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Sacramento News and Review "Best of" article

Best of Arts & Smarts

Best queen of the geeks: Stephanie Rector
By Jonathan Mendick

This article was published on 09.20.12 in the Sacramento News and Review and at:

Stephanie Rector moved from Los Angeles to the Sacramento area and noticed a trend: People were nuts about pirates, comic books and even her favorite television show, Star Trek.

“I wanted to keep a record of all these things I found,” she recalled, “so I got the idea of doing a website that would kind of [give] all these different groups … a one-stop place to find each other.”

And so, the idea of Sac Geeks Community Calendar was planted in 2002­—although, at the time, it merely comprised a list of links. Its growth and the inclusion of networking and calendar tools came when the revamped site was launched in 2008.

Today, the Sac Geeks website—based on the Meetup ( platform—is currently home to a community of nearly 1,200 users. Approximately 100 of these users regularly organize and post events to the website’s public calendar, but anyone can join the open community. There’s also a discussion area, links and a photo gallery.

The group has also put on a small convention, organized a sci-fi book club, started a board-game group and, most recently, created the Best of Geeky Sacramento Playing Cards.

The cards—which are available at—are equal parts business cards, coupons and actual playing cards. All 54 cards in the deck feature a geek-related business, group or individual, and geeks and nongeeks alike can collect them all at various card-carrying businesses.

“A change of culture has made it more popular to be a geek. The big action blockbusters are [all] comic-book movies,” said Rector.

“Most of the popular shows [nowadays] are about zombies and sci-fi and make-believe. Obviously, it’s cool to be a geek, or those would not be popular.”

Table of Contents

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Best of Geeky Sacramento Poll Winners December 9, 2012 8:15 PM Steph of w.
PRESS COVERAGE (links) October 12, 2012 1:36 PM Steph of w.
Sacramento News and Review "Best of" article September 21, 2012 3:01 PM Steph of w.
Sac Bee: "Rise of the Geek" June 5, 2012 8:50 PM Steph of w.
Sac Bee:Plenty of fun for the comic book minded June 5, 2012 8:46 PM Steph of w.
Best of Geeky Sacramento PRESS RELEASE May 23, 2012 11:29 AM Steph of w.
Best of Geeky Sacramento card project participants May 1, 2012 4:49 PM Steph of w.
Best of Geeky Sacramento Playing Cards March 11, 2013 3:49 PM Steph of w.
Videos June 4, 2010 2:48 PM Steph of w.
Lists of Geeks September 24, 2016 11:05 AM Steven Rose, J.
About Sac Geeks Community Calendar ( February 7, 2013 10:47 AM Steph of w.

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