In 1978, he was approached to help organise a convention in Slough. Using his legendary skills at 'obtaining' things, he spent a lot of time (when he should have been working) phoning various ad agencies to beg, borrow or steal sci-fi stuff, including loads of stuff on the recently released Star Wars film. This came to the attention of the LTR Courier, a paper for BT people in the City area, who sent a reporter and photographer along to record things, as shown below.
He managed to wangle his way into a stormtrooper costume (on the right in the picture), providing an escort for Dave "Darth Vader" Prowse as he entered and left the hall for his talk. Not one to miss an opportunity, he stayed in the costume for a walk around Slough, including a trip into Burtons & McDonalds, and attempting to flag down a bus (picture left). He also provided the posters for the convention book and advertising posters.
Often asked what he saw in sci-fi, one answer is possibly seen in these pictures.