I've been a Star Trek fan ever since classic Trek. I still maintain that Captain Kirk was the quintessential Star Trek captain, though if I was going on an away mission, I'd totally opt for Jean-Luc Picard. I adore Patrick Stewart's work (not just in Star Trek), and am very fond of my Patrick Stewart "Discover The Feeling, Learn To Read" literacy poster - a gift from a librarian after we did a children's concert in his library.
When it was announced that Star Trek: The Next Generation was about to wind up, TV Guide solicited fan tributes for a special commemorative edition. I submitted a poem and gave my music group the byline, in hopes of generating interest in our albums. I later turned this into a song which Urban Tapestry performed at filk and science fiction conventions.
by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (May 1994)