with ENTERPRISE's John and Jolene
Take a fondness for NASA’s pioneering “Right Stuff,” run it through a science-fiction and fandom filter with a big love of history, and toss in schooling and careers in news, theatre and entertainment—and that starts to explain the Larry Nemecek story.
From his local news perch, Larry’s annual “TNG” concordance guides caught the eye of Star Trek’s TV writers and Pocket Books all the way from Oklahoma, of all places—so much so that the ST: The Next Generation Companion became the first episode guide for modern Star Trek, twice updated, and a move to good ol’ Burbank seemed in order.
That’s when Trekland truly beckoned—and that’s where the reputation for both fan-cool and pro-savvy straight talk was born. Check it out yourself:
- ...a noted Star Trek author, editor, archivist, consultant and producer.
- ~ Memory-Alpha.org
What's amazing now is that after all this, thousands of fans now know him chiefly for portraying Dr. McCoy in the first two epsiodes of award-winning indie recontructionist series Star Trek Continues. But the record long before is all there: Not just articles, columns, collaborations and live events, but years of on-lot sourcing media or solo writing with the Original Star Trek Fact Files from the U.K., or the Japan DVD series … consulting work with the old startrek.com (and the new, as well), or seven years creating, editing and leading Star Trek Communicator licensed magazine. Most fun are consulting gigs with the Star Trek: The Experience museum and rides … exhibits like the Star Trek World Tour, Star Trek: Federation Science, Star Trek: The Tour … and Blu-Ray and DVD documentary projects on and off camera for CBS with TOS, TNG and Enterprise. A story sale to Voyager that became the episode “Prophecy” with wife Janet was a hoot as well.
And that library: years of backstage images and over 500 archival audio interviews with Star Trek’s creative lights—it all needs airing, too. Most have never been transcribed, much less published—and the great Trekland family over the years has plenty to tell. It's all seeing the light of day in Larry's brand-new remastered audio series, "TREKLAND: On Speaker," launched in 2012 with a surprise debut at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.
Now, all of those memories, archives and "rolodex names" are at the core of PORTAL 47, Larry's unique boutique "deep-dive" fan program offering an all-new backstage pass to the 24th century using the best tools of the 21st—an insider's trek to savvier fandom for new fans, old fans, bored fans, and fans who don't even know how much they don't know.
Look for his first film now in the works, a documenatary that had to be made: "The Con of Wrath," the true story of the 1982 Houston "meltdown to miracle" featuring the original Star Trek cast, the young event producers, the dealers and the fans themselves at the "Ultimate Fabhtasy," the first Trek "rock star" arena show that did not quite go as it was planned.
Oh, and there's a lot of unique stuff piled up along the way: Check out The Trekland Trunk list to see what's getting cleaned out this week.
On all his projects, Larry brings a wide-ranging but unique and down-to-earth perspective—including the sharing of tales as a guest and pundit at conventions across the country or the likes of Germany, England, Italy, Austria, France, Canada, Greece and the Czech Republic, so far. Or even smoothing the way for guests, professionals and/or fans to find each other.
Just don’t try the “get a life” line: Larry is a longtime docent at the State Historic Park ranch house of his hero and fellow Okie, Will Rogers, near Santa Monica, Calif. There’s also family—you know wife Janet and her Voyager heritage from the con circuit, too—plus travel, politics, big band and classic rock and country, keyboards … and, of course, FOOTBALL. Boomer Sooner!
About The Site
Long envisioned, finally a fact: Larry’s online home is meant to be as diverse as the fan/pro niche he has carved out for himself here in Trekland.
Above all, this is a personal site. It’s a one-man army, too, not a machine—no unending buckets of STUFF for stuff’s sake here.
But do look for insider perspective on the passing parade and friends from Trekland—and not just the “familiar faces,” either; most all are pretty busy with other projects these days. Best of all, in this zillion-channel universe, a lot remains unsaid and unexamined.
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s a ‘cut and wrap’ on the story of Star Trek. There’s always another insight to uncover, another “how and why” to dig out, another goof to smooth out … so many tales still untold from the ‘60s and ‘70s, even. And we’ve only begun to tackle our new film and all the new kids on the block...much less the TV revival that will certinaly hapen soon as we bear down on the 50th anniversary.
“So ‘let’s get crackin’, Spock!’ We’ll go afield from Trek at times, sure—but that’s where our heart is.”
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