CHICAGO — Star Trek Mission Chicago takes over McCormick Place this weekend, serving as a first contact of sorts for Trekkies of all persuasions.
Fans of the vast Star Trek universe have been blessed to live in a place that celebrates diversity rather than division.
Stars from the show, including William Shatner, came out to meet and greet fans, some of whom came from across the country.
“We get together and everyone has the same interests. It’s a very cool atmosphere,” said Nashville resident Jody Koenemann.
For a former NASA executive, the impact of Star Trek continues to go far beyond the show’s original legacy.
“Star Trek has influenced a lot of people who work at NASA or work with our industry partners who really make manned spaceflight possible, which is very exciting because there’s so much going on with commercial spaceflight and the Artemis program to go back to the moon and to Mars and Star Trek has a huge role in that,” said Tom Rathjen.
As for WGN Weekend Evening News anchor Tahman Bradley, the convention was a great way to skip school with his wife.
“Last night I tried to get her to watch Star Trek The Motion Picture but she wanted to watch Married at First Sight so…” Bradley said.
Jenny Bradley said she was a Trekkie by marriage “unfortunately”, although the fandom is still being worked on.
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