After much cajoling, my photo with Nichelle Nichols finally arrived! Photographic proof that I met the coolest woman ever.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a big Star Trek fan. I mean, after all, I have a picture of the U.S.S. Enterprise on my blog for goodness sake. So, imagine my surprise and nerd enthusiasm when I discovered in February that the lovely Nichelle Nichols would be at the Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek convention in Cherry Hill, NJ. Just a hop, skip, and jump from Philadelphia.
I needed to make this happen. Now, I have attended a Star Trek convention before. In fact, it was Creation Entertainment’s last Star Trek convention back in 2013 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9). I had to go because it was DS9 that introduced me to Star Trek and the whole science fiction genre when I was a wee child of nine. While there, I got to see Michael Dorn (he and I made eye contact and exchanged hellos in passing on the convention floor), Nana Visitor, and Avery Brooks who lives up to his post-Star Trek reputation of being a little on the eccentric side.
But, I digress.
By the time I found out about Nichelle Nichols’ appearance at the convention, I was (and am) still immersed in my Star Trek project. Although I call myself a Trekkie, I haven’t seen all of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) or the subsequent movies or Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG). I know! Bad Trekkie over here. Through my watching of TOS, I fell more and more in love with the original cast, especially communications officer Lieutenant Uhura. I found when watching episodes in which she was featured, I naturally gravitated toward her.
In an uncharacteristic move, I rung in the new year creating a vision board with my best friend. When I started my vision board in the last waning minutes of 2012, I had no idea what would be the final result. Surprisingly, one large goal was to complete my first ever 5k. Throughout 2012, I ran off and on. A cheaper alternative to a gym membership. But, that workout routine was largely unfocused. Represented on my vision board as a pair of running shoes, a racing number, and finish line sign, I began 2013 with a clear goal in mind.