I received a Press Release from the Convention people today, and I share it below:
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT COMING ON SAM'S 54TH BIRTHDAY!
Mark your calendars for August 8th, 2007. For Sam Beckett's birthday, make sure to check the website for a long-awaited announcement! Hint: It's not about Scott Bakula. Not yet, anyway!
NOW ACCEPTING VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS
Wondering how you can help make the convention even better? Volunteer! We are looking for dedicated fans to help with everything from writing an hour-by-hour blog of convention events to simply handing out flyers at other conventions prior to 2009. Whether you’re going or not, there is something you can do to help! Please take a few moments to fill out the online application. We need YOU!
FAN FICTION CONTEST NOW OPEN
We’re happy to announce the opening of the LEAP BACK 2009 Fanfic Contest. As part of the festivities honoring the 20th anniversary of QL, we plan to produce a brand-new zine that will be available at the con. And obviously, we need stories to fill it. The story that the judges select as being the best will appear not only in the zine, but in the official program book, a copy of which will be given to all our guests and special honorees, including Don Bellisario, Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell and Deborah Pratt. The author of that story will also receive a framed certificate commemorating their selection as Grand Prize Winner and recognition during the onstage programming. We will also select a Second Prize and Third Prize winner, plus several “honorable mentions.” For complete guidelines, see our Events page, which is now open!
NEW FAN FILM TO PREMIERE AT CONVENTION
Award Winning Filmmaker Christopher Allen has announced the title of his company’s next film production, a fan based effort to re-launch the popular “Quantum Leap” television series that ran on NBC from 1989 to 1993. Allen will enlist a wide array of Indianapolis talent to help continue the story of Dr. Sam Beckett, who ironically is from a fictitious town in Indiana. Once completed, Allen hopes to use Quantum Leap: A Leap to Di for to persuade the science fiction broadcasting networks to re-launch the popular franchise. “I hope that the story is what will ensure the film’s acceptance by the fans. It centers on Dr. Beckett’s journey to 1997, where he is presented with the likelihood of saving the life of Princess Diana.” Allen said. “That one possibility is something I believe everyone can identify with.” Allen went on to add. Quantum Leap: A Leap to Di for will be a non-profit venture since the rights and ownership are not his. “I just want to re-launch the (Quantum Leap) series in some way or another. I don’t care about not making any money on this. It’s not about money... its about quality stories and characters people still care about to this very day. Above all else, it is ultimately for the fans.” Allen said. For more info and a teaser trailer, see our Events page!
PODCAST AT PROJECTQUANTUMLEAP.COM FEATURES MARYSE WORRALLO
Check us out at the Project Quantum Leap fan club - committee member and graphic designer Maryse Worrallo talks about the con during one of their new podcasts!
CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN'S MESSAGE TO LEAPERS
Committee member Carol Davis met with Claudia Christian (Play It Again, Seymour) recently at the Shore Leave 2007 Sci-fi Convention and got a short video of Claudia with a message for you! See it on our main page now! Also visit our Guest Stars page for more info on Claudia and all our guest stars.
DEAN STOCKWELL TO ATTEND 2009 CONVENTION
Dean Stockwell, who played Admiral Al Calavicci for all five seasons of Quantum Leap says he would love to attend the convention! His appearance (as for all our guests) is dependant on unforeseen future commitments and availability, but he has marked us on his calendar! If you've never had the chance to meet the man who could change clothes as often as the Imaging Chamber door opened, here's your chance! This will be the first Quantum Leap convention Dean has attended in 13 years and we hope it'll be the most memorable yet.
DEBORAH PRATT - CONVENTION ATTENDEE AND AUTHOR OF NEW BOOK TRILOGY, THE VISION QUEST
Deborah Pratt, co-executive producer, head writer, and actress on Quantum Leap has also marked us on her calendar for March of 2009! In a recent radio interview, she mentioned the convention and is excited to be a part of the QL fandom. Deborah also appeared as Troian Claridge in "A Portrait For Troian." Be sure to get your copy of Book One of The Vision Quest trilogy from the website today!
PAUL BROWN, CO-PRODUCER OF QUANTUM LEAP WILL ATTEND
On over 40 episodes, Paul Brown was either co-producer, writer, executive story editor, and/or director! With so much experience with Quantum Leap, he'll have some amazing stories to tell, we're sure. You don't want to miss him!
THE GUEST LIST LEAPS EVEN HIGHER IN NUMBERS
Along with the great talent above, 32 other guest stars have shown interest in attending the convention! They are listed below, and for more information on who they are please visit the official website. We also have musical composer Velton Ray Bunch who will share information and may even produce a little surprise for the convention-goers...
(in alphabetical order)
Erika Amato - "Lee Harvey Oswald"
Vaughn Armstrong - "It's a Wonderful Leap"
Cynthia Bain - "Blind Faith"
Cliff Bemis - "A Hunting We Will Go"
K Callan - "The Americanization of Machiko"
La Reine Chabut - "What Price Gloria?" and "Shock Theater"
Claudia Christian - "Play It Again, Seymour"
Shae D'lyn - "Blood Moon"
Ken Foree - "Pool Hall Blues"
Stuart Fratkin - "Animal Frat"
Michael Gregory - "Star-Crossed"
Susan Griffiths - "Goodbye, Norma Jean"
NEW! James Harper - "Sea Bride"
Richard Herd - "Future Boy" and "Mirror Image"
NEW! Susan Isaacs - "Heart of a Champion" & "The Last Gunfighter"
John Kapelos - "The Curse of Ptah-Hotep"
Rob Labelle - "Temptation Eyes"
Beverly Leech - "Sea Bride"
Jarrett Lennon - "A Little Miracle"
Ernie Lively - "The Leap Home Part II: Vietnam"
DeLane Matthews - "Roberto!"
NEW! Mary Elizabeth McGlynn - "Memphis Melody"
NEW! David Newsom - "The Leap Home Parts I & II" (Sam's Brother, Tom Beckett!)
Natasha Pavlovich - "Lee Harvey Oswald"
Lisa Jane Persky - "Memphis Melody"
Daniel Roebuck - "The Play's The Thing"
Dr. Laura Schlessinger - "Roberto!"
Jane Sibbett - "A Hunting We Will Go"
Kevin Spirtas - "Camikazi Kid"
Jim Townsend - "Promised Land"
NEW! Rich Whiteside - "A Leap For Lisa" and "The Leap Home Part II: Vietnam"
OUR CHARITY - 'ONE LEAP - MANY HEARTS'
We're proud to be supporting The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation! Every profit dollar earned through the convention sales will be donated to this fantastic organization devoted to making the lives of children with illnesses brighter every day. Even if you can't attend the convention, we hope you'll support Starlight Starbright in your own way through volunteer work or financial donations. Please take a look at our page for this worthwhile charity to see how you can help and how you will be helping just by purchasing your ticket to The Leap Back 2009 Quantum Leap Convention!
SUPPORT TLB2009 BY BOOKING ALL TRAVEL THROUGH US UNTIL 2009
We're now partnered with Expedia.com to bring you the best value for your travel needs. From now until the convention, use any expedia.com banner on our site to book your travel arrangements and the convention will receive financial assistance! You must use the banners on the website for the con to receive credit.
CONVENTION FORUM AT AL'S PLACE QL FAN SITE
Join other con-goers in related discussions on our forums. Find a roommate for the convention to reduce your travel costs, suggest events for the con weekend, chat with the committee and more! Discuss news and meet lots of friendly leapers just like you.
FAQ PAGE UPDATED
Have a question but a little shy or don't have time to get involved on the forum? Look no further! Unlike the episode Mirror Image, most of your questions will be answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON NOW?
Right now we are still tracking down phone numbers and addresses for many more guest stars of Quantum Leap! We're staying in touch with Scott Bakula's agent and working on making sure Scott will be able to attend. We are nearly done working to get our non-profit corporation status set up so that we can open ticket sales and we're still in the negotiations stage with the possible venue at which we'll be holding the convention. We're also in the process of looking for individuals with original QL props that they will allow us to display at the con, so if you know someone please have them contact us.
Stay tuned to the website for the latest news and we'll leap back periodically as more news becomes available.
Thank you, leapers!
Carol Davis, Brian Greene, Emma Fee, Maryse Worrallo, and Judy Ascenzi
The Leap Back 2009 Convention Committee