Original Site's Introductions
In compiling this edition of A HISTORY OF STARFLEET,
I not only relied on the written articles by Admiral Chris Smith, to whom all of us are
eternally grateful, and a partial text by General Akers, but other articles, posts and
eyewitness accounts of the times as relayed to this author. On the latter accounts (from
1994-on) it incorporates a part of General Akers narrative along with a personal account,
taking in consideration all the views of the the people and events in question. I have
tried to include most view points on conflicting histories as is possible. This history is
a ongoing project and it will be continued.
I would like to thank Lieutenant General Scott Akers,
SFMC, Director of the Office of the STARFLEET Historian, for the
opportunity to serve within his office on this project and the trust he has put into my
handling it. Being able to dabble in several of my personal interests while doing this
project has been very worthwhile. I also want to thank all those unnamed persons who in
some small way added to this narrative. I also want to express my appreciation to my
family, especially Captain Karen Higdon, whom at first 'tolerated' my hobby in Trekdom and
now embraces it as the XO of the starship I command, the USS Black Hawk.
I am Honored to Serve...
April 26, 2000
Winston Churchill has been often quoted as saying "Those who do not learn from the past, are condemned to repeat it", while negative, it is very true, and when I began to research the history of STARFLEET I found that recurring patterns arose again and again. The rise and fall of Fleet Admirals, the great Communiqués followed by no new issues for months, and the delivery of Membership packets within days, to the delivery within several months if at all. The only constant being that enough fans believed in STARFLEET that it continued. The first time I started the Chapter Genealogy project back in 1989, that was all I was concerned about doing, the lineage's of chapters fascinated me, but other duties took me away from this "hobby" within the hobby. However, in 1998 when I restarted my research, I found that it was necessary to do a LOT of historical research to even scratch the surface of the Genealogies, and thus the Office of Fleet Historian was born.
Today, three years later, the Office of Fleet Historian has completed many projects, and started even more. Every Region has contributed, over a hundred chapters have also contributed, 96 of the 102 CQs have been located and archived, Five Regional Historians, and a Deputy Director (Fleet Captain Jeff Higdon) have contributed hundreds of hours of work on behalf of fleet. The Genealogy has been completed for over a year now, being released at the 25th Anniversary 1999 - International Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. Every time a new chapter is launched, decommissioned, or contacts us (either an active or past chapter) we update the Genealogy. The Brief History of STARFLEET was printed in CQ #100 and was then posted to the World Wide Web. Now the longer "Official" version is available (pssst. if you are reading this, you have found it), with Appendices for Regional Histories, IC Histories, and even Fleet Admiral listings. New projects include a Starship Evolution research project, an Astronaut Roster from Mercury to the Present (2001 present that is), and Bi-monthly articles in the Communiqué on the History of Starfleet chapters. Future projects include a CD of the Fleet History including a chapter-by-chapter yearbook, cooperative ventures with ASDB, and work with the Office of Graphic Design.
Twenty-Six years ago, we started in Lufkin, Texas
because a local teenager couldnt find anywhere a Star Trek club that met his needs.
Today as we start a new Millennium we have over 200 chapters, and over 4000 members
strong. We cannot allow ourselves to forget where we have come from. Researching and
Recording what has happened in STARFLEETs past IS our
history. Our Leaders, our members, and our successors will be able to learn from our past.
If this happens, then we have succeeded.
Lieutenant General Scott A. Akers
Like the great civilizations of old, STARFLEET
has seen many great rises and falls. What began in May of 1975 as a way for a group of
Texas Star Trek fans to come together and share their common diversion is now, twenty-six
years later, the largest Star Trek fan club on the planet with thousands of members and
hundreds of chapters spreading from Australia to Alaska, Japan to Belgium, and many points
And, alas, many a friendship has been lost due to STARFLEET.
It is often said that put two or more people into a room, and soon you will have conflict
based on each persons differing ideals and views. When you have thousands of people
"in a room", the chance, and magnitude, of conflict rises exponentially.
Polarization has been a dark cloud that has often arrived with the cold wind of
intolerance and rained on our little party. The result is a lot of screaming and yelling,
with the fracturing of friendships, memberships, and even chapters. While it is easy, and
common, to yell "Get a Life!" at the people and groups who engage in this sort
of behavior, the fact is that it is a part of human nature and as much as we wish to
strive for the "utopian" ideals of life in the 23rd century as presented in much
of Star Trek, we must note that even our heroes have conflict and strife at times. Three
million years of evolution are not undone with the saying of a slogan.
It is unknown if STARFLEET will be around to celebrate a 50th Anniversary, but I think that the message of Star Trek is compelling enough that, in some form, STARFLEET will survive. Even in our darkest hours, there was always a core group of people who believed in the organization enough to step-up and save it either by volunteering or continuing to send in their membership renewals, even when all they received for their money was a "sense of community". What you hold in your hands (or are viewing on your screen) is a labor of love by two men Lieutenant General Scott A. Akers, STARFLEET Historian, and Fleet Captain Jeff Higdon, Commanding USS Black Hawk. While the layout and much of the text was written by myself, have no doubt that General Akers and Captain Higdon are responsible for making this project possible. When named STARFLEET Historian in April of 1998 by Fleet Admiral Michael D. Smith, General Akers proceeded to gather all of the information he could on where STARFLEET had come from. This included each issue of the Communiqué published, chapter newsletters, interviews with members, records at the chapter, regional, and headquarters levels, as well as a myriad of other sources. Over time, these archives grew as more and more information flowed into the Office of the STARFLEET Historian
General Akers first gift to STARFLEET
was unveiled at the 1999 International Conference when he pinned-up posters depicting the
genealogy of each individual Region of STARFLEET, going back to
the USS Enterprise. All known chapters and shuttles, with distinct lines of
parentage, were included. At the end of the Conference, each Regional Coordinator was
given their respective Regions poster to take home with them. After IC99, General
Akers next started work on "A Short History of STARFLEET",
which gave a quick overview of the major events and players in STARFLEET
since 1974. Fleet Captain Higdon took this information and put it together in HTML to
display on this website. This document formed the backbone of the work you are reading
now. I went through every issue of the Communiqué ever published by STARFLEET
from #1 to #100 to look for more information to add to the original work.
Folks, I cannot tell you what a treasure STARFLEET has in these
newsletters. I hope someday they are all available on the web so that everyone can
virtually "thumb through them".
On our way to a Great Adventure...