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Captain Sulu Campaign Articles

By Christian
April 14, 2000 - 11:09 PM

Over at Space Imagined, they've put up three features regarding the Excelsior Campaign, intended to convince Paramount to produce a Captain Sulu series. In the first article, they provide some general information on the campaign, as well as talk about the Excelsior March which will be taking place on the 22nd of April near Paramount Studios. More interesting is the second article, in which campaign leader Russ Haslage talks about how he came up with the idea for the campaign:

In January, out of the blue -- I remember exactly where it happened. I was coming into my office here and getting situated for the day and all of a sudden I see George's ID plate for the Excelsior back on TV, and it took off from there.

Within a week I had the groundwork all laid out, I had talked to a few people who I had come to know the last 16 years and found out what's the best way to go about this. Should we do Excelsior? Should we maybe go for an idea that had never been done before?

And the people in the business suggested we do Excelsior because it's already been established, we know there's a fan base, sets -- all the background work is done. We know the characters, we know the ship, the sets are probably somewhere in a soundstage at Paramount somewhere, piece of cake.

In the full interview, Haslage talks about his conversations with Gene Roddenberry, and how his fan club first got started.

Then, in the final article, George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) is interviewed, saying that a Captain Sulu series is "probably going to happen" and talking about the history of Star Trek.

Meanwhile, Psi Phi's Sulu letter count page shows that Pocket Books has so far received 198 letters in support of a Captain Sulu novel - 802 short of the thousand that need to be received on the 1st of May in order for a Captain Sulu novel to be published.

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