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     Since September 8, 1966 many actors and writers have contributed to makeStar Trek the institution it is today. The Flag Officers and membersof the Starfleet Phoenix (SP) Sim Group would like to take thisOpurtunity and web page to acknowledge just a few of these talentedpeople.

As time passes, so do so many who mean so much to members of our group. This being the case we have expanded our page to pay tribute to not only Trek characters and creators, but other individuals and moments in history. Below is a quick-ckick table of contents to our page. Thank you for your interest in our interests.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Amy Jay
Andreas Katsulas
September 11, 2001
Gene Roddenberry
DeForest Kelly
Pearl Harbor
George Harrison
Pennsylvania Mining Incident
Challenger Space Shuttle
Columbia Space Shuttle
Marting Luther King, Jr.
Christopher Reeve
James "Scotty" Doohan

An American Trajedy

     On Tuesday September 11, 2001, the United States of America, became yet again a victim to an apparentterorist attack. The World Trade Center Towers were hit, by not one,but TWO airplanes as they were starting thier busy day. The nation wasagain struck by another pplane diving into the Pentagon, and was spared a much higher death toll as the fourth hijacked plane never made it towherever it's intended target was.
     The death toll as of this time has not beentallied, but suffice it to say that even one life loss to this kind ofattack is one too many. When this is all said and done, I bet there willbe more than one of us who will have been personally affected by the trajedy.

     Let us never forget what happened on thisday, and always remember how precious our time with family and friends is. How quickly and randomly it can be taken away from us. And finally, let'snot forget to say a prayer for all those civilians, airline workers, and emergency services personnel whose only sin that day was reporting for work.Remember, too, the loved ones left behind and pray they have the strength to deal with this trajedy.

Here is a poem recently e-mailed to me to reflect the trajedy:
(Fair warning - Get your tissues ready.)

Her hair was up in a pony tail,
her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
and she couldn't wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her,
that she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
if she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid:
she knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
of why he wasn't here today.

But still her mother worried,
for her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
she tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school,
eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees,
a dad who never calls.

There were daddies along the wall in back,
for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
anxious in their seats.

One by one the teacher called,
a student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
as seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name,
every child turned to stare.
Each of them were searching,
for a man who wasn't there.

"Where's her daddy at?"
she heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one,"
another student dared to shout out.

And from somewhere near the back,
she heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another dead beat dad,
too busy to waste his day."

The words did not offend her,
as she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
who told her to go on.

And with her hands behind her back,
slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
came words incredibly unique.

"My daddy couldn't be here,
because he lives so far away.
But i know he wishes he could be,
since this is such a special day.

And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
and how much he loves me so.

He loved to tell me stories,
he taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
and taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,
and ice cream in a cone.
And though u cannot see him,
I'm not standing here alone.

'Cause my daddy's always with me,
even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
he'll forever be in my heart."

With that, her little hand reached up,
and lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
beneath her favorite dress.

And from somewhere in the crowd of dads,
her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love
of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down,
staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
but its message clear and loud.

"I love my daddy very much,
he's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
but heaven's just too far.

You see he was a fireman
and died just this past year
When airplanes hit the towers
and taught "Americans to Fear."

But sometimes when i close my eyes,
it's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes,
and saw him there that day.

And to her mother's amazement,
she witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
all starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them,
who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
they saw him at her side.

"I know you're with me daddy,"
to the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it,
for each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
by the love of her shining bright star.
And given the gift of believing,
that heaven is never too far.

*~In God we trust-September 11, 2001~*

-- Vice Admiral Landers

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Eugene Wesley (Gene) Roddenberry

What Star Trek tribute page would be complete without mentioning thecreator of that which so enriches our minds? Gene Roddenberry. A formerpolice officer and noted Westerns writer started developing his "Wagon Trainto the Stars" in the early 60's. There are many pages dedicated to Gene on the internet. Here is one sch page. Eugene Welsey (Gene) Roddenberry.Thank you Gene. Though ou are gone fomr us, you left a wonderfullegacy.

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DeForest Kelley

     One of the original castmembers from thefirst Star Trek television series, DeForest Kelley set the standardfor a starship's Chief Medical Officer as he portrayed Dr. Leonard McCoy.I personaly flet the emotion well inside me as browsed through a fewof the many pages dedicated to his memory. Here are a couple:

Images courtesy of TV and Movie Trivia Tribute: DeForest Kelley.

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George Harrison

1943 - 2001

Known as the "Quiet Beatle," George Harrison was much more than just a 60's teen idol. He was s singer, composer, actor, producor and director. In November of 2001, George lost his bout with cancer. For more on his life, films or music, just put this legend's name into any search engine and you will be greeted with numerous sites to view.

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Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1944

The above date was the "date that will live in infamy." (Though former President George Bush had a little trouble with it). It was the day the Japanese brought WWII to the United States. In the early morning they struck a mighty blow felt all throughout the United States. The first and only, until 9-11-2001, attack by an enemy on American soil.
     The date is now remembered each year to memorialize the lives of the brave U.S Servicemen and women that were lost in the early morning attack.

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Pennsylvania - Quecreek Mining Incident

A sleepy western Pennsylvania mining town suddenly found itself shoved into the national spotlight when one of it's mines suddenly collapsed, trapping 9 miners deep in the Earth. Rescue workers labored around the clock digging a hole parallel to the mine shaft to rescue the trapped men.
     Between the hours of 1 am and 3 am, on a July Sunday morning, the miners were finally rescued from their entrapment. They were hoisted to safety in an 8 1/2 foot capsule, up the 240 foot hole which had ben bored right next to the collapsed mine shaft. All miners were rescued. For a more complete story
click here.
     Let this stand as a tribute to the bravery of the miners, their families and the rescuers involved.

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