Back from a Busy Summer! Museum Trek at the Museum of the Moving Image

Hey Everyone!  How you all doing? Did you have a nice summer? Did you get outside?  Did you see the Super Blood moon on Sunday night? Any adventures? Romances? New recipes?

The bulk of my summer was spent on two main things; getting myself into better shape and helping our son get his driver’s license.  Happy to report we succeeded on both accounts; my son got his license and I’m feeling great!

I had a few adventures — I had gone to the Museum of The Moving Image in NYC to see the Mad Men exhibit (now closed)  What a joy to see many of the iconic costumes and recreations of the sets in person!  But to my delight,     there was also an exhibit of classic TV and Movie memorabilia, and what should I see there but some awfully familiar Star Trek stuff from my youth!

One big surprise was seeing the red spaceman costume Robin Williams wore as Mork in Mork and Mindy, not just because it was worn by the wonderful Williams, but also because of its relation to Star Trek!  Did you know that Mork’s red uniform was originally worn by Colonel Green in the Trek episode The Savage Curtain?  (But to be fair, I’d take Mork over Green anyday!)  Hmm, better add this costume recycle to that article I wrote a while back…)

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Col. Green in his original red uniform in “The Savage Curtain” and Mork in his modified version of the same costume in Mork and Mindy. Mork’s costume removed the small accouterments from the shoulders and added the silver triangle, but kept the collar and cuff detail’ later adding the black epaulets.

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The Mork/Green Costume as is appears today at the MOTMI

And as if seeing an actual Trek costume wasn’t enough, I found a whole mess of Trek stuff in the section “Behind the Screen” which featured lots of Trek and other baby boomer series merchandising (Jetsons, Man from UNCLE, you name it!)   There were also many dolls from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and even several fanzines, as well as models, puzzles and toys. I admit, seeing some of the Trek items there from the 1970’s, including a mug and a Mego Spock doll that I still actually have at home made me feel a little old!   But nice to know that some of my old stuff is considered museum worthy!

I gotta tell you, merchandising for Star Trek went crazy in the 1970s — and not all of it great quality — so often the uniform colors were wrong (Spock as a redshirt!) or promo photos were printed backward.  But as long as it had those Trek characters on it (especially Mr. Spock) it was a slam dunk for merchandising!  The only thing I didn’t see were Star Trek Colorforms (Remember Colorforms?)    Enjoy the pics!

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Trek Merchandising exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image

A squeezable soft Spock Doll from ST:TMP

A squeezable soft Spock Doll from ST:TMP

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A grouping of big and small ST:TMP dolls

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Mego Trek dolls, including the rare Klingon, Gorn, and Cheron doll, and a plastic mug and bowl set (I have that very mug and the Mego Spock!)

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Animated Trek puzzle in a can and a really nice Romulan Bird of Prey model.

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Trek party plates & napkins (Spock a Red Shirt!) and simple puzzle.

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Stickers, and a Trek ‘movie viewer’. Would have loved to tear this open! (note backward photo of K, S, & M)

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IMG_5821 Necklaces, pins, and a Trek watch (basically anything that could be utilized into Trek merchandise was gold in the 70’s)   Some Early Fanzines (beginnings of Spirk?)

So did you have a good summer too?  Miss me?  😉   Next time- Seeing the Space Shuttle Enterprise!

10 responses to “Back from a Busy Summer! Museum Trek at the Museum of the Moving Image

  1. The Sound of One Man Laughing

    Good to have you back. No new recipes, but I am going to court October 19 for a dissolution hearing, and I have yet to find a blasted apartment.

    I think I prefer Colonel Green to Mork, but Colonel Mustard to both. Yes that’s the humor you’ve been missing while you were out.

    You should have made another blog for Mad Men! I loved it and it would have been fun.

    WELCOME BACK O MOST WISE AND BEAUTIFUL

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    • Shucks Folks I’m speechless! Thanks so much, my only question is does Col. Mustard prefer yellow, spicy, honey, or Grey Poupon? 😉 Good luck and God Bless you, Laughing Man.

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  2. Is good to hear front you again

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  3. Glad to hear that your summer went well.

    I didn’t know that Mork was wearing Colonel Green’s outfit; kudos for spotting that. Mork is so very different from Green that my mind boggles, trying to imagine them wearing the same uniform.

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  4. Hey, was that a Donmoore Kirk shirt in with those action figures? Did you ever get the photo I sent of my Donmoore shirt? If you recall sent you a pic about a week before Leonard Nimoy passed away.

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  5. In regard to Morks jumper suit. The M&M show did a roller derby episode where they wore modified red security shirts from TOS. They put big black numbers on the front and back of shirts ala the 70s James caan movie Rollerblade.

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