April 1, 2001
|Reported by: Philip Roberto
Many thanks for sharing this report.
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The auditorium was packed when Kate spoke (approx. 3,000 seats, with probably 1,000 or more standing up on the sides and back). Based on fans' reactions, she was easily the most popular of all the guests for the weekend (which also included Nimoy, Shatner, James Darren, etc.).
Kate spoke very passionately about Voyager and her role as Captain Janeway. Without giving anything away, she assured everyone that they wouldn't be disappointed with series finale (which is still in production for 6 more days).
Kate announced that her mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. (George Takei said the same about his mom on Friday). She talked of how difficult the effect the disease has had on her. She then announced that she would action off her very first script ("Caretaker"), with all her personal notes written in it and signed by her and all the cast. It went for $10,000 -- with numerous bidders. She then auctioned off two other scripts from later shows...all together raising $18,000 for Alzheimer's research.
In stark contrast to all the other guests all weekend long, when the Q & A segment started, there were very little questions for Kate. I'd say about 80-90% of the 'questionaires' didn't have a question for her. They merely went up to the microphone to say 'thank you' to Kate.
Scarlett Pomers ("Naomi Wildman") spoke highly of Kate and mentioned on Sunday how the show has really had two directors, the director and Kate.
Having seen Kate's first con appearance in 1994, I can attest to that as well. It was quite clear then that she had a true passion for her role and a love of the show. Like Patrick Stewart, she clearly has taken a very active part over the years with input in scripts, scenes, etc.