Remembering Leonard Today (pics)

Three years have flown by, but I often think how lucky we were to live in the same time as Leonard?  The smile, the eyes, the voice, the laugh. Very lucky indeed!  What a wonderful man; rest in peace ❤

Star Trek on the Runway??

I was browsing one of my favorite sites yesterday (Tom and Lorenzo), and came across a colorful collection for Fall 2018 by Italian designer Moschino.   The  collection clearly was influenced by the bright stylings of the Mod era 1960s with a lot of Jackie Kennedy in full Technicolor and clearly other pop references.

What’s this got to do with Star Trek?  Well, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than one of Moschino’s designers must be a Trekkie.  How else can you explain the mint green spangled gown that would either make the late William Ware Theiss proud OR have him suing for stealing his design?

Look closely, and you can see the gown was clearly influenced by Mudd’s Women. The spangled mint green fabric and upper bodice with diagonal slash is clearly Ruth Bonaventure’s gown.  And the bottom half of the gown clearly borrows from Eve McHuron’s pink gown with its diamond-shaped slashes across the hips and thighs.

Left: A model sashays down the runway in a Trek-inspired gown in the Moschino Fall 2018 Collection. Right: Eve and Ruth in the originals by William Ware Theiss in Star Trek’s “Mudd’s Women”

Now I admit, Mudd’s Women is not one of my most favorite episode of TOS, (and I’ll do a write up on it eventually) but I’m both happy and a little bummed to see Theiss’ influence a good 52 years after the original airing.   Happy that the costume design still resonate a half century later, bummed because this isn’t even trying to be original, but a clear mash-up of the two original gowns.  Well, I hope the Theiss estate gets a chunk of the profit!

You can see the whole collection here.

Spock n’ Wash…

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  (When I found this old vintage ad, I couldn’t resist! )

 

Trek Merchandise, Costume Calamity!

They got Kirk’s hair right…

Ever since Star Trek premiered in ’66, the merchandisers have been there to get their cut.  Here’s a few examples of some of the more ‘fascinating’ examples of Halloween costumes!  The details are hilariously bizarre – characters always wear their likenesses on their uniforms! Lots of bad color choices in both the costumes and art (although the cover likenesses are pretty good.  I suspect the actors rarely if ever got and percentage of these, don’t know if they’d want it either!  Lots of cheap plastic here; most illogical!

But not the uniform!

 

Kirk wears pink on his off days; McCoy plays captain, and they both shift their insignias! How about that Yellow Submarine Shuttle?

A real Klingon would probably kill you if he had to wear this! Those masks got smelly after a while.

Original 60s Spock Costume

With extra eye shadow and lipstick for evening wear!

And Spock always wears The Enterprise on his shirt so he can be returned if lost!

Even the Enterprise is yellow!

My Weekly Spock: How About Some Spock Memes?

Well, my government may be shut down, but I’m not!   Let’s start the week with some silly Spock/Nimoy Memes!

 

Too Many Said Goodbye: Farewells of 2017

As the new year dawns, I take one last look back at the many talented personalities that left us this past year. Many were legendary and definitely iconic in the pop culture world. We lost real astronauts as well as fictional ones, and a few ‘red shirts’ too. Sadly, you’ll see a few familiar faces from TOS.  But there were also Remarkable comedians and soaring musicians. Childhood heroes and movie legends. Some passing’s were harder to take (Tom Petty, Mary Tyler Moore) but all left a lasting and often loving impression on the world. Many of them were blessed with long, and very productive lives. (Aren’t we lucky!) Of course I can’t mention every noted soul that passed, but here I’m remembering the ones who made the happiest impacts on my own life. May they all live on in our memories and rest in peace. ❤

Dick Gautier

Dick Gautier, 85, Actor and Comedian, best known as Hymie the Robot on ‘Get Smart’ January 13th.

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Gene Cernan, 82, Astronaut. The last man to walk on the moon.     January 16th

Miguel Ferrer. 61, Actor and Son of actor Mel Ferrer. Seen here in Star Trek III.          January 19th.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore. 80. Beloved Actress, Dancer, and Entertainer. Known for The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She “turned the world on with her smile.” January 26th.

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Mike Connors, 91. Rugged star of detective series ‘Mannix’ January 26th.

Barbara Hale

Barbara Hale, 94, Best known as Della Street on Perry Mason, and the movie “The Boy with the Green Hair.”            January 26th.

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John Hurt, 77, Fine British Actor, A Man for all Seasons, The Elephant Man, Dr. Who. January 25th.

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Richard Hatch, 71, actor best known as Captain Apollo in Battlestar Galactica.   February 7th.

Al-Jarreau

Al Jarreau. 76, Wonderful jazz and pop Singer and Entertainer (Mornin’).   February 12th

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Bill Paxton, 61, Flexible Character Actor (Weird Science, Titanic, Big Love).   February 25th.

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Robert Osborne. Actor, Writer, and Beloved Host of Turner Classic Movies, 84, and a walking encyclopedia of all things cinema. We shall never see his likes again.  March 6th.

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Lawrence Montaigne, Actor and Star Trek favorite, 86, (Decius in Balance of Terror, Stonn from Amok Time) March 17th.

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Chuck Berry. 90, The Legendary father of Rock n’ Roll (Johnny B. Good, Maybelline) March 18th.

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Chuck Barris, 87 Game show producer, writer and host. (The Gong Show) (and possibly spy for the CIA?) March 21st.

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Don Rickles Brilliant sarcastic comedian and actor. 90. (I Dream of Jeannie, Casino).           April 6th.

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John Geils. 71, Musician and creator of the J. Geils Band (‘Freeze-frame’) April 10th.

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Erin Moran, bubbly actress (played Joanie on Happy Days) April 22nd.

Jerry Catron

Jerry Catron, 85, Actor and stuntman. Security Guard in The Doomsday Machine. May 16th.

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Chris Cornell, 52, Musician and leader of Soundgarden. “Black Hole Sun”. We lost him way too soon. May 18th.

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Dina Merril, 93, Lovely heiress who rebelled to become a beloved actress. Known for ‘Desk Set’ ‘Operation Petticoat’, and Butterfield 8′ On Batman, she played Calamity Jane and in real life was also a great supporter of the arts.     May 22nd.

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Roger Moore. Gorgeous, Wonderful actor and philanthropist. The original Simon Templar of The Saint and a beloved James Bond (Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, more) May 23rd.

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Gregg Allman, 69, Musician and  Founder of The Allman Brothers Band (Whipping Post, Midnight Rider) Cher’s second husband.  May 27th.

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Vince Dedrick Sr. 84. Stuntman and actor. “Matthews” in What Little Girls Are Made Of?   May 27th.

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Peter Sallis, 96. Beloved British comic and the voice of Wallace. (of Wallace and Gromit) June 2nd.

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Glenne Headly, Actress 62, best known as Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy, also in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Lonesome Dove.  June 8th.

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Adam West, 88, Actor, legendary as 1960s Batman June 9

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Stephen Furst, Actor 63. Beloved as Flounder in Animal House and Vir on Babylon 5. June 17th.

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Skip Homier, 86. Trekkies remember him as Dr. Severin and as Deputy Fuhrer Melekon. But did you know that he started out as a child actor? June 25th.

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Martin Landau, 89, Oscar winning actor and pal to Leonard Nimoy. Best known as Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible, Space 1999, and Ed Wood. July 5th.

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June Foray, 99, Voice Actress for iconic characters Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Witch Hazel, Granny, and Cindy Lou Who. July 26th.

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Sam Shepard. 73, Brilliant Writer and Actor (The Right Stuff, Steel Magnolias, The Notebook, and      Black Hawk Down.  July 27th.

Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne Moreau, 89  Beautiful and Acclaimed French New Wave film actress. (The Trial, Viva Maria) July 31st.

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Robert Hardy, 91, Actor beloved as Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. August 3rd.

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The great Glen Campbell. 81, Iconic musician and actor (Witchita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy,  True Grit)          August 8th

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Joseph Bologna, 82, Actor best known as King Kaiser in My Favorite Year. August 13th.

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Dick Gregory, 84, Political Comedian and Activist (August 19)

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, 91 – Actor, Comedian and crusader for Muscular Dystrophy (Cinderfella, The Disorderly Orderly) August 20

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Richard Anderson, 91, Actor known for Forbidden Planet and as Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. August 31st.

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Stewart Moss, 79,  Star Trek favorite remembered as the tormented Joe Tormolen in ‘The Naked Time’. (Also Hanar in ‘By Any Other Name’ September 13th.

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Monty Hall, 96, Game Show host of Let’s Make a Deal.  September 30th.

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Beloved Tom Petty, Musician. 66.  Formed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, (Don’t Come Around Here No More, I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down a Dream). October 2nd. Gone way too soon.

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Roy Dotrice, 84, Actor known as Commissioner Simmonds on Space 1999, Mozart’s father in Amadeus, and as Hallyne on Game of Thrones. October 16th.

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Robert Guillaume, Actor, 89.  Beloved as Benson, and in The Lion King.    November 30th.

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Fats Domino, 89 Legendary Rock n’ Roll  pioneer.  (Blueberry Hill, Ain’t that a Shame)  October 24th.

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Della Reese, 86, Marvelous Gospel Singer and Actress (Touched by an Angel).  November 19th

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David Cassidy/ 67.  Beloved Teen Idol, actor and Musician (The Partridge Family) November 21st.

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Jim Nabors, 87, Actor and wonderful Baritone singer ( The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle) November 30th

Heather

Heather Menzies, 68,  Actress best known as Louisa in The Sound of Music, also played Jessica in TV version of Logan’s Run.   December 24th.

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Rose Marie, 94 – Child performer whose career lasted nearly 90 years, Best known as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show. December 28th.

Sue Grafton, writer, 77. The great mystery novelist who began her series of Alphabet murders with “A is for Alibi”. Sadly, the series will have to end with “Y is for Yesterday” December 28th.

Happy New Year!

To all my dear readers, I wish you a splendid new year with peace and prosperity.  Keep Trekkin’ on! Love, Therese