Schuster Star Trek Conventions/1977 Philadelphia Schuster Star Trek Convention

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Star Trek Philadelphia was held July 15-18, 1977 at the Holiday Inn on City Line Avenue.

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Guests of Honor

Guests were James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney, Howard Weinstein, Richard K. Preston, Leory W. Dubek, Howard L. Poss, Sondra Marshak, and Myrna Culbreath.

Heash [1] was the Master of Ceremonies.

Convention Staff

John Townsely was the chair.

Tidbits and Anecdotes

Some Collating Help

The zine Eel-Bird Banders' Bulletin #1 was collated at this con by "Townsley's Phillycon turkeys." [2]

Cabaret Night on Rigel II

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From the program book:

Join us for a night filled with Out-of-this-World Entertainment... the kind you would find at the Cabarets of Rigel II where performers from all parts of the Galaxy gather to entertain visiting Space Travelers... Exotic Green Dancing Girls from the Orion Colonies... the Galactic Sounds of "Orpheus," a fantasy and rock extravaganza, direct from a 10-week tour on Argelius II... and from Planet Earth direct from their smash engagement at the Starfleet Academy Officers Club, the "Mummers Star Trekacular, featuring the "Greater Overbrook String Band"... Welcome to Caberet Night on Rigel II.

Statement from John Townsley

From the program book:

John Townsley's statement from the program book

Dear Star Trek Fans:

You have 35 million minutes to live! A mortal coil 65 years long. . . that's what the life expectancy tables say each of us is entitled to nowadays. Time to enjoy a hundred or so vacations, 3,380 weekends and 23,741 evenings a thousand under a full moon, one under Haley's Comet. Time, in short, to enjoy all of the things a lifetime has to offer.

But the trick, of course, is not to count the minutes but to make each minute count. We. of the present, are more fortunate than those of the past. We are witnessing the dawn of the Space Age ... the challenge of the Final Frontier. While people of past lifetimes could only dream of such things, for us it has become a fascinating reality.

And we can see the future. The world of Star Trek is rapidly approaching. Man has walked on the moon, his space ships have reached the planets of our solar system, space colonization programs are underway and, in the not too distant future, explorations to the stars in giant Starships will be the logical result of these early space missions. Hopefully, our journeys will lead us to the discovery of other intelligent life forms, seeking to unlock the same answers as we to the secrets of the universe.

More than 80 per cent of all the scientists who have lived on this earth are alive today and their discoveries are accelerating at a rapid rate. The mysteries of space, such as Black Holes, are being studied at observatories around the world and by instru-ments .aboard our orbital satellites. Wonders such as anti-matter, genetic engineering and cloning are under experimentation. There looms on man's horizon things like memory editing and education by injection, both seriously contemplated by many scientists today. Also on the scientific drawing board are robots, called androids, which look, act and feel like human beings. The forerunners of these creations are now in use.

Many wonder whether society can handle the possibilities opened by these new sciences. Pressure is mounting to delve into the seemingly unanswerable questions they present and investigate the social implications of scientific developments so that man will be better prepared for the new options that technology will offer him.

As Star Trek fans, numbering in the millions, we occupy a unique place in the history of space flight and future science. Our influence has caused the first Space Shuttle to be named, the Enterprise, after our beloved Starship. We must continue to be involved and make each minute of our lifetimes count by working toward a better tomorrow.

A new Space Age is dawning. It will be here sooner than we think and many of us will be part of it.

Live Long and Prosper,

John Townsley

Chairman

Star Trek Philadelphia

Program Book

Flyers, Badges, and Other Ephemera

Programming

  • Dealers Room
  • light shows and slide shows
  • fan club exhibits
  • Green Orion Dancers (dancing)
  • Orpheus (music)
  • Mummers Star Trektacular (dancing)
  • "Star Trek: The New Voyages" by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
  • "Beyond Star Trek Panel"
  • a presentation by the Star Trek Welcommittee
  • "Shatner: Where No Man..." by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
  • "Star Trek Outreach Panel"
  • "Space Colonization" by Richard K. Preston
  • "Universe," a movie narrated by William Shatner (not in person, though!)
  • "Starfleet Academy" by Richard K. Preston
  • "Inside a Klingon Battle Cruiser"
  • "UFO's" by Leroy W. Dubeck
  • Autograph and Rap Session with George Takei
  • Autograph and Rap Session with Grace Lee Whitney
  • Autograph and Rap Session with Nichelle Nichols
  • Autograph and Rap Session with Walter Koenig
  • "Our Picture of the Universe According to Modern Astronomy" by Howard L. Poss
  • Trivia Olympics
  • Masquerade
  • Art Auction
  • the Star Trek Bloopers
  • Autograph and Rap Session with James Doohan
  • Talent Contest
  • "Astronomy and Astrology" by Howard L. Poss

Links to Photos and Videos

Articles and Articles

Con Reports

One fan in early 1981 expressed unhappiness with the big Star Trek cons of the time and specifically wrote of John Townsley's cons:
Are you as totally fed up with the irresponsible behavior of J. Townsley as I am? I'm referring, of course, to the recent Philadelphia convention fiasco . [Referring to schedule changes with no notification]... in both cases, I suffered considerable financial setback and an even greater degree of mental anguish. I am (to put it bluntly) sick of getting screwed by this turkey, and I want to shoot him down! True, he is the only person who handles pro cons, but his cons are little better than nothing. And surely there must be some way we could stage our own larger-than-fan cons. Townsley's advertising efforts are so pathetic. I would be surprised if we couldn't do better via the grapevine. Perhaps we have legal recourse?... Or perhaps we could stage a boycott in hopes of getting Townsley to improve? I am as anxious as the next fan to get together with friends, especially since I don't live on the east coast where gatherings are common... but I do think we owe it to ourselves to consider alternatives... [3]

References

  1. "My Legal name at the time was Steven L. (Lance) Hersh. Hersh got misspelled at college to "Heash" and hence the stage name. After hosting Star Trek Conventions for both Joan Winston's "Committee" and John Townsley's Tristar Industries I wrote the Pop Culture book, WRITTEN OUT OF TELEVISION and at that time "legally" shortened my name to "Steven Lance."" -- From the Mind of Steven Lance, January 14, 2012
  2. from a note in Eel-Bird Banders' Bulletin #1
  3. from a personal statement in Universal Translator #7, an opinion that came from a Creation Entertainment member who used take a table and sell Star Trek goods, and memorabilia, who decided to go on his own and become a competitor of John Townsley's Star Trek Conventions