Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – this week I was knocked out with a stomach bug. Much better now, and here’s a nice little surprise of my recent winnings on eBay! And though these winnings I have figured out a couple of mysteries I had wondered about their origins!
First, do you recall that stunning portrait of Leonard from the 1950’s that popped up a couple of years ago? Yeah, that one. Well, I found out through an auction that this was one of Leonard’s official portraits for his agent’s company (The Barskin Agency, phone # included) You can see here how it was used in a directory of potential actors with stars in their eyes. Even more so, there’s the photo on the right of the ad which I’ve never seen before; would like to see the original of this too! If anyone has a better copy, let me know!
Second Mystery: There’s a photo I’ve seen off and on of Leonard in full Spock makeup sitting behind a desk with a microphone. Many puzzled, Is it…
A game show.
A panel discussion.
Just an interview off the Trek set.
Give yourself fist pump if you thought #3. Indeed, it is an interview from a local Los Angeles TV station KHJ- 9 (now known as KCAL), and the program was an afternoon talk show called Tempo that aired for 3 hours every afternoon. In late 1966, Leonard was a guest on one of the third hours which often featured celebrity interviews. Here, Leonard is being interviewed by hostess Maria Cole, who was the widow of the great Nat King Cole (Jazz vocalist, and mother of Natalie).
Finding this picture was a treasure, especially since we could finally see the entire set and hostess! The props define the era so well too; the wired microphones, the red telephone and of course the ash tray because almost everybody smoked! Now if only there’s a video available somewhere; I would have loved to seen what episode he was in the middle of shooting!
Sorry I haven’t posted a Weekly Spock lately; I’ve been very busy in a local stage production of Oliver! (One more weekend!) But speaking of theater, as I was browsing yesterday I came across the marvelous site by the New York Public Library, who have digitized thousands of images from the last 6 centuries! You can look up everything from Theater programs to political cartoons here.
I was delighted to come across these photos by Martha Swope, taken in Detroit, Michigan of the 1974 touring production of Sherlock Holmes which featured Leonard Nimoy and Alan Sues. Nimoy is seen holding a Calabash pipe (which btw Holmes never used in the original books, but was introduced in the movies by actor William Gilette). He is also seen about to be shot by Dr. Moriarity (Alan Sues of Laugh-in) and shockingly also about to inject himself; I assume with a heroin needle. (Holmes was an addict, who eventually broke the bad habit). I’ve seen some of these in black and white before, but these color photos are a treat! Enjoy these rare pictures!
This is a really wonderful interview with Leonard Nimoy talking about growing up in the West End of Boston. ❤ I especially like when he describes losing his accent and getting Sea Hunt work from Lloyd Bridges, and when he discusses how he identified with Spock. From 2014.