Some Rare Nimoy Finds! Two mysteries solved!

Hi Everybody,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – this week I was knocked out with a stomach bug. Much better now, and here’s a nice little surprise of my recent winnings on eBay! And though these winnings I have figured out a couple of mysteries I had wondered about their origins!

First, do you recall that stunning portrait of Leonard from the 1950’s that popped up a couple of years ago? Yeah, that one. Well, I found out through an auction that this was one of Leonard’s official portraits for his agent’s company (The Barskin Agency, phone # included) You can see here how it was used in a directory of potential actors with stars in their eyes. Even more so, there’s the photo on the right of the ad which I’ve never seen before; would like to see the original of this too! If anyone has a better copy, let me know!

Leonard’s promotional ad from a actor directory in the 1950’s.

Second Mystery: There’s a photo I’ve seen off and on of Leonard in full Spock makeup sitting behind a desk with a microphone. Many puzzled, Is it…

  1. A game show.
  2. A panel discussion.
  3. Just an interview off the Trek set.

Give yourself fist pump if you thought #3. Indeed, it is an interview from a local Los Angeles TV station KHJ- 9 (now known as KCAL), and the program was an afternoon talk show called Tempo that aired for 3 hours every afternoon. In late 1966, Leonard was a guest on one of the third hours which often featured celebrity interviews. Here, Leonard is being interviewed by hostess Maria Cole, who was the widow of the great Nat King Cole (Jazz vocalist, and mother of Natalie).

Finding this picture was a treasure, especially since we could finally see the entire set and hostess! The props define the era so well too; the wired microphones, the red telephone and of course the ash tray because almost everybody smoked! Now if only there’s a video available somewhere; I would have loved to seen what episode he was in the middle of shooting!

1966: Leonard in full Spock costume being interviewed by hostess Maria Cole on Tempo, a local interview program on the former KHJ 9 station.

My Weekly Spock: Leonard as Sherlock in 1974

Sorry I haven’t posted a Weekly Spock lately; I’ve been very busy in a local stage production of Oliver! (One more weekend!) But speaking of theater, as I was browsing yesterday I came across the marvelous site by the New York Public Library, who have digitized thousands of images from the last 6 centuries! You can look up everything from Theater programs to political cartoons here.

I was delighted to come across these photos by Martha Swope, taken in Detroit, Michigan of the 1974 touring production of Sherlock Holmes which featured Leonard Nimoy and Alan Sues. Nimoy is seen holding a Calabash pipe (which btw Holmes never used in the original books, but was introduced in the movies by actor William Gilette). He is also seen about to be shot by Dr. Moriarity (Alan Sues of Laugh-in) and shockingly also about to inject himself; I assume with a heroin needle. (Holmes was an addict, who eventually broke the bad habit). I’ve seen some of these in black and white before, but these color photos are a treat! Enjoy these rare pictures!

Happy Halloween 2019 – Trek-O-Lantern Time!

Finding lots of great Trek Jack-O-Lanterns online! Have you ever made a Star Trek Pumpkin? Share your pics in the comments! Enjoy and don’t overdo the candy !

This one is my absolute favorite! Love the Transporter effect! ❤

Great Sticker

When I was out today I came across this funny bumper sticker at a diner. I wonder if the driver noticed the Star Trek stickers on my car? 🙂

Picard Trailer!

Hi Everyone, Sorry I’ve been away a while, but I’ll be posting more soon! In the meantime, here’s a fantastic preview for the new CBS All Access series Star Trek Picard! Coming in January 2020!!! This got me a little emotional, in a good way! Enjoy!

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Never Forget

53 TOS Images for Star Trek’s 53rd Anniversary!

Yesterday, September 8th was the 53rd Anniversary of Star Trek, and aren’t we lucky to have had this happyplace in our lives? Wishing Happy Anniversary to the surviving cast of The Original Series, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig, and happy memories of our beloved other cast members, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barret, Grace Lee Whitney, and of course the creator, Gene Roddenberry. The dream of a better future lives on with Star Trek in all of it’s incarnations! May its vision of a peaceful and caring society truly live long and prosper!

One thing I loved about the original series is that even though not all characters had equal time, there were countless little moments where we’d see the human (or otherwise) nature of characters that would give us a peek into their personalities. Little quirks anyone could understand. In honor of 53 years of Star Trek, here are 53 moments of my favorite TOS episodes, 🙂

Also, more coverage of my visit to TreKonderoga in August coming this week!