Star Trek means a lot to me personally as a kid I got into Star Wars, but when I got to my teens and 20’s I was drawn to Star Trek and it’s view of what could be our own future.
I really enjoyed the story telling and the characters and with Star Trek The Next Generation I was able to watch as it launched and felt like I was on this crazy ride every week always waiting for more. It was a great time to be a fan back when TNG and Star Trek Deep Space Nine were running at the same time. But what really kicked it up was when I found the convention scene. Star Trek fandom has always been know for the “Trekkies” films but I found that the Star Trek fans were some of the most passionate I have ever seen.
So I started attending some of the local Star Trek conventions and I met ALOT of great people. Most of my close friends today are people that I met at Star Trek or other type conventions. I actually met Jim of Sci-Fried at a local Star Trek convention here in Orlando and we’ve been friends ever since. I also met Vern of Sci-Fried at the same convention! It’s crazy to think there would be no Sci-Fried without the old Trek cons!
Star Trek also helped me through some tough times in my life. When my father passed I was very lost and Star Trek helped me get through it. Getting lost in all the different episodes helped me deal with my grief, and there were many a episode that did the same thing. Also over the years of going to and performing at Star Trek conventions I have got to know and have friendships with some of the actors from Star Trek.
The biggest thing Star Trek has done for me was introduce me to my wife! Yes we met at the same local Star Trek con too! Christine — or KheTara as she is called on the Klingon homeworld — ran the Klingon bar “The Warped Core” with other fans and always had it set up at the local shows. We became friends and she even made me my first Klingon costume! Forward years later and we had a full costumed Klingon wedding at the same hotel they used to run the Star Trek convention at! Had a great time with 200 people all dressed in various costumes.
We’re actually getting ready to go to the Star Trek Las Vegas show put on by Creation and see all our trek family that lives all over the US. We just saw the new movie and this one really set a new tone for what the new Star Trek movie franchise should be. Such a great film.
I hope you all enjoy our music video for “A Tall Ship”! Live Long and Prosper!
Andrea Rittschof says