I was really busy last month so I didn’t find out about this until the day after it passed, but dang! William Shatner was in New York State!
There’s this wonderful tourist attraction in Ticonderoga NY which re-creates all of the original Enterprise sets in a vacated Dollar Store property! In May,a special “Weekend with the Captain” was held and William Shatner was the guest of honor!
I’m sorry I missed it, but my friend and member here Bobbie, did make it and got her picture with Bill. (Here’s Bobbie and Bill!)
Here’s my friend Bobbie with Bill Shatner on the bridge! Isn’t it amazing?
As you will read here, Bill really enjoyed visiting the remarkable set built with original blueprints by local, devoted Trekkie (and professional Elvis impersonator) James Cawley. It was like going back in time and every detail is filled with precision and love. No doubt an emotional experience for Bill, and I gotta hand it to the Shat-man: Bill is 87 and still enjoys seeing his fans and doing Trek events. I hope I have his energy when I’m his age! He is truly Living Long and Prospering!
Also, if you’re interested in visiting the Trek set replica or going to the annual ‘Trekonderoga’ convention, see info here.
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!
Going through my files I just found this magnificent portrait of Nichelle Nichols taken in 2010! She is radiant! Her expression speaks volumes of an incredible life. I love this lady, hope to meet her someday <3