G & T Show STLV 2016 – John & Bjo Trimble Interview
John & Bjo Trimble Interview
We were honored and delighted to speak with John and Bjo Trimble at the 50th anniversary celebration at STLV!
Gettysburg7 and Terry Lynn were thrilled and honored to talk with the one and only Bjo Trimble. First of all, she is amazed Star Trek has such legs. And she had no idea the letter-writing campaign would work at all. At the time, she was getting no feedback, and had no indication that the campaign was working.
After that, the phone started to ring off the wall. So for her and John, it was so interesting to watch everything unfolding. And she had no idea how long it would continue.
An Auspicious First Meeting
According to John, they met Gene Roddenberry at the World Science Fiction convention in Cleveland in 1966. Roddenberry brought three episodes of the new show with him. It had not aired yet. Plus he brought three costumes along. At the time, Bjo was running a fashion show. At the last minute, she was told to add the costumes. And she told him no!
So Roddenberry came over and took Bjo out for coffee. And twenty minutes later, Roddenberry had talked his way into the fashion show. But her models were going to lose their jobs. So they helped out. And then Roddenberry showed the three episodes. Bjo and John were cautiously optimistic. She explained the first episodes were often shown as grown up events. However, these shows would quickly devolve into kiddie fare.
Then Roddenberry told them to come by.
They took him up on it!
So they called. And Roddenberry invited them over.
The Letter-Writing Campaign
As Bjo recalls, the first season was in peril. And Harlan Ellison protested, so they got a second season. Yet in the middle of the second season, during the filming of The Deadly Years, they noticed the show’s cast seemed to be kind of down. In order to get the lowdown, they talked to craft services. And they were told the show was on the brink of cancellation.
They discussed the matter as they drove home to Oakland. So Bjo felt they could do something about that. They spent their trip trying to figure out how to save Star Trek. And then they phoned Gene to see if he was on the same page. He wanted to reach the fans directly. So Bjo asked them to write letters. She created a set of rules. One of them was to always mail the letter in a business envelope. And then the letter acted like a chain. So they were required to write letters and send them to ten friends and so on. Then Mensa picked it up and put it in their newsletter. This included corporate newsletters for IBM, Kodak, and Polaroid. Plus they wrote to all of the show’s sponsors.
Could it Happen Again?
So Nick asked. And Bjo said she thinks it could! They were contacted about getting funding from Congress for a space shot to Pluto. So she contacted a good 20,000 people. And New Horizons has been to Pluto!
She was in The Motion Picture
And it was a crowd scene. But the woman in the front was Mrs. Robert Wise. Bjo stood in the back. But at least she was there.
Star Trek Beyond
Plus, they loved Beyond. They felt the character development was spot-on. The action was not gratuitous. They were saddened by the news of Anton Yelchin’s death and they hope the tribute will be sent to his family.
Live long and prosper, Trimbles!
She's also a published author (Untrustworthy, published by Riverdale Avenue Books; QSF Discovery 2 Anthology, published by Mischief Corner Books; and The Longest Night Watch Anthology 1 & 2, published by Writers Colony Press), and a prolific fan fiction writer. You can find her adding her fanfiction to our forums, or live tweeting our show.
We understand that she can be bribed with pie.