Seattle Washington was home to Galacticon 4 this past weekend and while the convention admittedly had more than its fair share of problems, there were still a few very bright and shiny spots throughout the show that still managed to have the effect of making the convention particularly special in some very meaningful and important ways.
One of the most significant events of the convention was having SciFi Pulse’s very own Tye Bourdony present the 2nd Annual SciFi Pulse Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction to three of the main cast members from Sid and Marty Krofft’s ‘Land of the Lost’.
Wesley Eure (Will Marshall), Kathy Coleman (Holly Marshall) and Phil Paley (Chakka), portrayed time and reality displaced residents of the Land of the Lost for three seasons on NBC’s Saturday morning line up. From 1974 through 1977, the daring and smart adventures of the Marshall family easily rose to become the number one rated Saturday morning show of its day.
The Land of the Lost stood out from the rest of its contemporaries because it was in essence written for a sophisticated audience precisely because a large enough group of the writers hired to pen the Sid and Marty Krofft show, were former Star Trek writers such as David Gerrold (Trouble with Tribbles), Star Trek story consultant D.C. Fontana, Walter Koenig who played Ensign Checkov, Margaret Armen (The Game masters of Triskelion), as well as Norman Spinrad (The Doomsday Machine).
The slightly campy yet hugely iconic live action sci fi show for kids boasted millions of young and impressionable fans as their obedient and loving audience. Hordes of pre-internet/non-cell phone using kids and young adolescents throughout the country tuned in their aluminum foil wrapped bunny ear connected television sets to NBC’s channel 4 every Saturday morning while wearing their pajamas. Their only things they took with them through the mists of time were their imaginations and large bowls of sugar filled cereal, as they traversed the borders between reality and the pocket universe of the Land of the Lost.
And now some 38 years later, the fans of Land of the Lost are all grown up and have in fact had children of their own whom they have brought up well in the ways of the Force. And like their parents before them, These fans have also fallen in love with the fun and amazing stories of the Land of the Lost.
And in and among these smart, loving and profoundly interesting fans, artists, writers, science fiction reporters, engineers and scientists responsible for sending robots to Mars, along with many other inspiring and important walks of life can be found. So during these more simple moments at a convention for instance, these fans want nothing more than to meet their favorite childhood actors, and just spend a little time with those individuals who have meant so very much to them personally for so long. And that is exactly how it was last Sunday, August 02, 2015, as many series fans traveled to Galacticon over great distances so as to meet three of the cast members from Land of the Lost.
Phil Paley was regretfully unable to attend the award ceremony due to the fact that he was taking care of a sick friend, while also needing to catch an earlier flight back home, so his award was gratefully accepted by an extremely sweet, meticulously domesticated and manicured Sleestak, with impeccable taste and good manners, who attended in Paley’s place.
The simple fact that Phil Paley would choose to help someone in need over being honored for his performance as an actor on Land of the Lost speaks volumes to his character and only serves to further validates his being extremely deserving of the award.
The attending actors (Wesley Eure and Kathy Coleman) were quite humble and also seemed very appreciative of the SciFi Pulse Awards and were also quite happy to share this special moment of celebration with the very dedicated and loving fans in attendance at Sunday’s award ceremony.
But most of all, Wesley and Kathy truly seemed to care more about the fans than anything else and consciously did their very best to make the fans who were present felt loved and appreciated, both at the award ceremony as well as throughout the convention weekend.
Specifically there was a pair of LOTL fans named Jerry and Natalie Leighton at the award ceremony whom both Wesley and Kathy paid special attention to and truly went out of their way to make this Father and Daughter team’s convention experience extra special as they hugged, kissed and posed for selfies with these two generations of Land of the Lost fans.
The stars and all who took part in creating and making Land of the Lost as good and special as it was deserve an award for Outstanding Contribution to Science Fiction because the exceptional show they created had the effect of inspiring and igniting the minds and imaginations of the show’s millions of fans.
This alone if no other reason makes Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman and Phil Paley worthy of being honored for the roles they played on the magical, provocative and inspiring Land of the Lost.
So Say We All!!!