Portal 47 Hosts Trek’s First Director in a Virtual “Open House”

My baby is one year old! Portal 47, the monthly insider deep-dive to more in-depth Trek, was launched a year ago this month—and we had a party to celebrate!

Well, a virtual open house, actually: On Oct. 12, we hosted a special edition of one of our guest telebriefings. And in the spirit of #StarTrek50, it was a doozy: None other than Robert Butler, director of Trek’s 1964 first pilot, “The Cage.”

I thought Robert, whom I’ve met at a couple of recent panels here in L.A., would make a wonderful guest, and an opportunity to show off one of the key features in the Portal package. At 88, he can’t travel much, so the phone-conference format is a perfect way to open up his appearance to the whole world. And there are not a lot of his colleagues still with us.

The telebriefing was terrific and overflowing with attendees, who got a full dose of first-hand Trek tales and great anecdotes. As the Portales do every month, people sent in questions in advance for our guest. We had some great visuals, too, for those who joined us online.

It’s just one of the features our deep-divers get every month—a part of what we call a mini-con all year long, no matter where your center seat is. (Seriously. Any continent, or wilderness… with a wi-fi signal, that is.)

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