About Planet Xpo

Planet Xpo

 

Planet Xpo, founded in 2003, has produced high quality entertainment events for almost a decade. The first event held was called ‘The Great Bird of the Galaxy – Star Trek Celebration‘, this show was dedicated Gene Roddenberry, a visionary who inspired us to boldly go where no man has gone before. This event was held in El Paso Texas in November 2003. Guests included five of the main Star Trek (The Original Series) seven, William Shatner, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig. Other special guests included were Buzz Aldrin, Tim Russ, Cirroc Lofton, Eugene Rodddenberry Jr., and several other guests.

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Following the success of the first show, Planet Xpo planned there next show the following year. The second show was planned as a farewell tribute to James Doohan, and would be his last convention appearance. Titled, ‘Beam Me Up Scotty…one Last Time’, and held in Hollywood in August of 2004, this highly successful and very special convention had thousands of fans bidding farewell to James Doohan. The Main cast of Star Trek (The Original Series) was there in support of their colleague and friend James Doohan, they included: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Grace Lee Whitney, Majel Roddenberry, Neil Armstrong and others.

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In September 2006, a convention to honor the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek was held in Seattle, Washington. Planet Xpo raised the bar yet again with this convention titled, ‘Star Trek: The Show That Changed the World’. It was the first convention to ever be held in the famous Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, fans not only got the enjoy the convention, but the museum as well. A celebrity dinner and party was held high up on The Space Needle that Friday night, taking us to where no convention has gone before. The following night, Planet Xpo did it yet again, with a very classy dinner and awards ceremony in the Science Fiction Museum. The Star Trek Legacy Awards, recognizing those individuals who, inspired by Gene Roddenberry and his powerful vision of the future, have made a significant contribution toward creating a future worth living. Winners of the awards included Dr. Martin Cooper, Dr Mae Jemison and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. Guests included, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Grace Lee Whitney, Tim Russ, Alan Ruck, JG Hertzler and several others.

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Planet Xpo broadened its scope with the next major convention. ‘Hollywood Xpo’ was held at Universal Studios in Hollywood in October of 2010. In addition to Star Trek and Scifi, Hollywood Xpo also included other genre’s including comic, horror, TV & film. In all, Hollywood Xpo had over 100 celebrity guests. Some of the main guests included, Stan Lee, Buzz Aldrin, Elvira, Erin Moran, Larraine Newman, Jack Coleman, Catherine Hicks, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Tim Russ and many others. Like the Star Trek 40th Anniversary Convention before, Hollywood Xpo featured an award ceremony and awarded life time achievement awards to Buzz Aldrin and Nichelle Nichols. Musical entertainment included the Enterprise Blues Band and Virgil Gibson. Hollywood Xpo also featured several panels, movies, stage performances among it feature rich content.

Hollywood Xpo

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In September 2012, Planet Xpo will be honoring old friend, Walter Koenig. Walter will be getting his star on Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’ on September 10th 2012. A special celebration will be held during that time to celebrate and honor Walter Koenig, and his accomplishments in the entertainment industry. Colleagues from for Walters’s former productions such as Star Trek and Babylon 5 will be present to celebrate with Walter. This special celebration will be available to only 600 fans, tickets due to go on sale in August of 2011. Guests and schedules to be added leading up to this event.

 

( The below article from http://walterkoenigsite.com/waltersstar.html )

On June 21, 2011, John Pavlik, Committee Chairman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, announced that Walter Koenig had at last been chosen to be one of the recipients for a stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Said Walter: "This is something that you hope and wish for: dream about, but something you never expect to really happen. It's a joyous occasion and I am deeply honored

While all of them have their handprints and signitures in cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Walter is the last of the main seven cast members of "Star Trek: The Original Series" to be awarded a star.

Walter has been nominated yearly since 2006 and fans had been constantly rallying to impress upon the committee why they thought Walter should receive a star. His qualifications include a television career spanning over 51 years - starting with the pilot episode for "General Hospital", and the creation of not one, but two iconic characters: "Pavel Chekov" in "Star Trek" and "Alfred Bester" in "Babylon 5" - for which he was submitted for Emmy consideration. His community involvement has included grassroots work to restore community theatres, work on behalf of two American Indian communities, organizations committed to animal rights, a charity assisting teens living on the streets, and an on-going commitment to help bring an end to the human rights violations in Myanmar.

Fans have never let up on their own commitment...to see Walter awarded his star. Letter writing campaigns, petitions, and even videos have inundated the Walk of Fame committee chairman (Johnny Grant previously, now John Pavlik). A spokesman for the WOF noted that not one week went by when they did not receive letters from fans in support of Walter's star.

While it has been 8 years since the last "Star Trek" Star was awarded (James Doohan, 2004), the time frame is not unusual. The Walk of Fame Committee receives almost 300 nominations a year and only award 10-15 stars annually. (Doohan's star came 12 years following Nichelle Nichols star.)

The Stars for the "Star Trek Seven"

William Shatner, for television, 1983 (6901 Hollywood Blvd.)

Leonard Nimoy, for motion pictures, 1985 (6651 Hollywood Blvd.)

Gene Roddenberry, for television, 1986 (6683 Hollywood Blvd.)

George Takei, for television, 1986 (6681 Hollywood Blvd.)

DeForest Kelley, for motion pictures, 1991 (7021 Hollywood Blvd.)

Nichelle Nichols, for television, 1992 (6633 Hollywood Blvd.)

James Doohan, for television, 2004 (7021 Hollywood Blvd)

Walter Koenig, for television, 2012 (TBD)