Daily Herald: Salt Lake Comic Con celebrates ‘Star Trek’ and 50 years on the final frontier

Daily Herald-  (…) Although its original five-year mission was cut off three years in, Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek” ultimately continued its journey due in large part because of its fans and — in the words of one of its most beloved characters — lived long and prospered.

That fan support was on display at this year’s Salt Lake Comic Con Sept. 1-3, which featured an appearance from the original James Tiberius Kirk — William Shatner. There were also more panel discussions than you can shake a tribble at, making the convention a destination for Trekkies to grok just days before the actual anniversary, which happened on Thursday.

 Shatner’s appearance Sept. 1 at Vivint Smart Home Arena wasn’t necessarily focused on his time on the original series, which first aired from 1966-69. He told the thousands in attendance about speaking with his late friend and co-star Leonard Nimoy about Nimoy’s family and noted that even physicist and Trek fan Stephen Hawking can’t resist asking him what his favorite episode is.