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The Original Series Trekkies at BayCon 2003

A Trekkie (or Trekker) is a fan of all or part of the Star Trek fictional universe.[1]



In 1967, science fiction editor Arthur W. Saha applied the term "trekkies" when he saw a few fans of the first season of Star Trek wearing pointy ears at the 25th World Science Fiction Convention, on the day Gene Roddenberry showed a print of "Amok Time" to the convention. Saha used the term in an interview with Pete Hamill that Hamill was conducting for TV Guide concerning the phenomenon of science fiction.[2]

The Trekkie phenomenon did not catch on with general public consciousness until years after the show was cancelled in 1969. The show began syndication in reruns during the early 1970s and the first fan convention devoted to Star Trek opened in 1972 in New York.

Trekkie vs. Trekker

Some Star Trek enthusiasts prefer the term "Trekkie", while some others self-identify as "Trekker". Self-identification as a "Trekkie" became even less popular after a famous national television parody in 1986 (see In Popular Culture below); several self-described "Trekkers" were quoted as saying they "had a life" (contrasting themselves from "Trekkies").

In the 1991 TV show Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Special, Leonard Nimoy attempted to settle the issue by stating that the term 'Trekker' is the correct one.

In the documentary Trekkies, Kate Mulgrew stated that Trekkers are the ones "walking with us" while the Trekkies are the ones content to simply sit and watch Star Trek.

The issue is also shown in the film Trekkies 2, in which a Star Trek fan recounts a supposed incident during a Star Trek convention where Gene Roddenberry used the term "trekkies" to describe fans of the show, only to be corrected by a fan that stood up and yelled "Trekkers!" Gene Roddenberry allegedly responded with "No, it's 'Trekkies.' I should know — I invented the thing." Roddenberry has also allegedly used the term "Trekker" in interviews and personal appearances, arguably proving that he did in actual fact not consider either term to be the correct one. Generally, fans of film and television franchises make up their own nicknames, as with the "Browncoats" who are fans of the Firefly television series.

Other names

Star Trek fans who believe Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the best series of the franchise adopted the title of Niner following the episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", in which Captain Benjamin Sisko formed a baseball team "The Niners".[citation needed]


There are many Star Trek fan clubs, among the largest currently being STARFLEET International and the International Federation of Trekkers. Some Trekkies regularly attend Star Trek conventions (called "cons").

There is a persistent stereotype that amongst Trekkies there are many speakers of the constructed Klingon language. The reality is less clear-cut, as some of its most fluent speakers are more language aficionados than people obsessed with Star Trek. Most Trekkies have no more than a basic vocabulary of Klingon, perhaps consisting of a few common words heard innumerable times over the series, while not having much knowledge of Klingon's syntax or precise phonetics.[3]

Another fan activity is filking, that is playing or writing music about Star Trek.

Trekkie in the news

During the 1996 Whitewater controversy, a bookbindery employee named Barbara Adams served as an alternate juror. During the trial Adams wore a Star Trek: The Next Generation-style Starfleet Command division uniform, including a commbadge, a phaser, and a tricorder.[4]

Adams was dismissed from the trial for conducting a sidewalk interview with the television program American Journal.[4] The major news media[who?] reported (wrongfully) that she was dropped for wearing her Star Trek uniform to the trial.Adams noted she was dropped because she talked to a reporter of America Journal about her Trek uniform and not anything about the trial.[5] Although nothing was deemed as a trial enclosure violation, the rule was clearly stated: no juror was to communicate with the press in any manner.

Adams stated the judge at the trial was supportive of her. She said she believed in the principles expressed in Star Trek and found it an alternative to "mindless television" because it promotes tolerance, peace, and faith in mankind.[4]

She subsequently appeared in the documentaries Trekkies and Trekkies 2.

In popular culture

In 1986 William Shatner performed in a famous sketch on Saturday Night Live. He played himself at a Star Trek convention at which he told the Trekkies to "get a life". "For crying out loud," Shatner elaborated, "it was just a TV show!"[6] At one point, he asked Jon Lovitz' Trekker character, whom he assumed to be almost 30 years old, if he had ever kissed a girl, at which the character sadly hung his head.

Trekkies have been parodied in several films, notably Galaxy Quest, a science fiction comedy very obviously modeled on the Star Trek franchise. The main character Jason Nesmith, representing William Shatner, repeats Shatner's 1986 statement when an avid fan asks him about the operation of the fictional vessel.

One episode of Futurama called "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" was dedicated to parodying Trekkies. It included a history whereby Star Trek's fandom had grown into a religion. Eventually the Church of Star Trek had grown so strong that it needed to be abolished from the Galaxy and the words "Star Trek" were even outlawed.

The 1999 film Free Enterprise chronicled the lives of two men who grew up worshipping Star Trek and emulating Captain Kirk. Most of the movie centers on William Shatner, playing a parody of himself, and how the characters wrestle with their relationships to Star Trek.

The Broadway musical Avenue Q partially parodies Trekkies through the inclusion of a character named Trekkie Monster. This character is not a Trekkie, however, and is addicted to internet pornography.

A Trekkie featured in one episode of the television show The West Wing, during which Josh Lyman confronts the temporary employee over her display of a Star Trek pin in the White House.

The 2009 film Fanboys makes frequent references to Star Trek and the rivalry between Trekkies and Star Wars fans. William Shatner makes a cameo appearance in the film.

Notable individual trekkies/trekkers/Trek fans

References and footnotes

  1. ^ The word trekkie is found in the Concise Oxford Dictionary.
  2. ^ Urban Dictionary
  3. ^ There's No Klingon Word for Hello, Slate Magazine, May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009
  4. ^ a b c "Judge Beams Trekkie Juror from Whitewater case", a CNN story from March 14, 1996
  5. ^ Interview with Mike Jerrick on Sci-Fi Channel's information fandom news series Sci-Fi Buzz
  6. ^ Zoglin, Richard. "Trekking Onward", Time, Nov 28, 1994.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Dillard, J.M. (1994). Star Trek: "Where No Man Has Gone Before" — A History in Pictures. Pocket Books. pp. 22, 50. ISBN 0-671-51149-1. 
  9. ^ Bill Bailey interview | The List
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ Michael Hinman (2007-01-06). "Forget Matt Damon, Daniel Craig Wants To Be Kirk". Airlock Alpha. http://www.airlockalpha.com/news423118.html?. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  13. ^ a b [4]
  14. ^ a b [5]
  15. ^ Nichelle Nichols, Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories, G.P. Putnam & Sons, New York, 1994. pp.164-65
  16. ^ Special Features. Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 DVD Boxset.
  17. ^ Gail Collins (2000-08-18). "Public Interests; Al Gore as Fall Programming". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9401E6DC153EF93BA2575BC0A9669C8B63. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  18. ^ a b Appleyard, Bryan. "Patrick Stewart: Keep on trekkin'." The Times: 2007/11/04.
  19. ^ Pascale, Anthony. "Grunberg: ‘Amazing Actors’ Want To Be In Star Trek XI", TrekMovie.com, August 23, 2006
  20. ^ Pallasch, Abdon (2004-10-10). "Despite His National Reputation, Keyes Struggles to Find His Niche". Chicago Sun-Times. pp. 28. 
  21. ^ Interview - Planet Verge 2002
  22. ^ As trial begins, Cheney's ex-aide is still a puzzle - International Herald Tribune
  23. ^ Pollock, Dale. Skywalking: the Life and Films of George Lucas. ISBN 0306809044
  24. ^ http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/224011/april-07-2009/better-know-a-district---new-york-s-25th---dan-maffei
  25. ^ Nimoy, Leonard. I Am Spock. 1995 mass market paperback edition: pp 257-258.
  26. ^ John McCormick (2008-03-07). "Obama a little confused about today's state". The Swamp (Tribune Company). http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/03/obama_a_little_confused_of_w_s.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  27. ^ Matt Blum (2008-11-06). "5 Signs President-Elect Obama Is a Geek". Wired. http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/2008/11/5-signs-preside.html. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  28. ^ Patrick Gavin (2009-05-09). "Trekkie in chief wants screening". Politico. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22270.html. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  29. ^ "The 5-minute Interview: Mike Oldfield, Musician". The Independent. 2008-04-07. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/the-5minute-interview-mike-oldfield-musician-805480.html. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  30. ^ Larry Nemecek, Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, 1993, ISBN ISBN 0671794604
  31. ^ "Remembering Reagan: The Klingon Connection". Official site. 2008-11-06. http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/news/article/5757.html. 
  32. ^ Anthony Pascale (2008-08-16). "Stiller Puts Some Star Trek In Tropic Thunder". TrekMovie. http://trekmovie.com/2008/08/16/stiller-puts-some-star-trek-into-tropic-thunder/. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  33. ^ Ben Stiller (Actor, Director, Producer, Writer). (2001-09-28). Zoolander. [DVD]. Paramount Pictures. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196229/. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  34. ^ Eric Goldman (2008-01-09). "Karl Urban: From Comanche Moon to Star Trek". IGN. http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/844/844578p2.html. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  35. ^ "Raves: D'arcy of the Smashing Pumpkins. Rolling Stone Magazine, 1996/03/07. Available at http://www.starla.org/articles/rave.htm Retrieved on 2007/09/23
  36. ^ "David Wu (D-Oregon) - "Klingons in the White House" 10 January 2007
  37. ^ "Star Trek: The Next Generation - Angel One", review on TVSquad by Wil Wheaton, 28 March 2008

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