Episode #14 – Eric L. Watts – The Man…behind the Fan (Part 2 of 2)



Hosts Chris And Tina

Eric L. Watts – Founder and Chairman of Treklanta
Leonard Nimoy, Eric L. Watts, and William Shatner from Dragon*Con 2010.
Miss Klingon Empire 2004, “Captain KheTara sutai Lorenssith,” (Christine Evans-Arriaga) is crowned by Eric L. Watts
Eric L. Watts with Grace Lee Whitney, Dragon*Con, TrekTrak 1999
Eric L. Watts with George Takei, Dragon*Con, TrekTrak 2006.
From the 2016 Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards at Treklanta. Left to right: Treklanta Chairman and Master of Ceremonies Eric L. Watts, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Jack Stauffer, award winner William C. Searcy, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Tracee Lee Cocco, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Bjo Trimble, Guest of Honor and awards presenter John G. Trimble, Guest of Honor and awards presenter Carel Struycken and Treklanta Star Trek Programming Director and Master of Ceremonies Brian Holloway.
If you have any questions for our guest, we will gladly forward them to him, but we cannot guarantee a response. Send any questions from this episode to nerdblisspod@gmail.com with “ELW Question” in the subject line.


  • A wrap up of the discussion of Star Trek Discovery and comparison to The Orville.
  • How Eric became Director of Star Trek Programming* at Dragon*Con.
  • How Eric’s track of programming was born from his early experience in the fandom and how it was different from other tracks.
  • Working with Star Trek guests and meeting William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
  • What the Chairman of Treklanta wishes you knew about what your badge price pays for.
  • The origins of the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant and its rise to becoming world famous.
  • Closing thoughts on legacy.

Treklanta Website

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TrekTrak Website (NOTE: This site is not affiliated with DragonCon)

Eric L. Watts – Introduction of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy – Dragon*Con 2009

Treklanta 2017 – The Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant. The “incident” with contestants #2 and #6 starts just after the 22:00 mark.

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