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September 29, 1987 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer TV Critic
From Trekkies to yuppies: Tonight marks the debuts of two series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (Ch. 29, 8 p.m.) and thirtysomething (Ch. 6, 10 p.m.) The subject of Star Trek seems to compel confession - one must own up to being a fan or not, so that diehard Trekkies can glean the true worth of one's opinion. As someone whose interest in the original Star Trek flickered only briefly - as part of a shameless attempt to share in the interests of a girl I was mooning over in high school - I'm a non-Trekkie who thinks Star Trek: The Next Generation is good.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1990 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this report
Star Trek films are so expensive to produce that they need an audience beyond the legion of die-hard Trekkies to turn a substantial profit. Paramount entrusted the fifth big-screen adventure of the Enterprise to Captain Kirk himself. But William Shatner's garbled direction of an incoherent and pretentious script made Star Trek V: The Final Frontier a box-office disappointment that threatened the future of Star Trek. In an interview at a recent convention of Trekkies in San Francisco, George Takei, who plays the helmsman Sulu in the series, disclosed what has been going on behind the scenes.
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April 30, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, fans of the television show Star Trek have displayed unbridled enthusiasm for their beloved corner of the science-fiction galaxy, affectionately dubbing themselves "Trekkies" and donning costumes of their favorite aliens and space commanders. This weekend was no different. At the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill, hundreds of Trekkies young and old convened for the Philadelphia installment of the nationally traveling Star Trek Convention. The gathering, billed by organizers as "a weekend of everything Trek ," gave fans a chance to interact with a handful of actors from the show, such as Avery Brooks (Commander Sisko)
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April 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL An unsuspecting visitor to the Crowne Plaza Hotel did not have to spend much time looking around before realizing that these friendly, if oddly dressed, people were not the ordinary Cherry Hill crowd. The place was abuzz Saturday with Trekkies, more than 1,200, who gathered for Creation Entertainment's Official Star Trek Convention, a three-day event that ends Sunday. They weren't just playing the part of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise enthusiasts. They were wearing it, reveling in it, encouraging it to course through their veins as though the sci-fi series were a life force all its own. For these fans, it is. The first clue was a man wearing a T-shirt with the message "U looking for Tribble?"
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November 8, 1992 | For The Inquirer / PAOLA TAGLIAMONTE
Michael Angelo of West Chester, playing a robot officer, stands by a mural of Spock at a Star Trek Halloween party at the Sheraton Hotel in Valley Forge. From as far away as San Diego, 275 Trekkies came to participate.
NEWS
September 1, 1991 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let's start by dispensing with some unfair stereotypes about those who would spend the last weekend of summer in the basement of a convention center honoring a television show that was on for three seasons during the 1960s. Not all Trekkies wear black T-shirts and permanent impressions in their posteriors from years spent planted on living room couches. They don't all have those luminous eyes you see on TV addicts and some fishes that dwell miles below sea-level. Some have tans.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1991 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
Star Trek Festival is a grab-bag compendium that might please those holding an advanced degree in high treknology, but it's not an enterprise that boldly goes in the right direction. The followers of the voyages of the Starship Enterprise are divided into trekkers and trekkies, according to Bob Lukas, who put together this anthology of clips, outtakes and interviews. The trekkers are a hard-core elitist group and the trekkies more casual fans of a series that now exists in three manifestations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1986 | By GENE SEYMOUR, Daily News Staff Writer
"Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home. " A sci-fi adventure starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Catherine Hicks. Directed by Nimoy. Produced by Harve Bennett. Screenplay by Bennett, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes and Nicholas Meyer. Photographed by Donald Peterman. Music by Leonard Rosenman. Special effects by Industrial Light and Magic. Running time: 119 minutes. A Paramount release. In area theaters. One complaint to get out of the way. Just one. Those uniforms.
NEWS
May 20, 1994 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
Turn off the life support, the party's over. As "Star Trek: The Next Generation" prepares for its exit from television after seven seasons, the hype generated by distraught fans and the Paramount publicity factory means that the show isn't going out quietly. And why should it? Consider that "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has: Racked up 178 episodes. Won 16 Emmy awards, more than any syndicated series in television history. Received 46 Emmy nominations, more than any other current dramatic series, including "Murder, She Wrote," "Northern Exposure" and "L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 1987 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
It's a syndrome that anyone who works for a living will instantly recognize: Your boss or someone higher up in the company - the person who took an interest in your project - quits or is fired, promoted or laterally arabesqued. A new superior or management team takes his place. They have their own priorities and, inevitably, your career-making ideas aren't among them. In Hollywood, where so many deals are based on packages and personal relationships, a change at the top of a major studio can have repercussions far beyond the immediate victim.
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April 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL An unsuspecting visitor to the Crowne Plaza Hotel did not have to spend much time looking around before realizing that these friendly, if oddly dressed, people were not the ordinary Cherry Hill crowd. The place was abuzz Saturday with Trekkies, more than 1,200, who gathered for Creation Entertainment's Official Star Trek Convention, a three-day event that ends Sunday. They weren't just playing the part of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise enthusiasts. They were wearing it, reveling in it, encouraging it to course through their veins as though the sci-fi series were a life force all its own. For these fans, it is. The first clue was a man wearing a T-shirt with the message "U looking for Tribble?"
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, fans of the television show Star Trek have displayed unbridled enthusiasm for their beloved corner of the science-fiction galaxy, affectionately dubbing themselves "Trekkies" and donning costumes of their favorite aliens and space commanders. This weekend was no different. At the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill, hundreds of Trekkies young and old convened for the Philadelphia installment of the nationally traveling Star Trek Convention. The gathering, billed by organizers as "a weekend of everything Trek ," gave fans a chance to interact with a handful of actors from the show, such as Avery Brooks (Commander Sisko)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2012 | By Matt Huston, FOR THE INQUIRER
Twenty-five years after it first cruised the final frontier on TV, the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation is docking in the Philadelphia area. Actor Patrick Stewart, Star Trek's Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, is scheduled to join a rotating set of former cast members for a weekend of Q&A, autograph signings, trivia and other events in celebration of the silver anniversary. "The Official Star Trek Convention," produced by Creation Entertainment, will be in Cherry Hill from Friday through Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2006 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
EVEN FOR people with a lot of money, $576,000 is a lot of money. It would buy you a nice place to live, numerous fancy cars, a healthy retirement plan, one copy of the Daily News for 960,000 days (a worthwhile expenditure), 960,000 copies of one day's paper (even better) - or enough food to feed a poor village for decades. On Saturday, $576,000 purchased a model of the Starship Enterprise used in the pilot and title sequences of "Star Trek: The Next Generation. " The model was 78 inches long - a little more than $7,000 an inch.
NEWS
April 11, 1996
DON'T JUDGE STAR TREK CLUBS BY ONE MISGUIDED MEMBER I have been a "Star Trek" fan for 30 years, starting with the original series. Until a few years ago, I thought all these Star Trek fan club members were weird, like that woman in Arkansas, but this is not true. For two years, I have been involved with fellow Trekkies who do more for charity then you might think. The International Federation of Trekkies has a commitment to social values and charitable endeavors. Since I joined this organization, this club has supplied food to the needy through other organizations such as the Boy Scouts, provided financial aid to the Philadelphia Zoo and Riddle Memorial Hospital (under individual members' names)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 1996 | By Lee Winfrey, INQUIRER TV WRITER
Star Trek's best villain - the omnipotent, flamboyant, flirtatious, vain, meddlesome and roguish Q - is back. After seven guest-starring appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation and one on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, John de Lancie travels 75,000 light-years to the Delta Quadrant to play Q on Star Trek: Voyager for the first time. In a typical Q-ish prank, for a while he turns the starship Voyager into a Christmas tree ornament. You can join Q in the 24th century when Star Trek: Voyager thrusts onto the little screen again at 8 tonight on UPN (Channel 57)
NEWS
August 21, 1995 | By Rick Rothacker, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
While some fans of the Fox television show The X-Files were in X-stacy yesterday, others were less than X-cited. An exhibition for junkies of the science fiction thriller - a Friday-night cult hit entering its third season - made a stop at the Valley Forge Convention Center, offering memorabilia, displays and entertainment that did not meet the expectations of all the hundreds of devotees in attendance. Most fans, many adorned in X-Files shirts and hats, laughed out loud during the playing of bloopers from the show and cheered two villains in the supporting cast - Doug Hutchison and Dean Haglund - who made brief speeches and signed autographs.
NEWS
May 23, 1994 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
It doesn't take the chief engineer of a Federation starship to figure out what Trekkies will do at 6 p.m. today5/23. But two hours later, when the final episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (Channel 29) beams itself outta here, fans will sit in a daze wondering what to do. Somehow, you get the feeling "Next Generation" viewers just can't find solace in its spin-off, "Deep Space Nine. " That's why we've created a survivor's guide to the cancellation of "Star Trek: The Next Generation.
NEWS
May 20, 1994 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
Turn off the life support, the party's over. As "Star Trek: The Next Generation" prepares for its exit from television after seven seasons, the hype generated by distraught fans and the Paramount publicity factory means that the show isn't going out quietly. And why should it? Consider that "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has: Racked up 178 episodes. Won 16 Emmy awards, more than any syndicated series in television history. Received 46 Emmy nominations, more than any other current dramatic series, including "Murder, She Wrote," "Northern Exposure" and "L.A.
NEWS
November 8, 1992 | For The Inquirer / PAOLA TAGLIAMONTE
Star Trek fanatics came from as far away as San Diego to attend a costume party on Halloween at the Sheraton Hotel in Valley Forge. Some of the 275 participants had been planning to make the trip for six months. Prizes went to costumes in various categories, such as best alien and most creative.
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