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Star Trek August Party

August Party

The August Party convention was one of the first major fan-organised Star Trek conventions in the 1970s. In 1976 it was held at the University of Maryland, College Park on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August. One of the organisers was Mary D. Bloemker, a very active fan writer, artist and publisher who would run the Main Mission Alpha Space: 1999 fan club for many years.

The August Party convention was notable for not inviting guests, but an exception was made for Nick Tate, who was on a promotional tour of the US. The first series of Space: 1999 had only just finished on US television. ITC showed the first episode of the second series, The Metamorph at the convention. Tate wore his actual Year 2 costume.

Various publicity photos were taken of him with a full sized replica of Star Trek's Galileo shuttle. There were a few press reports plus some coverage in fan magazines such as this interview with Nick for Trek Times by Jim Burns.

Nick Tate at August Party, 1976 Nick Tate at August Party, 1976 Nick Tate at August Party, 1976 Nick Tate at August Party, 1976

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