Help with identifying a novel

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  1. Enterprise1701

    Enterprise1701 Commodore Commodore

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    I think I once read the annotations to some Star Trek novel that gave the name "John W. Kyle" to the TOS character Kyle, who went without a first name throughout the entire run of TOS. The annotation said that "John" was not an unprecedented first name because Kyle's actor was John Winston, but the author wanted to reconcile with David Mack's MU - The Sorrows of Empire, which assigned Kyle's mirror counterpart the name "Winston Kyle". But when I did a Google search for this, nothing whatsoever about "John W. Kyle" came up. Can someone tell me what novel I'm thinking of? Or have I completely made this up from my imagination?
     
  2. Therin of Andor

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    The origin of Winston Kyle dates back to a column called "Star Trek Mysteries... Solved!" by Leslie Thompson, featured regularly in the prozine, "Trek" (and the Signet "The Best of Trek" books compiled from the issues). It was also picked up by FASA, and I used "John Winston Kyle" in a fan story that came out just before ST II (and accurately placed him on the Reliant, much to my delight!)

    DC Comics' "Who's Who" gave him the first name of Thomas.

    The so-called "lower decks" TOS novels also called him John, but only on a back blurb (of "Present Tense"), IIRC.

    http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/John_Kyle
    http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Kyle#Apocrypha

    Wikipedia lists a real life "John W. Kyle"...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_W._Kyle
    and, like Therin of Andor, he has a park named after him!
     
  3. JonnyQuest037

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    Did John Byrne give Kyle a first name in his recent New Visions story about him? I'm out of town, so I don't have my copies handy to check. I believe it was in issue #3.
     
  4. Therin of Andor

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    Ursula Becker calls him "Blue".

    Presumably because he has those stunning blue eyes, but if Byrne goes by the theory that Kyle is Australian, not British, then "Blue" and "Bluey" are common enough Australian nicknames, but usually given only to men (and cats) with ginger hair. (From an old newspaper comic strip by Alex Gurney called "Bluey and Curley".)
     
  5. JonnyQuest037

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    Ah, thanks. So Byrne was basically playing it coy and not establishing a definitive first name for Kyle. Very similar to what he did with Number One. Over half a dozen stories with her, and he's still managed to avoid using her name!