Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Daily Scrapbook:2/28/13 — May1978– See You in the Funny Papers –A Trek Newspaper Comic!

Here’s Today’s Flashback: From May of 1978, an article about the upcoming  Star Trek daily newspaper comic by Mandala productions, the same company that had produced (in an era before widespread videos)  the 12 “Fotonovels” of the original Star Trek series.   I actually owned all 12 Fotonovels (the most dog-eared being the ‘All Our Yesterdays’ volume) but sold them a few years ago on eBay.   Anyway, I can’t recall if our local paper got the original series Star Trek Comic, but we did get one based on the 1st movie.
Also keeping in the ‘funny’ range, another “Grin and Bear It” Sunday comic dealing with female astronauts, and a clipping from who knows where detailing some scenes from the famous Star Trek Blooper reels.  (I always liked to keep my scrapbook pages along theme lines).

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Wideo Wednesday — The Star Trek Bloopers

And speaking of bloopers… Here’s some clips from the infamous original series bloopers — still pretty funny after all these years — too bad they didn’t keep a master negative!

The Daily Scrapbook 2/27/13 (March 28, 1978) Star Trek Crew set for $15 Million Movie Blast-Off

Here’s today’s Flashback:  From March 28, 1978, an article (from all things) The Star tabloid — a real full color article on the launch of the Trek movie (a feature less common then than it is now).  You can see the estimate for the movie was 15 million dollars, I believe when it was all finished it came to something like 40 million (but I’ll have to check my facts).  You’ll note that as ever the picky Trekkie, I was always on top of clerical errors in these old articles, here noting that Grace Lee Whitney was mis-identified as  Christine Chapel, even as the real Chapel, Majel Barrett is standing at left in big picture, you can see my teenage scrawl identifying her in the margin, as well as  the mis-caption of the lower right hand pic, and cross outs of other mistakes involving Waler Koenig and Grace.  And the flashback is naturally backward too! Oh these Trek amateurs!  At least Grace looks ecstatic, probably hoping that this would bring back some good work.  I always liked Grace, a crime she was screwed over in the original production because Gene wanted Kirk to have more space babes!

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Toon Tuesday (a little late)

I guess I’m still in Beatle mode… Note George’s pointed ear, and John makes a great Captain!BeatleTrek FINALcopy

The Daily Scrapbook 2/26/13 March to April 1978 –Trekkies Get their wish!

V2-02 Here’s today’s flashback:  A smattering of articles and bits about the exciting news that Trekkies would finally get their wish; the new Star Trek movie was finally taking off!  We all waited with baited breath for more details. You can see I must have scrutinized many a magazine for clippings related to the announcement, even The Star (tabloid), for heaven’s sake! (I’ll post that one tomorrow) (God, no wonder I never had a date in High School!)  I recall the initial excitement that our hopes of a Star Trek return were coming true, but despite this, I still had a strange queasiness about it — would it be the same retooled with a ’70’s attitude?  Only time would tell.  Robert Wise, the award winning director of West Side Story and The Sound of Music was lauded as the chosen director here, and note that the movie was  was announced by future Disney President Michael Eisner. Yet in the end, it was painfully obvious that Wise wasn’t the best choice, but at this point, all that mattered to me was  that Nimoy was back, for it truly wouldn’t be Trek without him.  I was cautiously optimistic.
You’ll also notice a book club ad for a Star Trek Puzzle book, only 75 cents!

The Daily Scrapbook 2/25/13 Volume II Begins! From April 2, 1978 – Trek more than flight of fancy for many fans…

Hey kids, I finally got a chance to scan the second volume of my 4 Star Trek scrapbooks so lets release the clippings!   First up, from April 2, 1978: a commentary on how Star Trek was almost a way of life for some fans. Now a lot of people at the time may have found me obsessed with Trek, and I was! But I didn’t build my own Enterprise for heaven’s sake!   In this article we also see the first definition of ‘Trekker’ vs. ‘Trekkie’, which seems to have a disdain for the latter.   I’m happy with Trekkie because, heck, it’s just a TV show, a fun, wonderful, insightful and imaginative TV show, but a TV show nonetheless!

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You may have also noted the Grin and Bear It comic from the same Sunday paper…Grin and Bear It was always one of my late Dad’s favorite comics, and to this day it is one of mine.  It’s simple but honest humor keeps me in touch with my Dad’s memory, and reading this particular one 3 1/2 years after his death, I knew he would have gotten a kick out of it.   Here it deals with complexities of life with astronauts of the female persuasion…

George Harrison’s 70th Birthday

Today, February 25, would have been George Harrison’s 70th Birthday! (note special header banner above)  Happy Heavenly Birthday to my other favorite 60’s pop icon (Sorry Leonard, I fell for George first!) Love this guy.  Maybe I’ll spend today listening to All Things Must Pass and Brainwashed, maybe throw in a viewing of A Hard Day’s  Night  or  Help!, and Martin Scorcese’s Documentary — And don’t forget the Harrison Tribute I made 3 years ago!  (under the name Peace2baby on YouTube)

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Colorized George and Kermit

I colorized this funny photo of George with my Adobe PhotoShop — I guessed at the colors of the Fair Isle sweater that turned out to be surprisingly accurate! But the tee was actually blue- something I’ll fix eventually…

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