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The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention returns to the Hilton

By Jay David Murphy     Aug 5, 2009 in Entertainment
The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention returns to the Hilton bigger than ever on the heals of the huge success of the the new Trek film.
It’s been a monster year for Star Trek and its fans and the Enterprise lands back in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton Thursday August 6th.
The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention has grown each year and this year promises to be the biggest yet.
The new and the old stars will be there, totaling 70 appearances by Star Trek actors, actresses, producers, writers, special effects, and others.
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will both be there and will be appearing on Sunday.
The new Spock, Zachary Quinto will be back after last years sensational moment when he shared the stage with Nimoy to the delight and glee of fans.
Last year he spoke about several things, the most interesting was how he was just about ready to give up show business, depressed, and wearing a beard, when he got the call to go to work on Heroes. Its been nothing but a thrill ride for Quinto since.
Just so you get enough of a Spock fix, Jacob Kogan who played the young spock in the new movie will make his debut to live audiences for the very first time and will be on stage with Nimoy and Quinto.
Christopher Lloyd is also appearing on Saturday you might remember him as a Klingon. This is his first appearance at the convention. You will also remember him from the series Taxi, and many movies like Back to the Future.
The list of convention regulars is huge including: Chase Masterson, Tim Russ,
Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Cirroc Lofton, Robert Picardo, Michael Dorn, and Ethan Phillips.
Dominic Keating
Dominic Keating returns for more laughs at the convention.
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A couple of cards you don’t want to miss are Dominic Keating and Connor Trinneer they usually appear together and are very funny.
George Takei is back and appearing on Saturday.
A name that most may remember for many other things like Batman is Lee Meriwether making an appearance on Friday.
Some others that have become regulars on the Trek Convention circuit include Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik. These two really work hard to see and please the fans.
Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik
Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik the galaxies two favorite Feringi are staples at the conventions.
Courtesy of Creation Entertainment
These people and more will all be appearing on stage in the Gene and Majel Roddenberry Theater. This year it was renamed to Majel who passed this last December.
The stars of Star Trek usually spend about 45 minuets speaking on a topic that they wish to relay to fans and then spend the rest of the time answering questions from fans from the audience.
The other big space that fans crowd into is the Vendors Exhibit Hall. If it’s Trek, this is were you can get that piece of memorabilia.
The booth that is always a delight and where you get real authenticity is Roddenberry.com. Last year Eugene Roddenberry went all out, and dominated the center of the hall. He also threw a smash party one night over at Revolution in the Mirage for fans.
Trek fans will line up for autographs and photos that are carefully orchestrated by Creation Entertainment who has been doing these events for decades. On the topic of Kirk and Spock, their photo ops are sold out.
There will be a costume parade, short films from fans, and events like the Klingon Feast of 2009, There’s a celebrity Breakfast for each morning, a Saturday night Dessert Party, and the Star Trek Stars Gala Performance on Saturday night. All these events are extra’s to the daily entrance fees.
Kevin Sorbo
Kevin Sorbo is making a special appearance at the convention.
Courtesy of Creation Entertainment
Another notable appearing on Friday will be Kevin Sorbo. He is going to be there as part of a special presentation.
Something new for this year for fans are parties with thrill rides at the Stratosphere on Thursday and Friday.
Finally, of special note is the Resistance to Bingo is Futile Champaign Happy Hour.
Founded in 1971 by Gary Berman and Adam Malin, two young teenage sci-fi fans in New York, Creation Entertainment continues a 37 year tradition of producing the world's leading conventions for fans of genre television and film.
Inventing the concept of "traveling" fan conventions, Creation has brought its brand of live interactive entertainment events to over three million attendees throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
Tickets for the Star Trek Convention are now no longer available on line, but will be at the convention hall with individual day passes available for those who can’t be there for all the days.
As always there are a couple of surprises, lots of giveaways, and the galaxy of stars from Star Trek and the annual convention at the Las Vegas Hilton Thursday through Sunday.
Creation Entertainments Poster
Creation Entertainments Poster for the 2009 Star Trek Convention.
Courtesy of Creation Entertainment
For more information on this convention and more you can visit Creation Entertainments website.
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