Newsletter October 2018

Greetings, salutations and warm regards from deep space nine and yes of course, Quark’s bar!  And what does Morn and do when he’s not sitting on his favorite bar stool talking everybodys ear off?…  I mean, besides gambling at the dabo tables, sparring with Worf in one of Quarks holosuites or enjoying his favorite breakfast; a delicious plate of slug livers…  Well, he does have his shipping business and now that Quark knows that Morn keeps liquid latinum in his second stomach, it’s a sure bet that Quark already has a plan of how he and Morn can do business together.

In 2018 Deep Space Nine celebrates its 25 Year Anniversary of the premier of ” The Emissary” the two part pilot episode and the first appearance of Morn on screen and sitting on his favorite bar stool in Quark’s bar.

The first week of January 1993 saw the first of 176 episodes that aired for the first time between January 1993 and 1999.  Morn appeared in 92 episodes which as it turns out happens to be more episodes then other cast members including Jake Cisco played by Cirroc Lofton who appeared in 71 episodes or Leeta played by Chase Masterson who appeared in 17 episodes plus others.

The first week of January 1993 also saw Morn on the cover of starburst magazine as well as a Morn action figure.  Hallmark cards began selling “Morn” party invitations.  TV guide magazine, the Los Angeles daily news TV guide insert magazine, Newsweek magazine, star trek magazine all featured pictures of Morn included in articles regarding Deep Space Nine.  And so began a dizzying parade of Quark’s favorite customer Morn in print as well as a character who has a reputation of talking everybody’s ear off.

Morn appeared on the cover of books, even comic books, trading cards even a 3D trading card, hallmark cards published a series of deep space nine fancy gift stickers that also included Morn.  There was an alien’s of star trek necktie with Morn the fifth alien from the top just below Quark.  Pocketbooks New York published the making of Deep Space Nine book, and the first chapter in the book is called “the funniest joke in the universe” about Morn and about how Mark Allen Shepherd came to playing the character role that changed his career.

The phenomenon of Star Trek Deep Space Nine and the popularity of Morn really began to take off when the production office told me that I was receiving fan mail and that I should pick it up from the production office.

A publicist for Star Trek Deep Space Nine told me outside stage 17 where quark’s bar and the promenade stage were filmed that in a recent meeting with Deep Space Nine productions, the producers and others spoke with the publicists about complaints they were receiving from the cast members who said that Morn was getting better publicity than they were.

The publicist then went on to tell me that it had nothing to do with them promoting the Morn character more but it had everything to do with the fact that they were currently receiving more requests for Morn in print then they were receiving for some of the other cast members.  This was a problem.  The publicist also told me that every piece of mail that I receive from a fan wishing to contact me that that represents 15,000 fans of Morn who like or have an interest in the character but were perhaps too shy to write in.

The amazing thing about all of this is that never in my entire career and indeed my entire life have I ever experienced anything close to the fanfare as I have from working on  Star Trek Deep Space Nine.  Imagine winning the lottery and over the course of the rest of your life you periodically receive reminders, like strips of latinum that you have won at the dabo table. So, Three Cheers for Star Trek, “Morn,” Deep Space Nine and the millions of fans without whom would this be possible… “Live Long and Prosper.”

Official STAR TREK 2015 Las Vegas Convention

Official STAR TREK 2015 Las Vegas ConventionOfficial STAR TREK 2015 Las Vegas Convention

Creation Entertainments´s Official STAR TREK 2015 Las Vegas Convention. August 6 – 9, 2015

stlv15-mainHeaderI would personally like to invite you all to “a Photo-shoot Party with MORN!!” & Mark Allen Shepherd at Creation Entertainment´s Official STAR TREK 2015 Las Vegas Convention August 6 – 9, 2015 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Don´t miss this rare opportunity to see MORN! Mark Allen Shepherd in full costume & makeup for the first time in 16yrs for this exclusive ticketed event. Tickets subject to availability.Continue reading

Morn Man Shepherd Toasts “Who Mourns?”

morn_drinkMorn Man Shepherd Toasts “Who Mourns?”

I have always been a huge Star Trek fan. Playing Morn on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was a wish come true. It didn’t matter to me whether Morn spoke or not, but when the Star Trek writers and producers decided to make “Who Mourns for Morn?” I knew that it was the biggest compliment they could ever pay me. So, when Star Trek.com asked me to write a piece to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of “Who Mourns for Morn?” I couldn’t resist.

Ever since I was a child I’ve dreamed about what it would be like to travel to the stars. Imagined what it must be like to fly like Superman. Marveled at the potential of the human mind and admired the indelible dynamism of the human spirit. The ingenuity of great thinkers and the ability to overcome great obstacles and to achieve great things are for me like music for the soul.Continue reading