It was 24 years ago today, that the Gallifreyan Embassy was founded. It was a different world at that time. The current Doctor was Colin Baker. His stories had just started to make their way to the States. Doctor Who was being shown across the country in the US via local PBS stations. There was no BBC America, no Sci-Fi Channel (or "Syfy"), there wasn't even the World Wide Web then. There were conventions, both dedicated Doctor Who conventions and science fiction conventions with Doctor Who guests and many fans looking to meet and feed their addiction in between cons.
The Gallifreyan Embassy would usually take WLIW (the Long Island PBS station that showed Doctor Who at the time) by storm during their pledge drives volunteering during their British science-fiction line up nights. Here is the gang back in the '80s in this classic black and white photo by Keith. From left to right is the "Anti-Doctor" (Chase), Louis, Andrea, Denise, Pete "Bug", Ken, Brian (standing behind Ken), PJ, Rob (all the way in the back), Al, Amy (next to PJ), Tim (front seated), and Keith himself (standing). Thank you Keith for allowing us to share this photo.
Close-up of the second Gallifreyan Embassy (of Long Island) banner. Painted by Louis Trapani (acrylic on canvas) in 1986. The banner traveled with the Embassy at all its public appearances in the early years. This slide of the Embassy logo was used on screen at PBS stations such as WLIW during pledge drives when we volunteered. Photo and artwork by Louis Trapani.