My dad knew Mr. Roddenbury so when the series first aired we watched it and I became a fan. I aved up my allowance and as soon as I had the money I paid my dues and became a dues paying member of the official Star Trek Fan Club at the age of 15. I attended my first convention the following year, wearing a Star Fleet Medical uniform (men's because my mom wouldn't let me wear the women's uniform as it was too short...lol). And I have been a dues paying Trekkie (And it is Trekkie as Mr. Roddenbury said once, "The word is 'TrekkIE.' I should know, I created them.") ever since.