Star Trek: The Legacy - fandom in the 1990’s (history page)


Star Trek fandom officially started as a result of programming in November 1990 done by the Sky Channel (as Sky1 was at the time) on fandom, with a view to showing fandom in UK and US as a result of Star Trek, the original series, and soon to be shown Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Damon returned to Ireland on the 28th June 1990 from College in England with the first season of Star Trek Next Generation (ex-rental) from a local video club in amoungst his assets.

As a result, using his years of experience chose the date of the 19th March 1991 (Federation Day) and started publicity and getting coverage with a view to starting the club. During December 1990 to March 1991 publicity picked up and some 30 people came forward - and the first meeting of Ireland’s first membership club started at the function room above the Olde Lodge (now Shannon Court Hotel); 23 people attended, and mixed classic Star Trek with the pilot of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Soon Damon helped working and developed with local members clubs started in Limerick, and following shortly in Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Bray and then more.

The Shannon Star Trek Society morphed into regional structures in the National Irish/Shannon Star Trek Society, then adopted a new Federal Constitution in 1992. and renamed itself National Irish Star Trek Society at SLAM ‘92 at the Glentworth Hotel.

In 1993, attempts to create a mixed federal and independent structure failed with 6 clubs launching club members only in Sector 001 while 85% of the members remained in 28 clubs of the 36 Irish Star Trek and Sci--Fi Clubs, Damon founded or Co-founded as Irish Star Trek Federation. Star Trek Conferences and Meetings (Ireland) Ltd - created to run IRECON 2 Q HERE at Wynns Hotel, Dublin in September 1992 with John “Q” DeLancie) had contracted out the publication of the StarFleet Journal to this Limerick based body, which then went and printed 1 single edition over the year and left only some small amount left in the bank account, measured in low double digits for the following 3 Journals. With the merchandise surplus and resources being used to support club development, members agreed to transfer rights of membership to Irish Star Trek Federation.

Merchandise and charity Support had been transferred to Federation Trust on the 21st March 1993, and thus members were asked to sign forms agreeing to transfer to receive free StarFleet Journals - brought in with Publication license and under budget, costing almost mere IR£450.

Members remanded stricter legal rights and following a years of consultation a new legal body was created called Federation {Star Trek Fan Association in} Europe Society Limited - fandom and budgets were controlled and supervised by Federation Trust, and to prevent membership money being wasted the membership guarantee broke up how money was to be budgetted for in Irish, European and US (International memberships).

At the end of 1996, after 5 years of spending an absolute fortune supporting clubs, with local and regional politics turning fan against fan, the Trustees of Federation Trust would be stepping down in 6 months, and that membership would have to elect a new council to replace the guarantees.

National Executive and National Council of both ISTF and FE were being compromised by differernt alleagiances, and members and clubs representatives often ended up at odds. Along the way the members, annpyed at another hostile take over attempt by 2 or 3 clubs making a minorityadministration and taking the money, ordered the freezing of the bank accounts until such time as the bodies could operate officially. Execpt for the Federation Trust accounts, and all incomes and expenditures were locked until CorkCon2 when the proceeds were being spent on winding up all debts and then donated to Chariity. After 2 years of not holding AGM’s and electing Neither National Council nor National Executive Committee, the Trustrees walked away and fandom ceased to have official structures in Ireland or Europe. The assets were administered in charitable fashions and have resulted in a number of low-cost or pre-paid Charity Incorporporations.