Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Where Credit Is Due!

Okay, maybe next time we'll get back to Larry Nemecek and his TNGs.

Note that we now have a credit line for El Robbyo del Reed, so visit him early and often!

See ya.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Notice the New Banner!

Novice to computerese that I am, it's taken several months since this GREAT banner was devised for me by Robby Reed of Dial B for Blog .

I still haven't been able to make it as HUGE as it deserves to be, but at least it's there!

Thanks to Robby, and thanks for stopping by!

We'll be back to more TNGs of Larry "ThunderChief" Nemecek tomorrow ...

Once again, here's the wonderful banner!

Monday, February 11, 2008

TNG-2 in 1987

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.
Ain't it wonderful?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Little Trip Down Nemecek Lane

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 ...

Well, that's the topic of a further post.

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