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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS OF THE S.F.A.B.C. - The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier was organized to provide an alternative to the traditional Star Trek fan clubs in the area. It has been designed to be a relaxed, no frills group where people who enjoy the Star Trek shows can share news and discuss various aspects of the shows. Most meetings feature an "official topic" to serve as a guidepost, but conversations wander all over the place.

For a time, we had two chapters of the Final Frontier in New Jersey, one meeting in Bergen County, the other in Livingston. Both branches of The Final Frontier have evolved over time. The Livingston Chapter remains closer to the original conception while the Bergen County Chapter had become more of a video group. In 1998, the Bergen County Chapter became Armchair Odyssey. The Livingston chapter continues as before.

The Livingston chapter has a Moderator to lead the discussion and involve the rest of the group in the conversation (as did the Bergen chapter). Aside from that, there are no officers, ranks, uniforms, or regulations.

The Final Frontier meets once per month.

Advance to The Final Frontier, Bergen County Chapter; or The Final Frontier, Livingston Chapter.



THE FINAL FRONTIER, LIVINGSTON CHAPTER

This chapter of The Final Frontier meets at 7:30 PM on the second Friday of each month at Barnes & Noble, 518 Route 10 West, Livingston, New Jersey (201) 535 - 9595. Brian Gonigal is the Moderator of the Chapter. Mr. Gonigal is a member of the S F A B C, the Garden State Science Fiction Conspiracy, and a member of the defunct science fiction discussion group which met at Barnes & Noble in Springfield, New Jersey.

Discussions of Babylon 5 were officially made part of the agenda at the April 1996 meeting.

The first official meeting of this branch was held on Friday, September 8, 1995. Subsequent meeting dates and topics follow:










Meetings last about 1-1/2 hours and are followed by a trip to the diner to eat and converse.

You may be interested in examining The Final Frontier and The Final Frontier, Bergen County Chapter.



THE FINAL FRONTIER, BERGEN COUNTY CHAPTER

The Bergen County Chapter of the Final Frontier met from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on the second Saturday of the month before the meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County during the period from September 1994 to March 1998, until it became Armchair Odyssey.

There were originally two parts to the Frontier's meetings. From 6:00 - 7:00 PM, there was a topic discussion and an update of Trek news. From 7:00 - 8:00 PM, was a viewing of the broadcast episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

The Frontier was fortunate to have Tony Tellado as moderator of the group from November of 1994 to March of 1996. He then retired from the group in order to devote more time to his radio show, Sci-Fi Talk. Sharon Archer, Gary Blog, Philip De Parto, Brian Gonigal, Roy Greenberg, and Fernando Ruiz have all taken turns moderating Frontier meetings.

In January of 1997, we altered the format of the Bergen County Chapter. While continuing to watch the broadcast of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 at 7:00 PM, we also showed first season episodes of Babylon 5 during the months of September through May. Because the June, July, and August meetings are not held in our usual meeting site, we substituted a discussion for both the video and broadcast viewings.

In April of 1998, we changed the name of the Bergen Chapter to Armchair Odyssey. At 6:0PM we view the broadcast of Earth: Final Conflict, and then Star Trek: Deep Space Nine at 7:00PM.

This first chapter of The Final Frontier held its initial meeting on Saturday, September 10, 1994. It was an organizational meeting and previewed the upcoming series Star Trek: Voyager. A list of meetings appears below, with the moderator of the meeting in parentheses.








You may also be interested in examining The Final Frontier and The Final Frontier, Livingston Chapter.




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