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 saw Joan Winston before I ever met her, bustling around in her role as one of the organizers at the first of the legendary Febcon New York Star Trek conventions in 1972. In 1976, at the final Febcon, when I was brought into the fold as a guest writer (following the production of my animated STAR TREK script), I got to see Joanie in action from a figurative ringside seat -- a fitting descriptive, since Joannie was something of a ringmaster at these seemingly chaotic yet scrupulously organized extravaganzas.

Our paths crossed many times over the next 30-odd years, and I can safely say that Joan Winston was and is a wry, witty, hilarious story-teller -- and a talented writer. Her book The Making of the Trek Conventions is a gem (in which I'm honored to be mentioned briefly), and it's a crime that it's been out of print for far too long.

For anyone who hasn't read it, beg, borrow, steal or find a copy from a used bookseller, at a con or on eBay. You'll be glad you did. Nobody captures what it was like to be at those ground-breaking conventions better than the inimitable Joan Winston.

Here's to ya, Joanie. From all STAR TREK fans, thanks for the honor of your company...and long may you regale us!

Howard Weinstein
Long-time Star Trek Writer


Additional Recollections will be linked here


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Photographs of Joan Winston.

Angelique Trouvere