11, a free Star Trek convention was held at the Broward Community
College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Never ones to pass up on something
free, I attended it along with Lore and Tanya. I was unsure
where the convention actually was, but my questions were answered
when I saw a fat Klingon in a Hawaiian shirt. Inside, we found all
sorts of people in costumes ranging from Klingon, to Starfleet uniform,
to even a suit of armor for a 'Medieval Holodeck Simulation'. There
was a dealers room with all sorts of Star Trek, Babylon
5, and Star Wars merchandise (surprisingly there were
even a few Macross model kits). Aside from the dealer's room,
there was a booth where you could meet people from some starship.
Lore and I practically fell to the floor laughing when we saw an
old man (pictured below) who was at a convention a few months ago
talking about the inconsistency of Federation money. We also had
a strange encounter with a Jedi Knight who used his 'Jedi mind trick'
on Tanya and bonked Lore on the head with his lightsaber. In
my best Watto voice I said to him "No Jedi mind trick work
on me, only money." However, he kept bothering us and roped
us into buying a raffle ticket because it was for a good cause.
at the con included a game of 'Who Wants To Be A Star Trek
Millionaire?', a game where obsessive fans use their extensive knowledge
of Star Trek to win trinkets such as Star Trek kites.
I knew many of the answers, but we left when a strange old lady
was harassing us with her constant cursing and desire that they
play 'The Weakest Link' instead. After walking around some more,
we returned to watch an auction of rare items, and Lore bought several
signed autographs and gift certificates. This is probably the weirdest
auction I've ever seen. It's supposed to be for charity, but people
were buying things for practically nothing, and one guy even tried
to bid backwards on an item. Following the auction was the main
event, guest speaker Robin Curtis (Lt. Saavik in Star Trek III:
The Search For Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
She spoke for nearly an hour about a wide range of topics. They
included trouble on the set when working with William Shatner, as
well as Robin's reasons for leaving Hollywood and settling down.
She was very friendly and answered questions from the audience.
After she finished, we quickly left because the strange old lady
returned and began harassing Tanya. Overall I'd say it was fun,
but I was reminded yet again how eccentric Star Trek fans
can be. Though I am a fan myself, I am quite glad that I am not
like that. Now, check out some of the pictures we took!
Left: Spock memorabilia
(note the teddy bear).
Right: Enterprises, shuttles, and Tribbles (oh my).
Left: A game
of 'Who Wants To Be A Star Trek Millionaire?'
Right: The Federation money man in person! Ask him about latinum!
Left: fans examine
poses with a Klingon warrior (who actually spoke to us in Klingon!).
Left: Lore and
Chris look at some action figures. Though they are not visible, Macross
model kits are to the right of Chris. Also, to the left of Lore
are some Lore action figures.
Right: Guest speaker Robin Curtis on stage answering questions.
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