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  •  Oh, a lot of the reason for the revival (8+ / 0-)

    of Star Trek was Gene Roddenberry, no fool he, encouraging fan activity as a way of showing Paramount that there was enough of a fanbase to justify bringing the series back to life.  He appeared at most of the early cons, sent props for display and for inclusion in the charity auction, and was friends with many of the early fans and con runners like Joan Winston and Bjo Trimble.  

    Ultimately it was the success of the conventions, at least one of which attracted so many attendees that the hotel had to be shut down by the fire marshals (or so I heard - if anyone reading this knows otherwise, let me know), that led to Paramount committing to first a syndicated TV show, and then to the first movie.  

    I think we all know what happened next.

    This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

    by Ellid on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 04:13:31 AM PST

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    •  I think that was in Chicago - the people running (6+ / 0-)

      the event had oversold at least one piece of it, and people had to be gated in in bunches, because, yes, the fire codes would have been violated otherwise. I used to listen to some of the tales from the DI (Dorsai Irregulars aka Klingon Diplomatic Corps), who were there doing security. Really bad planning, partly because the planners weren't anybody who'd actually run sf conventions, and they way underestimated the turnout. There was some financial skulduggery, too, iirc.

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 04:48:43 AM PST

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    •  It was also syndication (2+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne, RiveroftheWest

      For years, Star Trek TOS episodes were a staple of afternoon, early evening TV. People who would have never watched the original series got exposed to it M-F. Kids who were too young to have watched it the first time, grew up with it. There was even an animated version for kids on Saturday morning. (It didn't hurt that the Star Wars franchise made space stuff a bit more marketable either.)

      When Roddenberry was ready to roll out Star Trek TNG, there was all of that, plus several movies that had made Star Trek part of popular culture.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 03:38:02 PM PST

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      •  That's how I got hooked (2+ / 0-)
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        I'd seen a couple of episodes when I was very young, too young to understand, and had read the script to "Journey to Babel" when it was republished in a textbook.  None of it took, though, until I saw "Operation:  Annihilate!" on TV a couple in October of 1973.

        I was hooked.  Man, was I hooked.....

        This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

        by Ellid on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 03:57:30 PM PST

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