Trek Trak Director Tap Dances for Shatner and Nimoy

Original Star Trek stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were fully engaged in good-natured bantering Friday morning when “boos” greeted Trek Trak Director Eric L. Watts. Watts, who had introduced the stars, carried a ten-minute warning sign, signaling the imminent end of the program to the capacity crowd. Shatner suggested that Watts tap-dance or imitate a sandwich board, reminiscing about the beautiful girls who carried “Round  3” signs for boxing matches. Watts returned with the sign held against his torso, imitating the bouncing gait of a sandwich board advertiser.

At the five-minute warning, laughter replaced boos as Watts tap-danced across the front of the room, flashing the warning sign in place of a cane and top hat. Shatner commented on the grooming and trimming of the Director’s abundant facial hair. “What does that say about that guy?”

Watts returned to the front with a large baby-blue brush, running the oversize grooming tool over his beard.  A few moments later, he joined the stars onstage, stroking his beard thoughtfully.

“We’ve opened a Pandora’s box,” Shatner quipped. Nimoy agreed, adding, “We’ve created a monster.”

Watts will reprise his dazzling performance as Master of Ceremonies at the Miss Klingon Empire Pageant, Sun 4PM, Grand Ballroom A-F (S)

Author of the article

Amy L. Herring (Louise Herring-Jones) writes speculative fiction, with a preference for historical fantasy and alternate mystery. Her stories, appearing in fourteen anthologies, include “The Poulterer’s Tale” in God Bless Us, Every One—Christmas Carols beyond Dickens (Voodoo Rumors Media, 2019). Amy is a NaNoWriMo co-municipal liaison. She also coordinates the Huntsville (Alabama) Literary Association’s writers’ group. Visit her online at

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