Maybe We Need a Letter from God: The Star Trek Stamp

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The drive to honor Star Trek on a U.S. postage stamp is unique. "Maybe We Need a Letter from God: The Star Trek Stamp" traces an old-fashioned grassroots movement, long before easy access to the speed of the Internet, that involved a strategy of signed petitions, endorsement letters and media exposure.

Fueled by the spontaneous combustion of fan fervor, the Star Trek Stamp Committee embarked on a journey that took over a decade to complete. A dubious Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, a bureaucratic "force field," thwarted the Star Trek Stamp Committee's efforts for 13 years.

The book includes over eighty endorsement letters from some of the most renowned individuals in the worlds of science, science fiction and government, along with documentation from some of the nation's leading newspapers such as "USA Today," the "Los Angeles Times," the "Chicago Sun Times," and "Time Magazine."

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Bill Kraft, the youngest of eleven children, is a native of Strasburg, North Dakota, and an alumnus of St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He taught high school English in Pipestone, Minnesota and St. Cloud Cathedral High School and spent ten years with the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

He is an aficionado of authors Ray Bradbury, Thomas Wolfe and Washington Irving. In 2012 he fulfilled a life-long dream with a pilgrimage to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and gravesite in Asheville, North Carolina. That pilgrimage was preceded by another in 2008 to Sleepy Hollow, New York, and the former Washington Irving residence. Meeting Ray Bradbury at St. Cloud State University in 2000 remains a milestone event. Bill has a special passion for the music of Franz Schubert and Ralph Vaughan Williams. A bit of a cinephile, too, he reveres Lawrence of Arabia as the Mount Rushmore of movies. He and his wife live in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.

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