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Documentaries explore world of ‘Trekkies’

RENEE LAWRENCE Published: June 26, 2009
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TULSA — Trekkies or Trekkers?

When it comes labeling the devoted fans of the science-fiction megafranchise "Star Trek,” Denise Crosby calls herself a purist and sides with Trekkies.


At least that’s what the actress who originated the role of security chief Tasha Yar on the television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation” titled her two entertaining documentaries ("Trekkies,” 1997, and "Trekkies 2,” 2004) that explore the world of "Star Trek” fandom.

In a recent telephone interview ahead of a three-day appearance sponsored by the Boys Scouts of America at Tulsa’s Trek Expo this weekend, Crosby, 51, said at the time of the first documentary she polled friends who knew little to nothing about "Star Trek” and asked them what they call those fans. They universally said Trekkies and none had heard the term Trekkers, Crosby said.

"So, the film I wanted to stand on its own as a film that could play in the cinema and appeal to a broad audience, not just a fan film, and Trekkies is sort of the universal, global expression of ‘Star Trek’ fans,” she said.

Because she was someone from the "Star Trek” family, Crosby said, fans granted her access to their private and sometimes very public passion for all things "Trek.” It also allowed her to approach other actors and get them to talk candidly about fans. But Crosby said she didn’t want to offend fans because they had been burned before (by William Shatner’s "get a life” skit on "Saturday Night Live”) and was concerned about how "Trekkies” would be perceived.

"It’s a fine line because you don’t want to put on kid gloves and make a recruiting film here for ‘Star Trek.’ I really wanted to have a look into this world of fandom and this particular show, which is unlike anything else and has been sort of the granddaddy of them all. At the same time, I didn’t want to be cruel or judgmental ... so I had to figure out how to really make that real for the film,” she said.

Crosby said she got the idea to make the documentaries after attending fan conventions, and she became more interested in the fans than they were in her.


Boy Scouts charity breakfast
What: Benefit for the Boys Scouts of America. Denise Crosby and test astronaut Charlie Dry will be guest speakers.

When: 8 a.m. Sunday.

Where: John Q. Hammons Union Multipurpose Activity Center, Redskin Room.

Tickets: $25.

Information: (918) 369-0650 or trekexpo.net.

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