A rare film from one of the first Star Trek conventions is now online. Shot at the Star Trek Chicago 75, a con which had the first public reunion of the entire original Star Trek series crew since the show was cancelled in 1969. Check it out below.
Star Trek Chicago ’75
The film below comes from Star Trek Chicago ’75, held at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, August 22-24, 1975. 16,000 fans attended the event. The YouTube video (courtesy of broadbarn.com) was recently transferred from the original 8mm film. The short film features the appearances of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Walter Koenig, James Doohan Nichelle Nichols (with quite the 70s fro), and Arlene Martel (T’Pring “Amok Time”), all appearing on a recreation of the USS Enterprise bridge. There is no sound, but Rich Portnoy, who shot the film, provides a narration.
There have only been a very few instances of public reunions of the Star Trek crew, such as the the dedication of the Gene Roddenberry building on the Paramount lot and the 30th Anniversary convention in Hunstville, Alabama.
For the first time at a Trekkies’ convention, all the TV actors were in Chicago to represent such Enterprise stalwarts as Dr. Leonard McCoy, who in one episode contracted an incurable disease and fell in love with the green high priestess of a doomed planetoid; Chief Engineer Scott ("Scotty"), for whom "relaxation is a stack of technical journals"; Lieut. Uhura, the black female communications officer who sings soprano for relaxation; and Ensign Chekov, the Russian pilot. The stars were greeted by standing ovations.