Meeting Erin Gray (@RealErinGray) at ECCC back in March 2010

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2015/07/15 15:36 +00:00, original URI:

I remember my second last aka penultimate Comic-Con, the Seattle area Emerald City Comic-Con in March of 2010, and I get wistful.

Not wistful about the fact that Leonard Nimoy was there, although he was obviously quite popular to folks. He is not here anymore.

And not wistful about the attention that I was attracting with my iBOT 4000, and how much fun it was to creatively answer questions about it. Obviously, it's not here anymore either.

Next to where folks lined up to get autographs from Nimoy, was the person that I wanted to see. The one before Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Veronica Mars. My first image of a strong female character.

Colonel Wilma Deering, played by Erin Gray. I wasn't looking for her autograph; I just wanted to thank her for being a good strong female character who could order around and outshoot pretty much all of the other characters, male and female.

I don't think that she really remembers:me, the geek who looked cool sitting atop $26,100 of Microsoft's money in a wheelchair like the iBOT. But I will always remember her, whether in an episode of the show like The Crystals:

Or a picture someone took of her at that ECCC:

Or in a stock photo of her in her flight suit:

I probably won't be back at a comic-con now that I am sans iBOT. But I will never forget that penultimate visit to ECCC....

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