Grand Slam Coverage

By Christian
April 8, 2000 - 12:59 AM

Now that the Grand Slam convention in Pasadena, California, is nearly a week behind us, many sites have put up in-depth convention reports looking back at the event. First up is the official Star Trek Dot Com, where Sandy Stone has put up the first few parts of her report. Here's a short quote from that report, for a change not dealing with any of the big stars:

The distinctive character actor Clint Howard (Commander Balok in "The Corbomite Maneuver") doesn't have vivid memories of the time he spent on the original Star Trek, because he was only six years old at the time. But he remembers some of the repercussions of having played that role. In the mid-70's Clint was called in for a preliminary interview for a movie called "Star Wars." "I walked into the room, and there was George Lucas and Francis Coppola. First thing George says to me, 'Commander Balok! Corbomite Maneuver!' It was the last thing I expected him to say. Obviously he's a Trekkie!" In spite of this enthusiastic recognition, though, Clint didn't get a part in the Lucas saga.

Almost 30 years after playing Balok, Clint returned to Star Trek to play a part in the DS9 episode "Past Tense, Part II." To his surprise, the people on that show had no idea he was on the Original Series. It was actually Jonathan Frakes, the director of that episode, who figured it out first.

More can be found in Part One and Part Two of their report.

Another site with a major focus on the Grand Slam convention is Fandom. At the site, they've put up a convention report by Anna L. Kaplan, in which she mostly talks about the presence of the Excelsior Campaign at the con. In addition, Fandom's Star Trek Central has put up a set of photos from the con.

And finally a set of reports about Nicole deBoer's appearance at the con can be found here at the Yahoo! Nicole deBoer club.

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