Category Archives: Star Trek

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!

 

 

A Treasure Trove of On-Set photos from Amok Time

Came across these on eBay the other day — a dealer had purchased original negatives from a photographer who took on-the-set photos of the Star Trek cast during the filming of Amok Time (among others).  These outtakes are quite a treasure trove! I suspect it was common to have photographers on set to take pictures for publicity, but unlike regular publicity photos, these are not staged, but taken during the actual rehearsals and filming.  I’ll be watching out for more!

Movie Monsters Mag from the 70’s “The Star Trek Phenomenon”

Just came across this great article from the 1975 magazine
Movie Monsters.  The magazine had printed a scathing, negative letter to the editor about Trek in its issue of Dec. 1974  (You can see that one here). And Trek fans were so incensed they protested mightily.  The magazine responded with this very positive article about the best Trek had to offer as opposed to  Lost In Space among others.  It’s fun to see how the article  addressed the growing popularity of a canceled TV show as it began its resurrection.  I’m sure at this point they never would have thought that Roddenberry’s ‘oddball creation’ would become the rich franchise it is 50 years on!

There are some funny mistakes here too, like incorrectly identifying Michael Ansara (Kang) as Steve Ihnat (Garth) (and they spelled Ihnat wrong with an extra ‘t’) !  Also, why is a space station with no connection to Trek on the front page?

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Wideo Wednesday – More bits from The Roddenberry Vault!

Holy Cow – McCoy kissed Yeoman Barrows!   I can’t wait to see what other gems this video will reveal!  You also see some smiling Nimoy here ❤

Here’s an image capture off my computer of McCoy kissing Yeoman Barrows. It’s a deleted scene from ‘Shore Leave’ taken from the new Blu-Ray disc “The Roddenberry Vault’

Steady As She Goes! Shatner, Koenig, and Takei on the Bridge Again!

This is all kinds of wonderful.  Just a few days ago at the the Destination: Star Trek Convention in Birmingham, England, the stars the many Trek incarnations as well as special guests posed on a lovely recreation of the Enterprise bridge! But most importantly, Captain Kirk, Mr. Chekov and Mr. Sulu were back at their stations!

This picture got me a little emotional!  Seeing William Shatner, Walter Koenig and George Takei sitting so fine just made my heart swell (and break just a little)!  Unfortunately, Nichelle Nichols couldn’t make it, but I’m sure she was there in spirit.  And as beautiful as this is, it made me miss the crew now watching from above: Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Fortunately, the legendary three here had plenty of support in their Trek family.  Most notable is Leonard’s son,  Adam Nimoy, standing in for his beloved father.  As much as I wish that Leonard was still here, I’m so thankful that Adam was there for him.

I also LOVE that George Takei wore a black shirt with a bright yellow sweater, mimicking his original uniform, and look how proudly his sits back at his helm! Steady as she goes!

Now enjoy this moment of Star Trek Awesomeness!

The many casts and special guests of the Star Trek universe at “Destination: Star Trek” in Birmingham, England, October 7, 2016: Front Row: Walter Koenig (Chekov) George Takei (Sulu) Second Row: Eddie Paskey (Mr. Leslie) William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk) Robert O’Reily (Gowron/TNG) Armin Shimmerman (Quark/DS9) Colonel Al Worden (Astronaut, Apollo 15) Chase Masterson (Leta/DS9) Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi/TNG) Alice Krige (Borg Queen/First Contact). Third Row: Dominic Keating (Reed/Enterprise) Nicole deBoer (Ezra Dax/DS9) Max Grodenchik (Rom/DS9) Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax/ DS9), Adam Nimoy, Conner Trinneer (Trip Tucker/Enterprise, Greg Grunberg (Kirk’s Stepdad,-voice/Star Trek reboot). Fourth Row: Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun/DS9) Garret Wang (Harry Kim/Voyager) Martha Hackett ( Seska/Voyager), Casey Biggs (Damar/ DS9), Eric Pierpoint (Voval/TNG, Sanders/DS9), and Kitty Swink (Rozahn/DS9)

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Heading to Star Trek: Mission New York!

Hey all!  I’ll be heading to Star Trek:Mission New York this coming Sunday!  Looking forward to it! Any of you going?

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Therese as Rand on her way to last year’s RoberCon in Binghamton NY

I’ve been to a few conventions in my time, but I realize the last time I was in at a major convention in NYC was 40 years ago this month!  It was Star Trek Bi-Centennial-10 in 1976, a when I was 15!  So much has changed in that time.  With the advent of Comic-Cons and such, there is more emphasis on all different types of fantasy and sci-fi creations (and that is great), but it’ll be really fun to be among mostly Trekkies here   🙂   I admit, when I’ve gone to our local ‘RoberCon’ in the past few years, it’s a tad frustrating (or at least a reminder that I’m getting old!) that the younger kids have no idea who I’m dressing up as.  Kids thought I was an elf from Lord of the Rings when I dressed up as T’Pau the other year, and you’d be amazed how many people thought I was Nurse Chapel when I dressed up as Yeoman Rand last year!

But at Star Trek Mission New York, I’m sure that true Trekkers will know that I’m Dr. Miranda Jones from “Is There in Truth No Beauty?”  (Assuming I finish my costume on time!!)

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Dr. Miranda Jones (Diana Muldaur) in “Is there in Truth No Beauty?”

I’ll be getting a few photo ops with several of the celebs (will post as soon as I get them)!  Should be a blast!

Are any of you going?  Let me know, I’d love to meet you!!!  See you Sunday, I’ll be wandering around! 😀

Have fun and LLAP, Therese

 

Update! 9/3 — I just finished my ‘sensor robe’ like Miranda’s but I’ll be wearing black under it (didn’t finish the blue in time)  Here’s my bargain basement version of the sensor robe   🙂

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I’ll look better with the black pants and shirt under it!