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!
It is with great sadness and heartbreak that I have to report this latest passing. Anton Yelchin, the talented young actor who played Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movies, died as a result of a freak accident at his home on Sunday, June 19th. He was only 27.
Mr. Yelchin was rolled over by his own car and pinned between it, a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence. This is so tragic and must be devastating for his his parents, as he was their only child. We were just getting to know this fine young actor who gave such bubbly energy to the Chekov character. (He was one of my favorite characters in the reboot). I know he was just beginning his path to assured stardom in his acting career. Gone too soon, and so terribly tragic. My heart and prayers to out to his family, friends, fellow actors and all of his admirers.
Seeing him in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond movie will be bittersweet, but I’m thankful we had him there. For a relatively young actor, he has a long career in movies and television and had made several other critically acclaimed movies, including Charlie Bartlett, (2008) Like Crazy(2011), The Beaver(2011) , and Green Room (2015)
Today was the 75th birthday of beloved Trek TNG actor Patrick Stewart! I love this guy! Not only a great asset to Star Trek, but a marvelous Shakespearean actor and just a wonderful human being! It’s so easy to think of him as serious characters as Captain Picard and Professor Charles Xavier, but in reality he’s proven many times just how un-serious he is! Bless you on your Birthday Sir Patrick, and may you Live Long and Prosper!
(And check out this song and dance tribute from Patrick to Gene Roddenberry! )