This show is dedicated to "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" Gene Roddenberry, a visionary who inspired us to boldly go where no man has gone before.

PlanetXpo is proud to present the first annual The Great Bird of the Galaxy Star Trek Celebration honoring Gene Roddenberry and his vision of our future; Star Trek. And what better place to hold this event than Gene Roddenberry's birthplace, El Paso, Texas? The Great Bird of the Galaxy Star Trek Celebration is expected to be the largest annual celebration of Star Trek, with an audience of 10,000 fans at the premiere gathering in November 2003.

PlanetXpo has gathered a galaxy of participating sponsors to support this tremendous city-wide celebration, including KTSM NBC/TV, The El Paso Times, KLAQ FM, KISS AM, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Southwest Airlines, El Camino Real Hotel, Chase Suite Hotels, and others. This 2003 celebration will feature the film premiere of the funniest Star Trek parody of all time, Roddenberry on Patrol, directed by Tim Russ "Tuvok" and stars many of your favorite Star Trek actors.

News of many exciting future events will be announced during the two-day convention, and we anticipate continuing city-wide support for this celebration of Star Trek.


Tuesday will be the final day that you may purchase Advanced Tickets online and by phone. All Advanced Tickets will be available for pick-up at the convention center. Ticket Purchases and Advanced Ticket Pick-up will be available on Friday from 4PM to 7PM, on Saturday from 8AM to 7PM, and on Sunday from 8AM to 6PM. We're expecting a large crowd so make sure that you get there as early as 8AM.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin meets the crew of the Enterprise

Buzz Aldrin will be presented with "The Great Bird of the Galaxy Achievement Award" by the original crew of the Starship Enterprise on November 16th. The award will be presented by The Great Bird of the Galaxy Foundation and is a named after the nickname of futurist and visionary Gene Roddenberry -- creator of Star Trek. The award is a symbolic representation of an individual's lifelong accomplishments -- someone who has reached for the stars and has spent their life working toward goals and dreams as seen in the embodiment of Star Trek.

In 2003 the Great Bird of the Galaxy Foundation was established. Its mission... to raise global awareness of the vision of one of the greatest futurists of our time ... Gene Roddenberry. Its purpose: to encourage the next generation to pursue their dreams of a brighter tomorrow as portrayed in the world renowned phenomenon known as Star Trek. The Great Bird of the Galaxy Foundation recognizes that the youth of today is the hope for tomorrow; therefore, it strives to guide young minds to reach for the stars by promoting interest in scientific technology. The ultimate aspiration of the Foundation is to heighten the interest of the next generation, to instill within their hearts and minds, the desire, the will, and the courage to boldly go...

Nemec News

Corin Nemec, star of Stargate SG-!, will be unable to attend the Great Bird of the Galaxy due to a professional commitment.

The Great Bird of the Galaxy Star Trek Celebration 2003 will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 15 -16, 2003, (10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday)) in El Paso, Texas, U.S.A. at the El Paso Convention Center. Our web site provides information regarding pre-registrations, schedule of events, hotel and service information, travel tips, the latest news and developments, and a listing of planned special guests from the world of Star Trek. Be sure to surf our entire web site to learn more.


Please contact us by e-mail or by phone! Call us at a local El Paso phone number 800-686-3598 or by e-mail at To make this the best possible celebration event, we encourage you to contact us if you have Star Trek props or memorabilia, or simply have ideas for the event. This 2003 celebration is planned as the largest turnout of Star Trek cast, crew, fans, and collectibles, ever in one place. We also encourage volunteer participation. Our Volunteer Services sectionz can provide more information. Please talk with the Volunteer Coordinator for details. We look forward to seeing you in November 2003!

PRE-REGISTRATION: Friday night 5PM to 8PM for Stellar WEEKEND PATRONS and GALACTIC WEEKEND PATRONS: here's the chance to get a jump on the convention's activities by coming down to the convention site a day early and picking up your admission credentials for the whole weekend (so you don't have to wait again!). We'll also have first crack at souvenirs, the schedule of events/program, and free gifts! This event is not mandatory for weekend patrons, just if you are available; it's lots of fun so try to make it!

DO YOU LIVE WITHIN TRANSPORTER DISTANCE OF EL PASO, TEXAS? Help us publicize this event by posting convention posters and flyers in book shops, comic book stores, etc. Let us know how many flyers you can distribute and we'll send them to you! (Thanks!) Select one of these flyers to download a flyer you can print and post or e-mail to friends. flyer_gbotg1.pdf(88k) flyer_gbotg2.pdf(108k)

Buzz Aldrin
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William Shatner
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James Doohan*
Nichelle Nichols

Walter Koenig

George Takei

Tim Russ

*This will be James Doohan's last convention appearance in the South Western United States and his second to last convention appearance of all time. Click HERE to get more information about James Doohan's final convention appearance.

This is a short film of rare comedy and wit where LA policeman Gene Roddenberry is inspired to create StarTrek, and the filming is now complete! Look for this exclusive title premiering at the convention!

This hilarious spoof of the "Star Trek" series is a riotous trip into a parallel universe. Directed by Tim Russ (Lt. Tuvok of "Star Trek: Voyager"), Roddenberry on Patrol is filled with clever references to the show and stars many familiar cast members. Motorcycle cop Gene Roddenberry fights crime on the streets of L.A. by day and writes television scripts by night. He has a brilliant idea for a show set in outer space, but unfortunately he's suffering from a bad case of writer's block . But after strange encounters with fellow officers who taunt him, a red shirt bandit, a captain who wants Roddenberry to write a role for his daughter, a secretary humming an eerily familiar tune and a network exec who doesn't have a clue, inspiration strikes....and his brilliant idea takes off! So pull over for Roddenberry on Patrol and get ready for an unforgettable voyage to the outer reaches of the imagination. This first parody of the much revered creator of Star Trek adds a whole new dimension of folklore to the Trek phenomenon.

The Estate of Gene Roddenberry does not have any connection nor has authorized, endorsed or has any affliation with this film.

The Gene Roddenberry Planetarium in El Paso, Texas, will be exhibiting original paintings of internationally renowned space artist Michael David Ward from November 14 through December 14, 2003.

Michael is renowned for his paintings of the cosmos and commemorative images of entertainment properties, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lost in Space. His originals and limited edition prints are in the private collections of such notables as Gene and Majel Roddenberry, George Lucas, Leonard Nimoy , Nichelle Nichols and Jonathan Frakes.

To create his paintings, Michael uses many techniques and mediums but his most provocative and compelling method is reverse painting on glass or acrylite. The depth and vibrancy of color he achieves with this method is unmatched by traditional techniques such as painting on canvass or paper. But what makes Michael's paintings stand out doesn't rest on his techniques alone. His view of the cosmos and the world around him instill into his paintings a sense of wonder that transcends a literal reality. His vision is idyllic and intentional. Michael wants to convey to the viewer of his work a magic that is felt on an emotional level.

The Reach for the Stars Exhibition poster by Michael David Ward will be available for sale at the show.


Exclusive Great Bird of the Galaxy Show Merchandise available only at the show! Featuring the Great Bird of the Galaxy created by Michael David Ward.

Great Bird of the Galaxy
Convention Tee Shirt

Great Bird of the Galaxy
Limited Edition Print

Great Bird of the Galaxy

More merchandise will be posted soon!


Sunday Only
Buzz Aldrin soared with Gemini 12 , walked on the moon during Apollo 11, and now he's landing in Texas, where he'll be presented with "The Great Bird of the Galaxy Achievement Award". The original crew of Star Trek's Enterprise will present the award on Nov. 16.

Aldrin's spent 289 hours and 53 minutes physically in space, but in some ways, he never left. He's written two space-inspired novels with John Barnes, Encounter with Tiber (1996) which involves humanity's meeting with a 9,000 year old alien civilization and The Return (2000) in which the space program is in private hands and offers paying customers trips to the final frontier. He also penned the autobiography, Return to Earth (1973).

Beyond writing about space, he's also promoted plans for sending America to Mars, and ordinary citizens into Earth orbit. He's patented designs for a space station, crafted a plan for a spacecraft that would perpetually travel between Earth and Mars, founded a rocket design company called Spacecraft Boosters, and founded the ShareSpace foundation, which is a non-profit aimed at promoting space tourism.

Sunday Only
William Shatner ("Captain Kirk") set the standard by which all Star Trek captains (and admirals for that matter) are judged with his portrayal of James T. Kirk. His first turn as master of the starship Enterprise was at the helm of the NCC 1701 during its initial five-year mission. That mission was cut short after three years in 1969, when it was cancelled by NBC.

Kirk and his crew went on to defy network death in late-night re-runs, creating a legion of fans in the process. William returned to the role in 1979 with the first Star Trek feature film, in which he took command of a refurbished Enterprise. He remained a potent force in the Star Trek universe through the next six feature films, witnessing the climactic destruction of the 1701 in Star Trek III, and helming its successor, the 1701-A, in Star Trek V and VI.

William has written several autobiographies, including Star Trek Memories and Get a Life! as well as the fiction novels The Ashes of Eden, The Return, and Avenger, in which he resurrected his signature character from his untimely death in Star Trek: Generations.

Beyond Star Trek, Shatner penned several pulp science fiction novels revolving around the 22nd century virtual-reality narcotic called "Tek". He later co-starred in a series of television movies based on the books. Turning from science fiction, Shatner has also acted in numerous films and television series, such as T.J. Hooker and Rescue 911. He is appearing Sunday only.

James Doohan ("Scotty") saved the U.S.S. Enterprise from certain destruction countless times as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the legendary Star Fleet engineer in the original Star Trek television series and later in the same role in the Star Trek feature films. He also made a guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Outside of Trek, he earned parts in more than 100 motion pictures and television series, including The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Fantasy Island, Loaded Weapon and Double Trouble. In the years since, James has pursued a speaking career which has taken him to more than 250 colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This will be James Doohan's last convention appearance in the South Western United States and his second to last convention appearance of all time.

Nichelle Nichols ("Uhura") considered giving up her role as Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek television series until Martin Luther King urged her to stay on, arguing she was a vital role model for young black women. Nichelle took his advice, and continued a science fiction career that would span decades. In addition to her barrier-smashing role in the original series, she returned as Lt. Uhura in the first six feature films and provided her character’s voice for the animated series.

In addition to her Star Trek involvement, Nichelle went on to appear in films such as Mister Buddwing, Made in Paris, Porgy and Bess, Snowdogs and Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding.

George Takei ("Sulu") began his Star Trek career as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Enterprise on its initial five-year mission. He ended it as captain of the Starship Excelsior, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (a role he reprised for an episode of Star Trek: Voyager).

In addition to appearing in Star Trek audio novel recordings, George lent his voice to the character of First Ancestor in Disney’s Mulan as well as characters on The Simpsons and Futurama. George received a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986 and he placed his signature and hand print in the forecourt of the landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1991.

Walter Koenig ("Chekov") has two major science fiction personas to his credit. The first is Pavel Chekov, a character he played during Star Trek’s initial run on television, as well as in the first seven feature films. The second is Alfred Bester, a sinister Psicop on the television series Babylon 5.

Aside from his signature roles, Walter has appeared in 40 different TV series and television movies, including "Anthony and Cleopatra" starring Timothy Dalton and Lynn Redgrave. Most recently, he has written the screenplay for --and will star in -- the upcoming feature film Illegal Alien set for release in 2004.

As a screenwriter he has worked on Family, Matthew Starr, Land of the Lost, Class of ’65 and other series. He also wrote two autobiographical books: 1979’s Chekov’s Enterprise, which went behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and 1998’s Warped Factors which offers a wider look at his life and Trek experiences.

Tim Russ ("Tuvok") is best known as Star Trek: Voyager's Vulcan tactical officer Tuvok, but his Star Trek legacy extends beyond his time with Captain Janeway's crew.

He appeared as a human terrorist in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and later landed a recurring role as T'Kar, a Klingon mercenary on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also appeared as a tactical officer onboard the Enterprise in Star Trek: Generations.

Richard Herd was a busy character actor for 20 years, mostly playing tough cops, ruthless corporate executives, and murderous villains in everything from topical dramas to science fiction thrillers before he became a comedy star in the 1990s, thanks to the series Seinfeld.

A stage actor of long experience, he has received awards for his theatrical work, most notably The Couch With Six Insides, which he co-produced and which garnered an Obie. Herd began appearing on television in the early '60s, in commercials, for Newport cigarettes and other products, which frequently had a comic side to them, but it was in harder and heavier roles in movies and television that he was best known in the 1970s and 1980s: Captain Sheridan in the police show T.J. Hooker; villains in Scarecrow and Mrs. King and numerous other hour-long dramas; tough executives and military officers on M*A*S*H and other series; and as the alien leader John in the NBC miniseries V. His portrayal of ruthless power company executive Evan McCormack in the feature film The China Syndrome left Herd typed as a heavy for years, which didn't prevent him from giving memorable performances in series such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and feature films like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

In the 1990s, however, his flair for comedy also came to the fore with his portrayal of Mr. Wilhelm, George Costanza's high-pressure boss at the New York Yankees, which earned him an award from the Screen Actors Guild. He has also appeared in series such as E.R. and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has a growing legion of fans in the field of science fiction from his work on Star Trek: Voyager.
Cirroc Lofton ("Jake Sisko") was born in Los Angeles where he entered the acting arena at the age of nine, when he appeared in an educational program entitled "Agency for Instructional Technology." Lofton describes his acting debut, "I have always loved to act, in fact my first starring role was in an elementary school play when I portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr."

Lofton's ability to portray a variety of characters enabled him to do national commercials for McDonald's Corporation, Tropicana Orange Juice, Kellogg's Rice Krispies and Capri Sun. In 1990, Lofton appeared in the Universal film "Beethoven," starring Charles Grodin. Since ST:DS9's end, Lofton has kept himself busy starring in the Showtime series The Hoop Life.

A vivacious youth, Lofton enjoys basketball and bike riding. He acknowledges the warm relationship he has developed with on-screen father Avery Brooks, "We have become very close," he continues, "I enjoy Avery's companionship on and off the set." Fame hasn't spoiled this UCLA student who has aspirations to someday become a director.

Eugene Roddenberry Jr., son of Gene and Majel Barret Roddenberry, was the technical advisor for Earth: Final Conflict, His job was to provide advice on how to merge the "Gene Roddenberry philosophy" into each story. He provided useful commentary and suggestions on continuity and story matter on each outline, script and revision generated by the show’s creative writing team.

Michael David Ward is an internationally acclaimed science fiction artist who's originals and limited edition prints are in the private collections of the Roddenberrys, George Lucas, Leonard Nimoy and Nichelle Nichols.

He's famous for his paintings of the cosmos and commemorative images of entertainment properties, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lost in Space. His view of the cosmos and the world around him instill into his paintings a sense of wonder that transcends a literal reality. His vision is idyllic and intentional -- Michael wants to convey to the viewer of his work a magic that is felt on an emotional level.

To view Michael's work, visit his web site at

Herbert Jefferson, Jr. is known to many as Lieutenant Boomer from Battlestar Galactica, the third of the series' leading trinity, which included Capt. Apollo and Lt. Starbuck.

The veteran actors screen credits don't end with Galactica though. Jefferson was a series co-star in Rich Man, Poor Man with Nick Nolte, the Revolutionary War mini-series The Bastard, The Yellow Rose, with Sam Elliot and Cybill Shephard, and The Devlin Connection with Rock Hudson and Jack Scalia.

Jefferson has also guest starred in over 100 episodes of series TV, including ER, Airwolf, T.J. Hooker, Knight Rider, and Mission Impossible. His many feature film credits include Apollo 13, Outbreak, Detroit 9000, Black Gun, The Slams, One Dozen, and Roger Corman's Private Duty Nurses, which marked his feature film debut.

Tony Amendola is an established stage actor with numerous productions behind him. He started out on film in a very small role in the 1985 Glenn Close movie Maxie, the past few years hea appeared in movies like Blow and The Mask of Zorro, on TV in The Last Don, L.A. Law, Chicago Hope, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Charmed, Judging Amy, The Practice, West Wing, CSI and Alias. Initially Tony was set to appear in one episode, but he impressed the writers and producers brought him back over and over again. Tony's episodes on SG-1: Bloodlines, The Serpent's Lair, Family, Into the Fire, Maternal Instinct, Allegiance, The Changeling.

Vaughn Armstrong has played 11 different characters in four Star Trek series, more than any other actor. Those roles include Korris in "Heart of Glory" from (Star Trek: The Next Generation), 2 of 9 in "Survival Instinct" (Star Trek: Voyager) and Seskal from "Dogs of War" and "When It Rains..." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). He's currently starring as Admiral Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise.

He’s worked on numerous television shows and films outside of the Star Trek universe as well. He got his start on mid-70s shows like Wonder Women and Remingon Steel and went on to appear on at least a hundred TV shows including NYPD Blue, ER, West Wing, Seinfeld, Frazier, Home Improvement, JAG and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Clear and Present Danger, The Net, Coma, Philadelphia Experiment, and others.

Special Note: All guest appearances and events are tentative and subject to change. The most up to date details are always available at this location.


is a live Star studded variety entertainment show that will start at 8 PM in the convention center on Saturday November 15th and will feature:
  • The Official Galactic premier of "Roddenberry on Patrol" introduced by the director, Tim Russ.
  • A performance by Walter Koenig and Richard Herd of Duck Variations a half-hour play about two old men sitting on a park bench. The converation turns to the mating habits of ducks, but soon begins to reveal their feelings about natural law, friendship, and death.
  • A singing performance by Nichelle Nichols, a legendary singer in her own right who was originally discovered by Duke Ellington.
  • And a finale performed by The Tim Russ Mix Band.

The Mister and Miss Universe Costume Contest
come dressed as your favorite science fiction character on Saturday to enter, and awards will will be presented on Sunday .

is a buffet style meal on Saturday between 6PM and 8PM featuring classic Klingon cuisine, if anything can be so called.

Richard Herd is an acting seminar that will be conducted by distinguished award-winning actor Richard Herd on Sunday, November 16th from 9AM to 11AM. The seminar is open to all levels of ability. Every student will participate in moment to moment improv and Richard will work with each of you individually on a scene. Richard will also discuss the pitfalls of the acting profession and ideas and suggestions will be given to each and every student on how to kick in the door and get started. See Richard at his table for further information and to sign-up for this wonderful opportunity with a helpful booklet of scenes and technique will be provided at no cost.

*Pre-ordered tickets may be picked up between 4PM and 7PM on Friday from the Advanced Ticket Sales window, or at the door on Saturday and Sunday. 

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