Steve Mulroy, law professor and former county commissioner, is a hardcore Trekkie. To wit: On his last day on the commission, he had it declared Shelby County Star Trek Day. He's also been known to don the uniform; he's been to conventions and Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. And yet, somehow, someway, his family is not dying of embarrassment. Indeed, says Mulroy, they're Trekkies, too. "I raised my kids right," he says.
The third annual Shelby County Star Trek Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 8th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Fox & Hound on Sanderlin. There will be costume and trivia contests, memorabilia on display, merch, and episodes on the TVs. Mulroy is particularly excited about the town hall meeting, during which the Trekkies lay it all out.
The Fox & Hound will also be serving Star Trek-themed food and drink — from Romulan ale and Klingon Bloodwine to tranya and Vulcan soup.
Mulroy says he got into Star Trek as a kid. "I fell in love immediately," he says of the original series. "They were imaginative, thought-provoking, and there was a real sense of adventure." Later, when he was older, he recognized how progressive the series, which featured the first on-screen interracial kiss, truly was.
Mulroy has favorite episodes ("The Doomsday Machine") and secondary series (Deep Space Nine) and movies (The Wrath of Khan), and he can argue points great and small, like, for instance, the classic Kirk vs. Picard contretemps. "Definitely Kirk all the way," he says.