1159Re: New Guys
- Feb 5, 2002Hi Tom: Always good to hear from you. Yes, it was a surprise for me
when I discovered the website and this mailing list back in Feb.
2001. As to who started it all, it was John (actingman) and Bryan
Durk. John or Bryan, could one of you backtrack a bit for us and
give a "Reader's Digest" version of just how the two of you got this
started? I think it was briefly discussed somewhere, but I can't
find the post.
As to "Trekkies," I think that started as a sort of put down by older
sci-fi fans when Trek fandom was getting started, then journalists
picked up on it and started referring to "Trekkie conventions." You
see, years before Star Trek premiered in 1966, Science-Fiction fans
had their own conventions. When Trek fandom started, the sci-fi fans
perceived that Trek fans were "invading" their conventions. "Here
come the damn Trekkies," as some of them lamented.
What's funny is that years later, after the premiere of Star Wars,
something called media fandom emerged. Trek fans began perceiving
that media fans were "invading" their Trek conventions. "Here come
the damn media fans," as some of them lamented. Sometimes things
come around full circle.
As for myself, I prefer "Star Trek fan" to "Trekkie" or the
supposedly preferred "Trekker." Likewise, I'd prefer "Search fan"
to "Searchie." But I guess we can call each other "Searchies" for
On a different note, I find that Kevin's SEARCH messageboard as well
as the entirety of InsideTheWeb has been shut down:
--- In probe_control@y..., "tomatprobe" <tomatprobe@a...> wrote:
> ...It seems the thing we all have most in common
> (other than Search) is that we all thought we were the only ones
> who remembered it! What an idea starting a web group! Who thought
> of this?...
> ...If Star Trek fans call themselves Trekkies, what are Search
> fans called? Searchies?
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