Updated on August 4, 2015
Geek history was made and I was there.
A couple of weeks ago, geek history unfolded before me. For the first time in 25 years, the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation was gathered at the same place. If you recall, when this was announced, I was pretty excited. And yes, the day lived up to everything it was supposed to be.
It was a mess trying to get in. It was a mad cattle drive through the Stampede Corral (now that I think about it, given the name, this was quite appropriate), and then a dash through the vendor area, and finally, I was in the autograph area.
My first stop: LeVar Burton. Charming man, terrified of snow. I thanked him profusely for Reading Rainbow. I mean, Star Trek was a given, but Reading Rainbow was incredibly important to my childhood. And I always loved seeing Geordie without his visor.
My second stop: Brent Spiner. Hilarious man, who signed his name so it was coming out of the pipe in the photograph. I love it.
Then: Michael Dorn. Nice guy & Worf was always a favourite character of mine. Also, it appears he does not age.
Marina Sirtis. She loves her fans and is a wonderful person to meet. Charming, bubbly, and funny. I of course went for the photo where Deanna Troi was being a badass.
Gates McFadden. Another person who does not age. I would love to know what these people are doing. The entire cast… It’s unbelievable.
And then… OH MY GOD IT’S SIR PATRICK STEWART. Did you know his smile is even more swoon-worthy in person? Oh it is. I didn’t know what to say. So I just took in his gorgeousness. Seriously.
Wil Wheaton. Because the line up for Sir Patrick Stewart took so long, when I got to Wil Wheaton, his line was closed for the day, with four or five people being the last ones through. I begged, I pleaded, and they let me in. I was the last one to get an autograph that day and it was so nice to meet someone who has been so influential in geek culture. I told him I wished I’d had a 90’s Tiger Beat for him to sign. He told me he used to buy them off eBay until they got too expensive. Hilarious.
And that was it for me for the day until the evening panel, which was great. It was fantastic to hear so many stories and see people who genuinely seem to enjoy each other’s company, not just tolerate being in a room together because they had once been castmates.
I shared this experience with my mom, who despite her jokes about having raised “nerds,” is my inspiration for Trekkiedom. I never would have become a Trekkie had she not exposed me to it on a daily basis. Those childhood memories of watching reruns of the original Star Trek are what got me hooked.