Category Archives: Chick Stuff

Happy 100th Birthday In Heaven, Lucille Ball!

America loves Lucy, as does the whole world! But Trek fans have a special place in their hearts for her, for without Lucille Ball and Desilu, there wouldn’t be the original Star Trek in the first place!   Happy, Heavenly Centennial Birthday, Lucy! You’re queen of the Trek Universe! (Now that’s Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!)

See this latest addition to StarTreKomics today!  At first I was going to make Lucy like her Ricardo character, trying to navigate the Enterprise, but since Trek was after the I Love Lucy years, I wanted her to have a little fun!

Haven’t I Seen That Before? (GALLERY) Part One: Star Trek Costumes

(NOTE: This is a repost of one of my earliest articles from way back in 2011 when I started this blog!  Posting it again today since I am finally writing Part II, about Star Trek Props)

As I reviewed old episodes of Trek, it was enlightening to see where the costume and production departments saved money and cut costs while making the the episodes. In this first article in the series, I’ll discuss Costume Recycling.

William Ware Theiss ( to be referred here always as WWT) , the supreme costume designer/wunderkind for Star Trek TOS, was always on a tight budget and a tighter schedule.  Not only could this genius improvise a bolt of cloth into a ‘how-does-it-stay-on’ gown for an alien princess, but he knew when and how to re-use elements  when needed.

*In S1’s The Conscience of the King, Lenore Karidian has the wardrobe that keeps on giving. Early on, she basically wears a luxuriant  gray mink bath wrap.  At its center is a lovely cats eye oval brooch with a pearl drop.   In a later episode, (s2’s Assignment: Earth) the gray mink dress turns up on  a modern (read 1967) passerby in the crowd on Gary Seven’s Earth–this time with a longer skirt under it. Two seasons later, (S3’s Plato’s Stepchildren) the Lenore’s brooch shows up on the bosom of Lt. Uhura when she is forced into Grecian gear by the Platonians.   Just goes to show that a good piece of jewelry never goes out of style!

*Another of Lenore’s gowns had been re-purposed from an earlier episode.  The first time, in Dagger of the Mind, it was seen as a tie-closure tunic in foamy green and aqua stripes and a pale pink lame border. When Lenore wore it for her observation deck flirtation with Kirk, the gown has been reversed, sewn up at the shoulders, caftan style, and green marabou added at the sleeves, hints of the pink lining are glimpsed.   Seems a bit ironic that Lenore’s gown was recycled from the gown of a  a sanitarium resident,  since Lenore herself,  (although never seen there), ends up in a sanitarium too.

*Lenore’s Father, Karidian, wears a dramatic olive green robe of a coat with a dark blue swirly branch design running through it, with faux yellow-green fur trim. The very same coat is worn two seasons later by the mad Captain Garth in S3’s Whom Gods Destroy.  Then Garth himself has borrowed a blue suit from Commissioner Ferris from S1’s The Galileo Seven–the collar tabs were changed from white to sparkly blue, The ascot is gone,  and Garth has added jewelry. (Accessories, ladies!)

*In Season 1, Mudd’s Women, we see Eve and Ruth, two of Harry’s “cargo” looking the stunners in  rose pink and mint green sparkly gowns that Diana Ross would kill for.  In S2’s I, Mudd, who should turn up in these same gowns but the Annabelle and Maisie Series among Mudd’s improved androids.  Gives you a bit of insight into how  60’s TV worked.  I’m guessing that WWT made two gowns for the originals, especially Eve since she had more action scenes, and kept them around for incidentals.   And Harry Mudd must know a wholesale retailer for glam space lady gowns!  Also in I, Mudd, Norman and the other male androids wear tight gray knit long underwear that leave very little to the imagination.  Later two of the same gray tights show up on Lokai and Beale in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, only with silver spangly trim added at the shirt hem and cuffs.

This recycling on WWT’s part became commonplace.  Usually, it’s the gowns of central female characters that end up on extras in later scenes.  For example:

*Attorney and Kirk-Ex Ariel Shaw wore a vibrant yellow, green and pink paisley caftan at the bar in Court Martial. (WWT loved caftans!) It shows up later on a female alien ambassador extra in Journey To Babel. And in that same scene, extra is talking to a man in another recycled suit, Lazarus’ blue suit from The Alternative Factor (Yet the suit from the later episode seems to be untorn and clean– maybe WWT made two versions?)

*In The Deadly Years, Dr. Janet Wallace first appears in brightly pink and yellow dyed burlap jumpsuit (What was WWT thinking?!) And later, in a swirly purple multi-print.  Yet both of these outfits suffer a nasty fate in the  S3 episode Where the Children Shall Lead where  (blink and you’ll miss it) they are seen on two of the doomed mothers on the planet Triacus.  (Heck, if I had to wear an itchy burlap jumpsuit, I’d die too!)  In another flashback on Triacus, we see a happy mother in a pink cowl-necked mini dress, which was originally worn in the S1 episode of  The Conscience of the King  by character Martha Leighton.  Then another of Martha Leighton’s gowns is being worn and slightly modified with straps and fluff  by the android version of Harry Mudd’s wife, Stella, in  S2’s I, Mudd.

Obsessed fashionistas will find The Ultimate Recycled Moment came from Seasons 1, 2,  and from another TV series.  In S2′s Catspaw, the wizard  Korob   wears a pumpkin colored robe with gold lame hood and front panel, with an all-watching eye at its center. In S1′s  The Squire of Gothos, spoiled brat General Trelaine wears a grand blue velvet suit and cape trimmed with gold leaves in his castle. But wait! Didn’t we see BOTH of these costumes in an episode of Gilligan’s Island?  Yup, Korob’s gown was worn by Bob Denver  as the Fairy God-Father in Lovey’s Cinderella Dream in Lovey’s Secret Admirer.  And then, Mr, Howell himself as the Prince, dances the night away in Trelane’s Cape!  UPDATE! 6/15/14:  A reader here pointed out that they may have seen Trelane’s coat on Mike Nesmith in an episode of The Monkees (Also anNBC series) and he was right: In the episode The Prince and The Pauper, we first see the coat on an old footman, then Mike dons it when pretending to be Davy’s footman.  Later we see two of Trelane’s coats in the same scene, which begs the question, how many were made?  I’ve also see a later photo of William Campbell, posing  in his Trelane finery; I’m glad the costumers let him have one!

(11/22/12 — Found another one! Another series crossover is from the 1966 Daniel Boone episode, SeminoleTerritory, where character of Fletcher wears a splendid Indian feathered cape.  Fast Forward to 1968, In The Paradise Syndrome, and Jim Kirk, a.k.a. ‘Kirok’ is wearing the same cape to marry Miramanee!   I bet some of the other native costumes were reused here too, Boone was another NBC series).

Well!  I can only presume that capes were expensive to make, and someone’s been digging into Western Costume’s warehouse!

Check the Gallery here to see each of these costume switcheroos and a few more!

Next time: Props Recycled.

I Make Videos Too!

Just a quick sideline.  Not content enough to just write and draw, and collage, I also love making videos to music I love!  Here’s some of my other interests expressed through home-made videos.  My name on YouTube is peace2baby*.  Enjoy! -Therese

*UPDATE:   MARCH 20,2012

Google has changed their whole way of communicating, and in the process forced me to make a new name for myself of YouTube (Grrr!)  Hence, I am now known at stillpeace2baby, but I have lost access to the editing of my original videos.  However, I will still link to them through my new name, and I will eventually post new videos under that name too.  But this sucks!

My first video, a tribute to my favorite Beatle, George Harrison.

And the baroque Jack O’Lantern I carved last Halloween (2010)

A Tribute to my favorite leading men and musicians (Nimoy & Shatner are in here too) With my original lyrics to “America, The Beautiful”

A backhanded tribute to Betty Draper on ‘Mad Men’  (At the end you see the truly most beautiful woman on MM!) Note: for some reason this one does not play in all countries-maybe the one bikini shot?

A little movie of our pet hamster, Gus! (Awww!)

A quick review of “StarTreKomics”, although I have to update the final credits to include this blog!

And finally, a shaky video of Peter Noone with The Herman’s Hermits, shot at The New York State Fair last summer (2010)

Oh yeah, and here I am on my 50th birthday earlier this year, showing off the first fondant decorated cake I’ve ever made!(blush)

I’ll be making more videos as time allows.  Enjoy! -Therese

“Local mom reveals $5 trick to erase wrinkles…” Just Become An Orion???

Now, I refuse to read any of these ridiculous side ads that seem to have found an amazing amount of  ‘Moms’ in my ‘local’ area who all have found ‘miraculous $5 tricks’ to erase the lines of time.

But I admit, a long time ago, I did once open an ad for the ‘strange simple secret’ to lose belly fat.  It led to page upon page upon page promising that you’d read this secret soon, and that it was ‘so simple’ that you wouldn’t believe it!  Well, I was a good 40+ pages in and it still kept promising the ‘secret’ would really work, but I closed the ad because I just didn’t care, and by the time I had the ‘answer’ I probably could have walked around the block 3 or 4 times!

But back to this ‘local Mom’.   You know, these ads  always feature the face of a woman who has never had wrinkles, or worse, the picture  where a bar sweeps back and  forth over a gruesomely photo-shopped wrinkly face, transforming it into an immaculately smooth face. (shudder!) Yet today, the latest picture I’ve seen for these annoying ads caught my eye.  Here it is, slightly enlarged:

 

 

Oka-a-a-y.  So I guess this means to lose my  wrinkles I only have to become a green Orion Slave Girl?  Hmm.   Maybe it works? Look, here’s Susan Oliver getting the same treatment in 1964! 😉

Well, I never found out what the $5 trick was, and although I’m sure that green makeup hides the wrinkles,  I’ll leave the application to the descendants of Fred Phillips!

Tattoo-Seen

I got a tattoo last week. It’s across my upper back, between the blades.

Now don’t panic, my family, it’s just an air-brushed one. It only lasts about a week, by the time you read this it should be mostly washed off.  Last week  I had some free time while chaperoning a group from my son’s school  bus trip to a theme/water park, and I thought “Hey, why not?”  Its application felt cold but I’m sure that’s  better than a needle would have felt.   Now many people, myself included, have often wondered what would drive a person to permanently mark themselves with a design that they may  regret 10,20, or 50 years from now? What makes the pain of the needle worth the result? Why aren’t these people happy with the skin they’re in?

But having this little experiment done with shiny paints  definitely gave me an inkling 😛 into the lure of body design. The delicate motif  had a surprising affect on me.  I felt  pretty, independent, and unique.  It’s wasn’t an in-your-face kind of thing, (especially since it was behind me), but more of just a decoration.  It’s like wearing a necklace or bracelet, and in its innocence reminded me that, at  50, I still can try new things just for the fun of it. I really enjoyed how I could express myself with a simple work of art — kind of like face-painting for adults.

I have several relatives and friends with unique tats and they are passionate about them. One has a gorgeous peacock, and another even has a famous baseball logo on her.  Now that’s devotion.  Getting reactions to mine was half the fun!  Most of my initial reactions were (Gasp!) “Is that real?”, and a then a sigh of relief when they were told it wasn’t. My octogenarian neighbor asked bluntly “What the hell is that?” but then mellowed and even found it ‘cute’ when I explained it to her. But considering that it wasn’t a scary or gruesome design, it was a bit surprising to have to explain the why of it. It was just hearts and flowers, how innocent can that be?  Now I do understand both positive and negative attitudes about  tats, unfortunately they can become an easy way to judge a stranger.  Yet these voluntary designs,  simple as a heart or as complicated as a family tree, always express the true soul of a person. Whenever I meet some0ne with a tat I like, I ask about it, and there’s always a  good story about it.  Always.

The most touching story of a tattoo I heard was from a young man waiting for his lunch at McDonalds.  There on his thin, muscled right arm, was a motif of  seven military dog tags, linked together  in a chain.  He told me proudly that the numbers had belonged to him, his late father, and five of his military buddies who had either  been injured or killed in Iraq.  It was his way of keeping their sacrifices, spirits, and memories alive.  I was so touched by this.  I thanked him for all of their hard work and sacrifice, shook his hand, and praised him for this loving gesture.

Now I’m not about to get a permanent tattoo, but I definitely appreciate them more than I used to.  Next time you see a tattoo you like, just ask the owner them about it. I’m sure they’ll be happy to explain.