All images courtesy of Creation Entertainment
A couple decades before Benneton entered the cultural conversation, with its “United Colors” campaign, and four years before Toni Cade Bambara used the term “politically correct,” in her anthology, The Black Woman;* the crew of the Starship Enterprise (as imagined, created, and written by Gene Roddenberry) didn’t just ‘boldly go where no man had gone before’ – it did so with a Japanese third officer/helmsman, a black female chief communications officer, a mop-topped Russian yeoman/navigator, and a half-Vulcan executive officer/science officer – and, in so doing, depicted a culturally-blended, multi-ethnic vision of a future to which we could, did, (and most of us still do) aspire; while inspiring generations of writers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and scientists the world over.
It’s nearly impossible to demonstrate just how much the Star Trek franchise (from what is now referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series (or TOS), to the upcoming second season of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All-Access; and everything that came in between) has seeped into our lives. Putting aside the scientific applications derived from the show – ranging from the PDA and the flip-phone, to Steve Wozniak’s co-founding of Apple – did you know that in 2010, in its decision re Robinson v Crown Cork & Seal, the Texas Supreme Court actually cited Spock’s utilitarianist creed, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?”
Is it any wonder then, that so many people around the world would want to go someplace where they could soak-up all things Star Trek, with other like-minded folks, as if submerged in a big bowl of Palmolive? Of course, it isn’t. Which is why this year marks the 16th annual Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas (aka STLV). And returning to Rio Las Vegas, the Creation Entertainment-produced event is packing a whole lot of Trek-goodness into the first five days of August.
So grab your friends, grab your costume(s), set your phasers to “Stun,” and get ready to beam-aboard, for the themed party of your life.
The Official STAR TREK Convention
Rio Las Vegas
Click HERE for info and tickets
Get into it!
[Editor’s Note: In Safire’s Political Dictionary, noted columnist and lexicographer William Safire credited Bambara’s 1970 anthology, The Black Woman, as being the first recorded employment of the phrase “politically correct,” utilizing its modern connotation.]