SHOW BUSINESS: The Magical Mst Tour

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 cutups, those demolition demons of bad movies, throw a kooky party for their fans

Two thousand folks milled genially around the swimming pool of the Radisson South Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. In the gaudy gathering were folks bedecked as alien creatures and Japanese dinosaurs, staggering derelicts and severed heads on surgical trays. If anyone looked displaced in this demented Renaissance Fayre, it was the two gents in Starship Enterprise uniforms. Their name tags read whoops wrong convention.

Wonderfully wrong. This was no Star Trek reunion, with techno-dweebs debating the mythic import of Episode 34. It was the first ConventioCon ExpoFest-a-Rama of cable TV's Mystery Science Theater 3000. On a recent weekend, fans paid $45 each...

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