Tulsa may be Star Trek fans’ final frontier

DAVID HARPER - Tulsa World Published: June 28, 2009
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r a lot of men, such a disclosure would likely shut down a promising relationship on the spot.

Luckily for Hoyt, McCoy was into the whole "Star Trek” thing. That was pretty clear from the fact that she was painted green on Saturday.

McCoy, 44, was emulating the look of the Orion slave girls seen on "Star Trek.” She said she remembers as a child watching the reruns of the show when it was in syndication and gravitating toward its themes of humans — and the occasional half-human, half-Vulcan — banding together for the common good.

A shared passion
R.A. Jones, one of the emcees at Trek Expo, said that those who gather for such events have a shared love of the fantasy worlds that the original show, subsequent series and feature films presented.

Of course, the franchise received a huge boost earlier this year with a movie that was both a critical and commercial success.

Charles Briede, a 37-year-old Fort Worth resident, said Saturday that he loved the movie because it had a great story and terrific cast.

Although Nimoy appeared in the film, most cast members were young and relatively unknown.

If Saturday’s crowd, which Jones estimated at 3,000, was any indication, the future of "Star Trek” fandom is in good hands.

Kali Moran, 15, of Skiatook, said that the appeal of "Star Trek” has as much to do with the stories it tells as with the characters and the timeless allure of life in space.

"It deals with moral issues,” Moran said. "Life and death. Love and hate.”