Sci-Fi Saturday brings 'Star Trek' fans together

Katherine Ranzenberger

Jim Lewin is boldly going where no man has gone before. His continuing mission: sharing the world of science fiction with the York community.

Jim Lewin, owner of The York Emporium

The owner of York Emporium's prime directive is bringing together "Star Trek" authors, a science-fiction actor and the York community for the annual Sci-Fi Saturday, a day dedicated to all things geeky and nerdy.

"It's a lot of fun," Lewin said. "You get to hang out with 'Star Trek' authors. We really celebrate our nerdom."

This is the ninth year Lewin has hosted the event at his shop, located at 343 W. Market St. The York man has owned the store for 10 of its 30 years of business.

Authors Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman and Russ Colchamiro will be at the store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, talking Star Fleet Academy and Borg warfare among other topics.

Conrad Brooks, the only remaining member of Ed Wood's troupe of actors, is also joining the authors on Saturday. The Baltimore actor made several appearances in Wood's films through the 1950s and 1960s but is best known for his portrayal of  Patrolman Jamie in 1959 cult classic "Plan 9 from Outer Space."

The star of "Plan 9 from Outer Space," by general acclaim the worst movie ever made, Conrad Brooks has been a Hollywood actor, director and producer.

"We'll also have a 'Space Invaders' tournament that day," Lewin said. "It's a very relaxed tournament. You can go up and put your quarter in the machine and then put up your best score on the leader board. Whoever gets the highest score of the day gets a gift certificate to the store."

Trekkies can also take a swing at "Who Wants to be the Captain?," Lewin's take on the popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Trivia questions about the long-running series will test the knowledge of true fans and weed out those unqualified for the position to lead the Enterprise.

Following his run on "Star Trek," Leonard Nimoy  made a pilot for another series, entitled Baffled. The pilot was shown both in the U.S. and in the U.K., but was never picked up as a series. The lost pilot episode will be shown during Sci-Fi Saturday (6/11) at The York Emporium.

Leonard Nimoy's failed 1973 TV show "Baffled!" will also air at the event, with free popcorn available for those in attendance.

"Leonard Nimoy starred in the show as a racecar driver who had psychic abilities," Lewin said. "It hasn't been seen in a while, so we're showing it here and hoping people enjoy it."

For more information on Sci-Fi Saturday, visit The York Emporium's Facebook page.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDKatherine.