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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:12 PM

Capt. Kirk beamed down, but Texas Lottery’s “Star Trek” Guinness record attempt fell short

Lt. Anthony Williams, the Dallas Police Department’s eyes and ears downtown, took a quick look at the U.S.S. Enterprise crew members, Vulcans, Klingons, Andorians and assorted other Star Trek footnotes lined up against a Dallas Convention Center wall and said, “500.” Then he hastily corrected his guesstimate. “No, more like 550.”

He was off by 11.

Which meant that the Texas Lottery’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people dressed as Star Trek characters in one place fell well short of the existing record of 1,063. No matter, though: “Everyone has been so in the spirit of Star Trek,” said Guinness adjudicator Michael Empiric shortly after he broke the bad news Saturday morning to the small but well-dressed crowd at the convention center. “And that’s what I look for in a record attempt. But sometimes, the best laid plans just involve getting people in the door.”

And the Lottery did its best by bringing in none other than William Shatner, Captain James T. Kirk himself, to kick off the event and introduce the Lottery’s new Star Trek scratch-off game.

More at http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2013/03/capt-kirk-beamed-down-but-texas-lotterys-star-trek-guinness-record-attempt-fell-short.html/ .

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:36 PM

1. Well, meeting Shatner had to be worth it to those trekkies. n/t

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 04:39 PM

2. Shatner should have told them

 

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 07:56 PM

3. I have this desire to attend a "Sci-fi" type convention, dressed like something straight from

a catalog, walking around, picking up "futuristic technology" objects, chuckling to laughing out loud, and walking away with a big grin on my face ...

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Response to zbdent (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 30, 2013, 10:13 PM

4. I remember watching

 

the original Star Trek when I was a kid and it was shown in the afternoons after school. I also watched some of the the other incarnations of Star Trek.

The interesting thing is that my father has a classmate who is the paternal grandmother of a couple of William Shatner's grandchildren. Her son is married to one of Shatner's daughters. I don't know him, but I do know his brother pretty good. Apparently the reason Shatner won an Emmy playing Denny Crane on Boston Legal is because he wasn't acting. That's how he is in real life, he goes around introducing himself to everyone.

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