It’s getting cold, time to bundle up!
Airport coat, 1970’s
Same coat (with Sandy) 1970’s
Directing “The Good Mother” 1988
I thought Spock Prime’s coat was amazing.
With Chuck Schumer, at the Shuttle Enterprise premiere earlier this year.
Here’s today’s flashback: I remember bringing a piece of my own Star Trek art to the convention, it was a white clay bust of Mr. Spock that I had made in my high school ceramic class. Unfortunately, after lugging it all the way to NYC, I found I couldn’t enter it into to Art Exhibit because I hadn’t pre-registered for it. (more lack of planning on our parts). I recall getting weepy over this, since I had worked so hard on it, and my Mom insisted on taking a picture of me with it in the art exhibit room, tears and all. Fortunately (for me at least) the crappy camera struck again, and that picture didn’t develop. however, one of my photos from the art exhibit did survive, albeit off center (I cropped the top of this image out because it was all gold wallpaper) — You can see a portrait of Leonard Nimoy, and a painting of Spock and McCoy, (this was eons before ‘DeviantArt’) That was the first time I was exposed to erotic Star Trek art too; I’ll never forget there was a nude pencil sketch of Spock, reclining on his right elbow, with his left arm modestly concealing his manhood. As I recall, the picture was titled “R&R”. Of course my Mom wasn’t too thrilled with it –‘That’s dirty!’ — But one could not deny the female fans their fantasies. In the end I was just forever grateful to my Mom for letting me go to this convention, and putting up with all the Trek mania around her. You can see some of her notes here. “I guess I’ll have to watch Star Trek now” she joked. Thanks Mom! (she’ll be 93 in February).
And here’s a few more pages from the Trek Convention program — Three winning entries from the “Why Star Trek Lives for Me” writers contest, and a listing of prizes for the various contests. Of course, once Tristar Industries, who promoted the convention got hold of my address, they had to send me updates on future events. Here you see an ad for “Star Trek America”, which was the convention planned for 1978, and even though I filled out the form I never got to that one. But I’m sure it was fun.
Here’s our receipt for two nights at the Statler Hilton –#73.44!! I don’t think that would get you a cot on a sidewalk in NY today! And my Mom’s notes on the trip; she always was on top of these things. It may look cheap now, but this was a bit undertaking for us. I’m eternally grateful. Just wish my camera worked.
Today’s Fan Art Friday is two great works from the convention program. For winning the art contest sponsored by the convention organizers, both of these artists won the honor of having their art printed in the convention program. The first is an excellent original “blueprint’ of two small spacecraft created by artist Geoffrey Mandel in the style borrowed from the book The Star Trek Starfleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph. (Mandel later won a greater prize, doing production work on later Star Trek incarnations! Talk about a Trekkie’s dream come true! )
The second is a fantastic pen and ink pointillist piece by artist Monica Miller called Pirates of the Empire. I love this, with the proud but menacing Vulcan and that leering sneer of Kirk. Monica did a lot of work for Star Trek ‘fanzines’ at the time. Fanzines were home-made mimeographed magazines featuring Star Trek-centered stories. Many fanzines were written by women and the stories were often erotic, with lots of starship romances; e.g. Spock and Chapel, and where the Kirk/Spock ‘slash’ stories were born. Miller created many memorable covers for publications — see here a similar design for an issue of Off The Beaten Trek. Unfortunately I could not find any online bios for Ms. Miller, but I’m sure her unique style was greatly appreciated.
A bit of a late entry today since I spent all morning making Thanksgiving Dinner; a 13.5lb turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, carrots, creamed onions, gravy and dinner rolls. (Whew!) It’s a veritable carbohydrate holiday. After all that, we were almost too full and tired to go to my sisters for dessert, but we managed! I brought an apple pie I made yesterday to that, and now I’m back, full, tired, but fully satisfied. I love Thanksgiving, what a blessing. I wish every nation on earth had one.
But back to business, here’s today’s flashback: from the convention program again, A biography of Bill Shatner (with a great Kirk promo pic), and lots of Trek Trivia to tease your brain. I knew every answer (back then) and my other Trek program is filled with all the answers!
See how many you can answer, and I’ll post the answers here next Thursday (11/29).
Hello Scrappers, today’s flashback features the 4-day schedule of events that was the Star Trek Bi-Centennial-10 Convention in NYC. Looking back on this now I realized that, although we saw a lot at the convention, we missed a lot too! How could I have missed visiting the replica of the Enterprise Bridge and Transporter Room!!!??? I remember we got there on Friday in time for the Spock Look Alike Contest, and at one point my sister Kathy shared an elevator with Walter Koenig, who looked pretty tired. Sorry I missed the Anniversary Dinner (that one had to be pre-registered for) but I remember seeing a girl dressed as “The First Female Captain of The Enterprise” — a novel idea at the time– I recall she wore a long gold gown. I did get to go to an “Autograph and Rap” session with Grace Lee Whitney. (You see, this was back in the day when you didn’t
A photo of Grace Lee Whitney from Starlog issue#3, at the convention I went to, this is exactly how she looked when I met her that Saturday morning, of course, my camera wasn’t working so I was glad to see this!
have to pay for an autograph, and you were actually allowed time to chat with the stars for a couple of minutes!) I asked Grace about the wig she wore on the show — I remember saying “How much of that was real?” I’m sure she’d heard that question a million times before, but she was sweet and game to answer it yet again. (to be accurate, she said that the basket and fall down the back was fake,but the bangs and sides were all hers! Very sweet lady. (Hi Grace! Thanks for the autograph!) — it read “To Therese w/love, Grace Lee Whitney” — and another first, that was the first time I was aware that you could write the word ‘with’ as “w/” — I’ve used it ever since.
Menu from the Anniversary Ball, note the ‘otherworldly’ delicacies being served…
Hey kids, Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in America, and I thought I’d indulge in another pop culture icon that I’m thankful for — George Harrison — in this original demo he made for the song he passed on to Ringo “It Don’t Come Easy”. I love this version! Hard to believe it’s been almost 11 years since George’s passing, but the music endures. He was always my favorite Beatle (I guess I just dig tall, angular guys with soulful eyes)! 😉 Beautiful man, greatly missed. Enjoy this treat, Therese
Here’s today’s flashback: More from the Star Trek Bi-Centennial-10 Convention Program. Some nicely drawn portraits of the Star Trek Cast by beloved fanzine artist Gee Moaven. These are some nice pen-and-inks, but unfortunately, there’s no Nurse Chapel. (Well, Majel couldn’t make it to the convention anyway). Oddly, Mr. Spock, (actually all of them) vaguely remind me of Alec Baldwin! You can check out more of Gee’s work here, and here’s a rendering of Nurse Chapel from another publication of the time. And Gee, if you’re out there, a belated Congrats on getting your work published in the program, and thanks for all of your fantastical work!
From the back of the program, a couple hundred names and addresses of “Star Pals”; Trekkies who entered their names, addresses and birth dates –in Stardate code* to be Pen Pals with other Trekkies across the nation! Are people still Pen Pals anymore, or is it all Twitter and Facebook? The fans range from early teens to the mid twenties, and I’ve blurred out all but their first names for their privacy, but my how times have changed! Also note the ads for that new publication Starlog Magazine and ads for April Publications and New Eye Studio, jumping on the Trek bandwagon with UFP flags and Saurian Brandy Bottles. Note on the last page, along with the convention layout of the Statler-Hilton Hotel there’s an ad for a Mr. Spock Computer Image. I actually had one of these! I’ll have to dig it out for a future post. Of course, we’re talking a computer rendered drawing made by a machine with little markers that draw out an image — pretty impressive for 1976.
*My Stardate Birthday is 6104.30