Star Trekkin’ in Las Vegas

“The World’s Biggest Star Trek Convention” kicked off last Thursday at the Hilton Hotel and Casino. Yours Truly attended the first day with Ken and Jen (Besties since the beginning of Time). It was sad to see the the Star Trek Experience is gone but the Sci-Fi themed bar area is still there. The Bathrooms have switched from a Trek theme to a vaguely Star Wars theme. The urinal I used informed me that all my systems were functioning properly and wished that “The Luck Be With Me”.

Red Shirt sporting fatal head wound.

At this point Total Disclosure compels me to state that I am a Trekker from Day One. The Trek Universe is divided into Trekkies and Trekkers. Trekkies consider STAR TREK as a religion. Trekkers regard it as a quirky TV show. As we approached the ballrooms the Trekkies and Uber-geeks were schooling.

This convention seemed a little underattended at first look.  But the format was “pay per view” for the major stars. Autograph rooms held alot of people lined up for their brush with fame.   $99 for Micheal Dorn or George Takei (Rhymes with toupee)  How about $199 for a chat with Leonard Nimoy?  Yeah pricey.  We donned our $30 General Admission bracelets and boldly went where the poor folk usually go.

The Vendor Exhibition

Yes, it really was.

To start with it was huge. There was everything from sets and props to key chains.  I did note that my Tribble is now worth $300.  TNG jumpsuits that were worn on the shows (TNG, DS9 and Voyager) were going for $150, you pick the size and color.  For $140 a vendor was offering a replica TOS uniform shirt. It featured the original fabric, color and braiding.

Cindy Pickett

I couldn’t resist to feel the fabric. A combination of polyester and burlap. I now know why the cast hated them.

The Actors

There always are actors in signing booths and you always hope there will be “good” ones.  This Con was hip-deep with people you haven’t seen in years.  “Did you see? Did you see?  Did you see?” was said over and over.  I could’ve blown the rent money on autographs but settled for wonderful memories and a couple of pictures.  Not all actors allowed (or even were allowed) pictures being taken of them.  Some gladly jumped up and joined in.

No, Cindy was not in Star Trek.  But she’s CINDY PICKETT!! Ferris’ Mom? “Call to Glory?” Playboy? Come on!!! She was charming and friendly (and still a stunner).  Awkward moment…  Do you walk up and start the conversation with “Wow, I used to beat off to you as a teenager.”? Uh….no.  Try “I’ve been a big fan.”, loser.  Or maybe, “Love your work.”  Then get the autographed Playboy shot and rush home.

The booth next to her had the guy Arnie killed in “Commando” but he was grumpy or tired.

Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch

No not “Survivor” Richard Hatch.  “Captain Apollo” Richard Hatch.  Battlestar Galactica. DUH!!

Once again, Rich never made it to Star Trek but was having a blast talking to fans anyway.

Not shown in the Not Shown….

The guy that HAL killed. GARY LOCKWOOD!! I kick myself for not getting a picture.

The robot from “Buck Rogers”.

The green chick with the Glass Bowl Hat from “Lost in Space”.

Sean Kenney

Sean Kenney

Sean is probably the most unknown/famous actor in Trekdom. He played Captain Pike in

the wheelchair.  Didn’t know that did ya? Yeah huh.  I had a wonderful conversation with

Sean who was proud of his Hallmark Christmas Ornament.  His kids said he was really famous now that he was on a Hallmark.

Yes that was him inside the chair pushing the button for yes and no.  Does that me think  he should’ve been on the credits for a speaking role.  Hmmmmm?  “BEEP……….BEEP……….BEEP.

The Fans

As was mentioned, the place was flooded with people in costume.

How About Three Generations of Trek?

Saving the Best for Last.

I spotted this group on the way out.  How could I pass up Kirk and Spock having lunch together.  Well maybe Third Season Kirk on Vacation and Lenny the Vulcan Accountant.  Alternate Universe Yeoman Rand walked up and I never got the guys’ names. They get my vote for the Best Spirit of Trek Fan Costume Award.  Just fans being themselves in the Trek mode. These are the folks the Federation PR department would pass by but are the heart and soul of the Trek Universe.

 

alternate universe Yeoman Rand

“Guy Who Won’t Make it to the Commercial” joins landing party.
See you at the next one.

 


Happy Pi Day!

Baking the traditional pi’s.

Today we celebrate all things pi. The first Pi Day was celebrated in 1989 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, whose staff celebrates most years by walking in a circle around a “Pi shrine” a little more than 3 times.  School children will learn the history of Pi.  How we wouldn’t have wheels without pi.

 

 

The youngest child has the honor of lighting the pi candles.

Traditional families will light the pi candles at 7:38 in the morning and then spend the day dividing twenty-two by seven.

In some countries folks celebrate Pi day with the Traditional Hot Dog Toss. During which hot dogs are throw on to a floor marked with evenly spaced parallel lines.

Why? Because the proportion of hot dogs that cross the lines when they fall works out to be approximately 1 over Pi!

The day comes to an end when celebrants form the pi formation and recite pi from memory. One by one, people will drop out of the formation until person who has memorized the most digits is declared the winner.

 

Pi echos from the hills as the Pi Formations join as one voice!
Pi echos from the hills as the Pi Formations join as one voice!

Repeat after me…..

3 POINT 141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128
481117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273
724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609433057270365759591953092186117381932611793105118548
074462379962749567351885752724891227938183011949129833673362440656643086021394946395224737190702179860943702770539217176293176752384674818467669405132
000568127145263560827785771342757789609173637178721468440901224953430146549585371050792279689258923542019956112129021960864034418159813629774771309960
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When you have these memorized you may continue your study by clicking here.

Alpha Delta PI Sorority Alabama
Alpha Delta PI Sorority Alabama