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article imageStar Trek Celebrates 45th year in Las Vegas Special

By Jay David Murphy     Aug 7, 2011 in Entertainment
Las Vegas - Star Trek continues to go where no one has gone before, in Las Vegas, as the convention venue switches to the Rio Hotel after a decade at the Las Vegas Hilton August 11-14.
The Offical Star Trek Convention will be setting up its new port-of-call at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas this year after a decade at the Las Vegas Hilton. The choice was made last year which ended a run, which had been both exciting and in the end, a little tired.
Just a couple of years ago J.J. Abrams revived the space drama with an alternate reality pre-qual and the Las Vegas convention saw its attendance go through the roof. Last year was well attended but the spark of the previous year left the convention a little flat.
The Las Vegas Hilton years before had The Star Trek Experience but after an almost 15 year run (long by Las Vegas Strip standards) had been mothballed. The LV Hilton it self has become one of the tired hotels having challenges keeping up with the Jones' in the highly competitive market place in Las Vegas where in the last three years have seen City Center and The Cosmopolitan representing 15 billion dollars of new facilities open on the Strip.
Now at the Rio Hotel, that just finished hosting the World Poker Tournament the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention gets some new facilities, a new vibe, and an opportunity to start anew for the next generation of Star Trek fans.
Fans of the original have one last chance forever to see Lenard Nimoy this Saturday who brought the iconic Spock to life throughout the 45 years of Star Trek, as he will make his second to last ever appearance at a convention as he has announced his final retirement. Just two years ago he was on stage at the LV Hilton with the alternate reality Spock played by Zachary Quinto and young Spock, Jacob Kogan.
Leonard Nimoy  Zachary Quinto  and Jacob Kogan
Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto, and Jacob Kogan in this Digital Journal photo at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.
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William Shatner, the iconic Captain Kirk, and Patrick Stewart, the stalwart Next Generation Captain, will appear on stage together on Sunday and should provide a unique contrast in styles. Shatner can never help but try to be dramatic had appeared at almost every convention held at the Hilton and during time that remained a viable force in the entertainment business again creating another fantastic character which he won two Emmys for his portrayal of Denny Crane in Boston Legal as well as his Priceline commercials.
William Shatner
William Shatner speaks on death at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.
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As for any kind of VIP seating for this event there has been none available for months, but for those last minute attendees, one day and weekend general admission tickets are available along with a host of autograph and photo opportunities available for purchase at the four day event starting on Thursday and wrapping up on Sunday.
For Trek fans who have costumes you are encouraged to attended on Saturday for the try at a world record of 571 Star Trek fans in costume in one place at one time. This is to be a certified Guiness World Record.
This is what happens when Trek fans get together
The Tribble affect grows until Trek fans becomes a huge group of friends.
Jay David Murphy
This years line up of celebrities looks to be the largest ever to celebrate 45 years of the Star Trek universe as created by Gene Roddenberry which first aired in September 8th 1966 with the airing of The Man Trap.
For a complete breakdown of the weekends events you can visit Creation Entertainments web site.
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