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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek has lots of things in the work to celebrate this anniversary.

First, there is a group of special showings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in theaters through Fathom events. In fact, our next Kelly activity will be attending one of these showings: Sept 8th at the West Valley Megaplex. (Show time is 7:00 pm.)

Another thing that Star Trek has done is partner with an ice cream company named Cool Haus to create a special ice cream flavor: The Wrath of P’Khan, a mix of candied pralines, caramel, and vanilla ice cream. (Pralines and Cream, anyone? YUM!)

Check out the Wrath of P’Khan page here.

Cool Haus is located through various retailers, including Smith’s Food Stores and Good Earth Natural Foods. Check out their retail store locator page here. I must report that I have failed to find any yet, though the search continues. And remember… revenge is a dish best served cold – ice cold.

FLEET DAY

The annual Seventh Fleet Day (formerly known as the Seventh Fleet Games) is this coming Saturday, July 30, 2022. This is one of two events during the year where all the ships of the Fleet meet together. This is our summer event, where we’ll meet in a park and play all sorts of games. While normally hosted by one of the ships, this year’s event is hosted by the Admiralty Board.

This year’s event will be held at the Richmond City Office on 90 South 100 West in Richmond, UT. The opening ceremony will be at 10:00 am, Lunch will be at 12:00 noon, and the games will end by 5:00 pm. There will also be a silent auction, the various items up for auction will be a fundraiser for the ships that have donated items (and yes, the USS Kelly will have items available at the silent auction).

Lunch will be provided (“walking tacos” and salad), and while there will not be a cost for the meal, donations are encouraged. The USS Kelly will also have a cooler of water – water bottles are encouraged. Any other beverages you desire you’ll need to bring yourself. Please remember that this is a FAMILY FRIENDLY event – alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

Please note: if you have any dietary restrictions, please come prepared. We’d rather see you and have you stay home because of this.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

We have a lot of events coming up as well as recurring activities.

  • September 8th – Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 40th Anniversary event. This is a special showing through Fathom Events. The club will be attending the 7:00 pm showing at the West Valley City Megaplex theaters.
  • October 22nd – Pumpkin Carving Contest (time TBD). Bring your own pumpkin and tools, whether this is a real pumpkin or a decorative one doesn’t matter. This will be held at our XO’s home.
  • November 12th – Food Drive and Auction (time TBD). This will be held at the Fiiz located on 4700 South in Taylorsville, just off of I-215.
  • NO KELLY ACTIVITY IN DECEMBER.
  • January 2023 – Admiral’s Banquet. (This is the other annual Fleet event).

The USS Kelly’s Role Playing Game is a recurring event held twice a month. We play online and in person using a combination of Fantasy Grounds Unity and Discord. At time of posting, the meeting dates for the RPG are as follows:

  • August: 6th and 20th
  • September: 3rd and 17th
  • October: 1st and 15th
  • November: 5th and 19th
  • December: we will not play in December due to GM’s schedule.

The time has come to claim your 2022 Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet calendar. If you ordered one through the USS Kelly, please contact Captain Bogler a.s.a.p. If you didn’t, and you still want one, the Fleet has a limited supply of extras. They are $10 each. Contact Admiral Stark directly through the Seventh Fleet Facebook page, or you can contact Captain Bogler for more info.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I know… I’m a slacker. Just know that we have been working hard behind the scenes to keep this club running.

Part of that is finally finishing Communique Issue Two (of Volume 2). That is done, so… here it is! You can also find it on our Communique archive page.

Stay safe out there, and… Live Long and Prosper!

Wow! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted anything here. Well, as they say, the buck stops here. I could claim an excuse of real life keeping me busy (and it has), but that doesn’t mean I can ignore you, the hardworking crew of the USS Kelly. So… here’s what’s up.

As shown in our last post, we had a great time at the 2021 Fleet Games in August.

September 1st was the USS Kelly’s 35th birthday. We had a small gathering in a park on Labor Day weekend, showcasing the history of the club over the past three-plus decades. As you can imagine, it was sparsely attended, but those who were there had fun.

In October, our fearless XO lead the crew through a corn maze. I regret that due to work schedules, I was not able to be there at the time.

Our November activity is THIS COMING SATURDAY, November 13th. It will be held at 6:00 pm at the Fiiz located on 4700 South just west of I-215.
This will be the USS Kelly Auction, as well as a food drive and a bake sale to raise money for the club and for the Utah Food Bank. The Kelly Auction has been a near-yearly tradition, and raises operating funds for the club. It is by using these funds that we were able to get our new, gorgeous USS Kelly t-shirts in time for Fleet Day. It also helped subsidize the Kelly Kampout and pays for things like our ownership of the website usskelly.com and our Zoom subscription. All of these things are done for the use of the crew, so please come and see all the Star Trek (and other pop culture) goodies we have available, just in time for your Holiday shopping!

There will be no Kelly Activity in December, as that is prime time for family gatherings.

Our first activity in 2022 will be the annual Admiral’s Banquet, held January 22, 2022. This will be hosted by the USS Rendezvous.

In other news:

Have you seen the new Star Trek Prodigy? The first three episodes are out, and so far it’s fantastic.

It amazes me how fast time flies. Fleet Day 2021 was held Aug 7, 2021, and here it is the 28th. All I can say is I’m sorry for posting so late. BUT… we definitely had a great time.

The annual Seventh Fleet Day is one of those events that everyone should try to attend. It is an opportunity to see those members of other clubs that may be too far away for us to visit normally. Social media is fine and all, but there is nothing like meeting in person!
As you can see, the USS Kelly was well represented at the event. And we look awesome in our new Kelly t-shirts! (Thanks to everyone who ordered one. If you still need to pick yours up, please contact Captain Bogler a.s.a.p.)

This year, the annual Seventh Fleet Day was held by the USS Ticonderoga at Barlow Park in Clearfield, UT. They had all sorts of games available to play, but the highlighted event was a kickball tournament. Kickball teams were not designated by ship, but were random teams… sort of. You could sign up for one of four teams: Borg, Vulcan, Andorian, or Klingon. The Ticonderoga even made hats for each of the kickball teams! I was on the Andorian team (we lost… bad). We had crewmembers on every team, so congratulations to those of you who were on the Klingon kickball team.

Klingon Kickball team kicks butt

The Ticonderoga provided an awesome hot dog bar for lunch along with all the trimmings, and we were able to relax and have fun. It was great seeing all of your faces at the event, new friends and old friends alike.

Of course we had Fleet Day staples such as the “Saucer Separation”, “Design a Starship”, “Liar’s Dice” and “Shields”. I’m proud to say the Kelly swept the Shields and Liar’s Dice events. Liar’s Dice winners were Admiral Dennis Hollinger (1st place), Crewman Eric Moorer (2nd place) and Captain Jill Bogler-Patterson (3rd place). Shields winners were Crewman Bob Patterson (1st place – technically USS Ticonderoga, but he’s honorary USS Kelly), Captain Jill Bogler-Patterson (2nd place) and Lt. Commander Dawn Woods (3rd place).

As I mentioned at the beginning, time seems to just fly by lately. Case in point – next week we celebrate the USS Kelly’s 35th birthday. Can you believe it? 35 years!
That event will be held in Murray Park Pavillion 3 in Murray, UT. Check out our Facebook event for more details.

I sit here studying (reviewing) episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in preparation for taking (or re-taking) the first part of the Command Test. As I do, I was reflecting some on the episode I just finished watching: The Schizoid Man. I thought I should do a review, especially when I reflect on the last episodes of Picard, available on the Paramount Plus streaming network. If you haven’t watched all of Picard season 1 yet, I suggest you do that before reading my review as I will incorporate my thoughts on that in this review.

The episode introduces us to Ira Graves, the genius who claimed to have taught Dr. Noonien Soong everything he knows. The enterprise is called to Gravesworld, Dr. Graves home planet, because he is ill. It turns out he is ill with a terminal disease.

Spending a lot of time with Data, they discuss things like Dr. Graves work on cybernetics, how Data will never know death, and how Dr. Graves intends to cheat death by transferring his consciousness into a computer. This is especially ironic as we discover during Picard season 1 that what was left of Data’s consciousness has been transferred to a computer where it was able to grow into Data’s full consciousness again. (In fact, that tidbit is central to the whole plot of season 1).

Eventually, Data comes out alone saying that Dr. Ira Graves is dead. The away team, along with Dr. Graves’s body and his young assistant, beam back aboard the Enterprise. Soon, the crew realize that the Data that beamed back with them is not the Data they know. Dr. Graves consciousness is suppressing the Data we know, in part because Counselor Troi can sense intense jealousy coming from Data, plus his personality is arrogant and seems completely unlike Data’s… and let’s not mention the funeral. (I mean, “To know him is to love him and to love him was to know him”? Talk about arrogance!)

Eventually ‘Data’ ends up in Engineering, after knocking out Geordi LaForge. He claims it was an accident. Picard, calling to Sickbay, asks about Dr. Graves’s assistant’s hand – it turns out that he’d crushed it, because he is not aware of how much of Data’s strength he uses. This conversation between Picard and Ira-Graves-in-Data’s-body gives probably my favorite quote of the episode.

“No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another.”

Captain Picard to Ira Graves (in Data’s body), The Schizoid Man

Ira ends up knocking Picard out accidentally, realizes that he’s doing wrong, and eventually transfers his consciousness to the Enterprise computer. This saves his knowledge, but the human factor is gone.

TNG Season Two tends to be more… cerebral… than other seasons. There are some great gems in the season, and this is one of those.

Thanks for reading my review! Live Long and Prosper.

(P.S. See you at Fleet Day this weekend!)

The design is complete and the vendor chosen. We have a short time to get these shirts done before Fleet Day on August 7th.

Click the link to order. Order form closes July 30, 2021.

Cost is $20.00 per shirt. Pay me (Captain Bogler). Venmo is preferred, but we can make other arrangements. I’ll have them shipped to me, and I’ll distribute them at Fleet Day, unless I see you earlier. Adult and Youth sizes are both available.

One thing I want to do as Captain is to keep the legacy of the USS Kelly alive. As part of that, I wanted to find and share our old newsletters. Thanks to Admiral Carl Stark, I was able to get most of our back issues (from volume 1 through volume 68) up on our Website. You may have noticed a few changes because of it.

As I was perusing these old issues, I was remembering when I joined the USS Kelly. I remembered being asked to write an article and that it was published. Well, I found it. I didn’t put my name on the article in the issue, but I distinctly remember that it was about the Tenctonese (the aliens in Alien Nation) and that I wrote it like a bunch of various logs. I wanted to share that with you… so here it is.

This article was published the first part of 1994, and was in the first issue of the Communique published after I joined in December 1993. Sometimes I forget how much time has passed since I joined this organization. A lot has changed, but a lot remains the same – namely the friendships I’ve made along the way. I hope that you find the same enjoyment with the USS Kelly as I have over the past two-and-a-half decades.

Live long and prosper,
Captain Bogler

We are getting ready to have new USS Kelly t-shirts made. After lots of discussion, we’ve decided that the t-shirts will be a dark purple with silver ink. We will have two images on it, and we need YOUR help to pick it.

This first graphic will go on the front of the t-shirt in the area where a pocket would go.

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T-shirt front graphic

One of the following three images will go on the back of the t-shirt. The only question is, which one? This is where we need your opinion. Pick your favorite and then you can vote on our Facebook Poll (here) or send us your vote by e-mail.

So… which will it be? Vote and we’ll find out!

Voting closes on July 20th.