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Old September 12 2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

In what year do you think the popularity Star Trek peaked?

Late 70s when The Motion Picture opened?

During the 80s?

Or during the final years of TNG?
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Old September 12 2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

Absolutely 75-76. ST primed the pump and SW cashed in on it in 77. If they'd gotten ANY kind of trek feature into theaters before SW, it would have been huge. You look at the mid to late 70s and see the bestseller nf boom w/ Trek and the insanely large conventions and the general trek madness and while it wasn't quite Bond as of 1965, it was pretty close.
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Old September 12 2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

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Absolutely 75-76. ST primed the pump and SW cashed in on it in 77. If they'd gotten ANY kind of trek feature into theaters before SW, it would have been huge. You look at the mid to late 70s and see the bestseller nf boom w/ Trek and the insanely large conventions and the general trek madness and while it wasn't quite Bond as of 1965, it was pretty close.
Bond as of 1965? What do you mean with that?
Did the early Bond movies have a huge following back then?
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Old September 12 2008, 07:44 PM   #4
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

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In what year do you think the popularity Star Trek peaked?

Late 70s when The Motion Picture opened?

During the 80s?

Or during the final years of TNG?
About years 3 to 5 of TNG. TNG was the most mainstream success "Star Trek" ever had, expanding the popularity of the Franchise exponentially and internationally.

Maybe Abrams will do even better.
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Old September 12 2008, 07:46 PM   #5
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

I think Trek became accepted by the most people during TNG. Even people who didn't like "sci-fi stuff" would tune in to watch TNG each week.
They would talk about it over the water cooler at work, etc. People who new I was into ST would ask me questions about something on the show.
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Old September 12 2008, 07:51 PM   #6
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

TWOK was a high point for TOS fandom, otherwise I'd say mid-run of TNG for Trek overall.
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Old September 12 2008, 07:52 PM   #7
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

My gut instinct says Trek fandom peaked when First Contact opened in the theaters.
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Old September 12 2008, 07:56 PM   #8
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Absolutely 75-76. ST primed the pump and SW cashed in on it in 77. If they'd gotten ANY kind of trek feature into theaters before SW, it would have been huge. You look at the mid to late 70s and see the bestseller nf boom w/ Trek and the insanely large conventions and the general trek madness and while it wasn't quite Bond as of 1965, it was pretty close.
Bond as of 1965? What do you mean with that?
Did the early Bond movies have a huge following back then?
For THUNDERBALL they had many screens running 24hrs/day during opening weeks, the bond insanity (including martini drinking) going up into stratosphere.
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Old September 12 2008, 08:00 PM   #9
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

^ Oh... thanks for the history lesson. I think I was more interested in learning to spell my own name back then.
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Old September 12 2008, 08:02 PM   #10
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So was I, but I saw Goldfinger in the theater before I could even do that (thanks, mum.)
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Old September 12 2008, 08:03 PM   #11
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Wow... I was a teen before I saw it on TV. It was the first time I saw a naked woman, even if she was painted gold.
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Old September 12 2008, 08:16 PM   #12
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Trek was at its peak for me in the mid nineties you had two series to choose from, a new movie that came out, and reruns weren't that old.
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Old September 12 2008, 08:42 PM   #13
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Re: When Was Fandom At Its Peak?

I'd say the period of Star Trek IV-VI-TNG was the peak for people around me.Star Trek had that "mainstream" thing going on. For example,our wargames club consisting of everything from teenagers to mid-grade Army Officers and their families would drop everything to watch TNG's new episode Saturday evening.
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Old September 12 2008, 08:55 PM   #14
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TWOK was a high point for TOS fandom, otherwise I'd say mid-run of TNG for Trek overall.
This gets my vote. Late in the run of TNG Trek perception started moving from just nerdy to "un-cool nerdy". Star Wars was big competition but the release of Trekkies and news coverage of the juror in a Trek uniform did it in.
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Old September 12 2008, 09:08 PM   #15
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1986.

I disliked The Voyage Home, but the mid-eighties were a perfect peak. People were looking forward to TVH as the wrapup of the "trilogy" (and most of them seemed to love it). Fandom was going strong in print fanzines (which I miss), Creation Cons, and the Best of Trek books. The increasingly movielike novels and the strongly developed FASA RPG were going strong. Plus TNG was announced for the following year. The Official Fan Club was putting out a glossy zine, and the Star Trek Welcommittee hadn't faded away yet.
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