02/2594507Strange Relations
98/03/0495508Secrets of the Soul
98/03/1196511Day of the Dead
98/03/1897509In the Kingdom of the Blind
98/03/2598510Cat and Mouse
98/04/0199512Phoenix Rising
98/04/08100513The Ragged Edge
98/??/??101514The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father
98/??/??102515Meditations on the Abyss
98/??/??103516Darkness Ascending
98/??/??104517And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
98/??/??105518Movements of Fire and Shadow
98/??/??106519The Fall of Centauri Prime
98/??/??107520Objects in Motion
98/??/??108521Objects at Rest
98/??/??109522Wheel of Fire
98/??/??110522aSleeping in Light
TNT Rebroadcast:
B5 premieres on TNT Sunday, January 4 in a four-hour block ("In the Beginning" followed by "The Gathering") starting at 8PM Eastern, with a repeat immediately afterwards. "The Gathering" will be a reedited version with missing footage from the original and a new score by Christopher Franke.
Pilot Movie:
98/01/04--TNT MoW2Babylon 5: In the Beginning
98/01/04----The Gathering
98/??/??--TNT MoW1Thirdspace
??/??/??----The Babylon Project: Crusade

Notes: Obviously, (R) indicates a previously aired episode, and NG indicates a star date not supplied during the episode. The air date is the date of the first uplink to affiliates. Actual air time will differ.

Sources: Vidiot: DS9 | Vidiot: Voyager | The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5
Credit: Thanks to Ken for The B5 data!

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[Bennie at work in 1950's USA.] First, some items of interest. The Tim Russ/TUVOK Fan Club is having a charity raffle, and the grand prize is a tour of the Voyager set. While travel to Paramount is not included, the raffle is for some worthy causes.

Second and third prizes are a personal phone call from Tim Russ. There are several autographed prizes, including: two answering machine recordings in Tim's voice; four autographed photos of Jennifer Lien; and four duplicates in glossy of the original Voyager series cast dressed in black, out of uniform. Other prizes include one limited edition CD_ROM entertainment utility of Babylon 5; a 3 hour audio cassette of Voyager's "Caretaker" episode; a 3 hour audio cassete of Voyager's MOSAIC; a Voyager ship's log journal; the script "Before and After" autographed by Tim Russ; the Voyager script "The Gift" also autographed by Russ; and several t-shirt and other prizes.

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each. And Tim Russ is donating a free black and white unsigned glossy of himself for each person who enters the raffle. Send an SASE with your entry. The raffle is March 30, 1998. Make your check payable to the charity of your choice:
Zenith Youth Homes or Wildlife Way Station
c/o The Insiders
P.O. Box 8248
Long Beach, CA 90808

Next, the Leonard Nimoy Club recently announced that the A&E cable TV channel in the U.S. will present a show on the "Biography" program highlighting the career of William Shatner. The program will air on March 9th at 8 PM and 12 PM ET.

According to the e-mail message, "[Shatner's] story is told with intimate interviews with his sisters Joy Rutenberg and Farla Cohen, daughters Melanie, Leslie and Lisabeth, Leonard Nimoy, fellow starship captain Patrick Stewart and other friends and colleagues." Along with this message, the Leonard Nimoy Club announced the introduction of their web site.

[The Rumors from around the 'net: the entire TNG cast will appear in the next film and production will begin later in March. The plot supposedly includes the Son'a, a colony of about 600 people that Picard and crew must relocate to another planet. Riker reportedly gets his own ship by the end of the film, and the war with the Dominion is addressed. No visits by Q though... on the Howard Stern SHow recently, Terry Farrell indicated that she probably won't return on DS9 next season... Robert Duncan McNeill is a father (again). His wife Carol gave birth on January 21... Romulan influence in the war against the Dominion will likely be exposed later this season... Bashir a Dominion spy? Some claim this to be true due to his time in Jem'Hadar Internment Camp 371 last year, and due to his DNA resequencing coverup. We also see the ethically questionable side of Starfleet similar to the Obsidian Order or the Tal Shiar... the Dominion will conquor and occupy Betazed... the alien, which took over Keiko's body in "The Assignment," returns to consume Jake, in the first of a couple body switching episodes... we'll see another Defiant class star ship besides the Defiant... the Voyager crew won't wear the new uniforms we saw in the movie "First Contact." It would be stupid if they did considering they are stuck on the far side of the galaxy without a fashion consultant... in a coming episode "The Omega Directive" a shockwave hits Voyager, and the computer automatically places the ship into Omega Mode. The problem is: nobody knows what the Omega Mode is. So we too will learn about the Omega Directive... when Tim Russ directs a coming episode "Living Witness" he will be the third cast member to direct a Voyager episode. The other two? Robert Duncan McNeill and Robert Picardo... rumors are flying furiously about a killer episode which would wrap up the Voyager series. (Well, the series does need some help.) According to a news report the episode "Insight: The Final Voyage" is based upon two TNG episodes where Guinan and Picard meet in a Broadway theatre. Voyager executives strongly deny this rumor. Sounds to me like this news report is a huge prank.

Peek-a-boo! Sulu, I see you! This is for video game players. Wouldn't it be nice to get a sneak peek at upcoming or new games? Wouldn't it be ideal if there was one site that collected detailed descriptions with images and photographs from games? Wouldn't it be just Heaven if that same site organized the game content by manufacturer, TV series, or game types? Well, the folks at Ziff have made a major step towards answering these questions at their Gamecenter.COM web site! Recently, I surfed over to Gamecenter to peek at the Star Trek offerings. The area includes some interesting descriptions of TREK games, the companies that manufacture games, and the mission simulations within the games. According to the site author, Jeffrey Young, "Star Trek, the original television series, has had a major impact on popular culture during the past 25 years… No wonder Interplay jumped at the chance to continue its long-standing [game] license. While interactive rights to other parts of the Star Trek universe have been gobbled up by competitors, including MicroProse (First Contact, Generations) and Simon and Schuster Interactive (Star Trek Borg), Interplay still has a strong hold on the classic Star Trek figures and universe. Want Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov? Interplay's got 'em."

This issue of Code 47 includes a brief quiz, retrieved from the ship's main-computer, to test your knowledge of the latest TREK. The questions include TREK content through the sixth season DS9 episode "One Little Ship," the fourth season Voyager episode "Prey" and the latest film "First Contact." This quiz focuses upon characters, actors and recent events.

Question difficulty ranges from one to five bars (i.e., [$$$]) of gold pressed latinum. The more bars, the more difficult the question. To determine your TREK knowledge (or lack thereof), add up your bars, or final score for each correct answer. No, you can't play triple-down Dabo. No partial credit. And you can’t check the Internet Movie Database.

  1. Name the character (and the actor’s name) that assassinated Tora Ziyal, daughter of Gul Dukat. [$$$]
  2. This actress guest starred in a second season episode of Voyager "The 37’s." Her television credits include the series "Fired Up" and "NYPD Blue," plus the television movies "Five Desperate Hours" (1997), and "The Shaggy Dog" (1994). She also guest starred as the character Rachel in the series "Cheers" and in "Beverly Hills, 90210." Name the actress and her Voyager character. [$$$] | [$$$]
  3. This Star Trek actor appeared in the CBS-TV miniseries "Scarlet" and the movie "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. His character is known as Smiley in the mirror universe on DS9, and he recently completed a mission as an undercover operative. [$$$] | [$$$]
  4. This TNG actress, with Worf's assistance gave birth in the episode "Disaster" and starred in the movie "The Joy Luck Club." She also played the same TREK character in the "DS9" series, a professional botanist. [$$$] | [$$$]
  5. This Voyager actor had big-screen roles in "The Pagemaster" (1994), Matinee (1993), "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (1990), "The ‘burbs" (1989), Innerspace (1987), "Munchies" (1987), "Oh, God! You Devil" (1984) and "The Howling" (1981). On the little screen, this actor guest appeared in the series "Early Edition," "Home Improvement," "St. Elsewhere," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" and "Taxi." He also directed a Voyager episode. Name the actor and the Voyager character. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  6. This actor portrays a Klingon on DS9, who was rescued from a Dominion prison. His film credits include "The Prophecy II" (1998), and "...And Justice for All" (1979). On the small screen his credits include Black Dog in "Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins" (1994), Alcalde Ignacio de Soto in the "Zorro" (1990) TV Series, and a Doctor in "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" (1989). [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  7. This actor plays a Voyage crew member with a passion for Torres. His big screen movie credits include The Last Gasp (1995), Junior (1994) and Pump Up The Volume (1990). He appeared on the Enterprise crew in TNG and in Voyager’s crew. He portrayed a young reporter in the two-part TNG episode "Times Arrow." He has also guest starred in the TV series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." Name the actor, the character, and his character’s species. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  8. This TREK actress has appeared as an Enterprise Doctor, a Klingon Ambassador in TNG, and as a most annoying alien in Voyager. On television she starred in the series "Love and War" and guest played several voices in the series "Dinosaurs." She guest appeared as the character Dr. Joan on the TV series "Mad About You." Some of her big-screen credits include "Wag The Dog" (1997), "Disclosure" (1992), and "My Stepmother is an Alien" (1988). Name the actress, her Klingon character, and her character on Voyager. Hint: as a half-Klingon half human in TNG, she was Alexander’s mother. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  9. This Voyager actor's movie debut was "Eating Raoul" (1982). Other roles included the movies "Gaby - A True Story" (1987), "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" (1989), "Bugsy" (1991), and guest appearances on the television series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "Murder She Wrote" and "Models Inc." He's a native of Bakersfield, Calif., and graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in theater arts. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  10. This actress guest appeared on Voyager. Her character showed us, and especially Chakotay, the intimate side of formerly being a Borg. Her small screen credits include the "Night of the Twisters" (1996), "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean" (1990), the series "Days of Our Lives" and guest roles on the series "Poltergeist: The Legacy," "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues," "Matlock" and "The Dukes of Hazard." Her big-screen credits include "No One Could Protect Her" (1995), "Higher Education" (1987), and "My Bloody Valentine" (1981). [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]

    Having difficulty? Don’t give up! You’re half-way to the end. Questions #9, #13 and #15 are repeated from the last TREK quiz in INTERCOM.

  11. This guest actor starred in several horror films "Re-Animator" (1985), "From Beyond" (1986), "Bride of Re-Animator" (1990), and "The Frighteners" (1996). In DS9, he guest starred as Dax’s lover on a very strange planet that phased in and out of space; he played a Ferengi Commerce Commission official, and a Vorta. And he crossed over to guest star in the series "Babylon 5." [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  12. This "Voyager" actress appeared in the Broadway show "A Chorus Line." Other roles included the soap opera "Another World" and the television series "Matlock," "Nightingales" and "The Round Table." Her movie credits include "Guilty By Suspicion" (1989) and "Darkman" (1990). [$$$] | [$$$]
  13. This guest actor has a varied TREK acting career. He played a Romulan, a Klingon, a Bajoran, and a Haakonian scientist. No, he hasn't (yet) appeared in a movie. Name the actor, each TREK TV series, and each episode. No partial credit. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  14. This actress has a reoccurring role as an dominating alien on DS9. Some of her extensive television credits include "The Lottery" (1996), Martha Kent in "Superboy" (1988), "Playing With Fire" (1985), "Grace Kelly" (1983), "A Matter of Life and Death" (1981), the mini-series "From Here to Eternity" (1979), "The Two Lives of Carol Letner" (1981), and guest roles on "MacGyver," "Bonanza" and "The Untouchables." Her motion picture credits include the narrator in "The Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986), "Harry’s War" (1981), "Me, Natalie" (1969), "Seconds" (1966), and Angel Baby (1961). [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  15. Which "Classic trek" character was neither seen or mentioned in the film "Generations?" [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  16. This special guest star portrayed a character on Voyager who built an ultra-light plane that he and Janeway used as an escape. The actor has an extensive film career, including the voice of Cassim in "Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), the character Stockton in "Sunset Grill" (1993), Sallah in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Dogati in "King Solomon’s Mines (1985), and Cassell in "Victor/Victoria (1982). On the small screen he portrayed Professor Maximillian Arturo in "Sliders," Mustapha in the series "You Wish," the character Vasco Rodriguez in "Shogun" (1981), and the character Macro in the TV mini-series "I, Claudius" (1976). [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  17. Name two of the three actresses that have portrayed Tora Ziyal, the half-Cardassian, half-Bajoran character in DS9. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  18. We all know that James Cromwell played the character Zefran Cochrane, who first pioneered warp powered space flight, in the film "First Contact." Name the DS9 episode or character name where he also appeared. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  19. While this versatile and talented actor recently portrayed a single-minded Hirogen alien, he’s probably better know for his roles in TNG as Worf’s brother Kurn. He also portrayed Kurn in the fourth season DS9 episode "Sons of Mogh," and an aged, divorced Jake Sisko who had abandoned his writing career. Some of his big screen credits include the horror films "Wishmaster" (1997), "The Rock" (1996), "Candy Man" (1995 and 1992), "The Crow" (1994), "Lean on Me" (1989) and "Platoon" (1986). In other television series he guest starred in the series "Xena: Warrior Princess;" as Gladius in the series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys;" and as the TV reporter Matt Rhodes in the series "Homicide: Life on the Street." [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  20. Explain the two types of Jem’Hadar soldiers. [$$$] | [$$$] | [$$$]
  21. Name the character Michael Dorn portrayed in the DS9 episode "Far Beyond the Stars." [$$$] | [$$$]

For answers, see ANSWERS TO QUIZ on the last page.

By George Jenkins, XO
Star Date: 35866.6

© 1998 USS Ronald E. McNair. All rights reserved. This article may be linked to provided it is presented in its entirety with this copyright message appended.

Thanks to Jocelyn for providing the following B5 news:

According to JMS, Thirdspace should air around July 9th or 19th. It was supposed to air in November, but TNT figured they'd give a "present" to B5 fans because of the delay for the NBA playoffs. Two more TNT movies are planned... B5 6" action figures are available. The sets include Ivanova (with hair in pony tail) & Starfury; Marcus & White Star; Kosh (Classic Kosh) & Vorlon Ship; and Vir & Centauri Ship. Look for them at Toys-R-Us and Diamond Comic Distributors. See also Mania... For an interview of JMS about the end of Season Five, see Later in 1998 Claudia Christian's full length CD "Taboo" will be released. For more information, visit Claudia's web site... A transcript of an interview with Jason Carter from the February issue of Cult Times is available at

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Editor's Note: Effective December, 1997 our beloved CMO resigned from the position due to church and education commitments. So, we are in search of a new CMO. Applicants should contact the Captain, Kevin Johnson.

In lieu of the CMO's log, we offer this web site for your health and prosperity: Prosperity Place.

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Show me the money! Well, we wwould like to. The Treasurer's report for the USS Ronald E. McNair is available to all members. Ask the Captain for a copy.

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NEW SKY-GLASSES…in about a decade

The last shuttle mission to fix and maintain the Hubble Space Telescope is planned for March, 2002. After that whatever breaks on the Hubble will remain broken. But, don’t worry. NASA is developing several new telescopes to replace the Hubble. The February, 1998 issue of Discover magazine presented a good description of the Hubble’s descendants ("Beyond Hubble" by David H. Freedman, page 48.)

The major goal of the new telescopes is to determine whether life exists elsewhere in the universe. To do this, the newer telescopes must see further with greater accuracy. The first of the new, big telescopes planned is SIRTF, Space Infrared Telescope Facility, to be launched in 2001. Hubble sees mostly the same spectrum of light that humans see. SIRTF will see a broader spectrum, including X-rays, gamma rays, ultraviolet light, and radio waves. Notably, SIRTF will see the near visible end of the infrared spectrum.

Infrared astronomy will enable more accurate pictures. Due to the earth’s heat emissions and warming from the Sun, Hubble is too hot to see infrared. Instead, SIRTF will contain enough liquid helium to keep cool enough – 450 degrees below zero Fahrenheit – to see infrared. And SIRTF will orbit the Sun trailing behind the Earth,, unlike Hubble which orbits the Earth. So, SIRTF will be able to peer into areas of the Galaxy with its 33-inch mirror, that Hubble’s 98.5-inch mirror couldn’t.0SIRTF will be able to see galaxies, immature galaxies, dust formations, star clusters and other large space anomalies. However, it won’t be able to see Earth sized planets.

Another telescope to be launched in march, 2005 is the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM). Rather than build a bigger version of the Hubble, NASA will duplicate the bigger mirror’s resolution by using several smaller mirrors arranged in a precise formation. This formation combines, "the light waves received by each mirror so that the waves line up creating an interference pattern – a bright spot where the peaks of the separate waves overlap, and darkness where the troughs overlap."

SIM will contain seven one-foot wide mirrors arranged along a 30-foot boom that extends after it is in orbit. While SIM looks only at points of light, and won’t produce the astounding pictures that Hubble did, it will be much more accurate. SIM can account for variations such as "star wobbles" and it will be able to spot the nearest 30 - 50 Earth-sized planets.

During its five year mission, SIM will also confirm the precise locations of thousands of stars, and clearly see individual stars within globular clusters; things that were a blur to Hubble. SIM will also be able to measure the motion of stars near the center of many galaxies; places where there may be black holes.

In 2007 or so, NASA plans to launch the next generation of space telescopes. This includes a telescope with 25-foot sized mirror; built with newer, lightweight, flexible glass and assembled in space. Scientists expect this larger mirror to collect 80 times more light than SIRTF’s mirror.

In 2013, NASA plans to introduce the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) telescope, to continue the mission of finding life on other planets. With its football field sized mirror, TPF will look at the nearest few hundred stars, to find Earth-sized planets with the right conditions for life to exist.

During the same period, NASA will also launch several smaller telescopes. In September of this year, NASA will launch the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIDE). With a 12-inch mirror, WIDE will perform a four-month low Earth orbit to find galaxies that are producing new stars. The Far Ultraviolet Spectrum Explorer (FUSE), when launched, will use ultraviolet light detectors to see areas of the light spectrum Hubble can’t see.

In 2001. NASA will launch the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), built into a Boeing 747 plane. SOFIA will focus upon interstellar clouds, the center of the Milky Way, and planets in the solar system. Last, NASA will launch the New Millennium Interferometer (NMI) towards the Sun, to test laser-guided control systems to precisely position telescope mirrors.

George Jenkins
First Officer

For more information on the next shuttle mission to launch the first of the new space telescopes, see NASA Notes in this issue.

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Help! I’ve been injected with nanoprobes and I can’t get up!

In a TNG episode we first saw Wesley Crusher breed a smart version of nanites. Subsequently in the films and on television we saw the Borg use increasingly sophisticated nanities and nanotechnology. In Voyager, Janeway was able to negotiate a deal with the Borg using nanotechnology developed by the holo-Doctor.

So, in the 24th century, nanotechnology is a flourishing industry and technology. What about in the 20th century? Nanotechnology is all fiction, right?


There’s more to nanotechnology today that you’d guess. Scientists are studying nanotechnology in a variety of ways and applications. Of course, the work today isn’t nearly as dramatic as the Borg nanities in TREK that re-arrange human physiology and DNA. Today’s work is aimed at manufacturing smaller and better machines and computers. And, you can read about this emerging science at several web sites:

And last but not least, there is a web site aptly called Nanotechnology in Science Fiction (N-SF) that provides a bibliography of sci-fi materials that have used nanotechnology. At the web site you can browse the bibliography, the newsletter archive or enter a subscription. To subscribe to the N-SF e-mail list, send an mail message to with the message "subscribe n-sf " in the body, without the quotes. Leave the subject line blank. Similarly, to unsubscribe from N-SF, send an email to with "unsubscribe n-sf" in the body, without the quotes.

George Jenkins
First Officer

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Star Date: 35868.8 -- Meeting agendas are available via Internet e-mail or fax. To learn more, see us at the next ship meeting. New members are welcome! Meetings are the second Sunday of the month at 3 PM. Call or write us for directions. Contact the USS McNair at P.O. Box 255159, Boston, Mass. 02125-5159. Future meeting schedule:
March '98: Fern hosting (at Robbi's)
April '98: Sabrina & Kevin
May '98: Todd
June '98: George
July '98: Joan
August '98: at Rebelcon
September '98: Kevin & Sabrina
October '98: Jocelyn
November '98: Robbi
December '98: Ken

The meeting minutes from prior McNair meetings:

March 8, 1998. Fern hosted at Robbi's. Present: Alison, Fern, Joan, Jocelyn, Ken, Kevin, Muriel, Robbi, Taka and Todd. BIrthdays celebrated: Fern, Sabrina and Taka. The crew discussed and confirmed the upcoming monthly meetings and locations for the rest of 1998. Todd joined the ship after attending many videothons and meetings. Upcoming away missions: the film "Lost In Space" on April 3rd; and a B5 videothon on April 11th at Ken's starting at 2 PM. The crew agreed to present Avery Brooks with an award at the convention next weekend in Boston. Dues for all crew memebers are due by the end of April, 1998.

February 22, 1998. Book signing at Joan's. Present: Alison, George, Joan, Jocelyn, Kevin and Taka. No formal meeting conducted.Dick Russell, the author of "Black Genius and The American Experience" (Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc., New York, 1998, ISBN 0-7867-0455-1) autographed and sold copies of his new book. Russell also read excerpts from his book, which includes a forward by Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.:

If asked to name noted African-Americans - noted African-Americans who are not entertainment or sports figures - the average black child might answer "Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; and the Reverand Jesse Jackson." To the same question a white child might answer "Martin Luther King." A broadly educated child might add "Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver." It's a sad fact: Most of us, black or white, child or adult, know little of the richness that Africans have brought to America. Now we have Black Genius. The collection of narratives presented by author Dick Russell offers a panorama of American life in these stories of extraordinary African- Americans. And though some of the names will be familiar to the reader, most of these geniuses, their fame confined to a small circle of people in their specific fields, have not been described in other biographical or historical works."

Submissions to INTERCOM are welcomed and encouraged from both crew and non-crew. Articles must relate to TREK, space science and exploration, NASA, the TREK characters, adventure, actors, literature, fandom, IDIC, collectibles, conventions, or events. Articles should not exceed 1,200 words. For writer's guidelines, send a SASE to the INTERCOM Editor. Send submissions to: INTERCOM Editor, USS Ronald E. McNair, P. O. Box 255159, Boston, Mass. 02125 - 5159. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned. Submissions and coments are also welcome for Babylon Five, the X-Files, or other sci-fi subjects. The Editor reserves the right to edit or reject any submissions. Submissions received after the deadline will appear in the next issue, space permitting. The Editor reserves the right to edit and/or reject any submissions. Submission deadlines:
Deadline (Issue Date)
June 1, 1998 (June 15th)
Sept. 1, 1998 (Sept. 15th)
Dec. 1, 1998 (Dec. 15th)
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I received this recently via e-mail. Perhaps you or someone you know would be interested. SLA, Special Libraries Association, is one of several national professional associations for librarians. For further information please contact the e-mail address listed in the below message.

Sent: Monday, March 02, 1998 7:02 AM
To: ''
Subject: Minority Scholarship Available

The SLA Boston Chapter Affirmative Action Committee proudly announces that it is awarding a $2000 SLA Boston Chapter Minority Scholarship for the 1998-1999 term.

To promote diversity in the field of special librarianship and information science, the committee invites students to apply for the scholarship by completing the application form and mailing it to the Chair of the Committee by April 30, 1998.

Betty Eddison
Chair, Affirmative Action Committee
SLA Boston Chapter
Inmagic, Inc.
800 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801
Telephone: (781) 938-4442
Fax: (781) 938-6393

Eligibility criteria:

To obtain an application, or if you have any questions, contact:
Betty Eddison

SIDEBAR: If you are looking for an adult or contuining education program to complete or to supplement your education, this may help. US News Online recently released its 1998 rankings for American Graduate Schools The rankings are compiled from US News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools publication. 1998 rankings cover the following 19 disciplines: Business, Law, Engineering, Education, Medicine, Public Affairs, Veterinary Medicine and Health Professions. Health Professions include Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, and Speech/Language Pathology. For Ph.D. programs the rankings include: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geology, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Many of the rankings include current annual tuition costs.

© 1998 USS Ronald E. McNair. All rights reserved. This article may be linked to provided it is presented in its entirety with this copyright message appended.

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March 15, 1998 The Star Trek Giant Show in Boston at the Park Plaza Hotel. Guest: Avery Brooks. Noon to 6 PM. Produced by Creation Entertainment. Tickets available at TicketMaster. Prices: $17, General Admission; $40, Preferred Seating; $75, Gold Seating. Read the convention report in this issue!

March 20-22, 1998 Lunacon '98 at the Rye Town Hilton, in Rye Brook, New York. Guests to date: Octavia E. Butler, author; Donato Giancola, artist; and John & Perdita Boardman. See the web site for convention details and travel information.

March 22, 1998 The Official "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" & "Xena: Warrior Princess" Convention Tour '98 in Boston at the Park Plaza Hotel. Guest: Ted Raimi ("Joxer"). Show hours: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Tickets available at Ticketmaster. Produced by Creation Entertainment.

April 3 - 5, 1998 The Pasadena Center Creation Salutes Star Trek - The Grand Slam Show VI, in Pasadena, California, with all four captains: WILLIAM SHATNER, PATRICK STEWART*, AVERY BROOKS, and KATE MULGREW. The agenda also includes LEONARD NIMOY AND JOHN DELANCIE STARRING IN "ALIEN VOICES." Also appearing: JERI RYAN, MICHAEL DORN, & TERRY FARRELL and DWIGHT SCHULTZ, LOUISE FLETCHER, ANDY ROBINSON, JEFFREY COMBS and MARC ALAIMO. Ticket information unavailable at press time. For a flyer, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
664-A W Broadway
Glendale, Ca 91204

*Mr. Stewart's appearance is tentative at this time.

June 26-28, 1998 Shore Leave 20 at Hunt Valley, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. Guest information unavailable at press time.

July 10-12, 1998 Toronto Trek 12 at the Regal Constellation Hotel (near the airport) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A fan produced "Media Science Fiction Convention." Prices from $15 daily. E-mail: Hotline: (416) 410-TCON (410-8266). Snail mail: Toronto Trek, Suite 0116, Box 187, 65 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 1E6

July 31 - August 2, 1998 RebelCon '98 at the Taunton Holiday Inn. Guests: a partial list including JMS of Babylon 5, John C. Flinn III, B5's director of photography and cinematographer, and Christian Ready.

Sept. 18-20, 1998 Not Just Another Con 14 at the Murray D. Lincoln Memorial Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Guests: Joe Haldeman, writer and Bob Eggleton, artist. Others TBD.

Nov. 13-15, 1998 United Fan Con in Springfield, Massachusetts. Guests TBD from DS9 and Voyager, who haven't appeared previously in New England.

2001 Noreascon *2001. The fan con of the next millenium. Memberships start at US $8.00. For more information, write to Noreascon*2001, PO Box 1010, Framingham, MA 01701-0205. E-mail: Noreascon 2000

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In the 24th century, few Starship captains will admit that they have given their vessels a nickname. Yet, 400 years earlier, it was common for passengers of the ancient jet propelled airplanes to refer to their airlines by nicknames or acronyms. The historical database portion of the ship’s computer contains the following information:

Airline Abbreviation & Name Acronym or Nickname
AA (American Airlines) Always Awful
ALITALIAAlways Late In Takeoff Always Late In Arrival
Air Line In Tokyo And Luggage In Amsterdam
(British Overseas Airways Corp.)
Better On A Camel
Bloody Old and Careless
CA (China Airlines) Choose Another
CPA (Canadian Airl.Intl.)
(New code CAI)
Can't Promise Anything
Crash And Ignite
Call Ambulance Immediately
Circle Airport Indefinitely
Call Attendants "Idiots"
Check All Items
Copilots Are Imbeciles
Casual Atmosphere Inside
DELTADon't Ever Leave The Airport
Departing Even Later Than Anticipated
EAL (Eastern)Eastern's Always Late
ELALEvery Landing Always Late
LOT (Polish Airlines) Last One There
Luggage On Tarmac (wave 'bye!)
PA (Philippine Airways) Please Avoid
PAL (Phil. Airlines) Philippines Always Late
PAN AMPlan On Arriving Nerve-wracked And Mad
PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) Please Inform Allah
Panic In Air
Perhaps I Arrive
QANTAS (Australia)Queer And Nasty Types As Stewards
SABENA (Belgium) Such A Bloody Experience, Never Again
Such A Bad Experience, Never Again
SAHSA (Servicio Aero Honduras SA) Stay At Home, Stay Alive
SAS (Scandinavian Airline System) Sweet And Sexy
Sex And Service
SIA (Singapore International Airlines) So Incredible, Aah
TACATake A Chance Airline
TAP (Portuguese Airlines) Take Another Plane
TWA (Transworld Airlines) Try Walking, Asshole
The Worst Airline
Took Wrong Airline
Terrorist Welcome Aboard
Teenie Weenie Airlines
Tiny Wings Aflappin'!
USAirUnfortunately, Still Alleghany In Reality

Sources: or at

Excuses for getting caught sleeping on the job:

"I'm in the management training program." "They told me at the blood bank this might happen"
"This is just a 15-minute power nap like they raved about in that time-management course you sent me to" "I'm actually doing a "Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan" (SLEEP) I learned at the last mandatory seminar you made me attend."
"I was working smarter-not harder" "Whew! I must’ve left the top off the liquid paper."
"I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!" "This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work!"
"This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!" "I was testing the keyboard for drool-resistance."
"I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress. Do you discriminate against people who practice "Yoga"? "Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem."
"The coffee machine is broke..." "Someone must've put decaf in the wrong pot."
"Boy, that cold medicine I took last night just won't wear off!" "It worked well for Ronald Reagan, didn't it?"
"Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!" "I wasn't sleeping. I was trying to pick up contact lens without my hands."
"The mailman flipped out and pulled a gun so I was playing dead to avoid getting shot." "Geez, I thought you (the boss) were gone for the day."
"My medicine hasn’t kicked in yet.""My Doctor’s orders, to prevent eye-strain from looking at the computer monitor."

The following arrived recently via e-mail:

Subject: FW: Musings on the English Language

Let's face it -- English is a crazy language!

There's no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese? One index, two indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through the annals of history but not a single annal? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preacher praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and quite a few are alike? How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?

How you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent? Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Met a sung hero or experienced requited love?

Have you ever run into someone who was dis-combobulated, grunted, ruly or peccable? And where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would ACTUALLY hurt a fly?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm clock goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it!

-- Author unknown

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Avery Brooks (DS9's Captain Benjamin Sisko) will be the featured guest at the March 15, 1998 Creation Entertainment Star Trek convention in Boston. We will post a report of the convention and Brooks' speech in this space on March 20th.

So be sure to revisit this issue of INTERCOM on or after March 20th!

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At the Times on the Web web site (, you can now play interactive games such as bridge, chess, backgammon, fantasy football and a free trivia quiz. For an additional $4.95 per month subscribers to the Premium Diversions Service can play Passport2, the premier game destination on the Internet, 24 hours a day and compete against players around the world.

A couple issues ago, we visited the KFC and Burger King web sites. In this issue, we visit a couple retail sites. First, it’s some fun facts at the Kmart web site:

It often seems that there are Wal-Mart stores everywhere in the ‘burbs. Well, the chain has a web site, too. You can event find information to schedule a tour of the company’s corporate headquarters. Here are some factoids to consider:

Texaco Opera Quiz. Texaco Inc. sponsors the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Submit a question about Opera to Texaco and if your question is judged "most interesting of the current season" you could win a free copy of The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. You can view the upcoming season schedule, and submit your question online at the web site, or via surface mail at:
Texaco Opera Quiz, FDR Station
P. O. Box 805, New York, NY 10150
Listeners whose questions are used on this season’s Texaco Opera Quiz can win a free prize package that includes: a combination CD, radio & cassette player (U.S. Only); membership in the Metropolitan Opera Guild, plus a one-year subscription to Opera News; and a variety of books and Compact Discs. See the web site for details.

Are you a total klutz in the kitchen when asked to plan meals? Do you wish that food replicators really existed today? Or, is cooking a job you just love to hate? Well, although Kraft Foods doesn’t make food replicators, the company’s web site makes meal planning much easier with their online and free Simple Meal Planner. The site has two versions: a low powered, sample meal planner, and a high powered, personalized planner. Say, you don’t like broccoli, your spouse doesn’t like eggplant, and nobody in your family likes beets. No problem! With a few mouse clicks you can easily plan a week’s worth of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodate everyone’s preferences. Meal prep time and recipes accompany all dishes.

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The following arrived recently via the Internet. Thanks to Kevin for forwarding this message:

From Thu Mar 5 12:14:17 1998
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 11:54:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Collins Named First Female Shuttle Commander

Jennifer McCarter
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1639)
March 5, 1998

Eileen Hawley/James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE: 98-37


Astronaut Eileen Collins (Lt. Col., USAF) will become the first woman to command a Space Shuttle when Columbia launches on the STS-93 mission in December 1998. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement today in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

Collins will be joined on the flight deck by Pilot Jeffrey S. Ashby (Cmdr., USN) and Mission Specialists Steven A. Hawley, Ph.D., and Catherine G. "Cady" Coleman, Ph.D (Major, USAF). CNES Astronaut Michel Tognini (Col., French Air Force) was named to the crew on November 12.

Selected as an astronaut in 1990, Collins has served as a pilot on her two previous space flights. Her first space flight was STS-63 in February 1995 as Discovery approached to within 30 feet of Mir, in a dress rehearsal for the first Shuttle/Mir docking. In May 1997, she visited the Mir space station as pilot on board Atlantis for the sixth Shuttle/Mir docking mission, delivering Astronaut Mike Foale and returning Jerry Linenger to Earth.

STS-93 will be the first flight for Ashby. Hawley will be making his fifth space flight during STS-93, having flown previously on STS-41D in 1984, STS-61C in 1986, STS-31 in 1990 and STS-82 in 1997. Coleman has one previous space flight to her credit, having flown on STS-73, the second United States Microgravity Laboratory mission in October/November 1995. Tognini, who spent 14 days on the Mir space station in 1992, will be making his first Shuttle flight on STS-93.

During the five-day mission, the crew will deploy the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility Imaging System (AXAF), which will conduct comprehensive studies of the universe. AXAF will be the most advanced X-ray telescope ever flown. When scientists begin using AXAF next year, they will finally be able to unlock the secrets of some of the most distant, powerful and violent objects known to exist in the universe. They will study such exotic phenomena as exploding stars called supernovae, strange powerful objects called quasars, and mysterious black holes which are so massive that everything near them is pulled inside causing an explosion of X-rays that AXAF can study.

For additional information on the STS-93 crew, or any astronaut, see the NASA Internet biography home page at URL:

For more information on the next generation of space telescopes see New Sky-Glasses in this issue.

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The Irish, who at home, readily sympathize with the oppressed everywhere, are instantly taught when they step upon our soil to hate and despise the Negro... Sir, the Irish-American will one day find out his mistake.
-- Frederick Douglas, May 10, 1853

Last month, PBS television presented a special, The Irish In America, which you may have seen. It was a very interesting and high quality presentation. By chance, I had just finished reading the book "How The Irish Became White" by Noel Ignatiev (1995, Routledge, New York, ISBN 0-415-91384-51995), which I'd purchased via the Web from Where the television series left me wanting more, the book supplied more detail and information. Ignatiev does not gloss over the events as a sentimental history, but describes the events as they were - an ugly reality.

Ignatiev wrote the book while a graduate instructor in the Program in History and Literature at Harvard University. Sections of the book are a slow read, since it is written in the style of a text book or doctoral thesis. However, the author thoroughly explores the conflicts of the period by referencing and using a comprehensive mixture of historical accounts from newspapers, court records, diaries, business correspondence, census records, prision records, personal letters, hospital records, and similar documents during 1780 - 1900. During the same period about two million Irish immigrated to the United States, arriving in ports from Maine to New Orleans.

The book provides numerous insights into " one group of people became white. Put another way, [the book] asks how the Catholic Irish, an oppressed race in Ireland, became part of an oppressing race in America. The Irish who emigrated to America were fleeing caste oppression and... came to a society in which color was important in determining social position. It was not a pattern they were familiar with and they bore no responsibility for it; nevertheless they adapted to it in short order."

To put it bluntly, to survive and to flourish in American, the Irish as a group embraced and supported white supremacy, regardless of the costs. This included using all available tools, such as local government, the Catholic Church, labor unions, and the Democratic Party, to gain and secure their new place in America.

The book includes also pictures and political cartoons of the time, to describe the society, conflicts, employment and civil situation immigrants faced. Ignatiev takes the time to present the complex relationships of the period: pre- and post-Civil War politics between the North and the South in the United States; Irish-Americans and activist organizations in Ireland, such as the Loyal National Repeal Association led by Daniel O'Connell; abolitionists and anti-abolitionists among the Irish; the Irish and Southern slaveholders; the formation of local city governments in the North and the Irish; Southern slaveholders and the Repeal movement in Ireland; Nativism and both American political parties; and differences within the Irish-American community. Much of the book also chronicles the relationship between African-Americans (then called Negroes) and the Irish, who were often called "white Negroes" by other whites; and the anti-Negro riots that occured throughout the United States during the 1830's and 1840's.

Ignatiev states on page 96, "To the extent color consciousness existed among newly arrived imigrants from Ireland, it was one among several ways they had of identifying themselves. To become white they had to learn to subordinate county, religious, or national animosities, not to mention any natural sympathies they may have felt for their fellow creatures, to a new solidarity based upon color -- a bond which it must be remembered was contradicted by their experience in Ireland."

One reason how the Irish became white is labor competition. Many immigrants were unskilled and had to compete for the lowest paying wage jobs in the North, often against both skilled and unskilled Negro laborers. Agriculture was too expensive. To survive, Irish (and other) immigrants played the race card: "America was well set up to teach new arrivals the overriding value of the white skin. Throughout the eighteenth century, the range of dependent labor relations had blurred the distinction between freedom and slavery. The Revolution led to the decline of apprenticeship, indenture, and imprisonment for debt. These changes, together with the growth of slavery as the basis of Southern society, reinforced the tendency to equate freedom with whiteness and slavery with blackness. At the same time, the spread of wage labor made white laborers anxious about losing the precarious independence they had gained from the Revolution. In response, they sought refuge in whiteness..."

"Once landed in Boston, New York, or Philadelphia, however the Irish enjoyed one marked advantage over [Negro] refugees from Southern slavery: no one was chasing them with dogs. Not only fugitive slaves but free Negroes as well were subject to capture and sale into slavery. As Julie Winch has observed, "there were two 'underground railroads'...Both employed black and white agents, both had a network of 'safe houses' and both made liberal use of forged documents - in one case free papers and in the other fraudulent bills of sale. In New York City, gangs of men, known as 'Blackbirders,' roamed the heavily Irish- and Afro-American Five Points district, kidnapping free Negroes and hustling them at night onto southern-bound boats. In self-defense black people banded together in groups, which may have been the origin of the more famous of the two Underground Railroads."

At the local government level, the fight for employment was just as intense as in the private sector. Ignatiev profiles in detail an Irish activist, William McMullen, and his role in local Philadelphia politics, government and the riots. Much of the book describes the conflicts in Philadelphia during the period. Regarding civil service employment (page 163), "The Irish cop is more than a quaint symbol. His appearance on the city police marked a turning point in Philadelphia in the struggle of the Irish to gain the rights of white men. It meant that thereafter the Irish would be officially empowered (armed) to defend themselves from the nativist mobs, and at the same time to carry out their own agenda against black people. The Protestant Ascendary had given way to the White Republic. As the writer of the doggerel about the 1844 riots had predicted, the key to stability [for Irish-Americans] was to make all white folks turn police."

Nativism was both a cultural and political action to discriminate against any and all immigrant groups by the ruling government and upper class. Nativism was a tool to exclude immigrants, including the Irish, from specific jobs and trades. The Irish experienced this bias, which was frequently used during the period.

"Seth Luther, the itinerant agitator who wrote the circular that sparked the Philadelphia general strike, was fond of drawing the parallel between the free laborer and the slave, to the disadvantage of the former. To those who insisted that the lot of the free white laborer was worse than that of the slave, Frederick Douglas liked to point out that his old position on the plantation had been vacant since his departure, and encouraged them to apply." Nonetheless, many anti-abolitionists continued to criticize abolitionists for supposedly ignoring the plight of white labor, who worked in jobs at poverty level wages.

In the world of TREK, IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) is valued; a value rejected too long through much of American history. Someone once said that people who ignore history are destined to repeat it. The book "How The Irish Became White" not only provides a good review of the Irish in American, American history and race relations, but is a First Contact guide on how not to treat immigrants in the future.

George Jenkins
First Officer

P.S. Want to read more? First, read Ignatiev's book. Second, on the Web browse this article by Caitlin Burke, Race Traitor, the list of new sociology books web site, or the Center for the Study of White American Culture.


  1. Casey Biggs portrays the Cardassian officer, Damar, who murdered Tora Ziyal in the DS9 episode "The Sacrifice of Angels." After Dukat went mad, Damar assumed the leadership of the Cardassian empire.
  2. Sharon Lawrence portrayed Amelia Earhart in the second season Voyager episode "The 37’s."
  3. Colm Meaney, or Miles O'Brien.
  4. Rosalind Chao, or Keiko O'Brien.
  5. Robert Picardo, the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) Doctor on Voyager.
  6. J.G. Hertzler a/k/a John Hertzler portrays the Klingon Commander Martok, whom Worf and Garak rescued from the Dominion prison.
  7. Alexander Enberg portrayed the Vulcan Vorik on Voyager. He also portrayed the Vulcan Taurik, an Enterprise crew member in the TNG episode "Lower Decks."
  8. Suzie Plakson portrayed Ambassador K’Ehleyr, Worf’s mate and Vulcan Dr. Selar on TNG. Plakson portrayed a female Q, Q’s mate, on Voyager.
  9. Robert Beltran, or Chakotay.
  10. Lori Hallier portrayed the ex-Borg Riley Frazier.
  11. Jeffrey Combs played Tiron in the third season DS9 episode "Meridian." He portrayed the Ferengi liguidator Brunt in several DS9 episodes such as "Bar Association," "Body Parts" and "Family Business." He plays the Dominion Vorta Weyoun. He also played Harriman Gray in the Babylon 5 episode "Eyes."
  12. Roxann Biggs-Dawson, or B'Elanna Torres.
  13. James Sloyan. In TNG series he portrayed the Romulan Admiral Jurok, in the episode "The Defector." Sloyan also portrayed an Klingon adult, Alexander from the future, in the Next Gen episode "Firstborn." In the "DS9" series, he portrayed a Bajoran scientist, Dr. Mora, in the episode "The Alternate." In the Voyager episode "Jetrel" he portrayed the Haakonian scientist Ma'bor Jetrel.
  14. Salome Jens plays the female shape-shifting leader.
  15. Uhuru, or Nichelle Nichols. Kirk, Scotty and Chekov appeared in the film. Kirk mentioned "Bones." Although not seen, Spock's name came up during a conversation between Kirk and Picard. Sulu's daughter, Demora (Jacqueline Kim), worked on the Enterprise-B bridge.
  16. John Rhys-Davies played the holographic character Leonardo da Vinci in the episode in several Voyager episodes including "Concerning Flight."
  17. We first met Gul Dukat’s daughter, Tora Ziyal played by Cyia Batten, in the fourth season DS9 episode "Indiscretion." Tracy Middendorf portrayed Ziyal in one fourth season episode "For The Cause." Melanie Smith portrayed Ziyal in several fifth and sixth season episodes, until the character was murdered in the episode "The Sacrifice of Angels."
  18. James Cromwell portrayed the alien Hanok in the fourth season DS9 episode "Starship Down."
  19. Tony Todd portrayed a captured Hirogen alien in the fourth season Voyager episode "Prey."
  20. In the DS9 episode "One Little Ship" we learned that Jem’Hadar soldiers genetically bred in the Gamma Quadrant were referred to as Gammas. Alphas, genetically bred in the Alpha quadrant with physiological and psychological enhancements to fight in the Alpha Quadrant, consider themselves superior to Gammas. Remember, the Emissary (i.e., Captain Sisko) sealed the wormhole thereby preventing Changelings, Jem’Hadar soldiers and Vorta from entering or leaving the Alpha quadrant. The Alphas also have a blue-ish skin tint.
  21. Willie Mays, the professional baseball player.

So, how many bars of latinum did you collect?

15 or less: Vacationing on Risa is off limits. Quark’s Bar is off limits. Your holo-deck privileges have been revoked. While you can read a data pad, you can only look at a tricorder. Don’t even think about applying to Starfleet Academy. Don't bother studying, either. A retest is futile. DNA re-sequencing is futile. Lexorin is futile. Death is irrelevant. You will make an excellent Borg drone.

16 - 29: Your holo-deck privileges have been suspended for 90 days. Go directly to the ship’s library to study. You may yet be able to apply to Starfleet Academy. You can operate a turbo-lift. You can hold a tricorder. You can look at a bat’lith. While you can visit Quark's Bar, the Dabo tables are still off-limits. Don’t even think about asking for synthehol. Instead try a warrior’s drink: prune juice. You can watch someone else use the transporter. You can read a data-pad about vacationing on Risa. Ops is off limits. Instead, grab a jumja and visit the nearest fan convention, fast! A retest is likely. There's still hope for you.

30 - 39: Admit it, you're a Trekker. You have holo-deck access, but only when accompanied by an adult. You can operate a tricorder. You can visit the Bridge, but you aren't yet ready for "the big chair." Nor are you ready for synthehol. Try uttaberries instead. You can hold a bat’lith. You can pilot a shuttle-craft only when accompanied by a Starfleet officer. To advance, a dinner invitation extended to your favorite CO or XO would be an excellent start.

40 - 49: You are clearly Starfleet material! Apply now to Starfleet Academy. You can vacation on Risa. You have full access to all the gaming amusements in Quark’s bar, including the holo-suites and holo-deck. You can solo-pilot a shuttle-craft. You can play with Klingon pain sticks. You can rent a portable holo-emitter. You can use the transporter. Avoid complacency. Unplug yourself from your PC, Direct-TV, or Sony PlayStation. Get out and recruit a new member. Perform service for your ship.

50 & up: Check your ears! With this many bars, you could pass for a Ferengi. You’ve won one free case of beetle snuff. Demand oo-mox often. You are invited to play tonga. You can own and replicate a bat’lith. You have access to use Starfleet issued phaser-rifles. You can own a portable holo-emitter. You can attend away missions on alien planets. You can pilot a Galaxy Class Star ship. However, your TREK knowledge and writing talents are going to waste. So, get your butt into warp and write for a fanzine (i.e.- this one!)

Share your score with us. We’ll post the results - your initials only and how you performed against the average of your TREK peers - at this web site after April 20th.

Source: Compiled from the First Officer's notes. Latinum bar and question difficulty rating system developed by the First Officer. Latinum bar courtesy of IconBAZAAR.

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