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Review by C.J. Bunce

Walter Koenig may be best known as the youngest crewman on the original Star Trek, and he’s recounted his work and life during after the series and movies in his earlier memoirs Chekov’s Enterprise and Warped Factors: A Neurotic’s Guide to the Universe.  But there’s much more to this complex personality, and he shares his personal stories and his experience as an actor of stage and screen in New York and Hollywood in his new and updated autobiography, Beaming Up and Getting Off.  This is a continuation of Koenig’s Warp Factors, which covered his life only up to 1998, but the actor has updated his memoirs at age 83 with nearly 100 new pages looking back at a struggling actor making his way, including a filmography and a proposed but rejected story outline he submitted in 1990 for Star Trek VI.

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Next week Walter Koenig will be the final main cast member from the original Star Trek TV series to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He follows William Shatner (1983), Leonard Nimoy (1985), George Takei (1986), DeForest Kelley (1991), Nichelle Nichols (1992) and James Doohan (2004).  In conjunction with the 46th anniversary of Star Trek on September 8, 2012, convention organizer Planet Xpo is holding a three-day convention and celebration in honor of Koenig and the Trek anniversary.

The Planet Expo event includes:

Saturday, September 8, Koenig will walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame with attendees to locate past Trek stars.  Then he will host a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the original series episode Spectre of the Gun, including a panel and Q&A.  

Sunday September 9, will include more panels related to Koenig’s career, including autograph sessions, at the Beverly Garland Hotel. 

Monday September 10, Koenig will attend the induction ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  This event is open to the public.

Attendees scheduled to attend all or part of the weekend ceremonies are: Leonard Nimoy, J. Michael Straczynski, Nichelle Nichols, Jamie Farr, Marina Sirtis, Harlan Ellison, Bruce Boxleitner and Wil Wheaton, among others.

Walter Koenig’s professional acting career covers more than 50 years of stage, television and film work.  In addition to Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek series, Koenig played Chekov in seven Star Trek movies.  He also played the character Alfred Bester on Babylon 5.   He played several bit parts on television over the years, from a teenage gang leader (Alfred Hitchcock Presents) to a sentry on Combat! to Scandinavian fiance Gunnar (Gidget) to a cop on Columbo to a Las Vegas entertainer (I Spy).   He also has written scripts for TV, including episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, Land of the Lost, and Family.

More information on Koenig’s celebration event and Walk of Fame ceremony can be found at the Planet Xpo website.

C.J. Bunce

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