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"This is to remember the admirable and strong-willed man named Martin Luther King, Jr. His dream was to have a country where there was no segregation and for everyone to have equal rights. King, Jr. paved the way for many racial barriers to come down, along with Medgar Evers and Malcom X. He will always be remembered on January 21, his birthday."

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Christopher Reeve

September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004

Submited & authored by Captain James Hunter

On October 10th, 2004, the planet Earth mourned......for on this day, we truly lost a Superman. I'm not speaking about a character that was played on the silver screen. I'm talking about the character of the man himself.

By now, the story of Christopher Reeve is quite well-known. He was the rugged actor who shot to stardom as the Man of Steel in 1978's Superman: The Movie. His portrayal of the duel character Clark Kent/Superman won him rave reviews, as he allowed us all to willingly suspend our disbelief. For a moment, we all could believe a man could fly.

But it isn't his success as an actor that truly set Chris Reeve apart from the rest. It was the inner strength of the man himself......a strength that began to shine on that fateful day of May 27th, 1995.

Christopher Reeve suffered fractures of his C-1 and C-2 vetebrae, the result of a riding accident. These fractures are sometimes known as the 'classic hang-man's fracture'. It is a miracle he didn't die then and there. Somehow, he managed to beat the odds, thanks to the dedicated people of the University of Virginia Medical Center, and maybe an honest to genuine miracle itself.

It was from this accident that Chris Reeve found his true calling in life. He became the most famous and outspoken advocate for spinal research that the world has ever seen. His strength, his courage, and his dedication has been a boon to this vital field. His undying belief that one day he would walk again gave millions hope.

Sadly, that day would never come for him. He passed away from a heart attack on October 10th, 2004.

He leaves behind a legacy of hope and courage. While he may have played a character that was larger than life in his invincibility, it was through his own mortality that he truly became a symbol for all mankind.

He's hoping you can finally walk again......and even more.

Rest In Peace Chris.

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James Doohan
1920 - 2005

It could be argued that Montgomery Scott, Scotty, is probably the secondmost well-known character from the original Star Trek series. Even those who did not watch the series knew who the dramatic, strong-willed chief engineer of the original USS Enterprise, NCC 1701, was. Many would mimic the Scottish accent when referring to any sort of mechanical repairs they were doing. Probably the most famous words spoken by fans and non-fans were "Beam me up, Scotty."

James Doohan was a master of voices. He originally started his career doing differenct accents on radio. When offered the part of the first starship's master mechanic, he was given a coice of several different accents with which to play. Doohan chose the Scottish accent because he felt it was a commanding one. I'd be willing to bet, he had no idea just how popular he would become.

James Doohan, a Sarnia, Ontario, Canada native, found it difficlt to find work after the original Star Trek series had ended. AS often happens with beloved characters, he had become type-cast. This did not deter Doohan. He made a good living going to Trek conventions around the country. He did tv commercials, and even brought Scoty back to life in the Next Generation Star Trek series. At age 85, Doohan passed away, having Alzheimer's Disease and pneumonia.

Rest in peace, Jimmy. You will live always in the Star Trek ubniverse..

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"Silent Character"

Amy Jay

Admiral Moondance Krell Commodore April Styles-Fyrstk
Amy was better known as Admiral Moondance Krell, Commodore April Styles-Fyrstk, and Dr. Rhys Thuryn (to name a few). She also played Counselor Querion McVey. As Krell, Amy helped to form this group, setting it up to be a respectable and fine group to be a part of. As April, she commanded the USS Pathfinder sim. She put her heart and soul into the role she played as commander of that sim.

In the amatuer radio service (HAM operators), when one of their own passes away, that person becomes known as a "silent key." I feel it is only fitting when we lose one so dedicated to our hobby, we reer to them as a "Silent character."

Amy's contributions to this group (as well as in other groups she has been associated with) , and her unique style of character playing shall be missed. I would hope you all join with me in sending our prayers out to her RL son, family and friends whom have to deal with her loss on a more personal level.
Sim Member Contributions
Lukas Fyrstk, Commanding officer - USS Eagle
I started interacting with Amy when I wanted a personal apect of my character's life to come into the sim. I had him become interested with the CO of the U.S.S. Wyld Foxx - A. Amy was more than willing. We developed an in-character relationship between Lukas and April Style, which eventually led to them becoming married, then the birth of Lukas and April's children. Amy further enriched my simming when she allowed me to use April's son, Malachi, in my sim. HE has developed from an NPPC into his own character.

As a tribute to Amy, I have kept the character of April Styles-Fyrstk alive. With permission from Amy's closest online friends, I wrote a story, "Reflections," as a tribute to her.

I still cannot believe she is gone. I pray her family can cope with their loss. I also pray Amy is finally in peace. My simming experience with this group has been enriched since dealing with her.
Dan Landers, Admiral:
Captain James Hunter:
USF tribute to Amy

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Andreas Katsulas

1946 - 2006
  February 13, 2006 saw the end of yet another brilliant acting career.

Andreas Karsalas, better know in Trek lore as Commander Tomalak, died of cancer at the age of 59. Andreas had been bitten by the acting bug at the early age of 4, when his mother had taken him to a theater production in St. Louis, MO. He started his career off in the theater, doing innovative plays and productions. During a hiatus from theater, Andreas was cast, with a small recurring part, in the movie "The Sicilian." He was encouraged to use this role as a springboard into a movie career. He hsa since starred in many made-for-tv movies and tv shows. He is probably better know to Sci-Fi fans as G'Kar from Babylon 5.

Andreas. Thank you for adding your talents to the Star Trek universe. You will continue to live on in our minds as Tomalak, and will be missed.

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Majel Barrett Roddenberry

December 18, 2008
The Star Trek universe, today, lost another of it's legendary stars. Majel Barrett Roddenberry, died in her Bel Aires home.(See more details)

Majel played many roles in the great span of the differnt Treks. In the original pilot, she played the dark-haired Number One, who was Captain Christopher Pike's first officer. In TOS, she played Nurse Christine Chapel. For TNG, she was Luxwanna Troi, as well as the voice for the computer for all the later Trek series.

Thank you, Majel, for your wonderful acting, and contributions to Star Trek. May you now, be joining your husband, and those other wonderful Star Trek actors who passed before you, in heaven.

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