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Wednesday November 2nd, 2016

Champion of Original Star Trek Stamp to Attend Roddenberry Induction

Bill Kraft Really Did Write the Book

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, November 1, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that Star Trek fan extraordinaire and champion of the first Star Trek commemorative stamp Bill Kraft will be attending the museum’s 40th anniversary celebration and Gene Roddenberry Induction on Saturday, November 12, 2016. In 1985, Kraft started and led a thirteen year campaign to have Star Trek emblazoned on a stamp. His efforts, and those of his Star Trek Stamp Committee, paid off in 1999 when the stamp was created as part of the Post Office’s “Celebrate the Century” series of commemorative stamps.

IMAGE: Star Trek fan Bill Kraft spent 13 years championing the effort to have Star Trek honored on a stamp. In 1999, as part of the Postal Service’s “Celebrate the Century” commemorative stamp program, his efforts paid off. Photo courtesy of Bill Kraft

Star Trek fan Bill Kraft spent 13 years championing the effort to have Star Trek honored on a stamp. In 1999, as part of the Postal Service’s “Celebrate the Century” commemorative stamp program, his efforts paid off. Photo courtesy of Bill Kraft

This year, the U.S. Postal Service issued four commemorative Star Trek stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous television show which first aired on September 8, 1966. It didn’t take an act of Congress or over a dozen years of letter writing and campaigning, or, as Kraft might say, even a letter from God. The original 1999 stamp campaign and the amazing effort that went into it, is documented by Kraft in his book, Maybe We Need A Letter From God.

“We are delighted that Mr. Kraft can join us for our 40th anniversary celebration and the induction of Gene Roddenberry into the International Space Hall of Fame. His fascinating story about the struggle to get Star Trek honored with a stamp is definitely something for our guests to look forward to,” said Museum Executive Director Christopher Orwoll. “We also very much appreciate his donation of autographed books for our silent auction. All the profits from the evening’s events will benefit our Foundation’s new “Schools to the Stars” scholarship program, which will provide funds that schools can apply for to offset costs of field trips and outreach programs.” Several items autographed by other special guests will be auctioned off in addition to Kraft’s book.

Kraft is planning to participate in the Saturday afternoon panel session The Trek Connection: How Gene Roddenberry Changed the World. Joining him will be David Stipes, Emmy award winning special effects expert, and David Gerrold author of The Trouble With Tribbles. The panel sessions will be held in the New Horizons Theater on the campus of the museum at 1:00 and 3:00. Advance tickets are $10 each and may be purchased on the museum’s website. A limited number of seats are available for each session.

The Induction Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the celebration of the museum’s 40th Anniversary and will feature Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt as guest speaker. Schmitt was one of the last men, and only scientist, to walk on the moon and is a 1977 Inductee into the International Space Hall of Fame. He attended the museum’s dedication ceremony in 1976 and has remained a strong supporter of the facility.

Dubbed “Cowboys & Astronauts”, the Anniversary Celebration and Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 12 beginning at 6 pm inside the museum. Tickets are on sale now. The cost for non-members is $45 per person or $85 per couple. The cost for museum members is $40 per person or $80 per couple. Purchase tickets online at the museum’s website or contact the museum at (575) 437-2840.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum.