Star Trek Convention in Oakland (1976)

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KPIX Eyewitness News report from August 7th 1976 by Bill Hillman, featuring scenes from a Star Trek convention in Oakland's Municipal Auditorium. Includes an interview with actor George Takei (Star Trek's Sulu), who explains that the show's creator Gene Roddenbery (1921-91) is currently talking to Paramount Pictures about a Star Trek feature film production. He goes on to predict that: "I'm absolutely convinced that the feature film's going to be a super smash success and I'm sure it'll have life after the feature ... Star Trek indeed lives!" Also includes views of Star Trek fans enjoying the convention (see Timothy Leary on-screen at 0:45 seconds into the clip) and a brief glimpse of actor James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty) speaking with the press. It should be noted that Paramount Pictures feature film 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' was released in 1979.

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That was the second con I ever attended. i bought a Nurse Chapel uniform from Federation Trading Post in Berkeley that year, my first hall costume (the real term for it before 'cosplay' was made up).  

Great stuff - great to see this - you might want to note that psychologist and psychedelic drug guru, Timothy "turn on, tune in, and drop out" Leary (and a companion), appears at the 0:45 mark.

I was at that convention back in that month and year. I am also a veteran and I was in my 25s yr old but I can still can remember that was the good time for me, I am now 64 yr old and I still like Star Trek of all parts of it. I am trying to star up a new startrek club for all of us trekers. 

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