Artist Sam Klemke (a.k.a. “ultimessence“) has shared some great footage, which he took back in 1976, of his friend Terry McCoy conducting interviews during an early Star Trek convention at the Northgenn Mall in Denver, Colorado. The vintage video features fans wearing Star Trek themed costume, Leonard Nimoy (Spock) signing autographs, James Doohan (Scotty) speaking to the crowd, and more.
Only 7 years after the series ended, Star Trek already had a very strong cult following in the US and even abroad. There were small fan clubs popping up all over the world, so after a while it had such momentum that someone began organizing these gatherings into conventions…
At homes, schools, malls, they eventually had to rent large convention halls to accommodate the throngs of devoted ‘trekkies’.
This one had Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and James Doohan (Scotty), so I had to bring my super 8 movie camera to the Mall to film it.
I brought my old pal Terry McCoy as the on-camera reporter to interview the cults and play with the toys.
via Boing Boing