OK, I know that
I said that I was finished with conventions, but I wasn't finished
with Trek. One last hurrah.
After 12 years I decided to come in from the
cold. I had moved from South London to Milton Keynes, and hadn't
built up a network of friends like I had in London. I thought that
getting back into Trek would be a painless way to do this, and found
a local group of Trekkers, headed by Bo Maxwell.
I joined Endeavour just as Sky had decided to
show the original Trek episodes in the correct order including the
banned episodes. They wanted to trailer this event with a piece
running on Sky News, so contacted Bo and asked him to put together a
few people to be interviewed. He gathered around 30 of us, first at
the local bowling alley, and then at the hotel by Willen Lake in
Milton Keynes to stage a mini-con for the cameras. They also asked
for volunteers to be interviewed and wear uniforms for the local
press and on-screen. I didn't put my hand up as I didn't have a
costume, but one of the organisers had a spare Starfleet Admiral's
shirt, so I put that on over my t-shirt and did my piece to camera.
Hilariously, they used my bit and not his in
the final edit. It was a laugh, especially when we made the front
page of one local, and had items in two other papers. Result.
Of course, in those days Sky had a minimal
audience, so I had to rely on someone else to record my moment in
This revisit to the world of sci-fi was short lived as Bo
folded the club after a while, but it was a laugh while it lasted.