Welcome to my Star Trek section. I am a fan of The Next Generation and all the way up to the non-Trek based series Andromeda. In my years of watching Star Trek, I have been one of many to realize it is the way the future is going. Technology is changing and most of it is the way Gene Roddenberry envisioned.
My father co-created a non-profit organization called the International Federation of Trekkers (IFT) in 1984 with Gene Roddenberry. I have been a member since 1991 and have since developed a number projects, including a starship called the U.S.S. LaPorte, NFC-77311-A, which I was once the captain. The LaPorte was one of the first cyber-chapters in IFT and was a part of GEO 51, which was under the command of Captain Curtice.
Shortly after I joined IFT and established the LaPorte, I became the head of IFT’s Website Design Team. I made templates based off of Captain Riggle’s designs for the main IFT website to be used with chapter websites. At the time I reported to Captain Esquibel, the former commander of the U.S.S.Thyla, and my father, President & Fleet Admiral Haslage (below is a picture of him with some friends). I used the LaPorte’s website, now defunct, as a template for all of my designs and even included images of many Trek-based starships.
Russ Haslage (Left), Susan Sackett (Gene Roddenberry’s Assistant is Center) & George Takei (Right) at the Excelsior Project Press Conference
In late 2005, I had enrolled into a bachelor’s program while I was at college and had to discontinue my activity with IFT to focus on my studies. I still assisted the local chapters in a limited capacity, but in 2009, I was asked to return to manage IFT’s expansion into online multiplayer games, namely Second Life. In 2010, IFT expanded to Star Trek Online. Over the years as my positions within the organization became more time-consuming, my rank steadily increased. Eventually in 2012, I left my full-time status with Second Life and Star Trek Online to simply manage SpaceStation 51 with the rank of Rear Admiral. In 2015, I resigned from IFT after nearly 25 years.