When Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered on December 7, 1979, it was accompanied by one of the most-expansive marketing and merchandising campaigns of all time. From the very first movie-tie-in McDonald’s Happy Meal to the MEGO Corporation toy line, from Marvel Comics adaptations and comic book adventures to Topps trading cards, there were collectibles and memorabilia aplenty from a variety of companies and licensees.
Maria Jose and John Tenuto are both sociology professors at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, specializing in popular culture and subculture studies. The Tenutos have conducted extensive research on the history of Star Trek, and have presented at venues such as Creation Conventions and the St. Louis Science Center. They have written for the official Star Trek Magazine and their extensive collection of Star Trek items has been featured in SFX Magazine. Their theory about the “20-Year Nostalgia Cycle” and research on Star Trek fans has been featured on WGN News, BBC Radio, and in the documentary The Force Among Us. They recently researched all known paperwork from the making of the classic episode "Space Seed" and are excited to be sharing some previously unreported information about Khan's first adventure with fellow fans. Contact the Tenutos at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.