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Trekkie Dancing

This blog developed as the result of the founder of Fordney Foundation, Marilyn Fordney and her husband, Alex Havasi who recently met Captain Pike (Sean Kenney) of the Star Trek TV series and his wife Taki. Here is the photo that was taken when they had lunch together. In August, Sean and Taki will be attending the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas.

Even if you never heard of Star Trek or never watched it on TV, you probably heard the words S-t-a-r T-r-e-k. For those of you too young to ever have seen it, yet alone hear about it, I will fill you in.

I was one of those people who just didn’t care about it at all. I generally don’t like shows or movies that deal with outer space. It wasn’t until I had a boyfriend who watched it religiously and made me sit and watch it with him, that I discovered why one could become a convert quite easily.

First, a little background on this space phenomena that has captured the hearts of space adventurers for decades. It is an American science fiction media sensation both on television and film. It debuted in 1966 and has enjoyed many incantations of spacecraft, with the many voyages of the famous starship, USS Enterprise, plenty of exploration to strange new worlds and a stream of fascinating alien characters to go with it. The famous mission slogan that came from the Star Trek series is “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Of course, everyone has heard of the other famous saying that came from Star Trek, “Beam me up, Scottie,” kind of tongue-in-cheek for “let’s get out of here.”

The actors who starred in Star Trek all became famous for playing distinct and unforgettable characters. I am sure they will always be grateful for the opportunity to make media history. Some of these actors are: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei. These are the original actors from the series and there have been many more, as time and popularity of the show went on. It's not everyday that a person can have lunch with a Star Trek star. Lucky, Marilyn (Winkie) Fordney and her husband Alex, got to do just that with Sean Kenney (Captain Pike)!

Star Trek fans are called “Trekkies.” There has always been a media frenzy whenever anything Star Trek evolves like spin-offs, games, figurines, novels, toys, comics and even dance. There are at least two museum exhibits of props that travel the world. Needless to say, Star Trek is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.

If you are a trekkie, then you already know about the Star Trek Las Vegas convention that will take place August 11 – 15, 2021 at the Rio All-Suites Resort Hotel and Casino. The Star Trek conventions are a yearly ritual but did not take place last year due to COVID-19.

I literally can go on about the virtues of Star Trek and the many wonderful things you can learn from the show. I must say, I would not have ever given this show a watch and will forever be grateful to that one boyfriend who opened my eyes to the intriguing realm of the sci-fi world. This was a show that allowed your mind to focus on endless possibilities of “hope” for the future of civilization. I do not know anything else that can top that except thank you Winkie for the fond memories!

***We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought of the Week:

Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King Jr.






Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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