'Name the Tribble' contest marks archives observance

Oct 4, 2012 The Associated Press

The reference is to the tiny, furry creatures from a memorable episode of the old "Star Trek" television series in 1967.

CHEYENNE -- Anybody who doesn't think this is the cutest little news story of the day must be a Klingon.

The University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center is holding a "Name the Tribble" contest. A tribble is a small furball of a creature from the Star Trek television series that first appeared in a famous 1967 episode.

On the show, tribbles endeared themselves to everybody except Klingons, who despised them. The trouble with tribbles is they're very prolific. They overpopulated the Starship Enterprise.

A tribble from the Star Trek set is among many items that science-fiction publisher Forrest Ackerman donated to UW decades ago.

The tribble-naming contest commemorates American Archives Month. Entries can be e-mailed to, with "Tribble Contest" and your name in the subject line.

The deadline is Oct. 22.

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