Empathy was founded in October 1974 by Barbara Kitson (later Edwards) and Catherine Owens (later Perkins.) Cath’s mother Dot Owens was also “converted to the cult” as the Halifax Evening Courier put it, and became known and loved throughout British fandom.

This press cutting from the Courier, courtesy of Barbara Edwards, highlights the worldwide impact of Star Trek – and, alas, of inflation. Back then, a year’s subscription to a fan club, including newsletter mailings, was about to rise from 80p to the giddy heights of £1, and a fanzine packed with stories, poems and art could be bought for 40p.

Empathy’s club zine, Emanon, was later succeeded by a new zine, Contact.


Empathy's founders talk to the Halifax Courier

Second part of the 1975 Halifax Courier interview

A year later, in 1976, Empathy was gearing up to run the third British Star Trek convention at the Dragonara Hotel, Leeds. The previous two had been run in Leicester by the Star Trek Action Group, in 1974 and 1975. Empathy would go on to run further conventions at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool in the 1980s.

Cutting courtesy of Barbara Edwards


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