The Daily Scrapbook – 11/22/12 A Bio of Bill and Trek Trivia!

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).

The Daily Scrabbook 11/21/12 The Schedule from the Convention

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…

Wideo Wednesday – It Don’t Come Easy, by George Harrison

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

The Daily Scrapbook -11/20/12 Convention program – Trek Portraits and ‘Star Pals’

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

The Daily Scrapbook 11/19/12 –Convention Week!

Good Morning Scrappers! This week I take a trip down memory lane to the first (and best) Star Trek convention I ever attended wa-a-a-ay back in 1976.  It was the Star Trek Bi-Centennial-10 Convention in New York City that celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our beloved original Star Trek series.  Why was this the best one I ever attended?  Well, the main reason was that it was probably one of the last conventions before the Star Wars era, when TOS was at its zenith of popularity, before Star Trek became something called a franchise, when the expressions ‘Keep On Trekkin’ and ‘Star Trek Lives’ were on the tongues of everyone enamored of the series.  There was something quaint, yet universal about a bunch of people gathering to celebrate this little show.  I think a lot of us felt that we were misfits; geeky types who were socially awkward, the stuff of ridicule and mockery.  Yet here at the convention, as a shy 15 year old, I felt accepted for the first time in my teen life by a community of people from all over the U.S., enjoying and conversing about pointed ears and mini-skirts.

I attended with my Mom, Anna  and my older sister Kathy.   They, and the fact that this was my first ever trip to NYC, were a big part of why this was a special event for me.  Looking back as a Mom myself now, I really appreciate any stress this might have caused for my Mom,  who had been widowed only 2 years before, to take on (for us) a big undertaking.  (Thanks Mom!) Kathy, along with several of my other older siblings had introduced me to Trek in the first place, which, at the height of my mania was something I think she regretted for a while. But for now NYC, The Convention, and the possibility of seeing Trek stars in the flesh for the first time was a thrill beyond belief.  I’ll always look back at this with fond memories, even though my pocket camera took awful pictures that didn’t develop too well!

For Today’s Flashback, here’s the first few pages of the official program from the convention, and even a scan of the custom plastic tote bags it came in! (custom plastic tote bags were a novelty in ’76) Note how The Enterprise is zipping past the Statue of Liberty!  Enjoy, and if any of my readers attended this convention and have any memories to share of it, please post them here! Thanks, and ‘Keep on Trekkin’ , Therese

The bag!

The Program! (with the date I scrawled on it)

The intro page, written by the famous Star Trek Welcommittee, with my Saturday badge stuck to it.

My Weekly Spock 11/19/12 – Early Publicity Stills including a Rare Spock Image!

I came across a bunch of old publicity stills from Season 1 –many of these were used during Trek’s syndicated heyday in the 70’s; a fact I found a bit frustrating at the time because (and this will sound so geeky) the uniforms are not the final form used, but the ones used for the two pilots and the first episode filmed; The Corbomite Manuever.  Real Trekkies knew that the sleeker, more streamlined  uniform shirts with thinner contrasting collars were the norm on the show, whereas these were a bit chunkier.  I’ve noticed that the stills favor Nimoy’s right side, but both sides of that angular stone face looked fine to me! The other interesting note here is how prominently Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand) featured, although she only lasted 13 episodes and her look was radically altered.  (Although I must admit, I loved the women’s uniforms with pants; they were much more practical for scaling all all those fiberglass mountains!)  Also, I love Spock’s gentle smile in this group shot.

I’ve fixed the color and noise in most of these pictures, which is par for the course with this kind of thing.  As example, this quick shot of Nimoy and Hunter between scenes was faded and beat up.  But as  I look at this image afresh, one can only imagine how different Trek would have been if it had not been radically changed by the time it aired.  (You can read speculations about this  in the great guide,  Star Trek FAQ by Mark Clark)

BTW, the color photo here of Spock holding the Enterprise was a poster on my brother’s wall for years.  As a child of 5 when Trek first aired, the photo actually scared me a little, (!) for Mr. Spock seemed so…sinister! Of course by the time Trek hit syndication I was madly in love with him, and the poster had been transferred to my bedroom walls for a good 5 years! ( oh, how life’s opportunity was misused!)

I also have a new publicity photo of Spock as well as one of Kirk and McCoy from eBay that I’ve never seen before! This being Thanksgiving week here in America, it’s truly something to be thankful for! Boy, he looks mad here!

The Daily Scrapbook11/16/12 1976, a preview of Shatner’s First Biography, “Questionnaire and Interest Checklist”

Here’s today’s flashback:

At the 1976  Star Trek Bicentennial Convention, the most special guest was William Shatner (unfortunately, Leonard Nimoy could  not attend because he was performing in a play at the time)  And I’m happy to report that I was able to see The Shat at this event, he strode out in a navy blue leisure suit and charmed the life out of the whole auditorium of adoring fans!  Unfortunately, I had a really crappy pocket camera at the time and, like in most Trekkie nightmares, none of my pictures of Bill turned out! At the moment, I cannot recall much of what he said, although I remember how the everyone cheered with delight when he referred to the storied tale of how “Leonard Lost His Bicycle”  (Nimoy used to ride a bike from Trek set to Trek set to save time, and Shatner and the crew were always hiding it from him, at one point suspending just above from a catwalk, right over Nimoy’s head!)

Anyway, I don’t have Shatner pictures today, but I do  have a ‘sneak peek’ flier that was passed around at the time, previewing the new  biography of Bill that was still being written at this point.   Titled Shatner: Where No Man…  .  This was Shatner’s first foray into the printed press, and the first of his several autobiographies to plunge into the awesomeness of his  legend.  The flier promotes the hell out the book, as well as the accompanying LP  album  William Shatner LIVE, which preserved several of his college appearances.  The flier  even includes a “questionnaire and interest checklist’ just for Trek fans to aid and assist the authors of the book (Shatner, Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath.  The survey really digs with questions about how Trek and especially Shatner affected pop culture and real attitudes, for example:

Do you feel that the way Shatner played Kirk, as a strong man able and willing to express profound emotions, could have had an effect on  people’s acceptance of emotional opennness, especially in men?

Wow, that’s pretty deep! But considering at the time that American culture had been through Vietnam and was evolving from an era when men were strong and silent,( like say Don Draper of Mad Men), these were pretty radical questions!   I admit, I never read  Shatner, Where No Man… but now I may check eBay for a used copy, just to see how they used this info from fans to write the book .

The Daily Scrapbook 11/15/12

Here’s some flyers from the 1976 Bi-Centennial 10 Star Trek Convention I’ve mentioned here before, and you can see I checked off (or is that ‘Chekov’ed) all the stars I got to see there and which episodes I was allowed to go down from our hotel room at the Statler Hilton to watch!   I remember watching The Day the Earth Stood Still for the first time at that convention; one of my all time favorites!   For today and the next few installments, I’ll be recalling my two days at that convention, with memories I’ll never forget!   I still have a little journal of it that I wrote in a small memo pad, and I’ll be posting that here; with all it’s teenage awkwardness intact! So stay tuned!