Incredible. You were a part of Trek history and that of Grace herself. Was she as down to earth as I've heard?
When they introduced her on the Saturday morning, she was exuberant, wore a mini-skirt and white cowgirl boots, and was almost shouting from the podium. Her accent was even exaggerated - and a few fans were very underwhelmed that she was "so American". Whatever that means.
When she came out to do her one-hour session in the mid morning, she was still very upbeat, but more down-to-earth. She was warm, friendly, funny and wise. A real hit. And again the next day.
And you know, she ate with the fans at every meal.
She attended the fan art show (and chatted to other attendees about the exhibits). She wandered through the hucksters' room. She was amazing. And she'd traveled economy class
for no official appearance fee.
And when I ran into her in the US in 1984 and again in 1991 she even remembered me!
Grace at Conquest
by Therin of Andor
, on Flickr
Grace Lee Whitney is carried off by an alien (fan Scott Sullivan) at the first ConQuest convention in Brisbane, 1982. Photo by Australasian Post
's Clair Jolliffe. (Sorry about the vertical lines from the 80s-era photo album.)
Boy did I regret not packing my Andorian gear for that
photo shoot. (I was in TMP uniform, with lots of other humans, but our group shot wasn't used. This pic was an impromptu lift after the group shot.)