Care Con Columbus Sept. 1994
This was a charity convention in Columbus, Ohio that featured many guests.
By David Weinstein, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from Care Con Columbus 9/16-18/1994
I say notes because this is not a full blown report. When I have
time at some point in the next few months I'll transcribe some of
my tapes of Dorn, Sirtis, and DeLancie. In the meantime I just
wanted to share with you some bits of info. No spoilers.
This was a very well (fan) run convention that was also a
charity event and lots of fun with lots of guests. They had
prepared for 9000 people but (perhaps due to the high $75 price)
I think only about 3000-4000 showed up. (Only!) Since it was a
charity event there was an unusual amount of media coverage
from a local tv station, and the weather man MCed for the guests.
Word is that after 5 days of shooting, Genevieve Bujold walked
off the set and canceled saying that she could not handle a tv
series schedule. Conspiracy theorists think it was a plot by the
network to make life for her difficult so she'd quit and then they'd
replace her with a male captian. Not so according to Marina Sirtis
who said that she was replaced by Kate Mulgrew. Whoever that
is. I'm sure I'll recognise her when I see her. In the meantime,
they are about a week or so behind schedule, and Ron Moore
and Brannon Braga canceled their con appearance probably due
Entertaining and friendly as always he signed copies of his new
book "To The Stars" freely and often. He told me while he signed
my book that he will be appearing in an upcoming episode of
Kung Fu. He will be on CBS This Morning on
Monday 9/26 to promote the book. He will also be making
numerous radio and personal appearances at bookstores so
watch for him near you.
Grace Lee Whitney
Looked quite well and talked openly about her prior alcoholism
and subsequent recovery.
Will be appearing again on Babylon 5 sometime in the future.
He told a funny story about George Takei and George's laugh.
Apparently on one of the cruise treks when George would walk
into a room people would imitate his unique laugh. A running
gag. For some unknown reason there were four french people not
related to the Trek Cruise who spoke no English on board. Walter
had the room next to theirs and said one day he heard them go
into their room, speak a few words in French and then do the
George laugh imitation.
He says he feels great and is 98% recovered from the heart
Never seen her before but she was very interesting. Her new
newsletter, Space-Time Continuum, is fantastic and chock full of
current information and rumours regarding Star Trek and other
SF (and related) shows and personalities. You can get info by
writing to Space-Time Continuum, P.O. Box 6858, Kingwood, TX
She is also working on an updated Concordance which is due out
Said he was disappointed that Sarek was killed off and that he
felt the character still had a lot more potential for future
exploration and development.
(Note: Mark played the Klingon Commander in Star Trek The Motion Picture.
Just reviewed it this past weekend with that in mind and, yup, that's him!
Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn
Appeared on stage together. If you've seen either of them you
know how entertaining they are but put these two best friends
together and they become the dynamic duo!
Dorn puts his hand affectionately on Marina's shoulder for a
MS: Don't touch merchandise you can't afford!
MD: (after a few beats pulls out a dollar bill) I've got a
dollar.....and where's my change!
When I have time I'll transcribe their appearances. Last time I
saw Dorn he was casual in jeans. This time he wore a hollywood
uniform of black pants and jacket and dark grey shirt. Marina was
her usual sexy self both days wearing a black, sleeveless, one
piece, skin tight miniskirt with black stockings and heels. Her
hair was much shorter and a lighter, auburn color. Dorn seems
to be losing some of his....
Someone came up and presented (?) with a Starfleet Ladies
Auxilliary Shake and Bake Society and Knitting Club :-) Cook
Book. This happened with one of the other guests. I don't know
who they were but now I can put a face with some of your names
out there. Sort of.
They were asked what it was like to work with WIlliam Shatner
and Marina said they didn't but that Patrick had said that he was
Who plays Kai-Opaka was there but I couldnt figure that from
the program cause in her bio the photo looked nothing like her
and didnt say what part she played on DS9. Thus imagine my
shock upon seeing her and she was wearing this wild african (?)
hat to cover a head with very very very short hair. She is from the
Bronx and her accent and wit make this quite evident. She
appeared on stage with Robin Curtis and Jon Del Arco (Hugh)
and together all three were...very entertaining!
Never saw her before either but she was bubbling with
enthusiasm and energy. Very friendly and likes to talk. She said
she finally got a powerbook to organise her life but ends of
playing Tetris till 12 midnight. Upon which she goes to bed and
plays with herself. Her right middle finger gets quite a workout
she said. Honest to G-d I'm not lying!!! She's says she's 38,
single, and looking so I was not surprised! :-) Actually I think it
was a Freudian slip cause she continued on with a straight face
about playing Tetris.
His explanations about acting were very cerebral as opposed to
Dorn and Sirtis's no-nonsense approach. He teaches acting and
obviously puts a lot of thought and energy into it. He brought a
paper a professor from England had sent him comparing Q to
Byron saying that Q was the Byron of our times. He read some of
it and it was right on target! After reading this very eloquent and
intellectual piece, he invited commment on it, but the first
question was how did he feel about appearing naked in one of
the episodes. :-) Also very entertaining fellow.
Had a table set up in the Technology Showcase room. I asked
him if it was really him and that I had heard a lot about him. He
laughed and said it was all lies. He figured I'd read about him on
the BBS's. I asked him what all the fuss was about and he said a
few things including something about people who never worked
on ST getting to be celebrities on the net. He gave a talk about
Gene Roddenberry later in the day. Although I didn't get to talk to
him in great detail he seemed like an OK guy to me. (Horrors!)
And thats all I can think of right now.
Generations: Feb 4-5, Royal Albert Hall, London, England.
Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn,
Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner.
Note that LeVar Burton is appearing and previously I dont
think he has done any cons.
Call (011 44) 71-538-3100 or email email@example.com for more
info. A Horizon Con.
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Convention Contact, P.O Box 9342 WBB, Dayton, OH 45409-
9342 or call 513-222-4263
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