I came across this great publicity pic of Leonard that I have never seen before. Dated March 18, 1968 the caption reads:
“Leonard Nimoy…a pointy eared newcomer to our screens.”
This is from a New Zealand TV guide, and it appears that New Zealand got Trek a good two years before neighboring Australia – lucky them! I’m guessing this was taken the same time as the famous ‘Spock holding Enterprise‘ images, but this looks like his ‘lab’ is more set for a plumbing job!
Here’s an idea I’ve had for a LONG time and I finally got it to come to fruition. As I’m sure many of you have seen, in the past I have made many silly collages which combine the two best pop culture phenomenons of the 1960’s; Star Trek and The Beatles! You can see my previous ‘Beatle Trek’s’ here.
Anyway, for ages I wanted to recreate the famous Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band except make it with memorable Star Trek Characters. As the centerpiece, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty replace the Fab Four, and I poured over many pictures to find just the right character to fill in for all the originals (and a few more) for this cover.
You’ll note that the Klingons replace the waxworks figures of The Beatles, Mohammed Ali’s robed boxer is replaced with robed Lord Garth from Whom Gods Destroy, glamorous Droxine and Carolyn Palamas take over for Marlene Dietrich and Diana Dors. I’ve added many other characters in positions close to the originals: notice Miranda Jones’ hand behind Kirk, just as Issy Bonn’s hand was behind Paul McCartney’s head in the original! I also have many more women in this version than the Pepper album. But as The Beatles chose their favorite heroes for their album, I chose my favorite characters for this. And of course you will find our dear Celeste Yarnall (Martha Landon in The Apple) in the mix. Although she sadly passed before she could see it, her widower, Nazim assured me she would have enjoyed it. Indeed, I have always found creativity a balm for sorrow, and I recommend creating something yourself, anything with your heart and hands, to help you at your sad times.
You’ll notice that most of these characters are not crew members, as I did a massive collage of as many Enterprise members as I could in the past. I also intentionally posted some characters in black and white instead of color, like on the original. If you look closely, you’ll see Alexander from Plato’s Stepchildren in Shirley Temple’s place and Balok from The Corbomite Maneuver flopped out like the doll in Rolling Stones sweater too! I even used Star Trek plants to replace the flora of the original. And be sure to look out for 4 hidden Spocks (as well as the main one in the center)!
Key to Characters in“Captain Jim Kirk’s Comely Starfleet Brand
- Ruk (Ted Cassidy) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
- Khan Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalban) in Space Seed
- Kara (Tanya Lemani) in Wolf in the Fold
- T’Pring (Arlene Martel) in Amok Time
- Zarabeth (Mariette Hartley) in All Our Yesterdays
- Bela Oxmyx (Anthony Caruso) in A Piece of the Action
- “Koik” (William Shatner) in A Piece of the Action
- The Prosecutor (Kermit Murdock) in All Our Yesterdays
- The Keeper (Meg Wylie) in The Cage
- Marta (Yvonne Craig) in Whom Gods Destroy
- Harcort (‘Harry’) Fenton Mudd (Roger C. Carmel) in Mudd’s Women
- Yeoman Martha Landon (Celeste Yarnall) in The Apple
- Commissioner Bele (Frank Gorshin) in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
- Ayelborne (John Abbott) in Errand of Mercy
- Dr. Thomas Leighton (William Sargent) in The Conscience of the King
- Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols)
- Street Girl #1 (Dianne Thorne) in A Piece of the Action
- T’Pau (Celia Lovsky) in Amok Time
- Kissy Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
- Evil Sulu (George Takei) in Mirror, Mirror
- Ambassador Petri (Jay Robinson) in Elaan of Troyius
- Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland) in This Side of Paradise
- Serious Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
- Jojo Kracko (Vic Tayback) in A Piece of the Action
- Number One (Majel Barrett) in The Cage
- Blasted Crewman in Arena
- Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams) in The Trouble with Tribbles
- Mr. Atoz (Ian Wolfe) in All Our Yesterdays
- Sylvia (Antoinette Bower) in Catspaw
- Vina (Susan Oliver) in The Cage
- Zabo (Steven Marlo) in A Piece of the Action
- Miranda Jones (Diana Muldaur) in Is There in Truth No Beauty?
- Miranda Jones’ Vulcan Salute (Diana Muldaur) in Is There in Truth No Beauty?
- Kalo (Lee Delano) in A Piece of the Action
- The First Fop (Ed Bakey) in All Our Yesterdays
- Surak (Barry Atwater) in The Savage Curtain
- Andrea (Sherry Jackson) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
- Lenore Karidian (Barbara Anderson) in The Conscience of the King
- Joe Tormolen (Stewart Moss) in The Naked Time
- Alice Series #3 (Alyce Andrece) in I, Mudd
- Stella Series #1 (Kay Elliot) in I, Mudd
- Alice Series #99 (Rhae Andrece) in I, Mudd
- Adam (Charles Napier) in The Way to Eden
- Sargent (Lincoln Demyan) in Assignment: Earth
- Trefayne (David Hillary Hughes) in Errand Of Mercy
- Claymore (Peter Brocco) in Errand Of Mercy
- Nils Barris (William Schallert) in The Trouble with Tribbles
- Flavius Maximus (Rhodes Reason) in Bread and Circuses
- The Romulan Commander (Joanna Linville) in The Enterprise Incident
- Vulcan Executioner (Russ Peek) in Amok Time
- Sister Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) in The City on the Edge of Forever
- General Trelane, Retired (William Campbell) in The Squire of Gothos
- Elaan (France Nuyen) in Elaan of Troyius
- Lord Garth ( Steve Inhat) in Whom Gods Destroy
- Korax (Michael Pataki) in The Trouble with Tribbles
- Captain Koloth (William Campbell) in The Trouble with Tribbles
- Commander Kor(John Colicos) in Errand Of Mercy
- Captain Kang (Michael Ansara) in The Day of the Dove
- Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) in Operation: Annihilate!
- Commander Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) ) in Operation: Annihilate!
- Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) in Operation: Annihilate!
- First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Operation: Annihilate!
- Mary (Pamelyn Ferdin) in And the Children Shall Lead
- Droxine ( Diana Ewing) in The Cloud Minders
- Balok’s Puppet (voiced by Ted Cassidy) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
- Lt. Carolyn Palamas (Leslie Parrish) in Who Mourns for Adonais?
- The Bartender (Guy Raymond) in The Trouble with Tribbles
- Evil Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Mirror, Mirror
- Alexander (Michael Dunn) in Plato’s Stepchildren
- The Real Balok (Clint Howard) in The Corbomite Maneuver
- Magda (Susan Denberg) in Mudd’s Women
- Captain Kirk’s Aztec Fertility God
- Mr. Spock’s Vulcan Harp
- Mr. Sulu’s Beauregard and other plants from The Man Trap
- White and Brown Tribbles from The Trouble with Tribbles
- Mercury Bust from Space Seed and Mirror, Mirror
- Captain Kirk’s Golden Box from his quarters
- Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on monitor from The Corbomite Maneuver
- Ruth Bonaventure (Maggie Thrett) in Mudd’s Women
- Grey Tribbles from The Trouble with Tribbles
- Starfleet Delta formed in gold carnations
- Deadly Flower from The Apple
- The USS Enterprise in golden carnations
- The Spores from This Side of Paradise
- Eve McHuron (Karen Steele) from Mudd’s Women
- Sayana’s Headdress from The Apple
- The Horta’s Eggs from The Devil in the Dark
It is with a very heavy heart that I report today that our friend Celeste Yarnall has passed away. Surrounded by her loving family, she will never be forgotten. She is forever remembered to us Trek fans as Yeoman Martha Landon in The Apple, but she was so much more.
Celeste passed on Sunday night after a hellish battle with cancer which began as ovarian four years ago and evolved into lung cancer recently. I can only imagine how awful it was when it was reported recently that she had non-stop coughing, pain, and mucus from the lung invasion. When I read that she was in hospice, I suspected that she was soon to be on her final celestial journey. I send my deepest condolences and comfort to her husband Nazim, daughter Cami, and granddaughter Gaby. You were her rock and her heart.
I first became friends with Celeste through Facebook. It was there I had learned of her cancer and I was determined to help her raise money through her cancer fund to help her with medical payments. I had sent her my interpretation of her Star Trek episode, The Apple, as a movie poster:
Inspired, I created numerous Star Trek ‘funnies‘ depicting her in her role as Yeoman Martha Landon in The Apple with Trek characters encouraging donations, like this one: I also like making artistic portraits of her as Martha the occasional collages for her business ventures like Bemer and Hemp Oil. She really enjoyed these, and was so gracious and thankful when she posted them on her blogs. I hope they helped.
One of the first things I did after making Celeste’s acquaintance was making her a pretty peach floral pillowcase. We often conversed through Facebook and I had the joyous fortune of several phone conversations with her, and we would talk health, family, and occasionally Elvis and Star Trek. She was so funny and dear, and very passionate about letting people know about wellness and the promise of Immunotherapy, which helped her battle the ovarian cancer. She was comforting to me when I was going through my time with minor breast cancer,(Stage 0 – now free) which was nothing compared to hers. But she understood my fears, and gave me comfort, which helped me through it. Forever grateful.
My only regret is that I never got to meet her personally. I couldn’t really afford a trip to Las Vegas to see her in one of her annual appearances there. If I had known this year’s would be her last, I’d have happily gone into credit debt to see her. But that is life, and I am so blessed that I got to know her in these past few years.
When I heard of her hospice care, I immediately started making a photo book for her through a photo site. It was a collection of all the funnies and posters I made for her. Sadly, although it is on its way as I write this, she’ll never see it. But I truly hope that Nazim and Cami will take comfort in it as a memorial. They have worked so hard for her, and I pray they know that all their efforts were not in vain.
Celeste’s last artistic request to me was for a poster that read “Keep Calm and Beam Me Up” I made the one below, and she was very pleased. Yet I can’t help but think that she knew the end was coming, and this was her subtle way of saying goodbye. And now that she has beamed up to the celestial heavens, I know she will be welcomed there with all the love and more that she had on Earth. Goodnight Dearest, Sweet Yeoman, my friend. You are forever in my heart. <3
Our dear friend and lovely human being Celeste Yarnall (Yeoman Martha Landon in ‘The Apple”) going through an absolute hellish time right now. As you may recall from my previous posts, Celeste has been dealing with Ovarian Cancer for several years now, and although she is now free of her ovarian cancer, the damned disease has now claimed her lungs. And she is now receiving home and hospice care for her condition. And praying for a miracle.
As Celeste wrote a few days ago:
Today a decision was made to set up home hospice for me with palliative care and of course my beloved husband Nazim is the most amazing angel on the planet and is right by my side as is my wonderful daughter and sone in law but these folks can give me IV fluids, pain meds and we soon find out what else they can do.
We’ve increased my oxygen flow but the cough, spasms and suffocating mucus along with the pain in my chest has made my life absolutely miserable.
I’ve not been able to sleep…
This is heartbreaking for me. I’ve been friends with Celeste through FB for several years now, and I have enjoyed supporting her cancer fund, and sending her little collages with her Trek character and messaging each other from time to time. She is an amazing woman with a big smile and an even bigger heart. I am so happy and honored to know her, and thankful for her friendship, especially as I was also dealing with a (much smaller) case of breast cancer in 2014 (now 4 years clear, amen).
I am so very sad to hear that she is going through hellish coughing spells that make it difficult for her to speak and sleep. I ask you all to please pray very hard for Celeste, her family, friends, and her beloved daughter Cami, and husband Nazim, who have been her rock all this time.
And Celeste I hope you know that I’m praying for you too, and that I am so thankful to know you are my friend. You have often referred to me as ‘your angel’, please know that you are MY angel too, and I, and all the readers here at Trekker Scrapbook love you too. Sending many hugs and healing thoughts and prayers. Rest well and know you are surrounded by LOVE.
And friends, please remember to contribute to Celeste’s cancer fund, to help with her health services. https://www.gofundme.com/kvo9xs