Before there was Comic-Con, there was this. If you were a young sci-fi fan in the 1970s and 1980s there was no better place to be than a Star Trek convention. I personally attended my fair share back then and it was a lot like this video… cheesy and silly and just a lot of fun. It was every bit as exciting as Comic-Con but you had a much better chance of actually running into someone from a TV show since at that time, these were poor struggling actors who really relied on income from shows like this.
It was also a great place for people who were “out of the mainstream” to come together. Remember this was a generation before we even thought about the internet and if you cared more about space than sports, there was a chance that few people in town agreed with you. These conventions let the most outside of the outsiders feel like they were the cool kids. And you know… they were. The people who went to shows like this went on to become tech titans, successful writers, and spawned the massively successful culture we have today.
This convention wasn’t the first — conventional wisdom says that was back in 1972 — but it may be the earliest one from which we have video. Enjoy, and of course LLAP (if you don’t know what that means, perhaps this isn’t the article for you.)