Classic Trek stars George Takei (Sulu) and Walter Koenig (Chekov) updated fans on their latest projects while Q actor John de Lancie bantered with attendees at the Las Vegas Hilton on the first day of the annual Las Vegas Star Trek Creation Entertainment convention.
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In addition to hosting over seventy Star Trek celebs at their annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, running this week from Thursday through Sunday at the Las Vegas Hilton, Creation Entertainment is gunning for the Guiness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters.”
Family and friends gathered together Saturday to celebrate the life of Andrew Koenig, son of Walter (Chekov) and Judy Koenig.
Approximately one hundred loved ones joined the Koenig family at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon, California, for the private ceremony.
In what would be tragic news for Walter and Judy Koenig, Vancouver police found a body earlier today, which they believe to be that of the missing Andrew Koenig.
Police found the body today at noon, in Stanley Park. Stanley Park is where Koenig was last seen on February 14, and was one of his favorite places.
More details will be released at a news conference later today, where Koenig’s family will be present and where reporters have been asked to gather. TrekToday will update this story as new details emerge.
The Koenig family is in the thoughts of TrekToday and if this does indeed turn out to be the missing Andrew, our heart goes out to the family.
UPDATE: The body is indeed that of Andrew Koenig. “My son took his own life,” said his father, Walter. “He was obviously in a lot of pain.”
Koenig went on to say to anyone who was considering suicide “before you make that final decision, check it out again and talk to someone.”
“If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care. You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”
TrekToday offers the Koenig family our sincere condolences in their time of sorrow.
Walter and Judy Koenig were due to appear on Larry King Live last night to ask for help in finding their missing son, but too many delays resulted in the couple opting out of doing the segment.
Another news story, one on a killer whale attack at SeaWorld, was given precedence on the show and by the time Larry King was ready for the Koenigs, there was only five minutes left of his hour show, which the Koenigs felt was insufficient time to present their story to the public.
Andrew Koenig, Walter’s 41-year-old son, failed to return home from Vancouver, British Columbia this weekend.
Walter Koenig (Chekov) and family have put out an appeal for help on Koenig’s website in hopes of finding their son, who was expected back in the U.S. on February 16th, but never boarded his flight home.
Issue twenty-three of the official Star Trek magazine celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and original series’ Walter Koenig (Chekov) shared his memories of the film.
Koenig recalled seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture at a premiere in Washington, D.C. “The preamble to it all was great,” he recalled during a wide ranging interview in a North Hollywood restaurant to acknowledge the upcoming 30th anniversary of the film and his journal of the experience, Chekov’s Enterprise. “The limos and the red carpet were extraordinary. The film started and I thought the first five minutes were terrific. The music was driving. It was almost like the beginning of Jaws.”
Several threads at TrekBBS offer fans behind-the-scenes photos from Star Trek XI.
Star Trek XI fans will enjoy seeing the many candid shots that have been posted recently on TrekBBS, which include photos of original series actors.
Although the regular Comics International magazine is still on hiatus, fans will be pleased with the current release of a special issue devoted to Star Trek.
While filming Star Trek XI, Anton Yelchin met Walter Koenig, who shared his thoughts on the cast of the original series.
As reported by Comic Book Resources, Yelchin was nervous when Koenig visited the set during filming of Star Trek XI. “Walter came on set, actually, wearing a Mickey Mouse jacket,” said Yelchin. “We talked and thankfully it was after I shot everything because I was paranoid as all hell that he was going to come and hate it.” (more…)
Don’t worry about canon, says Walter Koenig, Star Trek‘s original Chekov.
As reported by the TrekZone Network, Koenig encourages fans not to prejudge Star Trek XI or get overly concerned with past Star Trek history. “I think if [fans] just put away any prejudice and not worry about canon they’ll have a good time,” he said. “You know, nothing is carved into stone. Star Trek isn’t based on historical facts. It’s just imaginary, creation. People’s imagination. It’s fictitious. So, if they take something and change it, go with it, accept it for what it’s like and have a good time!” (more…)
Actors from several Star Trek series and movies have been cast in new roles or are appearing in shows, movies or at conventions.
As reported by JoBlo, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek XI‘s Uhura) has joined the cast of The Losers, where she will play the sole female “loser,” the cold-blooded killer Aisha. The Losers is about a Special Forces team, who have been set up and betrayed by their handler Max, and are out for revenge and to get their names off of a CIA death list. The Losers is based on the DC/Vertigo comic series which ran from 2003-2006.