is a wonderful thing. It fuels passion and interests and
gives people a belief in themselves.
This is what
happened in 1997 when Sonja Van Den Ende called me to tell
me that she intended running a Highlander convention in
Brisbane and that she was going to invite Peter Wingfield
and Stan Kirsch! I offered to give whatever help I could -
politely pointing out that whilst I had run corporate events
I had never been involved in fandom. Sonja was an old
trooper and had been involved in fandom in Brisbane for over
an enormous amount of time and effort into the event - a
small, boutique affair of around 80. Unfortunately
neither Peter nor Stan ended up being able to attend however
that didn't stop us going ahead with the event. It was a
true 'fan' event, with many panels discussing/arguing
various aspects of immortality, Duncan MacLeod's
astrological sign and the effects of the stars and planetary
alignments on his subsequent life; viewings on the large
screen of our favourite episodes. Remember, back in
1997 we didn't have large screen TVs so it is not hard to
realise how exciting it was to see our heroes 20' tall...
look at the Programme and you will see what I mean about the
breadth of the topics. In particular, what stands out
is the early recognition of the many complex layers that
made up the Highlander universe and in particular, a
recognition of the importance of the writing and David
Abramowitz's seminal contribution via the panel on
Spirituality in Highlander.
Wingfield was gracious and incredibly accommodating and took
part in what turned out to be a hilarious Q&A on a phone
call from the UK. I remember all of us racing from one
part of the room to another as the signal ebbed and flowed
in all manner of directions.
It was a
very special event and forged the foundations of what would,
some years later, become Highlander WorldWide.
PRESIDENT HIGHLANDER WORLDWIDE