Sandy gimpel - Stuntwoman Extraordinaire
Sandy Gimpel is a Starbase Indy favorite. She is an actress, dancer, stunt woman, and stunt coordinator. She was the first woman to have achieved the status of stunt coordinator, second unit DGA director. It all began in 1967 when she went to an audition as a stand in for Billy Mumy on the TV series Lost in Space. She was asked if she would like to stunt double the actor.
- In Star Trek: The Original Series, Sandy appeared in both the aired and unaired pilots. She played The Salt Vampire in The Man Trap, and a Talosian in The Cage.
- That wasn't the end of her time with Star Trek, as she appeared as an extra in a number of other episodes.
- As the first woman to achieve the status of Stunt Coordinator, she coordinated many movies including the fan favorite Goonies.
- Her stories of more than 50 years in the business are unparalleled. You've seen her in more movies than you realize, and you definitely don't want to miss her backstage stories from them!
Dr. erin macdonald - Geeky Astrophysicist
Dr. Macdonald has a PhD in astrophysics. Her postdoctoral research was with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, looking for gravitational waves from neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts. She currently works as a technical consultant for both the engineering and entertainment industry.
- She works as a consultant and educator, merging science fiction and STEM.
- Her YouTube series: Dr. Erin Explains the Universe explains science phenomena using pop culture references.
- As part of her passion for educating the public about space science and throughout the year she can be found speaking at Sci-fi conventions across the country.
- We're looking forward to her upcoming book on Space Time.
- She is a tattooed sci-fi geek, a self-appointed member of Slytherin House and a graduate of Starfleet Academy.
Bill Blair - professional alien
Guinness World Record Holder for 'most special effect make-up characters portrayed in a career' Bill Blair is well known in the Star Trek universe. He has portrayed aliens, monsters, and creatures in such shows as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Babylon 5, and multiple Star Trek shorts, as well as also appearing in hit shows like Westworld, True Detective, and Community.
Originally from Kent, OH, Bill started his entertainment career in 1982 with a bit part in the American Playhouse film title, “The Killing Floor.” Since then, Bill has worked extensively on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror shows, creating for himself a niche in the industry for all things alien. In the fan-favorite episode of ST: DS9 titled “What You Leave Behind,” Bill portrayed four different aliens.
Be sure to stop by the Starbase this Thanksgiving weekend to hear some of his behind-the-scenes stories, get an autograph, or even get a photo with this talented actor.
Carl Taliaferro - Alien Creator
Renowned makeup artist Carl Taliaferro has been in the industry for over 25 years. Trained by a professional Hollywood makeup artist, he's worked on more than twenty films and has been featured on numerous television shows.
As an integral part of the Star Trek universe, he's done the makeup for all the main Star Trek aliens, as well as the main aliens in Babylon 5. He's also become known for his zombie characters, and has recreated the looks from both Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes.
As the main alien makeup artist for Star Trek, he's worked closely with our professional alien Bill Blair. These two artists have been working together at conventions just like Starbase Indy for over a decade.
Have you always wanted to know how the iconic look of your favorite Star Trek characters were created? Come by the Starbase this fall to learn from this experienced professional!
Francois Chau - Out-of-this world actor
Perhaps best known in his current role as Jules-Pierre Mao in The Expanse, François Chau is a much-loved sci fi actor. He has appeared in such shows as The Tick, Lost, X-Files, and Stargate SG-1.
Chau first started his acting career in 1985 by appearing in G.I. Joe. For the past thirty years he has become well known in sci-fi television, starring in a multitude of fan favorites, often for only one episode.
Chau is not new to the power of a fanbase. Just as our fans have saved our beloved Starbase Indy convention, the fans of The Expanse made their voices heard and saved the show from cancellation just this past spring.
Have you always wanted to learn more about Protogen or the DHARMA initiative? Be sure to stop by the Starbase this fall to find out more from the man behind the face of these corporations.
Moxie - Intergalactic Cosmetologist
Moxie Anne Magnus, entertainer extraordinaire, mediocre comic and even mediocre-er ukulelist, sling-shots back in time to join you once again! But who is Moxie Anne Magnus? She is indeed a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, laced up in a girdle, topped with two feet of hair and set on a pedestal of size 12, Starfleet-regulation, black, chunky-heel, platform boots! As the Chief Cosmetologist on the USS Enterprise of the twenty-third century, She keeps the crew's dos in tip-top shape. But what more do we know about this magnificent creature who has often been called "the petite bird of the galaxy"?
Here in the 21st century, Moxie travels throughout the US performing as the Queen of Outer Space. She’s played in clubs and theaters, and you’ve seen her at many cons up and down the eastern seaboard. When she’s not performing she is working on her weekly web comic “Tales From Salonbay” and her Youtube channel “The Moxie Pod”.
In recent years she has perfected the art and science of sling-shotting around the sun to arrive with a precision greater than renegade Timelords, Terminators, or even mad scientists with tricked out DeLoreans. As the self-proclaimed queen of outer space she comes in peace! Her jokes will make you groan, her ukulele playing will make you moan, but her glamour will make you forget your pain!
Pop Warrior - Klingon Pop Star
Lieutenant Commander jenbom vestai-toQqul (Jen Usellis) and her guitar slinging Red Shirt (Joe Mizzi) travel to bring the best Klingon pop and rock to your Terran ears. What started as a one-off background song for the Improvised Star Trek podcast has turned into a viral music video, 2 EP's, and a full-blown acoustic performance for geeks and music lovers alike. jenbom has the 47th translation of "Let It Go" from Frozen in the Disney archives and is constantly on the look out for more songs you thought you knew.
Tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor backed up with impressive musicianship and vocals, the Klingon Pop Warrior is a unique and fun experience for audiences of all ages.
Indiana native David Reddick is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and professional cartoonist whose work is beloved by Star Trek fans around the world. He is the man behind the creations of multiple Star Trek themed comic strips, including Gene's Journal, the “untold and true story behind the adolescent years of Gene Rodenberry”; Rod & Barry, the story of two aliens on a mission to investigate earth, who wind up becoming sci-fi television junkies; and The Trek Life, which follows the lives of three childhood friends and fellow Star Trek fans.
His work has appeared in Star Trek Magazine, The New York Times, Nickelodeon and Scholastic, and in various books. He has also appeared on multiple web sites including STARTREK.com and Roddenberry.com. He has worked on the product design team for companies such as Roddenberry Productions, Paws Inc, Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios, and many more. He is a full-time cartoonist for Garfield, and creates editorial cartoons that appear in multiple national newspapers.
Aside from drawing weekly cartoons, David Reddick is an acrylic painter, with wall murals in both Florida and Japan. His abstract and pop art paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including right here in Indianapolis.
David is coming to us through Signing Away Hunger, the nonprofit organization with a goal of helping to create a brighter future for inner city use by alleviating food insecurity. We are happy to have them as part of our event for the second year.
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Klingon language, and since 1992 has championed the exploration and use of this constructed tongue throughout the world. In addition, he’s the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at showcasing up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas.
In 2007, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story in 2010 and Nebula Award nominations for Best Novella in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018, and for Best Novel in 2016. Some of his most popular writing deals with the ongoing humorous adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist named the Amazing Conroy and his animal companion Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. His more serious work uses anthropomorphic SF to explore ideas of prophecy, intolerance, political betrayal, speaking to the dead, predestination, and free will.
Dr. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, doing research in the areas of human memory and language. This was followed by seventeen years as the director of research for a medical center in Philadelphia that provided mental health and addiction services.
Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.