January 30, 2017 8:53 pm
Updated: February 3, 2017 10:23 pm

A ‘Trekkie’s dream’ for Calgarians excited about ‘Mr. Star Trek’s’ new exhibit

WATCH ABOVE: It was a thrill of galactic proportions Monday for a couple of longtime Calgary Trekkies. As Gil Tucker shows us, it comes thanks to a very enterprising collector from the other side of the world.


MayAnn Asmus has been a fan of Star Trek since she first watched the original series growing up in the 1960s.

“For me, it’s just awesome,” Asmus said.

And now she’s enjoying experiencing it at a whole new level, as one of several Calgarians selected as volunteers for an exhibit being set up at the city’s Spark Science Centre.

Star Trek fan, MayAnn Asmus at the Spark Science Centre.

Gil Tucker / Global Calgary

Called “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience,” it contains about 50 items used in production of the TV series and movies.

“This is a Trekkie’s dream,” Asmus said.

The dream is coming true thanks to Martin Netter, a man from Germany who’s amassed the world’s largest collection of Star Trek props and costumes, something that’s earned him the nickname “Mr. Star Trek.”

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Netter has also admired the show for decades.

“Starting in 1972, which was the first episode in Germany,” he explained. “I like the show, but what I like more are the fans.”

Another longtime Trekkie, Calgarian Laura Fairfield, is also volunteering at the exhibit.

Along with Asmus, she’ll be helping guide visitors through the displays.

“I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was little and my dad was watching it,” Fairfield told Netter. “So it’s really cool that you shared your collection with Calgary.”

WATCH: Global’s Jodi Hughes caught up with Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, and Garrett Wang at the opening of Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience at TelusSpark.

The exhibit opens Saturday, Feb. 4, running until June 4 at the Spark Science Centre.

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