It’s getting to be coat weather! Leonard always had a nice one, onscreen or off!
As we approach Thanksgiving in America this week, we pause to reflect on things to be grateful for in our lives. For me the reflection is simple; I’m just thankful for every moment of my life. Thankful that I had loving parents, for my siblings, for my darling husband and children, for my dear friends and co-workers, and just smiles I share with strangers every day. Thankful for my creative nature, and all the simple joys in life; good health, music, food, laughter, baby smiles, kittens, sunsets; everything I love and for all who love me. Thankful that LOVE and PEACE still matter in this shattered world.
And of course I’m thankful for all of you who spend a minute or two on my little blog every once in a while. How blessed I am that I’ve been able to create it, and share a little fun with you. I’m hardly a social media superstar, but that’s fine. I am free to create this silliness and it brings me joy to make others happy with it. It’s been lovely to learn about other fans through this site, and to even make friends with some of you!
As we tumble head long into the Holiday season, please try not to get too tied up in the frenzy that is the shopping extravaganza season. So often I see people who are so concerned about the material things that they HAVE to buy or get for each other, or so worried that their dinner napkins don’t match, or that there isn’t enough nutmeg for the pumpkin pie. Trust me, if these are your biggest problems, consider yourself a lucky, lucky person.
Remember to treasure the moments with your loved ones – turn off your phone and talk to each other face to face. Laugh and reminisce, maybe even sing a song together. You can do it. Go on, I dare you!
And for God’s sake my fellow Americans, don’t do any retail shopping on Thanksgiving, that’s just wrong. There’s plenty of other sales this month. Besides, the greatest gift we can give each other is our love.
Bless you and all your loved ones this Thanksgiving, and every day of the year- love, Therese
When I started really watching Trek as a young teen, I was enamored of the possible romance between Nurse Chapel and Mr. Spock. I felt sympathy for her unrequited love for the tall cool Vulcan, and wondered if she’d ever melt his heart.
The original series only hinted at anything more between Spock and Chapel than mutual respect. Chapel was given her puppy-love moments in The Naked Time and Amok Time, but by the time she finally got an (albeit forced) lip-lock with Spock, the original series was doomed to cancellation. Sometimes I wonder if the series had continued if anything more would have become of Chapel’s infatuation, or even if she would have been given more than just the job of Enterprise Mom.
A recent discovery revealed a lot more insight within the Spock/Chapel consciousness-sharing in Return to Tomorrow. The scene was cut for length, and maybe just as well because what starts as a sweet sentimental moment ends as a somewhat stereotypical 60’s view of a woman’s mindset. Here’s the scene: (found at Star Trek:The New Voyages)
CHRISTINE: It was beautiful. (to Spock) I felt the same when I shared my consciousness with you.
Spock reacts; McCoy turns toward him:
McCOY: That sounds almost immoral, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: I assure you, it was a most distressing experience. (to McCoy) Doctor, you could not believe the torrents of emotion I encountered…the… jungle of illogic…(Spock almost shudders) It was like being in the mind of an alien.
CHRISTINE: (smiles) Why, thank you, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: (puzzled) I don’t understand. Thank me?
KIRK: You just paid her a high compliment, Spock.
McCOY: Yes, you do turn a nice phrase
now and then, Spock. (to Christine) Thank the stars women are that different from us.
ANNE: (to Christine) Come along, fellow alien. If
he doesn’t understand, I doubt if we could explain.
SCENE 119 ANOTHER ANGLE
Kirk moving to his command chair. Spock is still standing there puzzled.
SPOCK: Captain… I really don’t understand.
KIRK: Sargon did, Spock. ‘Together… forever’. I hope some day with someone you’ll be able to
know what that means.
SPOCK:(considers it) Sargon was enormously advanced, Captain. I will consider this. Spock moves off to his station. Kirk and McCoy exchange looks; then Kirk turns toward the helm.
KIRK: Take us out of orbit, Mister Sulu.
SULU: Leaving orbit, Captain.
As they look up toward the Main Viewing Screen:
SCENE 120 – INSERT MAIN VIEWING SCREEN
Leaving the planet, heading into star-studded space.
I think I’m happy with the way it was edited; her smile infers that her mind connection with Spock was quite a ride! But then again, it’s nice to see Kirk wish Spock well with his future and Ann and Christine summing up Spock’s reaction to the meld.
I’ve heard that Roddenberry wanted Spock to end up with Chapel, but it was never to be in any current incarnation. I’m sure there’s fan fiction about it, but my imagination is enough for now. We heard about Spock’s wedding in an episode of The Next Generation; Picard says he attended but we don’t know the identity of the bride. Maybe I’ll write a tale someday!
From 1978, at the height of Trek revivalism, here’s a lovely sketch by artist Alice Jones. I believe this was either from a fanzine or convention program at the time. It has marvelous intricate detail, and such photo-realism. (If anyone has the source material let me know!)
*sigh* I miss Nimoy (and Spock’s) quiet demeanor.
Here’s a splendid mashup — and “Live Long and Prosper” is auto-tuned!
My Trek Posters are back! Down to the last 5! Here’s The Way to Eden — It took me a while to figure out how to present this bizarre episode; I ended up making it a 23rd century Dear Abby letter from “Edgy Ensign” to “Spocky”. I especially like Spock’s pensive look! I found the mandala design on a coloring page for moms, and added psychedelic hues, giving Dr. Severin a halo effect.
Here’s a great tidbit: A brief article in The Australian Women’s Weekly from August of 1970 — Star Trek begins global syndication and a star is born! The writer was impressed with Mr. Spock most!
The small print reads:
The National Nine Network’s new science-fiction series takes viewers into deep space.
“Star Trek” tells the story of the starcruiser Enterprise and her crew. Cruising in deep space, they monitor life in outer space, enforce space laws. It is an incredible ship and an incredible crew. My favorite is Science Officer Mr. Spock, right, (Leonard Nimoy). Mr. Spock is a new breed, half earthman, half planet man — one parent from earth one from the planet Vulcan. Note his pointed ears — NAN MUSGROVE
Introducing MR. SPOCK
- “Star Trek may be seen in Sydney on TC429 Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. in other capital cities later.
(Lower caption) ENTERPRISE chief officers with two ‘other ranks’. From Left; Mr. Spock, O/R John Hainsworth, Yeoman Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney) Captain James Kirk (William Shatner) O/R Wayne Thomas, Medical Officer Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) Yeoman Rand shows that mini skirts and bouffant hairdos have survived thousands of years into the space age.”
Gray Morrow (1934-2001)was a comic book and paperback cover artist known for Man Thing and El Diablo, but he also occasionally dabbled in Star Trek. Here’s his works from the early 70’s, including a colorized version for Monster Times (remember that?) Not sure what the obelisk represents in the second image, but these are delightfully dramatic.
Way back in March of this year, one of our readers, Reece, sent me these great stills of his 1977 Star Trek catalog form the (legendary) Federation Trading Post (FTP)– –and it’s a wonder. Reece had auctioned this catalog on eBay and sold it for $65.00! And graciously let me use these auction pictures for this post. Thanks so much, Reece, and congrats on your noteworthy sale! (See, sometimes it pays to save stuff from your childhood!)
As to the catalog itself, boy, does this take me back! Imagine, color prints (color!) for a dollar, color slides for 50 cents, buttons, bumper stickers, models, books, color slides! It’s a year-round convention huckster room! There’s even a two record album of William Shatner Live!
You see, In a pre-internet era, if you wanted Trek images, you’d have to find them at conventions or back pages of Starlog or in brochures like (Roddenberry’s) Lincoln Enterprises or this. FTP was a Trekker (and Star Wars fan) paradise. I never got a chance to see it in person, or order stuff like this, but if I did my walls would have been plastered with this stuff! (Ah the teenage mentality) However I did (and may still) own the actual full color collage poster on the front page
Looking at this makes me wonder how much of this stuff is still available to collectors today? Does anyone here have any of the Trekkie stuff buried away in their attics? I know I still have some of the original cutting floor 35mm slides that I got from a friend somewhere! If you find anything, let me know and I may just post it here! (You can contact me here) Enjoy this tasty nostalgia everyone!