Thursday, June 24, 1999

Star Trek Earth Tour lands here Friday




BY MARGARET A. McGURK
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Used to be “traveling exhibit” implied a fine arts collection or the bounty from an archeological dig. Now, it's as likely to conjure up icons of pop culture. Case in point: “1999 Star Trek Earth Tour,” coming to Paramount's Kings Island Friday through July 11.

        The exhibit, which occupies 7,200 square feet of space, offers Trek fans a chance to gaze upon such relics as the captain's chair occupied by James T. Kirk in the failed television series that spawned the enduring franchise.

        Three decades' worth of props, photos, costumes and gadgets — not to mention live actors decked out as Star Trek aliens — will be on display. That includes various incarnations of that space-age sidearm, the phaser, as well as the always musical tricorder.

        Admission to the exhibit is included in park admission ($35.99, $19.99 seniors and children 3-6 or 48 inches and under) and is open the same hours as the rides, 10 a.m. to closing.

        Kings Island is located in Mason off Interstate 71. Information: (800) 288-0808 and www.pki.com

       



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