ConnectiCon Highlight: Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek,
Nichelle Nichols signing autographs at ConnectiCon Saturday, photo by Corrina Lawson

When Nichelle Nichols and George Takei were announced as a guest at ConnectiCon, my local con, early this year, I was more than thrilled as Star Trek is my original fandom.

When Nichelle Nichols suffered what was described as a mild stroke in June, I wasn’t disappointed that she likely wouldn’t be able to make it to the show, only concerned for her health. I fully expected her to be a no-show at ConnectiCon.

But though she cancelled her public Q&A, she arrived as scheduled to sign autographs, and did so on both Saturday and Sunday, in what I believe was her first public appearance since the health incident. I watched her interact with fans for a while, and she was incredibly gracious and blew kisses at several people. I finally screwed up my courage to the sticking place and simply told her “thank you” as one of the last people in line on Sunday.

Thank you so much for coming to Connecticut, Ms. Nichols. We were very glad to have you.

Writer, Mom, Geek and Superhero. though usually not all four on the same day. Author of the award-winning Phoenix Institute Superhero series and the steampunk novel, The Curse of the Brimstone Contract.