I’m psyched up for a local Sci-Fi convention coming to town this Sunday. It’s RoberCon, the first Sci-Fi Convention to be held at the historic Roberson Museum in Binghamton NY!
Binghamton NY was the boyhood home of writer/legend Rod Serling, (The Twilight Zone), and our pride grows deeper every year! There’s the annual Rod Serling Film Festival, where local students write and direct their own 5 minute movies, and if you’ve ever seen The Twilight Zone, you will see occasional references to Binghamton, most notably in Walking Distance where the main character longs for the joy of his childhood, riding the merry-go-rounds. The guest speaker at this convention is Annie Serling, daughter of Rod, who will read from her very intimate new memoir, As I Knew Him, My Dad Rod Serling. There will also be fan forums on Dr. Who, Star Wars, Fantasy and, of course Trek, and tutorials on costume building and gaming. There will be @ 20 vendors selling everything a geek could want, however…
My big reason for going is to be in the Costume Contest, competing as, well, lets just say, an iconic character form Star Trek! I suspect my effort will be small potatoes compared to what I’m sure I’ll see there. Devotees of ‘cosplay’ can be precise in every detail! I’ll be passing out business cards for this site too, and I’ll post pictures and the results next week. If any of my readers are local and want to see me make a total fool of myself, come on down!
Here’s all the info about it in this link. Should be fun! I gotta finish my costume!
Here’s today’s flashback: In the upper corner is a portion of a magazine ad for Nimoy’s first book of poetry, You And I. He was really starting to branch out creatively in this period, poetry, photography and stage acting kept him busy, along with occasional game shows and guest appearances on shows like Columbo. The reason the ad was truncated was because the photo (of only Nimoy from the neck up) gave the impression that he wasn’t wearing a shirt (!) Somehow this embarrassed me, and I cut out the bottom section of the ad and kept the rest. Maybe it was my Catholic upbringing, but I guess I didn’t want my Mom to see this ‘flagrant’ display of sensuality, lest she take away all my Trek stuff! Silly me. I’ll have to see if I can find a full copy of the ad somewhere, it really wasn’t a big deal. Next to and beneath the ad is another paragraph about the possible Trek movie, and another chunk of of another Trek article.
And then these are 6 stamps that I bought at the Star Trek Bi-Centennial 10 Convention in 1976 with the familiar logo ‘Star Trek Lives” and Support Star Trek on each, with a dollar bill style portrait of a crew member on each. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, and Chekov. How could they forget Sulu? Unless having six made it mathematically easier to print. I had a about 20 of these in a half page, but stuck most of them on notebooks and such. Glad I saved these six–wonder if anyone else has them? Note: The actual stamps measure only 3/4″ by 1 1/4″, but they were scanned here for better detail. Also, on the original scrapbook page, they’re arranged differently, but here I lined them up. Nice, huh? More scrapbook stuff on Monday!