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Remembering, Trek, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans

Updated on January 29, 2016

Trek #10 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, The Special Kirk Issue.

Trek #10 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, The Special Kirk Issue. Published April 1978, published by G.B. Love and Walter Irwin Houston, Texas. Printed in the USA.
Trek #10 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, The Special Kirk Issue. Published April 1978, published by G.B. Love and Walter Irwin Houston, Texas. Printed in the USA.

Trek, The Magazine For Star Trek Fans, they are now Priceless.

In 1976 when many of the folks my age at that time were out drinking or getting high, I was home reading my “Trek, The Magazine For Star Trek Fans”… goodness I am still happy I was a nerd. Since the publishers G. B. Love and Walter Irwin only printed two thousand copies of each issue of the bi-monthly magazine in the series they are now priceless. Actually the magazine ran more quarterly than bi-weekly but when it came in the mail I was ecstatic. As a teenager in the 1970s I remember my most exciting time of the month would be when my “Trek, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans” would arrive in the mail box. This was one of the hottest fan items in STAR TREK fandom, covering every aspect of the lives and adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Chekov, Sulu, and the entire Star Ship Enterprise Universe.

The Back Cover of Trek #10 The Special Kirk Issue

The Back Cover of Trek #10 The Special Kirk Issue
The Back Cover of Trek #10 The Special Kirk Issue

Trek number 10 had great articles about William Shatner

Trek number ten was the special Kirk issue. This issue had a great little articles like why a Kirk? There was also Jim’s little black book, and a brief look at Kirk’s career. Other articles were about the recipe for a star-ship captain, and Bill Shatner acting critique. After the Trek roundtable was the psychology of Captain Kirk’s popularity, and Captain Kirk’s duties.

Trek, The Magazine For Star Trek Fans, are Priceless.

Trek #16, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans with Uhura Cover

Trek #16, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans with Uhura Cover. This issue is very well done with great artwork and full of nice photos and articles.
Trek #16, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans with Uhura Cover. This issue is very well done with great artwork and full of nice photos and articles.
This Photo of Uhura on the Cover is Awesome. The background and her look truly makes you believe she is on an alien planet deep in space far from mother Earth.
This Photo of Uhura on the Cover is Awesome. The background and her look truly makes you believe she is on an alien planet deep in space far from mother Earth.

Number 16 the Summer of 1980, Keeping Star Trek Alive

In the 16th issue of Trek, The Magazine For Star Trek Fans, you had great articles on Vulcan as a Patriarchy, and More Star Trek mysteries are solved. Plus a Trek into Star Trek genealogy, the Trek roundtable and alternates universe in Star Trek. These fan club magazines kept you linked with the wonderful world of Star Trek and the fans that help it alive.

The Back Cover of Trek Number 16, A Young Kirk and Friend. .

The Back Cover of Trek Number 16, A Young Kirk and Friend. The 1960s future really did look bright on Star Trek.
The Back Cover of Trek Number 16, A Young Kirk and Friend. The 1960s future really did look bright on Star Trek.

Gene Roddenberry Based Kirk's Character on Earth Sea Captains

Famous words from Trek ... As an outline by Gene Roddenberry, the character of Captain James T. Kirk was based on the myths of the old styled Earth sea captains; daring, slightly imperious, a hell raiser and a women chaser, and possessing enough autonomy to virtually rule whatever part of the world their ships traveled to. Over the course of the series, these attributes were toned down considerably causing Kirk to become a milder and more bland character as the series progressed; and of them all, only the womanizing was not given short shrift. After all, does not a professional sailor or spacer have a girl an every port?

Trek # 5, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans

Trek, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, number five was published July 1976. This wonderful magazine was published bi-monthly by G. B. Love and Walter Irwin at 2500 Pennington, Houston Texas.
Trek, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, number five was published July 1976. This wonderful magazine was published bi-monthly by G. B. Love and Walter Irwin at 2500 Pennington, Houston Texas.

Trek # 5 a Fans Dreams Come True in the Mail Box in 1976.

In Trek number five you have some great features and articles planned for the Fan. To start off there is a detailed photo feature on George Pal’s classic film, “The war of the Worlds”. Plus Jim Van Hise’s long awaited Behind the Scenes of Star Trek. A look at Star Trek Fandom is the latest project in this issue from the pen of Janet Smith. The other half of the distaff duo Leslie Thompson presents her newest feature length What If? Plus never before published stills, information columns, Trek roundtable, and special surprises, was not this issue a fans dream come true coming in the mail box back in 1976.

Trek, #12 the Magazine for Star Trek Fans

Trek, #12 the Magazine for Star Trek Fans with Mr. Spock Leonard, Nimoy  and Sulu, George Takei on the cover.
Trek, #12 the Magazine for Star Trek Fans with Mr. Spock Leonard, Nimoy and Sulu, George Takei on the cover.

Three Great 1970s, TREK's, The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS

Here are three great issues ... TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS SPECIAL #2, published in November 1978, TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS # 6, published in November 1976, and TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS # 7, published in Feb 1977.
Here are three great issues ... TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS SPECIAL #2, published in November 1978, TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS # 6, published in November 1976, and TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS # 7, published in Feb 1977.

Captain Kirk, Star Trek Billy Blackburn's Movies

G. B. Love, and Walter Irwin, Made it Special for Star Trek Fans.

Every new issue would be better than the one before and they would always go all out to make the new issue the best ever. Putting out so many issues they would use up an enormous amount of material. So they would need every contribution they could get, articles, features, artwork, research notes, photos, and even ideas for the above. The publishers G. B. Love and Walter Irwin were always upgrading the quality of the Star Trek fandom publications as a whole, and not just in Trek. They thought that it is almost imperative that they tell you about any magazine or publication which they felt most meet those high standards. When possible, they would obtain copies of these magazines for their readers to buy directly for them, with their assurance that they will be receiving their money’s worth. But their full energy was devoted to simply producing their magazine, and the effort involved in creating something unique and special for Star Trek fans.

Trek #4, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, Special Spock Issue.

Trek #4, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, Special Spock Issue. Printed March 1976, by G.B. Love and Walter Irwin at 5600 North Freeway, Number 341, Houston, Texas, 77022.
Trek #4, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, Special Spock Issue. Printed March 1976, by G.B. Love and Walter Irwin at 5600 North Freeway, Number 341, Houston, Texas, 77022.

Trek # 4 has a Great Article about Mr. Spock rise to a Superstar.

In the Trek number four the special Spock issue, it has a great article about Mr. Spock supporting cast to superstar. Then there is a great piece about Space 1999, and my favorite the Trek Roundtable. These is also a Spock scrapbook form the files of Janet Smith, and a nice piece about the Outer Limits by James Van Hise. James also wrote a good article about the New York Star Trek Con of 1976, and then in conclusion you have a Mr. Spock personal memoir by Leslie Thompson.

TREK #13 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans

 TREK #13 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans with a great color photo of Dr. McCoy on the cover , and wonderful artwork on the back of Captain Kirk.
TREK #13 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans with a great color photo of Dr. McCoy on the cover , and wonderful artwork on the back of Captain Kirk.

The Trek story began in 1964, Star Trek was just a dream of Gene Roddenberry

The Trek story began in 1964 when Star Trek was just a dream of producer Gene Roddenberry. He was a newly hired executive of the then faltering Desilu Studios. By June of 1964 Star Trek was beginning to become an obsession of Gene and her designed one of the most difficult pieces of creative science fiction ever to face a television studio. Gene was not only having to make real a spaceship with star fight abilities but make this ship fit into the American minds of the 1960s. This was one of the amazing things about this television series it was all new and very cutting edge socially, and technologically.

Trek, The Magazine For Star Trek Fans.

The Trek Roundtable, one of my favorite Sections

One of my favorite sections of the magazine was the “Trek Roundtable” it was where you get a chance to see some feedback for the readers. There are many fans out there were artist and writers and it was good to see what they wanted to see, and what concerns them. There were many fans that would write very interesting scripts and information about Star Trek and science fiction in general.

Trek # 8 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans

Trek # 8 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans with a beautiful painting on the cover by a loyal Fan.
Trek # 8 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans with a beautiful painting on the cover by a loyal Fan.

In Trek Number Eight were Wonderful Articles

In Trek number Eight you would find wonderful articles about the prime directive, and Fan poll results. There was also a great piece called an Evening with Gene Roddenberry and a Roddenberry profile. The Trek Roundtable was in the middle of the magazine, followed by the fan of the Month. There was a wonderful article about the psychology of Mr. Spock, and the animated Star Trek series. At the end was a well written piece about Star Trek mysteries that are solved.

The Back Cover of Trek #8 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans.

The Back Cover of Trek #8 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans telling you that you can not buy Trek on a newsstand.
The Back Cover of Trek #8 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans telling you that you can not buy Trek on a newsstand.

Trek #9 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, McCoy Exposed

Trek #9  The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, McCoy Exposed. This great issue featured shortcuts thru space, and had an extra ten pages on "Star Wars". Wow the the 1970s were fun times.
Trek #9 The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, McCoy Exposed. This great issue featured shortcuts thru space, and had an extra ten pages on "Star Wars". Wow the the 1970s were fun times.

Here is a great video of the UN-aired Version of the Second Pilot for Star Trek

The 1978 TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS SPECIAL #2

The 1978 TREK The  MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS SPECIAL #2 with 48 pages, black and white  illustrations, and photos, wonderful features, great articles, and awesome reviews, interviews and more.
The 1978 TREK The MAGAZINE for STAR TREK FANS SPECIAL #2 with 48 pages, black and white illustrations, and photos, wonderful features, great articles, and awesome reviews, interviews and more.

TREK #14 The Magazine For Star Trek Fans

TREK  #14 The Magazine For Star Trek Fans, This one has a  low print run of only 2,000 copies, it had  many great articles on  the women of Star Trek.
TREK #14 The Magazine For Star Trek Fans, This one has a low print run of only 2,000 copies, it had many great articles on the women of Star Trek.

Inside Trek Number 14 are Great Articles.

Inside Trek number # 14 you have great articles on the women in the Federation, a piece titled 'The keys to Trekdom', and one that speculations on Spock's past. There is a good article on Star Trek who need it and why, and of course the "Trek Roundtable". There is also a great feature on ship to surface transportation, and one on subspace radio, and space warps.

The Front and Back of Trek Number #14 Fall 1979

It has a bust of Mr. Spock in gold on the front and Sulu at his post on the back of the magazine
It has a bust of Mr. Spock in gold on the front and Sulu at his post on the back of the magazine

Trek, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, Number 11

This issue has great artwork on the cover that wraps around to the back of the magazine. It shows the newer version of the Starship Enterprise on the cover heading out for new adventures.
This issue has great artwork on the cover that wraps around to the back of the magazine. It shows the newer version of the Starship Enterprise on the cover heading out for new adventures.

There are Great Features in Trek Number Eleven

The number 11 issue of Trek has many great articles and features. One is about the "Movie"! and anther is "City vs. City" which is a critique of the script for "The City On the Edge of Forever". There is a great feature about "Kirk's Fair Damsel" and the forgotten television show "The Starlost". As always you have "Trek Roundtable" which was followed by an article called "Shortcuts Thru Space", and one of my favorite subjects is covered in the next piece call "The Fotonovels" which is about the Star Trek Fotonovels which were being released that year. In these huge issue you also have "Star Trek Needlepoint", "Kirk and Hornblower", Trekviews, and Trek Trivia.

TREK # 11, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans

TREK # 11, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans. Printed in Houston Texas in July 1978. This is another hard to find issue there were only about 2,000 made of each issue back in these early days of the magazine.
TREK # 11, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans. Printed in Houston Texas in July 1978. This is another hard to find issue there were only about 2,000 made of each issue back in these early days of the magazine.

More Star Trek Mysteries Solved in Trek Number 16

More Star Trek Mysteries Solved in Trek Number 16
More Star Trek Mysteries Solved in Trek Number 16

Trek # 7, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans

Trek # 7, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans has 40 amazing pages that are as usual staple-bound and well made. Number seven was published in February, 1977, and has a great interview with Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand).
Trek # 7, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans has 40 amazing pages that are as usual staple-bound and well made. Number seven was published in February, 1977, and has a great interview with Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand).

Trek number Seven has Many Great Articles

Trek number Seven has many great articles, one is on the "Prime Directive", and another is titled Star Trek and me. There is a remarkable piece on Grace Lee Whitney and of course the Trek Roundtable. Then there is the part tow of Star Trek Comic Books, and a awesome article about the movie "The Thing" with excellent artwork. There is an interesting Trek Fan Poll, and Spock scrapbook, followed by inside Trek, Trek Trivia, and more Star Trek comics.

The back cover of Trek # 7, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans

The back cover of Trek # 7, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans has remarkable artwork with attention to details.
The back cover of Trek # 7, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans has remarkable artwork with attention to details.

1976 the Golden Age of Star Trek Conventions as Seen in Trek 3

1976 was the Golden Age of Star Trek Conventions as Seen in Trek 3. you had a Star Trek Convention in Houston in March 12th  to the 14th in 1976 and Miamicon in December, and Houstoncon 1976 in June.
1976 was the Golden Age of Star Trek Conventions as Seen in Trek 3. you had a Star Trek Convention in Houston in March 12th to the 14th in 1976 and Miamicon in December, and Houstoncon 1976 in June.

In the third issue of Trek they had a very good lineup of Articles

In the third issue of Trek they had a pretty good lineup of articles and features for this issue, and they are very enjoyable. James Ban Hise who was the editor and publisher of the Rocket's Blast - Comic-collector returns in this issue was a great photo article on some of the Star Trek bloopers which never made it to the blooper reel. Also lovely Leslie Thompson returns with another of her speculative faction articles about the Romulans. Plus you have Janet Smith and TREK ROUND-TABLE and much more.

Trek, Number 3, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans, Published 1976

Very hard to find Number 3, Trek the Magazine for Star Trek Fans

Here is the cover of a the very hard to find Number 3, Trek the Magazine for Star Trek Fans, which came out in 1976.
Here is the cover of a the very hard to find Number 3, Trek the Magazine for Star Trek Fans, which came out in 1976.

Trek number 3 was the last Newspaper style Format of the Magazine

Trek number 3 was the last newspaper style format of the magazine, the new format began with the next issue number 4 and it featured a full color cover of a harder stock and high-quality paper and printing. Ti was a beautiful and permanent book that collectors wee proud to own. Tragically this made the Trek's 1, 2, and 3 very hard to find today because they are made of paper that is newspaper grade and they did not not hold up very long unless taken care very well in air tight plastic protectors.

Trek Number 3 was the Last of the Old Newspaper Print Format.

Beginning with the number 4 Trek it became a full size Magazine with high quality paper and printing, and had saddle stitched and trimmed for a beautiful and permanent book.
Beginning with the number 4 Trek it became a full size Magazine with high quality paper and printing, and had saddle stitched and trimmed for a beautiful and permanent book.

Trek, The Magazine for Star Trek Fans was made in Houston, Texas.

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