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Rigoletto Looks Awfully Familiar…

This weekend, our local Opera company, Tri-Cities Opera is presenting their first opera of the season —Rigoletto.   I’d love to see it if I had the time (and money) yet, oddly, the thing that struck me immediately about its poster art was the main character.   Does anyone else see an old Leonard Nimoy under the clown makeup here? (Blue eyes notwithstanding)

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The Daily Scrapbook 5/16/13 December 8, 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture Premieres!

Here’s today’s flashback:  The day had finally come! After 10 years fans fervent hopes of a comeback,  of waiting for the day when Star Trek would return, it was finally here!  I remember waiting outside the Cameo Theater in Binghamton on that cold winter night for the first showing with my school pal John and we couldn’t wait to see how this ‘Human Adventure’ would unfold. (The Press photo below is of the line for the second showing that night) I recall being happy to see the ol’ crew again, and delighted that Spock was back.  I liked the beginning, I liked the end, but couldn’t recall much from the middle.   And I couldn’t help but wonder why parts of it seemed so slow and sometimes the dialogue was barely above a whisper! I admit, I said it was great to fellow patrons on the way out, but in my heart I knew it was more a matter of ‘be careful what you wish for’. Was this  dull, beige-y/grey saga the future of my beloved show?  It was Trek, but just not quite Trek enough; where was the humor and the spirit of the original? I admit, I almost gave up on Trek after this version, but the sequel in ’82 made me much happier!

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The Daily Scrapbook 7/12/13 –(12/4/1979) The Stardates have been kind to Mr. Sulu

Here’s Today’s Flashback:  From December 4, 1979, a local review of George Takei’s visit to BInghamton at Broome Community College.  Funny when you thing that as promotion tours go, it’s surprising how often we had Trek stars come to our little upstate haven.  Why Bingamton and nearby areas?  My theory is that at the time, it was still an IBM town, and Paramount had a targeted audience with all the computer geeks there!

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The Daily Scrapbook 12/6/12 Guess who’s coming to town?

It ain’t Santa!  But in January of 1978 I got a late Christmas present when it was announced that not one but TWO celebrities connected to Star Trek would be appearing locally!  Gene Roddenberry was coming to our local Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, promoting The World of Star Trek (basically the same show I saw in Rochester that past August), and  LEONARD NIMOY would be coming to nearby Elmira!!! Unfortunately both of these events fell on the same night: February 18th.  But which to go to? Well, if you’re like me, and I know I am, the choice was obvious; Vulcan’s beat Great Birds of the Galaxy every time!   I will post about this unforgettable event next week, so stay tuned!

However, in other news, the long awaited Star Trek II TV series return was permanently canceled by Paramount TV, no new series, no bald lady.  The headline read “Sorry Trekkies”, but I felt a strange sigh of relief.  Looking back now we did tons better with the movie series than we ever could have with a re-booted Trek.  And the movies led to more TV series, so it was a double win for the fans. There’s also a portion of an article here mentioning Nimoy in “In Search  Of.”  The producer, Alan Lansbury, describes Nimoy as “a persuasive identity”  I couldn’t agree more.  By the way, have you noticed how many times in these scrapbook pieces I’d have to fix Spock title from “Dr.” to ‘Mr.”?  Pure carelessness (or ignorance) on the writer’s part)

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