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Klingon Couple Clings To Each Other For 28 Years


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Some couples just try to hold on, but Debbie and Dennis Hanon of Mira Mesa prefer to “kling on.”

The Hanons just celebrated their 28th anniversary and Debbie, 47, credits the Klingons, the fictional warrior race from the Star Trek universe, for their marital bliss.

“In a Klingon marriage, the husband and wife focus on each other,” says Debbie who works for Cubic Corporation when she and Dennis aren’t dressing up for parties, Comic-Con, or for school assemblies where they teach kids how to resolve conflicts a la the Klingons.

Klingons have a violent rep, so isn’t having them teach conflict resolution a tad inappropriate?

Not to Dennis, 55, who works at FICO when not presiding over the IKV Stranglehold, one of America’s most prominent Klingon clubs.

“We explain that weapons and violence are not necessary in schools,” he says. “Klingons are warriors, but there is strength in talking things out, and we give them the warrior wisdom to do just that.”

Those same cherished Klingon customs are helping the Hanons’ college-age kids thrive in the real world.

“They are both very determined,” she says. “My daughter wants to be a dental assistant and she has jumped right into it because she wants to succeed.”

Before the Hanons became Klingons, they were members of a Star Trek club that was more focused on Starfleet and, consequently, “more adult.”

Dennis says it wasn’t a good fit.

“What is the point of wearing the costume if you’re not going to play?” he asks rhetorically. 


This article is the culmination of a 30-year-old dream. “I’ve had two main goals in my life. One is to have a job that doesn’t require me to wear a tie and the other is to be published in San Diego Magazine,” said Moye, 46, a lifelong La Mesa resident who is a staff writer for HuffPost Weird News.

Writing about the weird comes naturally to Moye, who has been specializing in the offbeat, bizarre, strange, and quirky for the past 16 years.

“The rise of the Internet proved that weird news is one of the most popular genres,” he said. I see it this way: Weird news is news people want to read, rather than have to read.”

As far as goals go, Moye hasn’t worn a tie in a year (check) and he is now published in San Diego Magazine (check), so where does he go from here?

“Honestly, I am running a stealth campaign to be featured in San Diego Magazine’s ‘Ones to Watch’ issue,” he confessed. “However, I just this second realized that telling people you’re doing a stealth campaign sort of defeats the purpose.”

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