A native Oklahoman now living in SoCal, Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek is a prominent Star Trek author, archivist, consultant, host, actor, voiceover and producer whose “Trekland” brand and blog betrays where most of his work and passion lie. Perhaps best known for the classic “Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion,” Larry’s two most recent hits include appearing twice as Dr. McCoy in the indie online re-creation hit Star Trek Continues, and his “Star Trek: Stellar Cartography” maps/book set from Amazon, a long-overdue entry in the beloved world of Star Trek backgrounding.
Now host of THE TREK FILES for Roddenberry Podcast Network and of his own Trekland Tuesdays LIVE, Larry in 2015 created PORTAL 47, a pioneering live and online monthly Trek backstage deep-dive package for fans worldwide. In the past year he also launched Trekland TREKS, a day-tour service allowing fans to visit four Trek film sites of their choice from over 40 location around Los Angeles
Meanwhile, “The Con of Wrath” documentary will bring this true tale of the most glorious failure in Trek event history to light, featuring George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Harve Bennett, Wende Doohan (James’s widow), Starlog’s Kerry O’Quinn, Laura Banks, Eric Stillwell, and many fans, dealers and original staffers from this 1982 Houston . He also leads the big “LA2Vegas Trek Film Site Tour” next August for Geek Nation Tours, opened The Trekland Trunk on Facebook to sharing his rare archival Trek items, and has released five CDs of remastered audio from his years of long-form taped interview archives, the “Trekland: On Speaker” series.
Larry’s last-minute casting in STC as Dr. McCoy, his favorite Trek character, was a return to acting roots that follows on a guest appearance in the LA Comedy Awards’ best web-series nominee, the Brit mockumentary “Divine White’s Introduction to Hollywood,” and several earlier guest appearances in the fan series Phase II, including the Tellarite Grolst in full professional prosthetics in “No-Win Scenario.” After two appearances as McCoy, Larry continued in his STC role as Creative Consultant—and a supporter of the love and passion behind all fan projects.
A pop culture, history and Trek fan since school days, Larry garnered a journalism and theatre degree from East Central Oklahoma University and an MA in directing from the University of Kansas—even as he continued fan research into Trek, working early on while at ECU on the original “Star Trek Maps” from Bantam in 1980.
It was his self-published annual concordances for The Next Generation, soon to be used by TNG writing staff, that led to the best-selling TNG Companion from Pocket Books in 1991, updated in 1995 and 2003, and the move to L.A. with his young family, where wife Janet worked five years with Star Trek: Voyager’s writing staff. There he served as managing editor for the official magazine Star Trek: Communicator from 1998 to 2005, and as art coordinator and writer for the original Star Trek Fact Files published worldwide and later seen as the high-end Star Trek Magazine in the U.S.
One or more of his columns have run unbroken since 1998 in Titan’s UK-based Star Trek Magazine, now sold in the US, and he was the sole contributor to Japan’s “Star Trek—Best Episode DVD Collection” follow-on to the Fact Files. He and Janet also sold the story “Reflections” to Voyager in 1994 that finally became 2001’s “Prophecy.”
All that also landed Larry such event gigs as writer of museum timeline and placards at Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas, the 1998 and 2007 World Tours, and the on-set Starfleet props advisor for “Borg Invasion 4-D” at The Experience. Not to mention speaking gigs at Trek and sci-fi conventions across the US, Canada and Europe… and the 500-plus mostly long-form interviews with Trek’s designers, writers and crew that now make up those Trekland: On Speaker CDs.
On camera, along with a cameo performance in the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, “These Are the Voyages,” you can also see and hear Larry in the DS( documentary “What We Left Behind,” the Susan Oliver bio-doc “The Green Girl,” “G4’s Proving Ground,” Rod Roddenberry’s “Trek Nation,” William Shatner’s “Get a Life!,” Biography’s “The Captains of the Final Frontier,” the latest “Star Trek VI” Bluray audio track, and the new TNG and Enterprise Blu-ray documentary sets. Not to mention dozens of interviews and “vidchats” of Trek fans and pros alike since 2008 in his “Switching to Visual” series at his own TREKLANDblog.com.
During a decade as a daily newspaper reporter and then wire/entertainment editor back home in Norman, Oklahoma, Larry shared two state Associated Press first-place news awards. And his local Trek cred is topped by his founding of ThunderCon, OKC’s all-media/Star Trek charity convention in the 1990s, after also running publicity for Oklahoma City’s original SoonerCon SF litcons. He is also as big a fan of Americana as he is of the future; you can also count him a big OU Sooners football fan, a keyboards buff and swing aficionado and a docent at the historic California State Park ranch for his home-state hero and American icon, Will Rogers.