A BIRTHDAY AMONG THE STARS FOR KERRY O’QUINN
Hollywood, August 18th 2016 – A very excited and bouncy Jackie the French Reporter attended the birthday party of “the youngest teenager in the world” – the iconic Kerry O’Quinn. Known to practically every serious Sci-Fi fan the world over, Kerry celebrated his birthday suitably among the stars including Nichelle Nichols, Daniel Niemi, Douglas Tait, Jeffrey Gund, Rikki Rocket and TCTNT.
Kerry’s reputation as an icon comes from a very long and distinguished career, built through many different industries and adventures – never following a single set path. Known as a writer, publisher, director and producer, Kerry had a hand in the drive that would bring science fiction to the mainstream and call nerds from their closets to become fully recognized members of a legitimate fandom.
“I’ve never been able to settle into one career for more than a few years, I enjoy doing things I’ve never done,” said the man himself on his official website www.kerryoquinn.com. The site is truly a treasure trove of information and anecdotes spanning Kerry’s entire career, from his early days in high school where he did lead roles in school plays and drawing posters for friends, to his days at the University of Texas where he studied a number of different majors over 6 years yet never receiving a degree.
It was Kerry’s magazine publishing business, along with Norman Jacobs, that really put him on the path to the status of iconic legend of the genre when their success led to the publication of STARLOG. At the time, this was a brave move as it launched after Star Trek went off air and many warned that there was no market for a glossy Sci-Fi magazine. By the time Star Wars came along and created a Sci-Fi explosion, Starlog became the voice of science fiction.
Kerry also produced the Star Trek 20th Anniversary Convention, the Star Wars 10th Anniversary Convention and the Starlog 20th Anniversary Convention.
So how important is Kerry’s impact on the world of science fiction? Tom DeSanto (X-Men) sums it up perfectly: “At 78, Kerry is younger than I will ever be, and he has that inner 12-year old alive and well inside of him. He’s responsible for so much of the fan community today. I mean, he’s the guy who introduced Gene Roddenberry who created Star Trek, to George Lucas who created Star Wars and he’s the hub of the wheel in a lot of ways.”
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Written by: Miquette Caalsen