As you can read by Larry's comment to yesterday's post, the TNGs originally were distributed at the SoonerCons, which began in 1986. Here's the cover and title page to TNG-2, which Larry cranked out for November 2009.
What a tremendous amount of work Larry's invested in it.
While cataloging the books in the Fortress of Markitude into a database -- we're on book #1151 so far, and not ALL are Super-related, believe it or not! -- I've become reacquainted with some old friends, bookwise that is.
You know, I've been blessed with many wonderful human-type acquaintances, too!
One of them is dear ol' Larry Nemecek, the ThunderChief himself. From Noble, Oklahoma, (south of Norman which is south of Moore which is south of OKC), Larry went to college in Ada and to OU, before working on the Norman Transcript.
A Star Trek fan since forever, Larry was a member of STAR OKC long before I signed in in 1980. ( That's the Star Trek Association for Revival in case you wondered.) And as a deep fan of nerdy arcana (sounds like somebody you're reading, eh?), he was thrilled by Bjo Trimble's A Star Trek Concordance. Yes, the original Ballantine version with the saucer-wheel cover.
So when a NEW STAR TREK series showed up, Larry dusted off his index cards and got to work on "concording" Star Trek: The Next Generation. Actually, I think he used a Mac.
And, since the fan-run, established SoonerCon in OKC was a "litcon, " he also thought OKC would be a great place to hold a "media con," and set about it.
The first ThunderCon was in 1991, and Larry was head of the ConComm, hence the title (invented by myself, I must add) ThunderChief. Later on his wife, Janet Kelley-later-Nemecek, inherited the title, along with other fans later on.
For a while it was a tradition at Oklahoma City cons (usually ThunderCons) to be able to buy Larry's newest Trek concordance. It was a great way to show our love and support for this wonderful guy. He worked unbelievably hard on these, which led to ...
I was born at a very early age, in a hospital to be near my mother. After appearing in productions of both GODSPELL and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in the 1970s, I found a wonderful wife and wrote many love songs to her, but not as many love songs as I write to God my Savior and Redeemer. We have three kids (one of each) -- wait for it -- blonde, brunette, and redhead.