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June 6, 2013

Salute to 'Star Trek'

Local fans with a deep love for franchise head to Boston convention

Two local residents will be among those setting their phasers on stun when beings from strange new worlds and civilizations beam into Boston this weekend for the Official Star Trek Convention.

A two-day event presented by Creation Entertainment, the convention will feature Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner, as well as fellow cast mates George Takei and Nichelle Nichols. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will also be well-represented with Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby in attendance, among other “Trek” stars.

A veteran of too many conventions to count, Salisbury’s Theresa Fortier, 41, is heading into Boston both days and says she has loved Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild since she was a kid.

“I like the morality plays with ‘Star Trek,’” Fortier said. “I’ve always just loved the fact that they could tell stories about taboo subjects, and it would go over some people’s heads if they didn’t understand, or they really would have something to think about, if they did.”

Newburyport’s Denise Logan, 40, will be attending her first convention on Saturday and has been a fan of “Star Trek” since the original series, but her love for the world of Starfleet ramped up when “Star Trek: The Next Generation” premiered while she was in high school.

“The original series I watched a lot as a kid, but it was more funny than anything else,” Logan said. “But in high school, I was the artsy, kind of creative geek, and the idea of being out in space was kind of cool to all of us. We would all get together on Saturday nights and watch the show. It got me into science fiction in general, and it has kind of stayed with me all along.”

Logan says she owes more than a few Saturday nights of fun with friends to the show, and the 25th century also found her a husband, Dan.

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