On August 30 - September 1, 1975, Star Trek Federation of Fans held a three day convention
at the Colonnades Beach Hotel in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. The con covered Star
Trek, SF, and comics with many events going on.
Con - Chairmen––––––––––––––––John Ellis and Rick Coy
Secretary —––––––––––––––––––– Ruth White
Finance —–––––––––––––––––––– Guy McIntyre
Art Show —––––––––––––––––––– Carlene Gardner
Audio Visual —––––––––––––––––- Howard Goldberg
Registration —––––––––––––––––– Elaine Clipper
Con staff members
Ken Mitchroney Bob Haupt Marcus Welage Della Hawks
George Takei - Lt. Sulu of Star Trek (at this time classic trek was all there was)
Noel Neil - Lois Lane to two Supermen - George Reeves on TV and Kirk Allan in the
F. Kelly Freas - Hugo award winning SF Artist.
Joe Green - SF writer and affiliated with NASA
Keith Laumer - SF writer best known for his Retief and Bolo series.
C.C. Beck - Creator of Captain Marvel (Shazam)
Jim Mooney - Artist of Batman, Spiderman, Tommy Tomorrow, Superman, Supergirl, Submariner
Sondra Marshak - Editor of “Star Trek Lives”
Myrna Culbreath - co-editor of “Star Trek Lives”
Art Stark - Producer of the “Tonight Show” for over five years.
T. Casey Brennan - writer for many comic book companies including Warren, Skywald,
Red Circle and Charleton.
Forbidden Planet It Came From Outer Space Silent Running Satan’s Satellites
THEM! How to steal the World The Day The Earth Stood
The Wizard of OZ Rocket Ship The Spider Web Phantom of the Opera
Jason and the Argonauts 20 Million Miles From Earth Mysterious Island
It Came From Beneath the Sea 7th Voyage of Sinbad Earth VS the Flying Saucers
A Serial Sampler with chapters from: Capt. Marvel, Blackhawk, Perils of Nyoka and
others. A cartoon sampler including: Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, Tom and Jerry, Donald
Duck, Mighty Mouse and more.
A little about the con from the memory of one of the co-chairmen over 35 years latter.
We got to the hotel around seven on the 28th. The Con suite was to be ready for
us that night so we could set up the next morning with no trouble. The people at
the desk acted as though they never heard of us and the the person in charge of conventions
had left for the day. The room wouldn’t be ready until the next day- about that
time the owner of the hotel happened to come in and he knew one of the con committee
members and came over to see what was up. Once he learned what had happened he got
us another room for the night. We get everything in the room which included three
16mm projectors, a ton of 16mm films, program books, awards, badges, and so on. We
all decided we were going to watch the Wizard of OZ - we had a NEW print of it for
the con and we knew none of us would have a chance of seeing it when it was screened.
7AM we get our stuff and get ready to setup and we find out that there is another
convention in the hotel and they have some of our space. We need to be ready for
registration by five PM and people would be getting in all day and we had to reallocate
the rooms. Only two rooms were effected - but one was our dealers room - which meant
moving the dealers room to a smaller room with two other smaller rooms. (Luckily
two dealers from New York wanted one of the smaller rooms to split between them and
it made the other room work out just right). We lucked out that George Takei and
Noel Neil were on the same plane - so we had only one trip to the airport. Most of
the other guest lived in Florida. By the end of the night all our guest are in and
most of the dealers and we were starting to get in people who were staying at the
hotel to make sure they would be there bright and early for the opening of the con.
The elevator to the con suite acts like it may die at any time.
7 AM Saturday Morning - DAY ONE - we are at go! We open the registration at 9 AM
and the crowd begins. By 10 we have the official opening. Then the day gets crazy.
It seems no one on the con committee gets any free time - problem solving becomes
an art. We hold our committee meeting at around 1 AM, so we would be ready for the
next day (HA).
The rest of the con was a whiz of things happening - Noel Neil almost getting hit
by the movie screen in the Grand Ball room when it fell - George being bed by another
guest at the con expense when we needed him for a TV appearance - a newspaper report
that was done by a reporter who only saw a painting of a topless mermaid in the art
When it was all over we broke even!! (Which was all we wanted) and I think everyone
at the con had fun...and we were tired....
Anyone who was at the con, drop me a line at email@example.com. Share
some of your memories of this wild and weird con held over 35 years ago in South