Starfleet Command Trek Fan Club members Lee Starshine, John Bacus, Joyce Stanfield, Jim McGeorge and Sara Vanhuen at Mission New York September 2-4 2016
By LT Joyce Stanfield
Got together with my “foster family” at Star Trek Mission New York. Captain Starshine and her crew always embrace me when I visit the city. Although I’m an officer aboard the USS Mighty Mississippi the crew of the Henry Hudson graciously includes me in their activities.
CBS and ReedPop added unexpected nuances to the usual Star Trek Convention experience. The 60 person celebrity guest list featured franchise stars as usual but was expanded to include writers, producers, professors, entertainers, broadcasters, and a curator from the Smithsonian in that total.
The customary cast presentations with Q and A were done as usual. The enhanced program also offered lectures, breakout sessions, panels, demonstrations, and the usual photo and autograph ops. Additionally there was a choice of several presentations about and tributes to Leonard Nimoy. An auction of his personal items was authorized and presided over by his son Adam. In all there were sixty-six sessions available to attendees. The Javits Center near Times Square is a massive venue. The promoters thoughtfully provided an app for downloading onto convention goers various devices. It made navigating the floor plan much more manageable. In some instances it would have been impossible to reach one’s sessions on time without a map. The rooms of chosen panels were seldom in proximity. Highlights of the vendor’s hall were a replica of the Enterprise Bridge for photo ops and a USPS cancellation station for the recently issued Star Trek commemorative postage stamps. Along with those attractions were a gaming zone, a bookstore, a Star Trek store, and hundreds of square feet of vendor’s tables/stalls.For off-site Star Trek experiences in New York the USS Intrepid Museum offered The Star Trek Experience and the Starfleet Academy Interactive Experience. Both are a fitting 50th Anniversary Tribute to Star Trek.