Here’s today’s flashback: I had forgotten about this — An actual newsletter from Paramount Pictures promoting Star Trek: The Motion Picture. With an interview with Gene Roddenberry, color photos and lots of hype, it is especially excited about Persis Khambatta, “the olive-skinned beauty” from India with “a clear shot at big-time stardom”. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for Persis like that; she made a few forgettable films, was passed over for the (very bland) Maude Adams in Octopussy, and sadly died of a heart attack much too young at 49 in 1996. Hollywood (until recently) often snubs many fine actors associated with Star Trek and Persis was yet another casualty. A great shame too, she could have been the Angelina Jolie of the ’80’s.