Who Am I?
To quote Boris Badanoff (and give a hint of how old I am and what kind of TV shows influenced my formative years): "Allow me to be introducink myself."
Rather than recite the usual population survey statistics (age, education, place of residence, favorite food), I'll share a couple of things that help make me the person I am. Or, you can skip right down to why I'm involved with this page.
About Me. One important thing about me is that I'm approaching the empty nest stage in the process of raising two kids with my beloved high school sweetheart. All the complex, exhausting, joyous, aggravating, consistent, rewarding, ever-surprising (to name just a few) components of that lifestyle have contributed to my definition of myself.
The other is my love of storytelling in all its forms. Novels, poetry, essays, films, TV shows, dramatic plays, musical comedies, operas, ballet -- all good stories, whatever their form, fascinate me. So do the creators, the storytellers: writers, actors, artists. So do the craftspeople and technicians who provide the practical support that brings dreams to life. How do I define good storytelling and storytellers? Whatever speaks to me, whether it touches my heart, challenges my mind, or engages my soul.
What am I doing here?
So -- why do I spend time hanging out at a web site devoted to actor Rene Auberjonois? Let me tell you a story -- no, two stories. (grin)
Chain-of-events story: I've been involved in Star Trek fandom since the mid-1970s. I've gone to conventions and written fanfic, and I published a fanzine of Trek-inspired fiction, In a Different Reality, for fourteen years (during the Empty Years, after the animated series and before Star Trek: The Next Generation, before personal computers and the Internet, when the only way to get new stories about the Star Trek universe and characters was wait for the occasional movie, get friends to write them, or write them yourself). I liked Next Gen well enough when it came on the air, but I was happy to see the debut of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. To me, DS9 has been the best Star Trek yet, and so it's only natural that I've continued to find good conversation, good fun, and good friends within Star Trek fandom.
Semi-obligatory why-I-like-Rene story: Right around the time DS9 premiered, I saw a special half-hour TV program on the making of the series, with out-takes from the first episode, "The Emissary." It was the usual "making-of" special: interviews with producers and special effects people and make-up artists and cast members, backstage shots of scenes in rehearsal, spaceships flying around and shooting at each other...all the usual promo material for a sci-fi show.
I liked what I saw. I was never too happy with the "all is goodness and contentment in the Federation" aspects of Next Gen, so the darkness and conflict inherent in DS9 attracted me from the start. And since I've always been drawn to the "outsider" character in any story, my attention was caught by Odo from the start: gruff but compassionate, and wonderfully contradictory -- fluid in form yet rigid in behavior, simultaneously idealistic and cynical, innocent and embittered. Even my first glimpse of the character was intriguing, and as the seasons have evolved he remains my absolute favorite of all the people who inhabit that fictional space station.
But that's just Odo; what about Rene? He was visible in that "making-of" special, too. It was only a short clip, but for whatever reason, I knew right then that I liked this tall, skinny man who was the actor involved in creating the character Odo. If you saw that special, maybe you remember the moment, too. The off-camera host was interviewing Rene about the show. Rene was in make-up and costume, sitting (I believe) behind the desk in Odo's office. The interviewer asked Rene about the make-up (of course: everyone asks about the make-up!) and although I don't recall Rene's words precisely, he said something like, "It makes my face feel stiff, kind of like acting with a bad head cold. As a matter of fact, I have a cold, so today it's like a double-whammy cold."
After that, slowly but surely, as I watched DS9 and enjoyed the exploration and development of Odo, I also started looking for other places to see Rene at work. It's been an entertaining search -- Rene has done a lot of fine work over the past 30+ years! As for why I was hooked by an unfamiliar man's few words about having a cold... I think it was because, in the midst of all the "lights, camera, action!" glitz of the rest of that "making-of" special, that moment with Rene was one of simple and (pardon the expression) down to earth humanity. I don't think about it when I'm watching a TV episode or film in which Rene appears -- at those moments I am engrossed in the characters and the story protrayed on the screen. But at other times I find it pleasant to remember that behind the polished performances of a highly skilled actor is a nice human being with a pretty normal life...who, like the rest of us, sometimes has to go to work even when he has a cold.
Well, those are my stories. It's been nice "meeting" you! But now you've heard enough from me. Go out and explore more of the Rene Auberjonois Internet Link!
- Marguerite Krause
and Marguerite Krause (firstname.lastname@example.org).