So many names in this guestbook that I recognize from my years in Trek fandom. First, those I met via the Star Trek Welcommittee, and then the acceptance by "The Committee" when I volunteered to work at their cons.
I first met Joanie in 1972, and started working for her publicity "department," which continued for the next four years.
Joanie was unlike anyone I'd ever met, even though I'd been exposed to "famous" people since childhood. Joanie Winston was a force majeur who ALWAYS had time for anyone, no matter how tired or frazzled she was.
I remember accepting an invitation to her mountain-aerie apartment. A walk-up, nach. She had the very first VCR machine I'd ever seen. And more memorabilia than I knew existed.
Even over 30 years later, after my own string of accomplishments, I am still in awe of Joanie.
She had class. She had style. She had a heart and the best damn joie de vivre I've ever known.
To her family and close friends, I wish you comfort and time to come to terms with this terrible loss.
And to Joanie, thank you for taking me under your wing. Thank you for spending precious time you didn't have with me.
Rest, not only in peace, but in joy and love, Joanie. Maybe we'll meet up again some day.