Fandom matters to me. Obviously, Star Trek is important to me, but fandom itself – meeting others who love this thing, reading the books, pursuing the collectibles, learning more almost every day – is as important.
It bothered me, then, when I went looking for Toronto Star Trek ’76 and found basically nothing. This was, as Rob Sawyer put it, a “gigantic part of Canadian SF history.”
I hope this effort addresses that oversight.
It was a great pleasure doing these interviews. I heard wonderful stories about friendships and fun and shenanigans (some of which I have left out of these pages) and about the joy and validation of being with other Star Trek fans. Linda MacDonald said it best: “If you like something like Star Trek, you go to a larger place and find out that actually it’s okay to like it and that other people like it and you can just talk about why it’s important. Then it becomes a shared experience.”
That was my early con experience too: the best part was meeting others who love the thing I love.
I am very thankful to those who shared their memories, their photos and their time with me. You are all interesting and engaging people, and I am glad I was able to tell your stories.