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Well, we were in the second row but way off to one side. And the lighting on the stage absolutely sucked. No real stage lights or spotlights. So it’s taken me quite a while to work up these photos and my flash, as good as it is, couldn’t possibly reach most of the time, not to mention the fact that with the digital camera it doesn’t tend to meter the light levels correctly. Sigh. We paid through the nose for the most expensive seats but really we would have been better off to be back a few more rows but more in the center! Plus I had the added “treat” of sitting two seats away from someone who was completely out of their mind … It’s a wonder our trip to TulsaTrek didn’t end up on an episode of “Cops.”

First, we had fun just getting to the convention. We were driving down the interstate. minding our own business and suddenly Maryann said “Oh #$%^!!!!!” and started swerving all over the road. Luckily, the highway was empty and we were in the middle of nowhere and she pulled to the shoulder going 70 mph. Before I could so much as squeak, this white van went WHOOSHING past us totally *surrounded* by cop cars all flashing their lights. There were six of them chasing him. They must have been doing at least 100 mph. A few minutes later, another state trooper came barreling up behind us and chasing after the pack. Then a few miles down the road we passed from Arkansas into Oklahoma and an OK trooper streamed past us, lights blazing. Suddenly we came around a turn and there were about a *dozen* cop cars blocking the highway and just all over the place. The white van was in the middle of the median. It was empty and cops were swarming all over with flashlights. It looked like whoever they were chasing must have jumped out and ran into the woods.

Then at the convention, I had another encounter with the police. This time because I tapped a lady on her arm to get her attention (she was sitting near me ... it's a long story) and she literally turned towards me, began *screaming* "DON'T YOU TOUCH ME! DON'T YOU DARE TOUCH ME!" and then jumped to her feet and ran off. The next thing I knew, the convention security -- which were police -- were coming to ask me what had happened. Luckily, the policeman I spoke to was perfectly polite and calm and simply told me "Maybe you shouldn't be touching anyone else and if you see that lady again, just look the other way." Presumably he told her the same thing which was not what she was after -- I'm sure she wanted me thrown out. She spent all weekend sulking and sitting there turned away from us. But at every other event and when we were out and about, I'd swear she was stalking me. Every time I turned around, she was somewhere in the vicinity and sometimes right behind me. I think she was trying to provoke me so she could scream again. Uh, crazy much? LOLOL. Long story. Trust me, Michael Shanks had his arm around me and I did not refrain from touching him, but since he touched me first, I think I had his permission. The policeman who “interrogated” me was even present. <g>

Teryl Rothery (Dr. Janet Fraiser)

Teryl Rothery was the hit of TulsaTrek, winning friends everywhere she went, running out into the audience and the bleachers on Sunday (see some of the pictures below), attending the charity barbecue dinner and dancing and posing for photos, and staying late to attend Ronny Cox’s concert (and play emcee for him). I don’t’ think there was an attendee there who didn’t fall in love with her and on Sunday there were many who said they’d never watched Stargate before but after meeting her, they were sure going to start watching! Perhaps Teryl should be named the Stargate Ambassador! She was a bundle of energy in her panels. When asked if she would be returning to the show in spite of Dr. Fraiser’s tragic death in Season 7, she said that she would love to come back at any time. But she had asked the producers if she could please come back wearing a tight outfit, with big boobs and perhaps evil? LOL. She did mention, numerous times, that although she loved and missed all of the cast and crew of Stargate and she missed Janet very much, at least Janet was with Daniel when she died. She felt that was somehow fitting since Janet had been with Daniel at the end of Season 5 when he was dying and he ascended.

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Teryl was asked what charities she supports and she mentioned that one of the charities all the cast of Stargate likes to support is the Make a Wish Foundation.

Teryl did notice that I was attending the convention sans Leah. When I explained that Maryann was "standing in for Leah," Teryl raised her eyebrows and quipped "And Leah's all right with this?"

There are even more photos of Teryl Rothery than those here on page 2 of this website. She joined in the end part of Michael Shanks’ panel (along with Lexa Doig and Ronny Cox) and she also came out for a little bit during Michael Shanks’ photo session, so I snapped photos of her then. I’ve included those groups photos on page 2, along with the Michael Shanks panel photos and report.

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A Multitude of Guests

I didn’t really take notes during all of the other guests talks. There were so many guests at TulsaTrek! But here are a few little anecdotes that I can remember.

We attended quite a few of the talks – some of them for just portions. I was so pleasantly surprised by Brent Spiner, I have to say. I’d been told he was rude and a prima donna and all sorts of things. He was just an absolute hoot on stage. He’s obviously a frustrated comedian and loved making the crowd laugh. He told the funniest story about how he’s always getting recognized. He said someone came up to him in an airport once and was so excited to meet him. And then they said “I’m just not used to seeing you with hair.” Which, of course, puzzled Brent. Finally, the man said “You are Patrick Stewart, aren’t you?” Brent immediately puffed himself up and did a Patrick Stewart impression, saying “Of course I am, young man! But today I am pretending to be Brent Spiner!”

Alas, we missed Penny Johnson Jerald’s talk, but I did get a chance to speak with her briefly during the autographs and she was very sweet. At the charity dinner, she came around to all the tables and talked to people because she had to leave early. I thought that was really nice of her. She was one of the few guests who took the time to even do that.

We attended a special three man show with the Villains of Star Trek and that was awesome. It turned out to be all sorts of little scenes from Shakespeare that they performed.

Katee Sackhoff is very young and cute. She was so excited to have the role of Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. She said where she grew up they had very limited tv reception and she’d grown up a big SciFi fan, watching Star Trek. She’d never seen the original Battlestar Galactica, however, and didn’t realize the original Starback was male. When she got the part, she rented a copy of the DVD and was watching it and kept looking and looking for “her” character and couldn’t find it. She said she told her friend who was watching with her that Starbuck *had* to be there because people were talking about “her.” Then they suddenly realized that “holy #@%^” Starbuck was a guy! I had a cartoon that Leah had drawn of the two Starbucks for her to sign during the autographs and she was stunned when she saw it. I doubt she’d seen herself cartooned before. J

Ray Park and Sala Baker told some funny stories about being “recognized” as actors now and I think it was Ray Park who said that he once thought he was being followed by some men who were going to mug him. He actually jumped out at them, meaning to protect himself and they were startled, protesting “Hey, man! We just want your autograph!” He said he’s still friendly with those guys now. LOL.

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I was paying for my breakfast Sunday morning and it was $6.00 and change. I didn't want more change in my purse so I thought I had some in my pocket and was digging for it. Daniel Logan, who played young Boba Fett in Star Wars was standing next to me on the house phone. He thought I didn't have the money to pay for my breakfast apparently and he handed the cashier $5.00 to pay for my meal! How sweet of him. It took me a while to convince him I really *did* have the money to pay.

As for Mercedes McNab, who played Harmony on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, I have a little con story about her, too. She was in Jacksonville at Dreamcon the week before TulsaTrek. I didn't attend any of her panels or get her autograph or even speak to her -- not because I don't like her or don't have any interest in Angel but because I've seen her at numerous convention appearances over the last year and I have multiple copies of her autograph now. She was in the dealer's room where I was sitting interviewing Tony Amendola, however, and also where I spent quite a bit of time with author P.N. Elrod. Well, at TulsaTrek, an autograph from Mercedes was included with our gold tickets so when we went to her table, she looked at me and Maryann and said "Hello! Weren't you just in Jacksonville last weekend?!" We were so stunned she recognized us since neither one of us had really had any interaction with her. We ended up having a nice little conversation with her and for the rest of the con she kept waving at us and saying hello every time she saw us.

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Ronny Cox (Senator Kinsey) & Band

Ronny Cox talked about getting his first big job in a movie on Deliverance. He had been doing stage work prior to that. He said that the producers wanted to cast all unknowns so that the audience wouldn't know who was going to live or die. In the end, they cast Ronny and Ned Beatty as the unknowns but they got Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight as the other two leads and they *were* well known by then. So it was a compromise. He said that he and Ned Beatty were cast completely independent of each other but they were already great friends and had been working in a stage production together for months unbeknownst to the producers. To this day they remain great friends and their lives have paralleled closely with their children being born close together, etc. He told a story about how he had polio as a child and when he was younger he could contort his arms out of their sockets. He said they wanted to do something really gruesome to kill his character in Deliverance but he suggested he contort himself instead and he demonstrated. So that is why his character is found with his arm twisted over his head. To this day the make-up artist from Deliverance is asked how he achieved that "special effect" and he tells people it is a "trade secret."

There was a photo of Kinsey and Daniel at the con (see below) and when I was getting it autographed, Ronny said he absolutely loved it because he had so few scenes with Michael. He was always in scenes with RDA as Jack. The photo was from an early episode because Daniel has long hair and Kinsey has his finger wagging in Daniel's face. See below for a glimpse of the photo!

He talked about how he always played good guys early in his career and no one would cast him as a bad guy or found him believable as a bad guy. And now it's just the opposite. He gets all the bad guy roles and they think it's strange if he's cast as a good guy!

He said he absolutely adores working on Stargate and he will do it no matter what. His agent wants to negotiate when he's asked to return and he tells them to forget it. He will drop everything and do whatever is asked of him to appear on the show. He just loves it and loves working with everyone there. Kinsey is going to be *really* bad in Season 8.

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He loved visiting with the fans and kept inviting everyone to stop by and say hello and shake his hand, even if they didn't want an autograph or to buy a CD. When I had my photo with him, he wanted to have a little short chat with you after they snapped the picture.

Ronny Cox said that if you loved to hate Kinsey before Season 8 ... just *wait* until you see what is coming up *this* season. He would give absolutely no details. But he said/implied Kinsey is *bad*. Bad bad bad bad. The big bad. (Check out the Big Bad Appreciation page on Our Stargate!)

The Ronny Cox concert was great. His band was awesome. There weren't a lot of people there, though. Even though it was included with your gold ticket, a lot of people didn't show up. I suppose because it was so late at night in the middle of town at the convention center. Teryl played announcer for the concert. Ronny told funny stories in between every song. Sadly, Travis Parker, their fiddle/guitar player, has since been killed in a tragic shooting.

There are more photos of Ronny Cox on page 2 of this website. He joined in the end part of Michael Shanks’ panel (along with Lexa Doig and Teryl Rothery). I’ve included those groups photos on page 2, along with the Michael Shanks panel photos and report.

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Lexa Doig

Lexa talked about her dad having multiple sclerosis and how she and Michael therefore now support Multiple Sclerosis research.

Lexa said that their child is due in September. They think it is a "girl or a boy without a penis." She said that with all due respect to the "penally deprived" they hoped it was a girl. (Of course, I’m so behind working on this website … the child has now been born and it *was* a girl named Mia Tabitha Shanks. In fact, Our Stargate has been taking donations for a special gift to the MS Society to honor the birth – check out the Our Stargate Charity Drive) She also said that Michael was very fond of simple names and it was causing some disagreements because in *her* family everyone has a really *long* name. Like twelve different names. She said that they have long names and then a nickname that is *different* they are actually known by. She gave some really hilarious examples.

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Lexa also said there is another actress joining Andromeda to play the part that Rommie did as the AI for part of the season. She wasn't sure of the scripting details of how Harper will build this AI, etc. She said that *she* will still be playing the ship's computer since they can film her from the chest up for that. And she will be returning full-time a couple of months after the baby is born. But she said she wasn't quite certain the show's producers understood that she probably wouldn't fit back into a Size 2 costume that soon!

There are more photos of Lexa on page 2 of this website. She joined in the end part of Michael Shanks’ panel (along with Ronny Cox and Teryl Rothery) and she also came out for a little bit during Michael Shanks’ photo session, so I snapped photos of her then. I’ve included those groups photos on page 2, along with the Michael Shanks panel photos and report.

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