Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Let's Throw a Bigger Con! - BabelCon '81
Now, this was after ST:TMP had revitalized TREK fandom, and before the hotly awaited-and-debated release of STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan. At least among some of us, the appearance of a STAR TREK movie in ANY form justified and made righteous our ten years "in the wilderness." We had been rewarded for our fanatical loyalty with a movie. And a second film was in the wrapping up stages.
Now the rumor mills, which had buzzed about how Leonard Nimoy didn't want to play Spock in the firts film, were now whispering the speculation that Nimoy had agreed to come back for II only if he could kill the character off.
THAT was the big question, would Spock die or not?
Meanwhile, the putting-on of such a big con required lots of staff, organization, and ... MONEY. My understanding of the situation for BabelCon '81 is, that because S.T.A.R. OKC president Larry Jones personally put up the money for the con (including a mortgage I heard), the con was legally "in his name" so that, along with the risk, he could receive the payoff (of there was one).
This makes perfect sense to me.