Passion never out of fashion: Star Trek’s Joan Winston

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Remember those wild and crazy days when anybody’s hobby was vaunted as containing the seeds of the next giant money-making machine?

Enter Joan Winston. In 1972, she was a key organizer of the first Star Trek convention, which attracted 3,000 fanatics to New York.

Winston, who worked on the business side of ABC and CBS, also wrote and edited Star Trek books and fanzines, rallied for continuing the original series, sent plot ideas to the series’ creator and visited the Star Trek show.

With no “information superhighway” yet in place, Winston picked her way through an information jungle, creating an industry.

Now fan communities have entered the mainstream on Facebook and other social networks, replete with merchandizing and activism. They transcend the objects of their enthusiasm and create their own universes.

Bottom line: Your passions can fuel your leadership.

— Adapted from “Enterprising: Joan Winston,” Rob Walker, The New York Times.

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