But the uniforms aren't cheap
James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.
Sunday 18 July 1993
At 12.15pm (earthtime) yesterday, dodgy sliding doors separated to reveal Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in the classic series. The fans - Trekkies - many clad in Star Fleet uniforms, burst into adulation. Maria Mausch, complete with pointed Vulcan ears, had beamed in from Vienna for the convention. She and her Starshipmate, Victoria Roberts, also in uniform and pointy ears, are veterans of numerous international conventions. In the United States official Star Trek conventions every week each attract 6,000 fans. 'We're lucky to get Nichelle,' said George Haggerty, an organiser. 'I can't tell you what we're paying, but it's not that big.'
Mairi Alexander, a fourth year bio-chemistry student at Glasgow University, was wearing a newly purchased Star Fleet red uniform - 'pounds 50 for the top and pounds 10 each for the official pips and the badge.'
Merchandising is no side issue: pounds 475 for an autographed cast photograph of the Final Frontier film; pounds 7.95 for a pattern to make a Captain Picard duty jacket.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
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