Posted By Kathleen David on August 5, 2013
Short version: That was a lot of fun.
Shatner has become more amusing as he has gotten older. He also can now explain, or is willing to explain, his acting technique to others. He and Peter got to shake hands again and he remembered Peter from Dragon Con and the Julie Award. He has, as they put it, mellowed with age. Not that he can’t get excited and wound up about a topic. And he does still rail against the world at times. Funniest moment for me was when he had Bob Greenberger explain progressive rock and its connection to Science Fiction in about 4 sentences. Bob did a really good job. His uncle should be proud of him.
Caroline had a blast and a half. She got two sleepovers and has created her own little posse like her sister Ariel did at her age. She had more “freedom” this convention and she did not abuse it in the least. She signed the proof copies of Fearless that we brought with us much to her amusement. Yes, at the age of 10 my daughter is a published author.
I did workmanship judging for the Masquerade and we have a system down between us. Saw a lot of good costumes and people brought their A game even if it was the first costume. Judging was hard but we muddled through.
After that was the piece of the convention that I had been dreading but knew I needed to go. It was the memorial for Marty Gear. I think just about everyone stared with “I don’t know when I met Marty but..” I honestly kept thinking I would see him around the corner or run into him at the bar. It was nice to share my memories of Marty with others who knew him. I have a feeling that if I lived in this area, I would have spent a lot of time at his and Bobbie’s house. The general feeling was that we loved him, he loved us, and we missed the every loving out if him not being there.
Sunday was my panel day. I had the Masquerade critique, Tolkien (which Allyn Gibson joined me for), and Elementary Sherlock. All panels went well and were very well attended.
We wrapped it up with Mystery Trekkie which was And the Children Shall Lead (Think rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock). Had dinner with Bob and Katie Greenberger and Katie’s fiancée Mike. Went to the dead dog party for a bit. Came back to the hotel room and collapsed.
In between all that I talked to people. I had people ask my advise on all sorts of subjects. I was running down a list of things that I would watch out for when doing a full body costume with one young man and realized that somewhere a long the way I seem to have become a fandom elder. I would like to thank all the elders that helped me see how to deal with it including Marty.
I am grateful that I went to Marty’s memorial.