We know Geoff Trowbridge as Elkhart Public Library’s Computer Network Administrator. You may know him as that helpful guy in the Main Library Public Computer Center. What you may not know is that he is also an author (among other things). His work can be found in two STAR TREK anthologies and a recent history of Elkhart Civic Theatre.
Geoff’s novel, The Chimes at Midnight, was published by Simon & Schuster with two other novels in ECHOES AND REFRACTIONS (STAR TREK: MYRIAD UNIVERSES, book 2). The novels in the MYRIAD UNIVERSES series have a unique premise. Each author imagines some sort of change in Star Trek lore – a particular past event that turns out differently, creating an alternate history in the Star Trek universe. The novel then plays out how things develop.
His short story, Suicide Note, is in THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, also published by Simon & Schuster. This anthology came out in 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. The same story was also published in the back of a Star Trek manga, KAKAN NI SHINKOU, as a promotional preview for THE SKY’S THE LIMIT.
More recently, Geoff assembled, edited, and self-published ELKHART CIVIC THEATRE: THE EARLY YEARS (1948-1961), which documents the first 12+ years of the community theatre organization prior to its purchase of the Bristol Opera House.
Actor & Musician
Not only is Geoff an author, but he is also an actor and a musician. He has appeared in numerous Elkhart Civic Theatre productions since 1987. Among his favorite roles have been Sir Lancelot in SPAMALOT, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and Eddie Flagrante in ZOMBIE PROM. He also appeared in a recent South Bend Civic Theatre production of STOP KISS.
In the late ’80s Geoff toured the local club circuit in a glam metal band called Xzotik, complete with big hair, makeup and spandex. The band recorded an album that sold fairly well in local record stores. In the ’90s he played with a popular local band called Four and Twenty Elders. He has also written music for community theater groups. A couple of his compositions have been performed in more than 30 venues across the U.S. and Canada.
Ancestor & Descendant
When asked if there is anything else we should know, he said, “I have three children. According to mean demographics, I own .64 cats, but I’m pretty sure that’s incorrect. I have a genealogy fetish, which, I assure you, is the only reason I hang out in cemeteries all the time, and, like most Trowbridges, I have a fully documented lineage back to Emperor Charlemagne.”