Joan Winston: Recollections and Tributes

Joan passed away on September 11, 2008. Memorial Tributes are linked through a large table on the main page of this site.

Presented as Part of A COMPANION IN ZEOR'S Thirtieth Anniversary Year.

A tribute page for Joan Winston, Author of THE MAKING OF THE TREK CONVENTIONS, Co-Author of STAR TREK LIVES!, one of the founders of the original Star Trek Conventions, and a member of "The Committee."

All tribute pages can be reached by the table at the bottom of this page.

Part of A Companion in Zeor
Recollections, for inclusion, can be e-mailed to Karen MacLEOD
Additional posted tributes are linked through a table at the bottom of this page.

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I discovered Star Trek back in high school. It was the mid seventies, and I had never heard of conventions, fandom, etc., so I thought that what I was watching in hacked-up reruns would be all of the Trek I would ever get. It really stunk to discover it just when it seemed to be all over.

And then I stumbled into a copy of a STAR TREK LIVES! What a revelation! All of the behind the scenes stuff about scenes I had never even known existed! I think it was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me and my Star Trek friends at the time as we passed the book around and discovered we were not alone.


I Owe my Art and Performing Career (although nobody has ever heard of me and I never really Made a Living) to Joan Winston!

Joan Winston was very important to me. I met her at my very first Con in 1976. She appreciated my art talent and a couple of years later, bought two of my cartoons for her professionally published mass market paperback book Startoons, edited by Joan Winston (Playboy Press, 1979). That was one of my first significant professional art sales. I still treasure my copy of that book to this very day. Conventions made it possible for me to sell my genre art professionally and they helped me get my performing career started by competing in costume contests. All the costumes I first made for Cons ended up being very useful for professional performances later on. Joan will always have a very special place in my heart. Her passion opened doorways that would never have existed otherwise.

Vibes and hugs,
Amy Harlib

"Love at first con"
by Joel Davis

Funny, witty, charming, lovely, and that's me.

No, seriously, folks, that's Joanie. I met her with Shirley Maiewski and Jacqueline Lichtenberg. Together, along with a host of others, they brought me, dragging and screaming, into the world of Star Trek fandom.

And, boy, am I ever grateful to them.

Especially to Joanie.

You look into those eyes that sparkle, and that smile of hers, and she could make the worst day of your life seem like the best. And heaven knows, we've all had a few of those.

Just ask anyone who has stood in line at the Commodore Hotel, or the dreaded Americana Hotel elevators.

If "Beam me up, Scotty," had been a reality then, we all could have benefited from it.

But it was Joanie's smile, along with Jacqueline's and Shirley's, that made those cons work for all of us. A true party.

For 12,000 of her closest friends, even to this day.

And we remain, ever grateful, to Joanie Winston.


Joan Winston assuredly can be recognized as one of the founders of Star Trek fandom. The conventions would not have taken place without capable fans running them, and the conventions were what brought many people to Star Trek fandom. Indeed, they were a primary source of people being aware there was a Star Trek fandom. Star Trek Lives! also was a milestone in fan history, and her contribution to that volume made many fans aware that conventions were fan-friendly, fun places to come. So from one Joan to another, and from one long-time Star Trek fan to another, I wish Joan Winston the very best.

Joan Marie Verba

Reading Star Trek Lives and, in particular, Joan's chapter, assured me for the very first time ever that I was not crazy in my obsession.

Attending my first (and ever after) ST convention (in my case the NY Statler Hilton con in Feb. 1978) told me that not only was I not crazy, there was a whole world out there of warm loving accepting people just like me.

I was trapped in a hopeless and terrible and ego destroying marriage because I never imagined I deserved better. ST fandom showed me that I was a person of worth and I never looked back. A year later I was divorced, writing and being published (ah, K/S fandom back in the day, what a wonderful universe it was). I went back to school and got first a BA and then a Master's. I now have a job I love and continue in fandom (Man From U.N.C.L.E. now) which always, no matter how the day, week or year may have gone, provides a home. Thank you, Joan.

Cynthia Drake
(currently writing as ChannelD)


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Photographs of Joan Winston.

Angelique Trouvere

Howard Weinstein, Long-time Star Trek author