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By Michelle
February 24, 2006 - 4:57 PM

Hello World!

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.

Trek BBS Today

Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:

-Was the moon landing a hoax?

-Is there a good way to die?

-Is Ron Moore a genius or a dope?

More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

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.

More news can be found in the archives.

Poll Results

Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:

Right now you can find links on the TrekBBS to 'Brokeback Mountain' parodies involving everything from 'Star Wars' to 'Back to the Future' to George Bush and Dick Cheney. Should the Star Trek parody involve...
Tucker/Reed, who get stranded together more often than anyone? 27% - (171 Votes)
Kirk/Spock, the classic? 25.5% - (161 Votes)
Garak/Bashir, because, well, duh? 15% - (95 Votes)
Quark/Odo, because they actually did the bonding on the mountain thing in 'The Ascent'? 11.7% - (74 Votes)
Picard/Q, because Q said he should have appeared to Picard as a woman? 10.7% - (68 Votes)
Paris/Kim, after all that bonding in 'The Chute'? 6.6% - (42 Votes)
Picard/Riker, the next generation? 3.1% - (20 Votes)

Total Votes: 631

Please vote in our new poll about the promised upcoming new, improved official Star Trek fan club!

Happy Birthday!

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.

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