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Joey Gates

Joey Gates has collected everything from comics to action figures, trading cards to bottle caps, the only thing he doesn’t collect is DUST! Joey resides outside of Rochester, NY where he is a small business owner and father of five. Having collected for nearly 30 years, he has acquired many skills and will share his tips and tricks of the trade! Join him as he talks about the ins-and-outs of the collectors market and fresh ideas on getting your Holy Grail(s)! He’ll be bringing along some rare vintage toys and collectibles with him to show and tell as well! Whether you’re into “Star Trek”, “Star Wars”, “Masters of the Universe”, or something else, he’ll be talking about his experiences and will chat with his fellow fans and collectors to share ideas and experiences!

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Bill Latham

Author/critic William Latham is the author of seven novels in Powys Media’s Space:1999 series as well as Mary’s Monster, a modern-day sequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He has also contributed film criticism to John Kenneth Muir’s Horror Films of the 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2009 series and Muir’s Superheroes in Film and Television. He authored the non-fiction Chasing the Cyclops for Powys Media and co-authored the young adult book Scary Stories of Stamford. Born in New Jersey, Latham has dabbled in information technology for decades and is currently working on a Cold War thriller that takes place during the production of a famous 1970s film. He can be reached via his website

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Roy Bjellquist

I am a native of New Jersey and have been a fan of Science Fiction since first being introduced to Star Trek in the early 1970’s. My earliest recollections are seeing it advertised in the local TV Guide for its syndicated appearance on Channel 11, WPIX, New York.

My love of the series opened the door to other science fiction classics of the 1960’s: Lost In Space, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, The Invaders, UFO, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone, to mention just a few. These fantastic television shows of the 1960’s carried over my interest into other science fiction television of the 1970’s: The Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Space:1999, Ark 2, The Bionic Woman, Logan’s Run, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, to also name a few.

The shows closest to my heart have always been Classic Star Trek, and Space:1999. These shows have allowed me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, and establish lifelong friendships worldwide, due to our common bond and love of our beloved shows.

It has been truly a rewarding experience being a presenter at previous Trekonderoga Events over the years. These presentations helped to inspire me to start my weekly LIVE Internet show broadcast over Facebook (Roy’s Tie-Dye Sci-Fi Corner celebrating its 4th year this April) during the pandemic to help bring friends and fans of science fiction together from all over the world to share in the love of the genre.

I very much look forward to presenting this year at Trekonderoga, as it is not only enjoyable time to discuss the love of science fiction with fellow fans but to see my extended family of friends, I have met over the last nine years at this special annual event!! LLAP!!

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Dr. Kevin H. Knuth

Dr. Knuth is a Professor of Physics at the University at Albany (SUNY) and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Entropy (MDPI). He is a former NASA research scientist having worked at NASA Ames Research Center in the Intelligent Systems Division designing artificial intelligence algorithms for astrophysical data analysis. His current research interests include the foundations of physics, quantum information, autonomous robotics, the search for and characterization of extrasolar planets, and unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has been invited to give over 100 presentations in 18 countries.

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Mark A. Altman

Mark A. Altman is the writer/producer of Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner & Eric McCormack, author of the bestselling oral history of Star Trek, The Fifty-Year Mission, from St. Martin’s Press, showrunner of The CW’s Pandora and the upcoming Deathlands as well as a TV writer/producer for such series as The Librarians, Agent X, Castle and many more. He is also the author of numerous Star Trek comics and co-host of the immensely popular Star Trek podcast, Inglorious Treksperts.

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Daren Dochterman

Daren Dochterman has been working in the motion picture industry for nearly 30 years. Today his work is featured on HBO’s acclaimed Westworld, and his most recent Concept Designer credits include Star Trek Picard, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Independence Day: Resurgence, Passengers, and Star Trek Beyond.

His Inglorious Treksperts podcast is a fan favorite…and now he is doing the Weirded Beardos podcast with fellow WF guest Kirk Thatcher!!

Fans probably know Daren best for his work as Visual Effects Supervisot for Robert Wise on the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 2001. He’s been busy revisting that project to bring it back to home video in 4K resolution!

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David Gerrold

David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer who will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.

TV credits include episodes from Star Trek (“The Trouble With Tribbles” and “The Cloud Minders”), Star Trek Animated (“More Tribbles, More Troubles” and “Bem”), Babylon 5 (“Believers”), Twilight Zone (“A Day In Beaumont” and “A Saucer Of Loneliness”), Land Of The Lost (“Cha-Ka,” “The Sleestak God,” “Hurricane,” “Possession,” and “Circle”), Tales From The Darkside (“Levitation” and “If The Shoes Fit”), Logan’s Run (“Man Out Of Time”), and others.

Novels include When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, The War Against The Chtorr septology, The Star Wolf trilogy, The Dingilliad young adult trilogy, the Trackers Duology, and many more sci-fi classics.

Additionally, the autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child, won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year and was the basis for the 2007 movie, Martian Child, starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack. You can find more about David on his website:

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LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is an American actor, director, and executive producer, best known for his role as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in the iconic series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in Landstuhl, West Germany, LeVar grew up in Sacramento, California. He developed a passion for acting at a young age and landed his first major role as Kunta Kinte in the ground-breaking miniseries Roots at the age of 20. His portrayal of Kunta Kinte earned him critical acclaim and a lasting place in television history.

LeVar’s role as Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation solidified his status as a beloved actor. La Forge, as ship’s helmsman for the first season and later promoted to Chief Engineer for the remainder of the show, was known for his iconic visor that allowed him to “see“ after being born blind. LeVar’s performance brought depth and humanity to the character, earning him a dedicated fan base. He would of course continue the television role into the films and the incredibly popular third season of Star Trek: Picard, reuniting with the “command crew” of the Enterprise-D.  Behind the Star Trek camera, LeVar has directed more episodes across the various series than any other cast member.

Beyond his work in Star Trek, LeVar has had a prolific career in television and film. He hosted and executive-produced the long-running educational program Reading Rainbow, which encouraged children to explore the joys of reading. The show won numerous awards, including multiple Emmy Awards, and remains a cherished part of many people’s childhoods. LeVar’s commitment to education and literacy has continued throughout his career.

Don’t miss this opportunity to personally meet one of the icons of TNG and the man behind the visor as LeVar makes his first appearance on board the original Starship Enterprise at Star Trek Original Series Set Tour!

In addition to acting, Jonathan has also directed several episodes of Star Trek series The Next GenerationDeep Space Nine, Voyager, Discovery, Picard, and Strange New Worlds. He also directed episodes of The OrvilleRoswellLeverage, and Castle, to name just a few. He has also directed several feature films, including Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.

Jonathan is also an author and has written the science fiction novel titled “The Abductors: Conspiracy.” He has also voiced several video games and animated TV shows, including Gargoyles and Futurama, playing the voice of his head in a jar…!

Jonathan has been married to actress Genie Francis since 1988 and they have two children together. He is also known for his philanthropic work, supporting organizations such as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and No Kid Hungry.

If there was ever a year to Make the Trek! this is it – join us on board the original Starship Enterprise and meet Jonathan in his second appearance at the most relaxed and personal Star Trek event there is – Trekonderoga!