Site ColumnsBy Michelle
February 24, 2006 - 4:57 PM
Last Saturday I went to the Farpoint convention, which is held every year near Baltimore, Maryland, to see Penny Johnson Jerald and Harve Bennett. I have been going to Farpoint and Shore Leave - both of which are held in the Hunt Valley Marriott - on and off for years, since I was in high school, so this is always an experience of great nostalgia for me. Sadly, this year I did not have time to schmooze with my friends, as we were headed straight from the convention to Hanover, Pennsylvania for my father-in-law's birthday, but we still had a lovely time. Farpoint is one of the more diverse fan cons I have been to: there are always many science fiction and fantasy writers and a mix of fan panels (in the lobby on the way in, we saw stormtroopers, Klingons, a Starbuck lookalike and people who would have been at home at a Renaissance faire). My family was fortunate that I did not have time to do a thorough perusal of the dealer's room, because I generally manage to come away with must-have items.
Hanover itself was cold over the long weekend, so in honor of President's Day, we went to the visitor's center at Gettysburg, where we usually spend very little time and go straight out to walk in the park. They have one of those auditorium-sized light-up display maps of the battle and thousands of artifacts from the field, including everything from buttons to watches to cannons to hundreds and hundreds of bullets. The town of Gettysburg has a Lincoln museum in the house where Lincoln stayed the night before he gave the Gettysburg Address; we drove down the street he rode his horse up the morning he delivered it within what are now the grounds of the national cemetery. So that was my President's Day celebration.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from February 2004:
- Shatner Turns Legal Eagle On 'The Practice'
Joining the ranks of big-name actors to appear on The Practice, William Shatner (Kirk) signed to appear in four of the final six episodes of the show's eighth season. His character Denny Crane was described as a "power-hungry, eccentric legal legend."
- 'Voyager' DVD Reviews: Looks Great, Less Filling
Like its initial run on television, Star Trek: Voyager's first season arrived to mixed reviews on DVD. Most reviewers seemed to feel that the episodes had held up well, but many were disappointed with the lack of commentary and features given the high price of the boxed set.
- 'Hatchery' Fails To Spawn Strong Overnights?
The overnight ratings for Enterprise's "Hatchery" showed declines in viewership since the previous week's "Doctor's Orders." MediaWeek Programming Insider Marc Berman put the show in the loser's column.
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Sunday, February 26th is the birthday of Chase Masterson, who plays Leeta on Deep Space Nine; Thursday, March 2nd is the birthday of Barbara Luna, who plays Marlena Moreau on the original series.