General "Gadget" French was the experienced Marine commander of the late USS Bozeman that fell into a black hole several years ago. The ship was presumed lost with all hands aboard. Then one day a small escape pod appeared out of the black hole that the USS Bozeman fell into. When the escape pod was recovered by the RS Hecate, the Captain and crew thought it was just a salvage item for their taking, not knowing the contents inside. The contents revealed General French in suspended animation. When General French was revived, he realized that he was aboard the ship of his old friend, Captain Ferber. The experience of falling into a black hole for all of those years did not fair well for the general. After regaining tales of each others' escapades, it was decided that General French wanted to serve as ship's Surgeon. He just did not want to be in the Command Chair of a Starship or a fighter ship again. He would rather save lives than give orders that could jeopardize lives. Because of his gallantry and valor in the line of duty, he was awarded many awards and the promotion of Lt. General in the Maquis.
Real Life File
|Larry's fandom experiences started with a club he assembled in high school in the late 1970s. He was a fan of the show ever since it first started. He went to his first convention when he was in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Virginia during the early 1980s. He never got involved with organized fandom until he joined Starfleet International Chapter, USS Potemkin in Pittsburgh, PA. Signing aboard as a new marine member, it was only a few months later that he received his commission as an officer when he assumed the position of Pilot in the Potemkin’s Marine Strike Group. Within a few months he was applying for transfer to the USS Kasimar because of military and college commitments. Within another few months, he was applying to start a chapter as chapter president because he had five members now that didn’t always want to travel from Fort Kent, Maine to Bangor, Maine (2-3 hours) each month. Elected as Shuttle Cassiopeia’s CO, he was promoted to Commander (Lt. Colonel). Over the next six months, he served as CO and attended many conventions and events representing his ship. After he graduated from college with his Bachelor’s Degree, he moved to Pittsburgh, PA and the shuttle folded due the lack of leadership of the new CO to follow Larry’s example. In late 1992, he applied to serve on the correspondence chapter, USS Stellar Wind, which he wrote role-playing scenarios for up to 14 different characters. He served on the USS Stellar Wind for almost three years when it decommissioned. He was promoted to Captain (Colonel) in 1995 for his efforts in writing and participating in conventions. Not knowing what to do or where to transfer, he let his membership in Starfleet International lapse in 1997 and started to pursue Klingon fandom. He joined the Imperial Klingon Forces and later started his own ship the IKV Death’s Head (Heghnach). He longed for the chance to reenter fandom of Federation clubs. He decided that his persona would be half-Klingon and half-Vulcan and would not affiliate with any organization that would not recognize his persona and ideas of fandom. In 2000, he found the Klingon House Ki’RK to be an excellent choice to affiliate with because they had similar ideas about fandom. Many Klingon organizations disliked their members portraying species other than pure Klingon. House Ki’RK made it clear that they will accept anyone who meets the honor challenges set before them. Larry undertook the great the challenges and became a House warrior. He also found the Maquis Freedom Alliance that accepted him with this persona. After six months, he commissioned the ICV Heghnach as both a Maquis Freedom Alliance ship and a House Ki’RK ship. In October 2000, Larry attended Maquis Gras and met several members of MFA and MFI. In 2001, the Chief of Operations on the Heghnach wanted to start a chapter in Starfleet International and wanted Larry as his First Officer. All throughout Larry’s fandom history, he would give several clubs a try to see if he liked them and if they were right for him and were stable enough to survive. In 2002, Larry made the decision to check out MFI and found that he liked it enough to join.