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By Dianne R. Davis
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Space – the final frontier.  Forty-eight years ago, the Starship Enterprise boldly went where no one had gone before. In August, Trekkies visited the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to share their enthusiasm for all things Star Trek.

Beaming up the the bridge of the Enterprise

As a reporter who believes in experiencing what I write about when possible, I beamed down to the Rio to check out the Trekkies, the earthlings, and the creatures from other galaxies.

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Phillip Kenton sells his out of this world artwork
Phil Kenton

Refugees from another movie
Refugees from another movie

I found fans, cast members, retailers, organization representatives, and most of all a positive and enjoyable vibe like that you would find at the carnival with its side shows and hoop de la.

Some came to sell or buy related items, others to meet and mingle with fans in and out of costume, and still others to meet many of the more than 100 performers from Captain Kirk himself to Felix Silla who played a Talosian in the Star Trek: The original series pilot called “The Cage.”

Felix Silla was in the pilot
Dianne R. Davis with Feliz Silla

Fans stood in line for autographs and photo ops, filled the ballroom to listen to talks and panels, enjoyed the camaraderie of people with shared interests, and posed for photos themselves.

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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0028 Richard Kiel
Richard Kiel
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0032 Catherine Hicks
Catherin Hicks
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0035 Sally Kellerman
Sally Kellerman
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0036 LaVar Burton
LaVar Burton
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0037 Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0038 LaVar Burton Michael Dorn
LaVar Burton and Michael Dorn
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0040 Marina Sirtis
Marina Sirtis
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0041 Danial Davis
Danial Davis
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0043 Brent Spiner
Brent Spiner
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0046 Don Stark
Don Stark
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0049 Herbert Jefferson Jr
Herbert Jefferson Jr.
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0057 BarBara Luna
BarBara Luna
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0058 Grace Lee Whitney
Grace Lee Whitney
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0066 Celeste Yarnall
Celeste Yarnall
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2014-07-31 Star Trek 0079 Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison
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2014-08-01 Star Trek 0077 Sean Kenney
Sean Kenney
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2014-08-03 Star Trek 0001 Carel Struycken
Carel Struycken
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2014-08-03 Star Trek 0008 Tony Todd
Tony Todd
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2014-08-03 Star Trek 0011 Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch
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2014-08-03 Star Trek 0017 William Shatner
William Shatner
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William Shatner
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Walter Koenig
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At the end of the convention, the talk was of new memories and expectations for next year’s 49th and then the anticipated spectacular 50th.

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