Free “History of Star Trek” Presentation Set For May 18th In Gurnee, Illinois

On Saturday, May 18th TrekNews.net’s own John Tenuto, along with his wife Maria Jose, will present “The History of Star Trek: From Concept to Screen” at the Warren Newport Library outside Chicago in Gurnee, Illinois.

While the presentation is free, registration is required.

For more information, check out the press release below.

A rare photo on the set of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
A rare photo on the set of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

GURNEE – “Star Trek” fans are invited to enjoy a trivia-filled, free presentation, “The History of Star Trek: From Concept to Screen,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Warren Newport Library in Gurnee.

The presenters, College of Lake County sociology instructors John and Maria Jose Tenuto, used Star Trek movie director Nicholas Meyer’s idea that “art thrives on limitations,” as a case study for researching the making of the famous 1967 episode, “Space Seed,” starring Ricardo Montalbán as the villain Khan. (The famous actor later reprised the role of Khan in the “Star Trek II” movie from 1982, directed by Nicholas Meyer.)

In March, this presentation drew an overflow crowd and is being offered for those who could not attend the first lecture. The program is free, but registration is required at www.wnpl.info. The library is located at 224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, Illinois.

Using rare materials from the archives of UCLA and the University of Iowa, the Tenutos obtained permission to gather all the production information, memos and versions of scripts together and have unearthed previously unknown information about the making of the episode. The presentation highlights the special attention that writers and special effects artists made to producing an enduring legacy despite budgetary, technological, cultural and other production limitations. The presentation will include rare behind-the-scenes photos and a history of the Star Trek TV show and movies.

Register at Warren-Newport Public Library

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