Today we wish a very special Happy Birthday to our beautiful friend and Star Trek guest star Celeste Yarnall! (Yeoman Martha Landon in The Apple)
As many of you know, Celeste has been dealing with Stage 4 Ovarian cancer for nearly 4 years now, and unfortunately it has returned. However, Celeste is fighting it with immuno-therapy and chemo, and she is carrying on with the strength of a tiger! Let’s make this a special birthday for her and please contribute any bit you can to Celeste’s Cancer treatment fund . You can read all of her updates and contribute there. After 3+ years, she is nearly up to her goal of $55,000! We have really helped her with her medical expenses, and every bit really helps! Thank you!
Also, Celeste asked me to make a special sign for her and here it is! Keep Calm Celeste, but please don’t ‘beam up’ for a looooong time! With all our love and healing thoughts, Therese and all of your friends here! Happy Birthday and LLAP <3
I recently purchased this beautiful photo of Leonard on eBay, and I just love it. He’s not posing or smiling with a fan or group, just signing a autograph. But you can see the gentle joy in his face and just a hint of a smile as he signs. I’ve seen other pictures of this particular event and it looks like he was really enjoying himself here, but there’s something about this image that just has quiet dignity to it.. He really cared for his fans and never took them for granted. Weren’t we lucky? Photo by Peter Warrack.
And by the way, if anyone knows where and when this was taken, please comment below. I”m guessing it was during his Vincent tour.
Happy Fourth of July to all my fellow Americans! I was lucky to grow up in a time in America when innovation and seeking a brighter future were key to our growth. In the 1960’s, we Americans were excited as the prospect landing on the moon and discovering the wonders it would reveal to our senses. There was promise of new horizons, and the dream of making the whole world a better place through science and exploration.
And wasn’t Star Trek, that little sci-fi show, a beacon of that dream? In the midst of the hell that was Vietnam, and national unrest between races and generations, Star Trek reminded us that, yes, there will be hard times, but we WILL survive them and we CAN come together as human beings and live in tolerance and peace.
I feel that we are in turmoil here 49 years after the final original Star Trek episode ended, but I still believe in that dream, and the beauty of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And I pray that my beloved country will be able to find it’s better angels again, and that we can again strive toward the dream of unity, and love, that America, and Star Trek, presented.
My salute to the two great pop culture moments of the 1960’s; Star Trek and The Beatles. Wishing you Peace, Love, and Live Long and Prosper on this 4th of July.