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1998-04-03 - RETURN TO EARTH CELEBRATION PARTY

Updated: December 14, 2013

The dates were April 3-5, 1998 and the event was the "Space Family Robinson's Return to Earth Celebration. This sci-fi collectibles extravaganza was held at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. The event was produced by Gary Sohmers, Fred Sherman, & FoxStar Productions, Inc. April 3rd hosted a preview party with several hundred stars in attendance. A very nice appetizer dinner was held at the original "Cheers" bar.

This was also opening night for the New Lost in Space movie. The tickets were sold out at all the Hollywood theaters in town, and the lines were long. This reminded me of the days of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Jaws when they hit the movie screens. April 4th was a signing session with the LIS cast. It was also a great evening seeing Bill Mumy perform on stage with his rock band, "The Jenerators".

April 5th brought many of us to the Roosevelt Hotel with breakfast with the great one, Jonathan Harris. The good doctor was in great spirt, and brought the house down with his memorable memories of the LIS TV show. The event also included vendors, display of prototype Robots from, Icons. As well as original props from Irwin Allen TV shows, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and costumes. The original B-9 Robot costume was on display, owned by producer Kevin Burns. Prop costume collector, John Azarian was very kind in loaning some of his costumes for display at the event. The original Jupiter-2 on launch site was also on display owned by prop collector, Greg Jein. The vendors were small for the turn-out do to a Star Trek & Star Wars convention also held on the same weekend. But over all, it was a great weekend for "Lost in Space" and for the fans that attended the special event.


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