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Michael Rizzo

Mike Rizzo is a lifetime Star Trek and SciFi Fan. He grew up watching classic SciFi TV like Star Trek the original series, Lost in Space, and Space 1999. Of course, in 1977 his world changed when Star Wars hit the theaters. Throughout the years he has collected and created props and memorabilia from the many movies and TV shows he loved. Mike worked in the TV broadcasting industry for 23 years with specialty in studio lighting and engineering. Mike has been a volunteer at the Set Tour since 2015. He currently hosts his own SciFi webcast called SciFi Distilled airing weekly on Facebook and YouTube!

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Kent Schmidt

Kent Schmidt was born in South Carolina, but was relocated to Upstate NY when he was a teenager. He graduated college with a degree in Political Science. He began working in retail environments until he started a 22-year career selling and leasing automobiles. A lifelong computer and electronic enthusiast, he transitioned into an IT management position with the Della Auto Group and now supports 250+ users with their technology issues. He is one year and one day younger than the original Star Trek, but was propped up in his crib to watch some of the original run… After Trek went into syndication, he rarely missed an episode after school and never during the summer months. He worked as a Production Assistant, then Grip, Key Grip, and finally, Gaffer for the long-running fan series Star Trek New Voyages/ Phase II. His study of Jerry Finnerman’s lighting techniques and practices and his application of those methods resulted in the high point of his lighting career when David Gerrold said “You are channeling Jerry Finnerman with your lighting. Kent, he would be proud of you.” His perspective on the Borg stems from an extensive Science Fiction library and decades of reading, watching, and studying Sci-Fi in all its forms.

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Phil Merkel

Phil Merkel aka “Captain Phil” is a DJ on WUSB 90.1 fm radio and host of “Captain Phil’s Planet.” The Planet airs alternate Thursdays 3 pm to 5 pm and streams at if you are out of the WUBS listening area. Captain Phil embraces all music genres on his planet and most other planets as well. In a former life, Phil taught music for a Special Education agency on Long Island for 31 years. He is now retired and living in his secret underground headquarters somewhere in West Coxsackie, NY.

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802 Ghostbusters

802 Ghostbusters is a group of Ghostbusters cosplayers based in Rutland, Vermont. We attend several events over the course of the year, including conventions, fundraising events, parades, and other community activities. We are happy to help with cosplay and prop-building questions. We are a group for fans and members alike and we support anyone who wants to be a Ghostbuster!

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Ed Speleers

Welcome to Jack Crusher played by Ed Speleers!! He will be joining us for our annual Trekonderoga event here at STAR TREK TOUR this August!

Ed Speleers publicity photo.

Ed can be seen on this season of Star Trek: Picard as Jack Crusher, son of Jean Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher!
He is also known for his portrayal of villain ‘Stephen Bonnet’ in the Starz! series Outlander as well as playing ‘Footman Jimmy’ for two seasons on the SAG Award-winning (for Best Ensemble) Downton Abbey. Other television credits include starring as ‘Slean’ in Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands for ITV, as ‘Edward Seymour’ in the critically acclaimed Golden Globe- and Bafta-winning Wolf Hall alongside Mark Rylance and Damien Lewis, and Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime. While starring as Jack Crusher on Picard, Ed can also be seen as ‘Rhys Montrose’ during the ongoing fourth season of the Netflix series You.

Ed’s feature credits include Breathe opposite Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Disney’s fantasy film Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Lars von Trier’s The House that Jack Built opposite Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon. Ed made his film debut as the titular role in the 20th Century Fox action fantasy film Eragon. He was selected by director Stefen Fangmeier from a worldwide casting search.

Come and meet Ed on board the original Starship Enterprise at this year’s event – don’t miss your chance to meet one of the newest stars of Star Trek and hear tales from his experiences filming Star Trek: Picard!

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Jonathan Frakes

We are incredibly pleased that Jonathan Frakes will be part of this year’s Trekonderoga! “Red Alert, shields up!” as he would shout.

Jonathan is of course best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation and in its subsequent films. Before his breakthrough role on Star Trek, Jonathan had appeared in many TV shows, including The Doctors, Bare Essence, and Falcon Crest.

In addition to acting, Jonathan has also directed several episodes of Star Trek series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Discovery, Picard, and Strange New Worlds. He also directed episodes of The Orville, Roswell, Leverage, 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 the most relaxed and personal Star Trek events there is – Trekonderoga!