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Video of the Day: Report From 1973 Star Trek Convention March 5, 2011

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Our video of the day is a flashback to 1973 and the dawn of the Star Trek convention phenomenon. The newly uploaded video has clips of fans and Star Trek stars at a con from New York City, along with commentary from Star Trek writer DC Fontana, sci-fi author Isaac Asimov and more. Check it out below.  

 

Star Trek Convention Flashback to 1973

Here is the clip from a 1973 Star Trek con at the Commodore Hotel in New York City (uploaded by beyondspock on on Youtube – via Ed Gross).

 

Comments

1. Odkin - March 5, 2011

Get a haricut, you hippies!

2. KKP - March 5, 2011

Wow! Asimov’s commentary is fascinating to watch. As a huge fan of his writing who hasn’t seen much video of him speak, just the fact that it’s an involved monologue by Asimov is pretty cool, but to hear him specifically discuss the character of Star Trek and its impact on science-fiction is really something else… As awesome a video as I’ve seen posted on here. I expect many folks who read regularly on here might have already seen it before, but first time for me.

(Was any of this in that movie “Trekkies”? I remember they at least covered the first ST Convention.)

3. SirMartman - March 5, 2011

ahh the good old days,,

:oD

4. GarySeven - March 5, 2011

Fascinating. And moving.

5. Josh H - March 5, 2011

^2 Nope, not in “Trekkies”, although the fans in that one were just as smug…

That’s a joke, kids.

6. RobertZ - March 5, 2011

Bravo!
I hope the “Court” pays attention to this clip.

7. DJT - March 5, 2011

Love these flashbacks. It’s the closest thing we have to time travel.

8. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - March 5, 2011

Pretty Groovey Flashback. Or is that Far Out. Lol. Anyway. Was some Cool stuff to see.

9. Lloyd - March 5, 2011

“The program is merely a way to entice you to watch the advertising”
Spot on, Asimov!

10. Red Dead Ryan - March 5, 2011

Man, people had weird hair back then!

It’s always fun to see footage from years before I was born.

11. Recorder Marker - March 6, 2011

Hmmm….I think Ambassador X @0:30 may be the missing link between Klingons of TOS and ST:TMP that some have been looking for.

So the cure for Klingon augment virus lies in….tartar sauce?

12. Harry Ballz - March 6, 2011

I was 18 in 1973. My back hurts.

13. CmdrR - March 6, 2011

I was 11 in 1973. My back still hurts and I want to slap Red Dead Ryan.

Did the guy really glue a lobster to his face? How shellfish of him.
(11, yours is better, but I couldn’t let that one pass w/o a snide comment.)

Love Isaac Asimov, mutton chops and all. One of the Big 4. But, don’t be making fun of my favorite split infinitive. Also love that Gene actually sold a few of his IDIC thingies. (Shat referred to them as being a warehouse full of junk.)

Is that a time-travelling Spockanella at the very end, sobbing over LN??

14. JB - March 6, 2011

Slightly different topic, but what happened to the TOS/TAS episodes at CBS.com? They’re gone.

15. The Six Million Dollar Man - March 6, 2011

Oh dear, that weeping girl at the end………

16. Greg Stamper - March 6, 2011

Great, Great find.

17. DeBeckster - March 6, 2011

I wonder what became of the Lobster Dude. Wish I could have been there. Then again, I would have only been a year old. . .

18. Alisa - March 6, 2011

I lived that time, but I never got to the FIRST convention. It was FAN based, done by FANS FOR FANS! That convention moved from New York, down to Baltmore, and became two conventions. Farpoint and Shore Leave. They continue to exist. And THANK GOODNESS they do. FAN run conventions are the best because they know what FANS want, not only celebrities, but fan run panels for discussions, there are merchandise, but there are also other things. Without the FANS starting the ST conventions, there wouldn’t be any today

19. Alisa - March 6, 2011

No. 13 – Read Shat’s book about his experience with attending a convention (not for the first time), but secretly in disguise. He wanted to know what it was all about, because the conventions he had attended were quick and dirty. He was ushered in then back out so fast by “body guards” that he never got a true sense of what a convention was really like. He didn’t spend time on the floor with the fans (and couldn’t because he wasn’t allowed to). When he did finally attend a convention where he disguised himself and saw it through the eyes of the fans, he realized just how much fun they were, and how much people really loved the show, and he apologized for his remarks on Saturday Night Live of “Get a Life” and that became the title of his book. It really was an eye opening experience for him. And I really respect him for that.

20. Andy Patterson - March 6, 2011

“brotherhood of intelligence”. I like that. Right on, brother Asimov!

21. Celeste - March 6, 2011

wow. that last chick. Its like she was at a Beatles concert or something…

22. Douglas - March 6, 2011

It’s a very pleasant surprise to see this video. I didn’t know it existed. I attended this convention as a child, with my younger brother who has since passed on. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I ever had with my brother and It lives in my heart forever. We were both big Star Trek fans and I heard of the convention on the radio, WABC in New York City, right after a Beatle song. I convinced my mother to bring my brother and I to the Commodore Hotel for the convention. She left me to take care of my brother at the event as she didn’t want to go and said she would be back in a few hours after she went shopping. Leonard Nimoy was not scheduled to be there. We were watching the film “Silent Running” with Joan Baez singing on the film’s soundtrack when a rumbling began in the room. The film stopped and the lights went up and the screen was pulled up. The folding chairs started moving forward and were closing in on my brother and I. We were both really frightened as we thought we were going to be crushed in some sort of disaster. Then everyone stopped pushing and the chairs stopped closing in. Out came Nimoy, Takei and Doohan exactly as you see them in the still at the top of this posting. It was a magical moment as my brother and I were stunned and felt like the luckiest people on earth. Hearing Leonard Nimoy speak was wonderful. My brother remembered it for the rest of his life and we smiled whenever we brought it up. It has remained a moment of extraordinary joy in my mind that I treasure forever. Thank you for posting this video.

23. Star trackie - March 6, 2011

..That’s what started it all folks. And this was before the Internet, or DVDs or VHS…all the fans had were a few scattered newsletters, some fanzines and 60 minutes of TOS, if you were lucky enough to have it run on one of your 3 or 4 local stations. Unlike today, where sometimes I feel fans are more a fan of fandom itself than the actual show.

24. Christopher_Roberts - March 6, 2011

This makes me wish I’d been born earlier. To have been around back then and at the right age to enjoy it. From what I’ve read though, major TV Executives (from the big three Networks in the US?) were confident enough to show repeats of Star Trek close to or during prime time throughout the 70′s, so it perhaps isn’t any wonder the fanbase grew massively. They could do with treating Star Trek like that now-a-days, rather than as a dispensable filler at odd hours of the day and night. Right alongside whatever lawyer/doctor/cop show currently gets all the attention.

25. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - March 6, 2011

I was just 4 when this happened. Became a fan just a couple of years latter. Some good times.

26. The Original Spock's Brain - March 6, 2011

@ 22. Douglas

Thank you for sharing your special memories.

27. AJ - March 6, 2011

I am a New Yorker, and I remember Nimoy coming to an auto show in, maybe 1974. He had no cars to display, but he was a major draw to the show, and my dad told me to ‘wait here’ and he stood in the huge line, and got me his autographed (and personalized) headshot.

I used to go to comic cons in NYC in the 1980s, and there is still one per year, and I managed a few Trek Cons in the ’90s.

New York City used to be a major location for Trek cons, but, for some reason, Creation and its ilk now steer clear, now opting for Parsippany NJ, 60 miles away, putting NYC dwellers, who mostly do not drive, out of reach. Most of those I met in Parsippany in 2009 were from Jersey or PA.

It boggles that NYC (20m urban conurbation) gets no cons, and no visits from the traveling “Experience” collection, and it’s a massive bastion of fandom. Hell, we used to have a store called the “Federation Trading Post” on East 52nd Street dedicated to Trek.

28. chrisfawkes.com - March 6, 2011

Very good, as was Asimov’s point that the show was about encountering problems that humans had not had to face before.

That should offer some scope for fresh story telling in the future.

29. "Check the Circuit!" - March 6, 2011

Enjoyed seeing Nimoy’s bit on the substance of the show. 40+ years later, all of the cast have been asked the same question about what makes Star Trek special so many times, their answers seem rote. (Not a criticism…but after all this time, the emotion of the response has “left the building.”) So it was great to see him delivering an impassioned and seemingly spontaneous response.

30. SoonerDave (formerly Author of "The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers") - March 6, 2011

@28 – It’s astonishing to me that we have essentially the entire galaxy from which we could draw potentially unlimited types of stories, and yet we debate here how Trek has endured “franchise fatigue,” and have expressed concern here that Trek XII might just be a retelling of a TOS episode in the alternate timeline…

31. AJ - March 6, 2011

SoonerDave,

That same issue bugs me as well, especially as Ron Moore complained the ‘Star Trek Universe’ was too constrained in its depth to allow creativity, while Manny Coto’s season 4 of ENT went and had an absolute field day with that same universe.

VOY tried to take us away from the Alpha/Beta quadrant, and by ep. 1, we were introduced to the Kazon, a ‘warrior race’ with head ridges and clans. Game Over.

Coto found a wealth of material in the same existing lore that Moore bitched about. PLUS, as you say, we have the entire Galaxy as well.

32. Spockanella - March 6, 2011

13: Yeah, that was me (not). I was 14 in 1973. I’d have gone to the convention in a heartbeat if I could’ve, though. I did go to one in the early 80′s. Nimoy, Koenig, and Doohan were there. I missed meeting Koenig, and the folks in Nimoy’s line said (I kid you not) that we were not supposed to talk to him, just hand over whatever we had to be signed and move on. Of course a lot of us did talk a little anyway! And Doohan was a totally sweetie…he made sure to talk to everybody, smiled, seemed happy to be there.

33. Vultan - March 6, 2011

#30

Given that the last two movies were a collection of things already seen in Trek, one can’t help but expect another retread.

34. Zee - March 6, 2011

Never saw this clip before. What a great look back. I was 14 in 1973 and it makes me feel old (lol) when I see posters on this site who weren’t born yet. Ah the good old days when it was all starting. Yes there are many great stories to be told,and I am looking forward to the future of Trek.

#22 Douglas
Thank you for the wonderful story about you and your brother.

35. Thomas - March 6, 2011

These comments on this thread really hammer hown the fact that I am one of the youngest posters here. I wasn’t born until ’84.

36. Rocket Scientist - March 6, 2011

in ’73 I was 10. Had seen some Trek but didn’t become a full-blown fan until a couple years later when it was on every day after school.

37. Red Dead Ryan - March 6, 2011

I’ve really enjoyed reading about everyone’s experiences! Truly captivating and fascinating!

I wonder, has anybody here ever witness a lunatic fan being thrown out or escorted away from the actors at a convention? Because there are always stories floating about a bunch of weirdos at conventions.

I’ve been to a few conventions myself, and everyone was cool and nice.
I even had a nice chat with Marc Alaimo once!

38. Red Dead Ryan - March 6, 2011

12+13

Try lifting with your legs, not your backs! ;-)

39. Vultan - March 6, 2011

#36

You spoke with Alaimo! Luck-eee!

40. Red Dead Ryan - March 6, 2011

38

Yeah, we discussed if Sisko was able to come back, so too would Dukat, since they were opposites to each other.

41. Basement Blogger - March 6, 2011

Listen to Nimoy describe Star Trek. Entertainment. Provocative. Uplifting. He’s said that about Star Trek many times.

42. Holger - March 6, 2011

Thanks for the great clip. The best part is Asimov’s analysis of Trek. The grandmaster is still missed! How I would love to have been at one of these early conventions! But I was born in 1973.

43. Steve - March 6, 2011

My first con was at the Statler Hilton in NYC in ’76; that one was HUGE! The whole cast except Nimoy, plus Asimov. The Hilton cons petered out over the next few years, but that 10-year anniversary one was great. Anyone have any video of that??

44. VulcanFilmCritic - March 6, 2011

Ah, plus ca change, plus cest la meme chose.

What a wonderful blast from the past. I didn’t get to attend 1973′s Convention, but I did go to New York’s 1974 and 1975 Conventions so I saw those folks from that era.

@ 18 @ 22 In the vernacular of the time, Right On Alisa and Douglas!
The fan- based conventions were enchanting. Really. There was a lot of fan-based content like the art show, and things were really unpredictable.

I miss that, but The Talent is still The Talent. Bill Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig, bless their hearts, are still with us and they still come to conventions.
So continue to go and see them. The feeling in the room, especially at the smaller conventions like Vancouver and Parsippany, is still the same. In fact, it’s kind of relaxed now. I saw Nimoy at another venue in 1975 and he didn’t really connect with the audience that well. Seeing him in Parsippany in 2009, however, he was really funny, like George Burns. And he really did connect with the audience.

Also I got to see him last summer in Vancouver at his “Secret Selves” photography seminar. We had him in a small room for 90 minutes. He gave a talk for 15 minutes. Then we watched the film on the Secret Selves Project for 30 minutes and then there was a 45 Q and A. As there were less than two dozen people in the room, we got to ask him several questions and explore another side of the man. We talked about psychology, art, Jung, Carl Rogers, and lots of things not related to Star Trek. It was really deep and very moving.

Nichelle Nichols spoke at the 92nd Street Y in New York this winter about her iconic role as Lt. Uhura, as part of the Women of Television lecture.

I just saw Zachary Quinto in “Angels in America,” and I’ve seen both Nimoy and Patrick Stewart on stage in New York.

So if you have the opportunity to see them talk, or perform, or show their art these days. Just go. They are still awesome!

P.S. @ 27 AJ. I don’t understand why the Star Trek Convention is now held in a rather dismal industrial park hotel in Parsippany. It is so wrong and counter-productive!
I understand that booking a hotel in New York might be a very expensive proposition, but why hold it in a place that is only accessible to people with cars? The organizers should consider that they might have better attendance if they held the convention at other sites on the East Coast that city dwellers can get to, like Philadelphia (which has a huge convention center and lots of unsold hotel rooms) or Atlantic City.
Besides who wants to spend the weekend in an industrial park?

45. Vultan - March 6, 2011

#39

Hmmm, sounds like the makings of a great DS9 TV movie to me. Too bad the chances of that ever happening are razor thin.

46. Sebastian - March 6, 2011

Must’ve been great to have been there at ST fandom’s grassroots beginnings.
So much raw passion! These days, conventions and such have become so pre-packaged and commercialized that they’ve lost a lot of that old school heart and charm.

Wish it could be so again…

47. I'm Dead Jim! - March 6, 2011

That last girl must have just emerged from her parents’ basement… truly an emotional experience!

Loved the whole video! I agree that Asimov’s statements should be mandatory viewing for anyone working on Trek in the future.

48. Christopher Roberts - March 6, 2011

31. A J – “That same issue bugs me as well, especially as Ron Moore complained the ‘Star Trek Universe’ was too constrained in its depth to allow creativity, while Manny Coto’s season 4 of ENT went and had an absolute field day with that same universe.

VOY tried to take us away from the Alpha/Beta quadrant, and by ep. 1, we were introduced to the Kazon, a ‘warrior race’ with head ridges and clans. Game Over.

Coto found a wealth of material in the same existing lore that Moore bitched about. PLUS, as you say, we have the entire Galaxy as well.”

I completely agree with you about Voyager and the Kazon. The thing to remember about Ron Moore’s comments, is who was probably directing his words to. Sounds a bit like self-publicity about his involvement with BSG. Basically his writing is a reaction to 24th Century humanity and the characters an antithesis to all that. He’s saying that writing Gene Roddenberry humans were too much like a straight jacket. All the bad traits tend to be given to alien races on Star Trek, threatening to force us to decend to that level in order save the day. Back when Enterprise began, the promise was that the humans on the show would be “not quite as evolved”. Some of that was explored with uncomfortable attitudes held between some humans and vulcans. Then there’s Archer’s dillemma about placing the mission to save Earth, over the lives of his crew and his usual moral judgements. But I honestly couldn’t ever see humans the NX-01 crew behaving anywhere near as bad as some aboard the Galactica… not and belong in that universe anyway. The Mirror one, definitely!

49. Christopher Roberts - March 6, 2011

48 (cont.) Basically, I don’t think Trek lore was Ron Moore’s beef with Star Trek. He’s a fan and so probably would loved to have fill in the blanks with a prequel show. Heck, he’s done that with his own creation… well, his and Glenn Larson’s. It would probably have taken a partnership with somebody else to reign in Starfleet characters, to prevent them from becoming completely unlikeable and the whole show a dystopia, where everybody is basically doomed. I liked how Manny Coto saw dozens of avenues left for Enterprise to keep it fresh (mostly plot driven admittedly) and not subvert it into something which was definitely not Star Trek. Ah, he should’ve been allowed to finish the 22nd Century off with a few more seasons…

50. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 6, 2011

Sulu looked like a chick with long hair lol LOVE IT

51. C.S. Lewis - March 6, 2011

New Yorkers. Star Trek. Psychedelia. The 1970s.

Do you feel the libn, brother?

I grok.

Sincerely,
C.S. Lewis

52. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - March 6, 2011

1973, the year of my birth… it’s was hard for me to grasp the state of fandom being already so passionate and eccentric when I was nary a year old.

Oh, and, by the way, sir, you have a lobster on your head.

53. Jordan from UGO - March 6, 2011

F$%# Woodstock. Man, I’d give anything to somehow go back and attend this.

54. Robman007 - March 6, 2011

I was at the EmeraldCity Comicon and Jonathan Frakes/Brent Spiner were amazing. Shatner was ok, but folks were rushed thru and he was a bit out of it.

I have a ton more of respect for Frakes and Spiner…great guys, very funny and awesome with the fans!

55. Basement Blogger - March 7, 2011

I had a debaate with a fellow Trekker about whether “A Private Little War” was an anti-Viet Nam story. I voted anti-Viet Nam story. Well, if you listen to D.C. Fontana, she says they did an anti-Viet Nam story. I’m pretty sure she’s referring to “A Private Little War.”

And yeah, that guy has a lobster on his head. Quick get some melted butter.

56. GreenWoman - March 7, 2011

My sister and I went to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show on Saturday, and had one of those “when fandoms collide” moments; an exhibit touting waterproof outdoor televisions had a gorgeous stone patio and fireplace, with the television mounted above, and … they were showing Star Trek Reboot. %-) We happened upon the exhibit just as Spock was addressing his ohsopolite “life long and prosper” (translation, screw you) speech to the Vulcan Science Academy elders. *Had* to stop and watch.

So, of course, the next thing to do was pull out the video and rewatch the movie yesterday. I do love that film. And this morning, I went looking for new info on the sequel.

And found this site, and this video clip.

I’d already been in organized fandom for a couple of years (my honeymoon was Westercon in Oakland, July 1971) but I didn’t make it to any of the big east coast cons; my first real Star Trek conventions were a few years later, when Bjo Trimble started Equicon in Los Angeles.

So when I found this link, I was blown away. I have many friends who were there, and I remember the great west coast cons of the early 70s, when nascent media fandom in the form of Trek fen (these were the pre-Star Wars days) were trying to struggle past second-class citizenship at the mainstream sf&f conventions. When Bjo launched Equicon, a fanrun non-celeb con devoted to discussion, costuming, and media-fan bonding, it was like a whole new world.

Thanks for this clip. Like watching Reboot, it made me feel young again.

57. Woulfe - March 7, 2011

THE VERY FIRST STAR TREK CONVENTION EVER !

Interesting funny side note…..

One of the people managing the doors for arriving guests, had this great big bear of a man approach them….

Guest Greeter : Are you with “Star Trek ?”

Big Bear Type Guy : I AM “STAR TREK”

Turns out it was none other then Gene Roddenberry….

These kinda things can only happen at the first convention, none others

;-)

This is where it all started, this was the start of the fandom, and it only grew from this first one onward, each con became bigger and bigger in every way, more days for them and multiple rooms for talks, films and so forth, Art rooms, Dealer rooms….

To think it all started with this first Fan Run Convention & exploded into what it is now, I’m proud to have been a small part of this whole thing

58. Tunes - March 7, 2011

I was 16 in 1973 and I was at that convention,awesome experiance.Still have the program and other collectibles from that convention.Great to see that video.

59. Horatio - March 7, 2011

God, I miss the 70′s.

60. MrRegular - March 7, 2011

I miss the 70′s badly…Thanks for the look back at 1973 Convention. I had no idea this video existed. Isaac Asimov’s commentary was as usual insightful and highly articulate.

61. Darryl - March 7, 2011

Since it seems as if everyone is divulging thier age in 1973, allow me to add my two cents. I was 2.

62. Harry Ballz - March 7, 2011

56.

Welcome aboard, GreenWoman! Please post again!

63. maskull - March 7, 2011

I remember the first Detroit Convention in 1973. Harlan Ellison swore at everyone. James Doohan was as kind as he could be and … David Gerald bit my head off. …Don’t mention stories similar to what he wrote to him. ;)

64. Tunes - March 7, 2011

does anyone else have the bronze coin with Spock and Kirk on one side and the Enterprise on the other sold back then in a little white box?

65. TrekTech - March 8, 2011

Ahhh…before the days of Creation…before the dark times.
These were the days of REAL conventions not the mass produced pre-packaged pablum that passes for cons today. I remember having Tribble Fights with George Takei and Bjo Trimble at fan run cons…the anticipation of what new fan made wonders awaited in the dealers room…the commeraderie of sitting around with other fans. The 70s and 80s were the heyday f fan run conventions before conventiosn were co-opted by folks like Creation and the little guys were muscled out…now its just a cattle call.
Thanks for the video…reminds me of better times.

66. Robert Bernardo - March 8, 2011

Ahhh… the days when independent conventions really had to be organized or fail. Like the one I went to in San Francisco, DeForest Kelley was the main draw. But hardly anyone came to the convention! The hallways were very empty in the large auditorium. I had a field day at the dozens of vendors’ tables, all of whom were hurting for any kind of business. They all looked glum, depressed… when I bought something from them they perked up. Whoever organized that convention never did it again.

Creation Entertainment should be commended for doing right and lasting this long.

67. Lt. Bailey - March 8, 2011

1973 and I was a Freshman in High School… but still a big fan even then.

I remember my classmate in Science (what else) was also a fan and he told me of these conventions. He knew I was a fan as always wore this Blue ST windbreaker jacket that was offered from AMT model kits of the Enterprise or Spock models. he showed me where to buy copies of all the TOS scripts. Reruns on TV and reading the book…those were the days.

As time wore on, I never heard any news of conventions (the days before internet) from the media or friends. When I did hear of a con, it was always after the fact. I found out about one at the Anaheim Convention Center I went to in the late 80′s and that was the last one I went to until I went to Las Vegas to see STTE at the Hilton. Thats when I saw that Creations put on a CON in Las Vegas that was huge. We have been attending them ever since.

One can argue about whcih is better or worst, Fan run cons or business run. Bottomline is that we have cons to go to to see the stars and friends. While they may cost money, what else is there? Yes, it would be nice to have a free or low cost event but those days are gone. I am just grateful that there is something to enjoy.

68. Larry Nemecek - March 8, 2011

31 AJ /and/ 48 Christopher Roberts: Re: ““That same issue bugs me as well, especially as Ron Moore complained the ‘Star Trek Universe’ was too constrained in its depth to allow creativity, while Manny Coto’s season 4 of ENT went and had an absolute field day with that same universe.”

“The thing to remember about Ron Moore’s comments, is who he was probably directing his words to. Sounds a bit like self-publicity about his involvement with BSG. … He’s saying that writing Gene Roddenberry humans were too much like a straight jacket.”

I suspect the “straightjacket” here you ascribe Ron ascribing is not about the franchise vibe, but the Berman Era inflexibility about healthy, thoughtful risks at that point. Manny finally got to do his thing, as *others* had TRIED to do before him, but by then Enterprise was cancelled and had a “bought” 4th season by the studio from the network.

69. Melllvar - March 9, 2011

That clip was rad
Long live the Trek!!

70. THX-1138 - March 9, 2011

Great memories, especially #22 Douglas. Thanks for that. It brought a tear to my eye.

I was 8 in 1973, and a rabid Trek fan. We didn’t get Trek conventions where I lived (still do) then. Those didn’t happen until the 80′s and 90′s when TNG was ruling the world. I still had loads of fun at them, though. My town would get one a year and it was better than Christmas for me. I got to share space with Trek stars and fans who were like minded. The cock-roaches could come into the light, as it were ;)

Now there are no more Trek conventions in my town. Just the small time science fiction conventions and comic con gatherings. They lack the excitement and scope that the Trek conventions did. The Vegas con, which I have been to once, was fun but seemed to be exclusive. If you didn’t have loads of money you didn’t get the good stuff. The dealer room was more fun for me anyway. But it’s too bad that if you wanted to see the stars you had to pay extra. Equality and diversity is great but don’t get in the way of a promoter trying to make a buck. Too bad.

71. Phil - March 9, 2011

“Not necessarily message laden”!!??!!….really..

“We strive for the Vulcan idea of tolerance”…if you understand what I mean. Wow, how tolerant is that?

72. Christopher Roberts - March 11, 2011

I’m not entirely sure what everybody from fans, to those writing for Star Trek today have against Vulcans.

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

73. Holger - March 11, 2011

Why aren’t there any women like the nice girl with the IDIC necklace around anymore today?? Damn, born too late!

74. lynn - June 25, 2011

Hey, if you were staff at the early NYC trek cons in 72,73,74,75,76 give me a holler via facebook. We have a facebook group.

Lynn E. Cohen Koehler

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