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The Daily Scrapbook 11/5/12 Trekkies of all ages

Here’s today’s flashback from 1976.  Trek news from the TV Guide ‘teletype’ section, notes on Leonard and Bill, an article from Parade Magazine about a middle-aged ‘Trekkie’ Mom Roberta Rogow, from New Jersey who wrote Trekindex, a fanzine guide to everything Trek, and comments in TV Guide from a fangirl who differentiates Trekkers from Trekkies.  The label didn’t really matter to me; just the fact that I was into Trek made me a freak among normals anyway.  There are also three fun limericks here from two girls I met at the Star Trek Bicentennial 10 convention in NYC, Barbara Louis and Marie Letiza. Barbara also supplied me with all the articles you’ll find here in pale Xerox grey. ( I had some of her stuff copied for my scrapbooks, it was so nice to know that I wasn’t the only one!)  Barbara was a cool chick,  with long blond hair and a big smile.  I recall not long after the Trek Convention, we kept in touch for a while, and when she and her family were vacationing in nearby Oneonta, my brother, Mom and I drove out to meet them and she and I shared all our Star Trek scrapbook material, sighing over Leonard Nimoy and wondering if a new Trek TV show would really happen. I still have a letter she wrote me where she gushed about seeing actor/singer David Soul (Starsky & Hutch, and one of the red natives in The Apple) in concert, singing his one hit wonder “Don’t Give Up On Us”.  Barbara was more a a typical teenager than I, (she even had a boyfriend!) Oh how I envied her! Wonder what she’s up to now? Probably a president of a company.

Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens!

Today, February 7, 2012, is the 200th Birthday of Charles Dickens!  If you’ve never read a Dickens book, you have lost out on a great adventure into the human soul.  I’m sure you’re aware of  these gems:

Great Expectations

A Christmas Carol

Oliver Twist

David Copperfield

A Tale of  Two Cities  (Which Spock gave to Kirk in Star Trek II)

The Pickwick Papers

The Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby

And so on and so on.  You know what my  favorite Dickens quote is?   This:

“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”               – The Ghost of Jacob Marley, Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Don’t misuse your life — get off the computer, buy some Dickens, and broaden your horizons as well as your vocabulary!

BTW, Mr. Nimoy played the leader of the street urchins, Fagin, in a Theater production  of Oliver! in 1972-3 — One of his first Theater Musicals!