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A Closer Look: Details from my Humongous Nimoy Collage! (Gallery)

Hi Everyone!

Well, since my original might be a tad overwhelming, I made made copies of my massive homage and divided it up into eight bite-size pieces so you can see everything a bit better! This way you won’t have to got to the DeviantArt link as much either! Enjoy, and check the list below for images you might have missed! ūüôā

Detail #1 The Banner. Along the top I basically gave a Spock Timeline. Beginning with a concerned Sulu seeing Leonard in his tiny part from Them. Then Spock’s evolution from The Cage to The Corbomite Maneuver, with a nice fact-to-fiction composite of wee Leonard (age 10) learning water purification during WWII, and Spock fiddling with some chemistry hardware in a publicity still.* Then Spock plays a Vulcan harp and Leonard plays guitar while Flamenco Spock puppet-masters it over both! There’s Court Martial Spock through Hats and Bloopers (and laughing on Platonious) while Spock cuddles Isis. Publicity Profile of Spock and my profile portrait of Leonard in 2013. And to bookend Sulu’s screen, Nimoy’s Bookshelf!
Detail #2 The Writers Corner. Where the collage began. I did not want to make this exclusively Spock, so I started on Leonard’s creative pursuits. Writings include his poetry and photography books, greeting cards and the full lyrics to Maiden Wine. Also a poster and scene from Never Forget, a beautiful, touching letter he wrote to a bi-racial teenager about how Spock manages in the world as an alien. A pink telegram to the White House; it reads “In the name of decency, don’t pollute with bombs” Posing with McGovern supporters and supporting the Writer’s Strike. Images from his photography books include Shekhina ‘linking arms’ with The Satyr from Secret Selves. A 1978 poster from his lecture series ‘Mr. Spock and I’ (where I first saw him), and a couple images from that event. A row of theater moments with himself as Theo from Vincent in the 70s, and my photos from 2013 at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater in NYC discussing Vincent. (what a joy). As a toddler, a very early publicity photo, and performing at the Pasedena Playhouse. Further down left, Young Mr. Nimoy with his parents, in High School, his Wedding to Sandra Zober, in the Army, Publicity still and poster image from Zombies from the Stratosphire, and family life with lots of love and dogs (more of this later).
Detail # 3 That Plaid Blazer and the Fan Girls. A cornerstone of Leonard’s wardrobe in the 70s was his beloved beige plaid blazer, worn here in everything from an early interview, through In Search of, Baffled!, public appearances and in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Pat Boone’s hat too! And even after Star Trek was canceled, Cleveland Amory’s article wondered why women were ‘spaced out’ over Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy modestly describes Spock as tall, dark, alien, and exotic, with a brilliant mind and “Oh, so cool!”. But we know better, right? He got lots of love from his fans too, (from beauty queens to Playboy Bunnies) and never denied them their chance to say hello or even a hug. I included my lucky self among the fan pictures, as well as Louise Stange (his fan club president) Theresa Victor (his ‘Girl Friday), and my friends Bobbie and Linda. ūüôā I wonder who the 8 Lucky Ladies were who got to have Breakfast with Mr. Spock? I like to think women drove Trek fandom in the first place (e.g. Bjo Trimble, and fanzines like Spock Enslaved. Some prime examples of Spock/Nimoy canoodling here!
Detail #4 The Nimoy Kick Line. I had so many full length images of Leonard that it only seemed fair to give him a “Kick Line” (think Rockettes). The idea began with gun-belted Nimoy as a sheriff in The Virginian which naturally followed with Spock in a gun-belt in Spectre of the Gun. Three chilly Leonards in Patterns of Force, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and The Balcony, and so on with Spock, Paris, that amazing denim patchwork suit, bumping with Flip Wilson, Catlow, etc. You’ll see Dr. Mayfield giving Columbo a copy of I Am Not Spock and just above that, the same two actors in The Balcony.
Detail #5 Westerns, Family, Community, and Pets. Before Trek, Leonard made much of his bread and butter with TV Westerns and I found seven samples of him as a Native American, plus a couple of cowboys as well as all types of bad guys. But it all supported his family which made it all worth it. In this time his love of photography flourished, as well as pets. (Brunsie, Max, more) You see Adam and Julie grow from little ones to caring adults. And you see ‘Poppi’ with his grand and great-grandkids, as well as with everyday folk at telethons,political events, reading programs and ALS benefits. As Leonard wrote, “The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have.”
Detail #6 We’ll Always Have Paris and Who’s in that Limo? Beyond Star Trek, Leonard found successful work on Mission: Impossible and so much more. I’d say that of all the Trek ensemble in the 70’s, Leonard was the most active. You can see him here with the cast of M:I and some prime Paris moments. He did Game and Variety shows. Yet through the rest of his life, Spock was never far behind, like those guys in the backseat of the Bangles limo here. Despite some initial trepidation, he embraced Spock and was grateful how that character led him to his dreams of photography and directing. From In Search Of to Three Men and a Baby, he kept on going, making many friends along the way.
Detail # 7 Golden Throat. Leonard engaging in his recording days, hence the Golden Throat. and animated Spock comforts crying Spock: “Hey, the albums weren’t that bad…” I threw a lot of similar themed pictures here, both as Spock and in real life. It wasn’t always easy, I’m sure it got tiring. But you could see the love in all he did. See several images of Nimoy just looking great, and four images of Leonard all looking up to their left. Bottom right Dr. McCoy and Spock with dear friends De Kelley and Leonard in front of them.
Detail #8 He Lived Long and Prospered in Life’s Garden. What better way to make a ‘finale’ to this piece than with a forest of “Live Long and Prospers”? The now iconic trademark gesture reminds us all to live our best lives, in the moment, in the world, with each other (it even helps us greet friends in the pandemic!) You’ll see Leonard with his sweet Buick Riviera, with his Piper airplane, with his wife Susan Bay and his Star Trek Friends. He passes the Vulcan greeting with grace and love for over 4 decades, beginning with its first appearance in Amok Time, to endless personal appearances, the double blessings at Conventions and in synagogue. In the center above his famous final quote, Leonard sends out a big hug. Near Leonard’s grave plaque, you see Spock nearing his death, but the memories and spirit go on. You can see an artist’s conception of the Live Long and Prosper statue that is being planned for the Boston Museum of Science.

Bonus Pop Culture and Silly Details: Spock and Nimoy inspired a LOT of pop culture. See if you can find all of these:

  • Funko Spock Figure in original uniform
  • Funko Spock holding Isis the Cat
  • Funko Dorbz Spock
  • Four Al Hirshfeld drawings featuring Leonard as Spock and himself. (Colorized by me!)
  • A “Trekkie on Board” sign
  • Animated Leonard with Spock Ears on Animaniacs
  • Leonard, in a Spock uniform fighting Bender on Futurama
  • Real life Leonard holding animated Leonard’s ‘head’ from Futurama
  • Leonard on The Simpsons
  • Working Daze cartoon featuring a tribute to Leonard shortly after he died.
  • The Nimoy Boar from Battle Cats
  • Mego Spock Doll
  • Mego Mirror Mirror Spock Doll
  • Mattel Spock Doll
  • Yellow Spock Stamp
  • A Spock Nutcracker
  • Calvin and Hobbes dressed as Kirk and Spock
  • Family Guy Spock
  • Squidward as Spock (aka Spockward, by Therese Bohn, 2012)
  • Mad Magazine, The Mad Star Trek Musical
  • A Dachshund figure dressed like Spock with “Live Really Long and Prosper” on its uniform shirt
  • A real Dog dressed like Spock
  • Spock as a Cat by artist Jenny Parks
  • Gold Key Comics Spock
  • Color Block painting of Spock (Artist Unknown)
  • Article -The Primitive Sex Appeal of Mr. Spock (Color corrected and reversed from original by me)
  • The Only appearance by Leonard as Spock in a 1960s Parade!
  • Leonard as Spock on The Carol Burnett Show
  • Leonard on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show
  • Leonard wearing a black eye-mask.
  • De, Bill, and Leonard ‘shaving’ with their phasers
  • Leonard on What’s My Line?
  • Leonard in The Alpha Caper
  • Two images of Leonard getting an honorary degree
  • Leonard with Gene Wilder
  • Leonard with Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s Lyricist)
  • Leonard with Arlo Guthrie and Michael Dukakis
  • Polaroid of Nimoy and Majel Barret in early makeup test
  • 3D Spock Animation (LLAP)
  • Spock with his tunic unzipped
  • Leonard in a bathtub in Catlow
  • Leonard in the plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The King and I, Equus, and Sherlock Holmes
  • Spock and Kirk as Muppets!
  • LLAP Emoji
  • Shatner as T.J. Hooker! (2)
  • Spock as a ‘Hood Ornament’!
  • Leonard ‘pinching’ Spock’s behind!

*Thanks to Bobbie for pointing this out ūüôā

Star Trek TOS with ‘FaceApp’ (My Gallery of 45 pictures)

Note: Caturday with Spock will be back next week ūüôā In the meantime…

You might have noticed ads or images from the new Facebook App called FaceApp. This App was created a few years ago, but recently got a new boost with images featuring famous TV and movie characters. I bet a lot of you saw these of our TOS pals. The big fun is switching sexes of famous characters or making them old!

Well I couldn’t resist, and I put the app on my phone then played with a WHOLE mess of images from TOS! I gotta say, sometimes it’s astonishing how great some of our friends look here as the opposite sex – especially Bill Shatner, who said of one of his doctored images “I’d do me!” Enjoy!

Let’s start with gender-switching:

I gotta say, Bill has a great face for drag!

“I’d like to see the Manager, please…”
“Okay, so mullets still don’t work in the 23rd century”
“Did ya miss me?”
Oh Doctor Baby Blues!
Adorbs!
Spock already had makeup, so he just needed a wig!
Could Mr. DeSalle be Captain Janeway’s Grandfather?
Of course Jim’s worst nightmare! Bill, you could have pulled it off! (But think the application made the top of his head a little too short!)
Sulu is magnificent!
Just when you thought Chekov couldn’t get any cuter…
And Walter was already wearing extra eye liner in The Way to Eden so yeah, this works!
Holy Cow Scotty! you look like SNL comedienne Cecily Strong!!
Spock makes a great Cher!
Or Agent 99!
Nurse Chapel could be Owen Wilson…
Uhura makes a gorgeous guy!
Nurse Chapel as David Hasslehoff!
Kyle looks a bit dazed.
Kirk is the ultimate Breck girl.

How about some guest stars?

Tyree already had the hair, just needed some extensions!
Meanwhile, Nona becomes even more no-nonsense!
Trelane becomes Louis XIV!
Korob could rival Divine.
Dr Jan Lester.
Dr Sevrin found a way to cover those cauliflower ears!
I’m beginning to wonder if David Hasslehof WAS the template for the ‘male’ face!
Kirk always said that Nancy was a handsome woman…
I think Proconsul Marcus is ready for her Vegas act, or as someone off of Real Houswives
Meanwhile Merrick is ready for Vogue
Apollo looks like my gorgeous niece!
OH NO! OH DONNA!!!

Okay, enough gender-swaps! Another feature is playing with facial hair and aging, and some of the results were quite surprising!

Somehow I couldn’t get enough of the beard application…

Isok was born to wear a beard.
As was Kirk!
Aaand I went a little nuts with Patterns of Force
Yep…
Of Course…
Just one more.

And now some nerdy college professor types…

Jim teaches Advanced Relationships…
Korob is in College Admissions, good luck getting past him.
Spock’s the Sexy Archive Librarian…

Then when we get into Aging, whoa!

So if Kirk and Co. hadn’t got to Miri on time. Poor Kid.
This made me laugh because he reminds me of a family friend!
If Severin lived, he’d make a cool Grandpa!
And most astonishing of all, when I aged the photo of Michael Forest as Apollo, the real Michael Forest in Star Trek Continues episode Pilgrim of Eternity looks almost the same if not better! (He’s wonderful! ‚̧ )

FaceApp made a pretty good estimate of the real aged Spock too!

Well, I think I freaked you our enough today…One thing is for sure. We are all beautiful in our own way, male, female, young, old, nerdy, cool, and so on. We are more than what makes up our shell. May you find your way as pleasant! Happy Fourth of July, please stay safe and healthy!

53 TOS Images for Star Trek’s 53rd Anniversary!

Yesterday, September 8th was the 53rd Anniversary of Star Trek, and aren’t we lucky to have had this happyplace in our lives? Wishing Happy Anniversary to the surviving cast of The Original Series, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig, and happy memories of our beloved other cast members, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barret, Grace Lee Whitney, and of course the creator, Gene Roddenberry. The dream of a better future lives on with Star Trek in all of it’s incarnations! May its vision of a peaceful and caring society truly live long and prosper!

One thing I loved about the original series is that even though not all characters had equal time, there were countless little moments where we’d see the human (or otherwise) nature of characters that would give us a peek into their personalities. Little quirks anyone could understand. In honor of 53 years of Star Trek, here are 53 moments of my favorite TOS episodes, ūüôā

Also, more coverage of my visit to TreKonderoga in August coming this week! 

 

I Found a Review of Star Trek: The Movie from 40 Years Ago!

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and I just happened to come across this old article that I hadn’t posted here before!¬† It’s a review from the local college paper Pipe Dream, and it has a lot of¬† nice local Binghamton, NY flavor, which filled me with nostalgia for simpler times.

The writer, Robert Greenberger, was just as excited to see this new incarnation of Trek as the rest of us, and he gives a loving review.¬†¬† He was clearly delighted, and saw this effort as ‘well worth the wait’.¬† However, he did note that the glut of special effects did overpower the heart of the story.¬† He says one of the best sequences is the first time we see The Enterprise and “the ship is explored for the next ten minutes” (To me, that part was 8 minutes too long!)

He also rightly points out the the supporting characters were not given enough to do and that the plot tends to have annihilation encroaching every¬† every five minutes, leaving character development in the dust.¬† But he’s still happy to see that the positive message at the soul of Star Trek is still there:¬† The future need not be bleak.¬†¬† Something we truly can hope for in these strange times 40 years later.¬†¬† I hope Robert will find this and say Hi!¬† Enjoy.

 

Star Trek’s ‘Navel Battle’ with NBC – Who Won the Battle of the Bellybutton?

UPDATE! (7-4-2021) I found another one! In The Omega Glory, the Kohm servant has a naked navel, but the moment is so quick, you may not have noticed! Sneaky!

In crazy times like these, perhaps we should contemplate our navels; or at least the ones on TOS.

As someone who loves costume design,  I’ve always been curious as to the battles that costume designers face, be it making the costumes under budget and on time, to keeping within any restrictions given by the studio or network.

When the Original Series aired from 1966-69 on NBC, the network’s Standards and Practices (S&P) team were recruited to assure that rules were being followed to avoid censorship.  For some reason, a woman’s navel was considered too sexy for family time, which is why Barbara Eden’s costume on NBC’s I Dream of Jeannie kept the waist of her harem pants high.

So how did William Ware (Bill) Theiss, master of the costume universe,  keep to this rule?  Well, he didn’t; just enough that the S&P didn’t notice!  Bill figured no one would care about navels in the future, and slipped in the scary umbilicus whenever he could.  But who won the battle of censorship?  Let’s keep score – TOS vs. S&P: (and my scoring system is total nonsense!) 

Exhibit A: The Cage.  Theiss designed the iconic costumes from The Cage (1964) onward. And in The Cage, everyone knew Vina as the green Orion in a shiny reptile skin, with no navel exposure but lots of cut-outs.  HOWEVER,  there were also servers and other dancers in the background in harem-ish costumes with exposed navels:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCORE:    TOS – 1    S&P – 0

Exhibit B: The Corbomite Maneuver & Charlie X  The network had no trouble with the good Captain exposing his navel, and practically welcomed it. Probably to present Kirk as the macho alpha male.  Both sides win.  Look at that nice flat tummy. Put a pin in these pictures for now.

SCORE:    TOS – 2    S&P – 1

Exhibit C: Mudd’s Women. 

Although Harry Mudd’s ‘escorts’ were quite stylish, none had exposed navels (although there were hip, thigh and cleavage slashes).   

SCORE:  TOS – 2    S&P – 2  

Exhibit D: The Naked Time. 

The S&P need not worry at the episode’s title, as Sulu (George Takei)  was the only one who was half naked, but even his navel was covered with a high modest waistband!

SCORE:  TOS – 2    S&P – 3

Exhibit D: What Are Little Girls Made Of.

 

Andrea the Android (Sherry Jackson) exposed plenty with her X-shaped jumpsuit bodice, but not her navel!  Theiss gets a half point for it’s daring.

SCORE:  TOS – 2.5    S&P – 4

Exhibit E:  Shore Leave

 

McCoy’s Showgirls may have worn fluorescent Tribbles for brassieres, but their dangerously inappropriate navels are plugged up with teeny tiny Tribbles; making them safe for democracy. Half point for cleverness.

SCORE:  TOS – 3   S&P – 4.5

Exhibit F: A Taste of Armageddon

Mea 3 (Barbara Babcock) and the women of Eminiar VII exposed their flanks in fancy togas,  but not their navels!

SCORE:  TOS – 3   S&P – 5.5

Exhibit G: Catspaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Sylvia’s (Antoinette Bower) little fashion show for Kirk, she exposes her rib cage, but no navel! 1/2 point for daring.

SCORE:  TOS – 3.5  S&P – 6.5

Exhibit H:  Who Mourns for Adonais?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who could forget Carolyn Palamas’ iconic candy pink toga?  It exposed Leslie Parrish’s entire back, right arm, some leg and a considerable amount of torso and hip, but no navel.  There are two conflicting stories about this stunning creation. Theiss stated in The Making of Star Trek , the costume held in place without any need for anchoring tape, while later I read that Ms. Parish did have to be taped in to avoid censorship.  I’m still giving this one a full point for just being beautifully designed and engineered! They each get a half point because I want to round up the score!

SCORE: TOS -5  S&P- 7

Exhibit I: Wolf in the Fold

 

 

 

 

 

There was a big trend in 1960s movies and TV for belly dancers and harems (maybe inspired by I Dream of Jeannie?).  Trek was no exception.  The first person we see in Wold in the Fold is Kara (Tanya Lemani) in her magnificent belly dancer garb, complete with plastic used-car-lot fringe!   Beautiful! But she dare not show her navel so a little pink flower was plunked in there! Must be a good adhesive because despite Kara’s shimmy, it never falls out!  Btw, Tanya is one of my Facebook pals, and Tanya, if you’re reading this,  ‚̧ Hi! ‚̧  Tanya is still dancing these days and she rocks! Love ya, girl!  TOS gets a half star for daring.

SCORE:  TOS – 5.5  S&P – 8

Exhibit J: The Apple Well, the S&P must have had that week off, because all the natives of Gamma Trianguli VI had nekkid navels!  Three points for Bill Theiss getting away with it!  TOS inches into the lead!

SCORE:  TOS – 8.5   S&P – 8

Exhibit K:  Mirror, Mirror   With this blatant display of the alternate universe female uniform, it is said that the crew lured the S&P member off the set with a big lunch to film Uhura’s bridge scene! But how did he not notice Marlena? By now it was 1967, maybe the Summer of Love got the censors less uptight! (Now if only Spock was allowed to wear his tunic open!).  Two points for each actress getting away with it!

SCORE:  TOS – 10.5   S&P – 8   

Exhibit L: I, Mudd  For heaven’s sake! Even Norman had a navel! (maybe a charger port…or three?) But the Alices and all the other female android series kept theirs hidden! 1 for S&P!

SCORE:  TOS – 10.5   S&P – 9

Exhibit : Bread and Circuses The network never seemed to complain of exposed hip bones on minor characters like Drusilla here, but no navel.  Clever (and a bit creepy) credit for use of chain as an accessory here, 1/2 point to TOS for originality, 1 Point for S&P.

SCORE:  TOS – 11   S&P – 10

Exhibit M: A Private Little War Nona (Nancy Kovak) may have been a Kanutu Woman, but she was also a perfect precursor to 60’s hippie girls!    Between her low slung leather bell bottoms (with the emphasis on bell) and her macrame necklace she was ahead of the Woodstock generation by 2 years!  Of course, California is usually ahead of the curve fashion-wise from the rest of the country, so Theiss was probably surrounded by this in LA.  Even so, she’s proud of her navel and you better not cross her S&P, she’s armed!  1 point for TOS!

SCORE:  TOS – 12  S&P – 9

Exhibit N – The Gamesters of Triskellion

Everyone remembers Shahna (Angelique Pettyjohn) for her aluminum bikini, but despite it’s boldness and its possibility as a popcorn popper, it still modestly hides her navel.  And that bikini is also a marvel of engineering.  Whereas all the other drill thralls (and the Enterprise crew) wore their harnesses on the outside, Shannah’s harness is incorporated into her bikini; which means she can’t wear one without the other. Well, at least she could tuck her matching gloves into it when she wasn’t using them.  Half point to TOS for its skimpiest costume yet, but a full point to S&P.

SCORE:  TOS – 12.5  S&P – 10          

   Exhibit O – Patterns of Force

Well well,  two navels appear here, although the Captain’s we’ve seen before, (see above), blessedly, this will be the last time we see Kirk’s navel for the rest of the series.*   The good Captain is not quite as fit as he was in Season 1, but then, ANYONE would look a bit doughy next to Spock’s remarkably lean frame. TOS gets a 1/2 point for finally letting Spock lose his shirt.                                                   *and YES, I know that Kirk was stripped to the waist in The Empath, but we only see his front from the pectorals up!)

SCORE:  TOS – 13  S&P – 10    

Exhibit P – The Omega Glory and The Savage Curtain    Did you ever notice that Sirah of Omega Glory and Zora of  Savage Curtain both wore the same tattered two-piece? Zora added a fur piece, but there was no denying that Theiss had cleverly covered their navels (just barely) with a convenient flap?  Of course in battle scenes, the flap would flip up, but censors didn’t catch it! One point for TOS recycling!

SCORE:  TOS – 14  S&P – 10

Exhibit Q: Assignment: Earth   We only see her for a second, but when Isis (April Tatro) is revealed as a woman, she’s breaking the rules, as any good cat would.  1 point for TOS sneaking it in!

SCORE:  TOS – 15  S&P – 10

Exhibit R:  Elaan of Troyus               The warrior Elaan got to wear 4 different gorgeous costumes while on the Enterprise, all stunning and suggestive, but none with the dreaded navel. Her silver appliques here blot it out.   S&P gets 4 points for still getting their way with 4 different costumes!

SCORE:  TOS – 15  S&P – 14

Exhibit S:  That Which Survives   Losira (Lee Meriwether) might have been for Mr. D’Amato, but her pants were purely for modesty.  High-waisted with a ridiculous anti-navel flap, the S&P had won again! And we’re tied.

TOS – 15  S&P  15

Exhibit T – For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.

For the leader of a civilization, it’s a shame Natira had only one glorious gown (maybe Elaan used up all the budget!) But despite her prestigious title, she was beholden to the network S&P, with her navel wrapped up like a very fancy mummy. Still quite gorgeous.  Kudos and a point to Theiss for continuing to work with metallic fabrics (which he loathed!) and a point to S&P for winning again! Like Natira’s gown, we’re still tied up!

 

TOS – 16  S&P  16

Exhibit U:  The Cloud Minders   I think by this time in Season Three, Theiss was getting pretty sick of navel restrictions.  By the time they filmed The Cloud Minders, the 74th episode of the last season, I don’t think S&P were too vigilant anymore.  Hence, Theiss let ’em have it with two prominent displays here.  2 points for TOS!  Someday I want a tummy like Vanna again – (Droxine, please eat something!) ‚̧

TOS – 18   S&P  16

Exhibit V: The Way to Eden

Gotta let Hippes be Hippies.  Yeah, the episode was dated, but Irina’s gown was impeccable!  With a lonely little navel in the flower patch, it’s Hippie chic! One  point for TOS.

TOS – 19  S&P  16

Exhibit W: All Our Yesterdays   Zarabeth’s covering is little more than rags tied around her body, but she still keeps her navel modestly covered. Kudos for remaining remarkably clean in a damp cave!  Theiss gets a full point for leading the way in TV costume, S&P get’s a  point for still getting their way.

Final Score TOS – 20  S&P  17

The Navel Battle was Won by Star Trek!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

An oldie but a goodie! Hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!

(Another BeatleTrek) Captain Kirk’s Comely Starfleet Brand…

Hi Everyone,

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)!

If you can’t identify all the characters, I created a numbered key for the poster below.¬†¬† Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!¬† Thanks, Therese ‚̧

     Key to Characters in“Captain Jim Kirk’s Comely Starfleet Brand

  1. Ruk (Ted Cassidy) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
  2. Khan Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalban) in Space Seed
  3. Kara (Tanya Lemani) in Wolf in the Fold
  4. T’Pring (Arlene Martel) in Amok Time
  5. Zarabeth (Mariette Hartley) in All Our Yesterdays
  6. Bela Oxmyx (Anthony Caruso) in A Piece of the Action
  7. ‚ÄúKoik‚ÄĚ (William Shatner) in A Piece of the Action
  8. The Prosecutor (Kermit Murdock) in All Our Yesterdays
  9. The Keeper (Meg Wylie) in The Cage
  10. Marta (Yvonne Craig) in Whom Gods Destroy
  11. Harcort (‚ÄėHarry‚Äô) Fenton Mudd (Roger C. Carmel) in Mudd‚Äôs Women
  12. Yeoman Martha Landon (Celeste Yarnall) in The Apple
  13. Commissioner Bele (Frank Gorshin) in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
  14. Ayelborne (John Abbott) in Errand of Mercy
  15. Dr. Thomas Leighton (William Sargent) in The Conscience of the King
  16. Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols)
  17. Street Girl #1 (Dianne Thorne) in A Piece of the Action
  18. T’Pau (Celia Lovsky) in Amok Time
  19. Kissy Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
  20. Evil Sulu (George Takei) in Mirror, Mirror
  21. Ambassador Petri (Jay Robinson) in Elaan of Troyius
  22. Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland) in This Side of Paradise
  23. Serious Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
  24. Jojo Kracko (Vic Tayback) in A Piece of the Action
  25. Number One (Majel Barrett) in The Cage
  26. Blasted Crewman in Arena
  27. Cyrano Jones (Stanley Adams) in The Trouble with Tribbles
  28. Mr. Atoz (Ian Wolfe) in All Our Yesterdays
  29. Sylvia (Antoinette Bower) in Catspaw
  30. Vina (Susan Oliver) in The Cage
  31. Zabo (Steven Marlo) in A Piece of the Action
  32. Miranda Jones (Diana Muldaur) in Is There in Truth No Beauty?
  33. Miranda Jones’ Vulcan Salute (Diana Muldaur) in Is There in Truth No Beauty?
  34. Kalo (Lee Delano) in A Piece of the Action
  35. The First Fop (Ed Bakey) in All Our Yesterdays
  36. Surak (Barry Atwater) in The Savage Curtain
  37. Andrea (Sherry Jackson) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
  38. Lenore Karidian (Barbara Anderson) in The Conscience of the King
  39. Joe Tormolen (Stewart Moss) in The Naked Time
  40. Alice  Series #3 (Alyce Andrece) in I, Mudd
  41. Stella Series #1 (Kay Elliot) in I, Mudd
  42. Alice Series #99 (Rhae Andrece) in I, Mudd
  43. Adam (Charles Napier) in The Way to Eden
  44. Sargent (Lincoln Demyan) in Assignment: Earth
  45. Trefayne (David Hillary Hughes) in Errand Of Mercy
  46. Claymore (Peter Brocco) in Errand Of Mercy
  47. Nils Barris (William Schallert) in The Trouble with Tribbles
  48. Flavius Maximus (Rhodes Reason) in Bread and Circuses
  49. The Romulan Commander (Joanna Linville) in The Enterprise Incident
  50. Vulcan Executioner (Russ Peek) in Amok Time
  51. Sister Edith Keeler (Joan Collins) in The City on the Edge of Forever
  52. General Trelane, Retired (William Campbell) in The Squire of Gothos
  53. Elaan (France Nuyen) in Elaan of Troyius
  54. Lord Garth ( Steve Inhat) in Whom Gods Destroy
  55. Korax (Michael Pataki) in The Trouble with Tribbles
  56. Captain Koloth (William Campbell) in The Trouble with Tribbles
  57. Commander Kor(John Colicos) in Errand Of Mercy
  58. Captain Kang (Michael Ansara) in The Day of the Dove
  59. Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) in Operation: Annihilate!
  60. Commander Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) ) in Operation: Annihilate!
  61. Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) in Operation: Annihilate!
  62. First Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Operation: Annihilate!
  63. Mary (Pamelyn Ferdin) in And the Children Shall Lead
  64. Droxine ( Diana Ewing) in The Cloud Minders
  65. Balok’s Puppet (voiced by Ted Cassidy) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
  66. Lt. Carolyn Palamas (Leslie Parrish) in Who Mourns for Adonais?
  67. The Bartender (Guy Raymond) in The Trouble with Tribbles
  68. Evil Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Mirror, Mirror
  69. Alexander (Michael Dunn) in Plato’s Stepchildren
  70. The Real Balok (Clint Howard) in The Corbomite Maneuver
  71. Magda (Susan Denberg) in Mudd’s Women
  72. Captain Kirk’s Aztec Fertility God
  73. Mr. Spock’s Vulcan Harp
  74. Mr. Sulu’s Beauregard and other plants from The Man Trap
  75. White and Brown Tribbles from The Trouble with Tribbles
  76. Mercury Bust from Space Seed and Mirror, Mirror
  77. Captain Kirk’s Golden Box from his quarters
  78. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on monitor from The Corbomite Maneuver
  79. Ruth Bonaventure (Maggie Thrett) in Mudd’s Women
  80. Grey Tribbles from The Trouble with Tribbles
  81. Starfleet Delta formed in gold carnations
  82. Deadly Flower from The Apple
  83. The USS Enterprise in golden carnations
  84. The Spores from This Side of Paradise
  85. Eve McHuron (Karen Steele) from Mudd’s Women
  86. Sayana’s Headdress from The Apple
  87. The Horta’s Eggs from The Devil in the Dark

 

TreKonderoga, Here I Come!

Hi All,

I’ll be away this weekend attending the TreKonderoga Weekend in Ticonderoga NY!¬† So excited to be attending this¬† fun little annual Trek Convention!¬†¬† It runs this weekend,¬† Aug. 24-26!

This is the fourth year of the event,and it was begun by genius and Elvis impersonator James Cawley who painstakingly¬† recreated the ENTIRE SET of the Starship Enterprise in an abandoned dollar store!¬† It is an exact copy of all the sets used in the original series, right down to every button and wall decoration! James used the original blueprints to recreate this magnificent set, and I can’t wait for the tour.¬† It’ll be a dream come true! (BTW, the Set tours happen all year round, but the TreKonderoga Weekend is only once a year!

The Special guests this year are Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy from the reboot) Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher, Star Trek TNG) and Robin Curtis! (Saavik from Star Trek III and IV)¬† Also the wonderful Spock impersonator Paul Spock Vegas (Paul Forest)!¬† There are probably still tickets for Saturday and Sunday!¬† Hey if you’re in the neighborhood, I’ll be roaming around there Saturday!¬† You can see more info here.

Can’t wait to share pictures with you next week! Until then, here’s a few pics to whet your appetite!¬† LLAP! Love, Therese

James Cawley (The founder and showman behind TreKonderoga) sits in the Captain’s chair!

The amazing Spock impersonator Paul Forest!

Karl Urban! (Dr. McCoy)

Gorgeous Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher)

Trek Thanksgiving – Five TOS Things I’m Grateful For.

Hi Everyone!¬†¬† It’s been a couple of crazy weeks for me, for I went through an awful bout of pneumonia!¬† Happy to report that I am well recovered now, and just happy to be back to my normal silly self again!

Tomorrow here in the USA, it’s Thanksgiving. I’m baking some pies today and will make some nice turkey and fixings on Thursday.¬† But in the meantime I thought it would be fun to recall five things about Star Trek TOS that I’m grateful for.¬† Any of your favorites here?¬† Be sure to add yours in the comment section.¬† And for all our friends celebrating, Have a Happy And Safe Thanksgiving! ‚̧

Here Goes:

  • #5: Gene Roddenberry’s Vision.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Where it all began.¬† In the fertile mind of Gene Roddenberry, the beginnings of a world where Earth lives in peace, harmony, and diversity.¬† A dream we all still strive for and will ever hope to achieve.¬† Maybe someday.
  • 4: Dr. McCoy’s Baby Blues
  • If ever I was sick in TOS Universe,¬† nothing would calm me better than the warm blue eyes and calm bedside manner of dear ol’ Bones. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • 3: Bill Theiss’s remarkable fashion design

 

Who knew the future would be so colorful?  The glorious designs of William Ware Theiss not only implied a brighter future, but were often just bits of fabric pinned together!  Theiss was a genius who inspires many to this day. (Me too; I make doll clothes!)

  • 2: Kirk standing up for Humanity.¬†

 

Kirk was well aware of Humanity’s flaws, but that never let that stop him from defending (and saving) the Human race from total destruction.¬† Kirk has faith in the good of Humanity, and will always fight for it. May we all be examples of best in Humanity; Love, Respect, and Caring.¬† And finally…

  • 1:¬† Just Spock, Wonderful Spock.
  • Of course, you know I’m a fool for that Vulcan.¬† But Spock so much more than just a cool character.¬† To me, Spock is so much of what Star Trek is about. the outsider trying to fit in.¬† How many of¬† us grew up identifying with Spock because we often felt the misfits in our world?¬† Spock showed us that we could and would manage well if we just stayed true to ourselves, but also be caring and loyal to our family and friends. Every Trek series has an outsider/Spock character in it, but this Vulcan was the first, and probably the most beloved.

Another Trek Photo Treasure Trove – In Color!

Hey Kids, I’m back!

Thanks for your patience, for it is truly rewarded today!

A while back I posted some wonderful black and white photos from the eBay dealer rexliv who had come across rare negative directly from the original series sets, taken by studio photographers to capture rehearsal and publicity photos for the series.  Just when I thought these were the holy grail of Trek memorabilia, rexliv strikes again with COLOR NEGATIVES!

How the dealer describes his find is nothing short of miraculous, and the fact that these have not been destroyed in over 50 years and are in remarkable condition is astonishing.  As the dealer states in his descriptions:

This¬†authentic¬†Color original Film¬†Negative from the Original Star Trek TV Series¬†is in¬†excellent¬†Condition¬†for its age.¬†During the Production of Star Trek, Photographers were hired to take Publicity Photo’s of the Series for magazine distribution and for advertising purposes. I recently obtained quite a few of these Publicity Negatives from a woman in new York City. She stated that she obtained them from a friend who worked in a professional Photo Lab as a Custom Photo Printer¬†in New York City during the Mid-1980s. He stated to her that he was assigned to clean out the Dead Photo Files at the Lab when he found the Star Trek Negatives. The woman had kept them in their original envelopes¬†along with¬†their original Contact Sheets ever since the Mid-1980s when her friend had given them to her. Each five frame negative strip was enclosed in a clear plastic sleeve.¬†Since the negatives¬†were taken by an¬†On Set Photographer, they are obviously a¬†“One Of A Kind” Film Negative and display different angles of the actors¬†as they posed for Publicity Photo’s and during live action scenes from the Episodes. They are quite RARE indeed.

Well Yes indeed! Welcome to Trekkie Heaven Everyone!

NOTE:¬† Currently many of these negatives are NOT up for sale, and some of them have been sold. However, they are VERY LIKELY to go back up for auction. So for you diehards, I highly recommend you check out the dealer’s current auctions here.¬† You can see the completed (and may unsold) auctions here.¬† He is also currently¬† selling positive contact sheets of the full¬† color negatives.¬† These auctions will end TOMORROW¬† (Friday, October 27)¬† So check it out before they end!

I’ve posted the photos of the positive images that the dealer posted that are not included in the actual auctions but used as examples of how the negatives would look when processed.¬† I’ve enhanced a few of these positive images to improve their tone and contrast.¬† And man, what a find!¬† From De Kelley’s incredible baby blues to Shatner’s smirks and the occasional Nimoy grin, it’s like I’ve traveled in a time machine back to 1966!

Wow. Just Wow.¬† You can see why not all of these were used (lighting off, or someone coughed)¬† But they are totally iconic, regardless. Man, how I would have loved that job!¬† I’ll post more in the coming weeks. Enjoy!