NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 6, 2013

Salute to 'Star Trek'

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

By Jim Sullivan
Correspondent

---- — 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.

“That was how we got together, we both liked science fiction,” Logan said. “One of the first conversations we had was about an old TV show called ‘Star Blazers.’ It’s not something most people have heard of, but we both cared about it. So that was the common theme with the two of us.”

With the new movie “Star Trek Into Darkness” in theaters, Logan says she has been getting her kids, ages 11, 3 and 11 months, into “Star Trek” of late, but it’s becoming more and more of a family concern.

“My husband is a ‘Star Wars’ fan, and I am not,” Logan said. “It’s a power struggle.”

Logan has not seen “Into Darkness” yet because she hasn’t been able to get a baby sitter. But she and Dan have had their plans all set for the convention since Christmas when Dan surprised her with action figures, comic books and displays, with the convention tickets as the kicker.

“A lot of this, for me, is going to be able to see these actors in real life,” Logan said. “I don’t know how many of the actual signings I’ll be able to go to, but just seeing them in person will be really cool.”

Fortier certainly knows how much fun that can be and is excited to see a number of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” alumni onstage at the same time during a reunion performance set for Saturday night.

“I love it when there is a large group from the same cast,” Fortier said. “You get a lot more of that interplay that happens onstage, because they have a lot of shared stories. So it’s really good that they will have so many people from ‘The Next Generation.’”

If you go

What: Official Star Trek Convention

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: John B. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston

How much: Tickets are $25 to $85, available at the door. Photo op and autograph tickets cost extra.

More information: www.creationent.com