The Town of Vulcan got unexpected support in their campaign to host the premiere of Star Trek XI when Leonard Nimoy read about it on the Internet and made a phone call.
As reported by The Calgary Herald, Vulcan Tourism Coordinator Dayna Dickens thought she was being “punked” when she received the phone call from Mr. Spock himself. “I was courteous and professional,” said Dickens. “We are in a bit of a target position.” But the call was legitimate. Nimoy was disappointed that Vulcan had apparently failed in its bid to host the film. “I read it on the Internet,” he said. “It’s a very sad story. My people in Vulcan and very disappointed and something needs to be done about it. Paramount has made this gigantic film and it should be in Vulcan, Canada. They should be able to get it worked out.”
Over a year ago, Vulcan launched their campaign to bring the premiere to the small town of 2,000, which included setting up a Facebook page to “Help bring Spock home to Vulcan.” But Paramount deemed the logistics to be inadequate, since Vulcan didn’t have its own movie theater. Setting up the high school gymnasium with a custom-made projector and screen would have taken too long, in Paramount’s opinion, to make the idea workable so they nixed the idea of Vulcan hosting the Star Trek XI premiere.
Nimoy told the Calgary Herald that “You need to put out a story that I’m behind this and care about it and would come to Vulcan if they had it up there. It seems to me they could arrange it if they put their mind to it but they’re not being serious. They don’t realize the enormity of this issue. To not do this is an insult to the Vulcan people. I would say they are sad, but that’s too emotional.”
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