Creation Entertainment held a big official Star Trek convention in San Francisco over the weekend headlined by Leonard Nimoy with a bunch of big Trek stars including Nichelle Nichols, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating and more. See below for a report plus lots of photos from the weekend.
A Continuing Birthday Celebration
Most Star Trek fans associate San Francisco, California as being the future home for Starfleet headquarters, but for the last weekend S.F. played host to the an official Star Trek Convention, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Creation had billed this convention as "a celebration of the 45th anniversary" and this anniversary would prove to be a memorable one for the fans in attendance. Today TrekMovie presents a quick summary of what went down, along with tons of pictures from the event.
TrekMovie’s coverage starts on Saturday, which was the biggest day of the con where attendance was pushed to the limits with a capacity crowd. The day started with a standing room only appearance by Nichelle Nichols who recounted tales of the impact the original Star Trek had and is still having upon her life. The original Uhura was typically gracious and wonderfully enthusiastic with the equally appreciative fans who treated her like Trek royalty that she is.
Nichols was followed by Gwynyth Walsh and Barbara March, better known as the Duras sisters B’Tor and Lursa from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The San Francisco con was the first Creation event where the pair appeared in character, complete with full Klingon make-up and wardrobe. The two played off each other humorously and also recounted tales of their time with Trek, including the infamous story of when Gene Roddenberry inquired if their Klingon Kleavage was the real thing or a special effect.
Of course the biggest draw for Saturday was to see the living legend, Leonard Nimoy. There was a palatable sense of anticipation and excitement leading to thunderous applause and an extended standing ovation when Creation co-founder Adam Malin introduced Nimoy. to a thunderous standing ovation that was sustained for an extended period of time. Leonard Nimoy giddily jumped on the stage from backstage and was noticeably pleased and humbled by the deafening reaction.
Mr. Nimoy then proceeded to chronicle his life and influences through words and photographs. He held the audience in rapt attention as he recounted the highlights of life as an actor and as a man. Since Nimoy is also a celebrated and accomplished photographer, he took the time to also tell of his experiences packaging the images he had shot for his book, "Secret Selves". For many in attendance, there was no doubt that Nimoy’s appearance alone was worth the price of
admission. Unfortunately for anyone hoping for spoilers regarding his upcoming appearance on Fringe, the subject didn’t come up.
While Saturday was a treat, Sunday proved to be even more entertaining. Deep Space Nine veterans Nana Visitor and Rene Auberjonois introduced what they hoped would be an ongoing treat for fans. They decided to showcase what they had entitled, "Cross Our Hearts: Poems and Prose" which turned out to be a riveting displays of the power these two actors have with their vocal and facial control. Indeed, there was nary a sound as fans were dazzled by their impressive ability to dominate an audience in a live setting.
As brilliant as Auberjonois and Visitor were, the surprise of the convention turned out to be Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating who had literally electrified the fans with their incredible sense of humor and timing. Fans who were lucky enough to have attended Saturday night’s special events after hours had already knew that Dominic Keating is an incredibly funny stand-up comedian. And together he and his Star Trek: Enterprise co-star literally had the entire hall doubling over with laughter as they told tales of "Enterprise", fandom and actor appearance confusion. The two were so scintillating that one wonders why don’t have a dedicated live show touring the nation!
This convention was an entertaining warm-up to the much anticipated Las Vegas convention that will be arriving in August. I also suspect that Keating and Trinneer might just steal that show also!
And here are some more photos from the Star Trek San Francisco Con.
For even more photos from the weekend, here is a slide show from photographer Stephen Lee.
Unfortunately both of us missed Friday, the first day of the con, which featured appearances by Grace Lee Whitney (Star Trek’s Janice Rand), Eric Menyuk (TNG’s Traveler) and Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s singer who had a cameo in Star Trek IV). If anyone has photos from Friday, please send in a tip via the TrekMovie tipline (right column).