Co-Creator of the First Star Trek Convention Has Died

Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shared this report from the Hugo award-winning science fiction fanzine File 770:
North Bellmore, New York fan Elyse Rosenstein, 69, died suddenly on February 20th. She had been undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a broken leg. At the time of her death, she was a retired secondary school science teacher. With Joyce Yasner, Joan Winston, Linda Deneroff and Devra Langsam, she organized the very first Star Trek convention, held in New York City in 1972. The convention was not only the very first media convention, it was also the biggest science fiction convention to date by a considerable margin…

At the time, Star Trek fans were often looked down on by many science fiction fans, who were more into books and magazines than TV shows. The pair hoped that a convention specifically geared towards Star Trek would do a lot to bring fans together. The rest, as they say, is fan history….

Elyse Rosenstein had a BS in physics and math, and an MS in physics, and taught science for more than two decades. She was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Long Island Physics Teachers Association…

She was nicknamed “The Screaming Yellow Zonker” by Isaac Asimov.

Co-Creator of the First Star Trek Convention Has Died

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One Comment on “Co-Creator of the First Star Trek Convention Has Died”

  1. Linda Deneroff was not part of the 1972 Star Trek committee.

    The committee in 1972, as per the Souvenir Book was:

    Al Schuster, Co-ordinator
    Elyse Pines, Program
    Joan Winston, Dealers Room, NASA Display, Signs
    Eileen Becker, Registration
    Allan Asherman, Art Show
    Deborah Langsam, Costume Call
    Joyce Yasner, Displays
    Devra Langsam, Slide Shows, Program Asst.
    Regina Gottesman, Hospitality
    Steve Rosenstein, Auctioneer, MC
    Stu Hellinger, Program Assistant

    Chris Steinbrunner/Chester Grabowski, Visuals

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