Found footage from '73 Star Trek con reveals fandom's groovy past

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Dec 14, 2012

The more fandom changes, the more it remains the same. Today's media conventions may have far more movies and TV shows to celebrate, but the other than that, they haven't changed in decades. They're all about hanging out with brand-new friends, showing off a cool costume and discussing what you love about your favorite genre.

And we have a clip from 1973 that—hair, clothes and New Yawk accents aside—could have come from this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

NYMag unearthed a short film from an early Star Trek convention, held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York City. This clip includes interviews from fans, describing their personae, plus a snippet of a young, round-earned Leonard Nimoy discussing the meaning of Star Trek. We also hear what Star Trek means to one of the world's most famous science fiction writers, Isaac Asimov, who died in 1992.

Something else that is as true now as it was in 1973: One fan said, "Star Trek lives because there are a lot of people who respect good science fiction."

To mingle virtually with the crowd, as well as to experience George Takei's groovy mane, see below.