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Blu-ray Review – Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault

7 December 2016 12:54 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault…

The difference between a visionary and a normal, everyday Joe is that a visionary will always see that an insignificant something as actually “Something!”.  The visionary in the discussion here is Gene Roddenberry and it’s thanks to him seeing the insignificant as important that we have in our hands Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault .

It’s easy for those out there, the glib, the cynical, to push Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault away as another way to snatch cash out of our hands.  This isn’t that.  This isn’t three discs with Gene’s “Best Episodes Ever!” slapped on them with a new sheen added to them.  This is something rather splendid.

To realise how wonderful and how brilliant this is, all Trek fans have heard the whispers that Lt. Carolyn Palamas »

- Villordsutch

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On this day in pop culture history: Trekkies gathered for the first ‘Star Trek’ convention

21 January 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fan conventions are big business now, with attendees paying hundreds of dollars for front-row seats, autographs, and photo ops with their favorite TV stars. But in 1972, a convention that gathered fans and gave them the chance to meet their TV idols was a rather new concept. It was in that year, from January 21-23, that Trekkies got together for what’s often recognized as the first true “Star Trek” convention. A convention specifically for enthusiasts of the Gene Roddenberry show had been organized before — in March 1969, at the Newark Public Library — though that event did not have any celebrity guests. It did feature a slide show of “Star Trek” aliens, skits, and a fan panel discussion. The January 1972 con was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel (now Hotel Pennsylvania) in New York, and among the celebrity guests were Roddenberry, Majel Barrett, D.C. Fontana. The legend goes that 500 people were expected to attend, »

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