Trekkies

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For the fans of Star Trek themselves, see Trekkie.

Trekkies is a 1997 documentary film directed by Roger Nygard about the devoted fans of Gene Roddenberry's series Star Trek. Starring Denise Crosby, the movie contains interviews with devotees of Star Trek, more commonly known as Trekkies. The fans range from people dressed as Klingons to members of Brent Spiner fan clubs to a club working on a Star Trek movie of their own. Trekkies includes many Star Trek actors and fans, including Barbara Adams, the Whitewater scandal trial juror who arrived in court in her Starfleet uniform. In 2003, a sequel was launched, entitled Trekkies 2. This documentary travels throughout the world, mainly in Europe, to show fans of Star Trek from outside the United States.

The argument that Trekkie is the correct term was addressed by Trekkies director Roger Nygard in a post on the official web-site for the documentary. When a fan asked why the film was called Trekkies and not Trekkers, Mr Nygard had this to say:

"Gene Roddenberry's former assistant and 'Star Trek' researcher told us the following story, and that clinched it for us. 'Trekker' actually has its origins in the early days. When the media picked up on the word 'Trekkies,' some of the fans thought that sounded too much like 'Crazies'."
"Gene (Roddenberry) didn't recognize the term 'Trekker', however. Somebody once corrected him when he used 'Trekkie' on stage. He responded, 'Excuse me, did you say 'TrekkER?' The word is 'TrekkIE.' I should know, I created them." [1] (http://www.trekdoc.com/database/fanfeed/1.htm)
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