Member since: August 1, 2008
Star Trek and Science Fiction have always been a constant in my life. Growing up my grandfather, Roy Tackett, who had been a successful science fiction writer in the 1960s and 1970s made sure I read all the classics of science fiction. My mother had watched TOS as a teenager in the late 1960s when the show made its first run. When I first started dating my wife, Mary, Star Trek was one of the first things we bonded over. Star Trek is a true entertainment phenomenon but the real vale is not in the television shows but rather in the people who have come into my life as a result of my involvement with fandom. I even had the opportunity in 2008 to serve as groomsmen in the traditional Klingon Wedding of Rich Wood held at Vulkon.
I first signed aboard with the USS Anasazi in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2004 and transferred to the USS Haven in 2006. I’ve also had the opportunity to serve as First Officer of the Klingon ship Ancient One based out of Tampa, Florida. During my ten-plus years of involvement with organized fandom I’ve had the opportunity to participate in sprawling, professionally organized events like Away Mission and Megacon to smaller fan-centric events like Klingon Feast and Farragut Fest bringing me into contact with diverse, amazing people who have helped me chart my own course in life.
As the ships Science Officer I organize events to promote science literacy, such as volunteer events with the observatory at the University of Central Florida and trips to Cape Canaveral to watch launch events. My goal is to make sure that although we’re not quite ready to voyage to the stars ourselves that the crew of the Haven are still aware of the new, exciting happenings in science as we move further into the 21st-Centruy.
In my daily life I’m an operations coordinator at the local airport and live with my wife and our four cats. Additionally I serve in logistics as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. I’m a proud alumnus of the University of Central Florida, a member of the Enzian Film Society and Central Florida Astronomical Society