Hey kids, here’s today’s flashback: The last few pages of Media Spotlight and a great photo of swinging George Takei in his best 70’s gear! Good ‘ol George was a regular fixture at the Conventions, always ready with a smile and a pen ready for autographs! George was described in David Gerrold’s World of Star Trek as one of the ‘smilingest’ human beings you were ever likely to meet, and he delivers his million dollar smile here! I love George! Sadly, this is the last of my Media Spotlight Magazine, and I don’t have any more copies, but if I should come across any in my travels, you’ll see the here!
Here’s today’s flashback: From Starlog September 1979, David Gerrold (of Tribble fame) compares Star Trek to Space:1999 and Battlestar Galactica. Guess who wins? 😉 I remember watching S-1999 and Battlestar... and yeah, they definitely weren’t Trek, but they did fill my need to watch bright, shiny people in the future. Gerrold rightly points out the absurdity of the 1999 premise, which I agree with, but it was still fun to watch. However, 1999 doesn’t hold up as well today as TOS, and of course Battlestar Galactica was remade into a wonderfully gritty, intense reboot.
Here’s today’s flashback: From 1979, the monthly Starlog Star Trek Report, this time featuring what it’s like to be an extra on the set of ST:TMP. Among the notable extras cast were Louise Stange, president of the Leonard Nimoy Association of Fans (LNAF, of which I belonged at the time) They misspelled her last name as ‘Strange’! (Probably a common typo for that poor woman) There’s also David Gerrold, author of The Trouble with Tribbles, Bjo Trimble, the grand dame of Star Trek fans (she started the Save Star Trek letter writing campaign back in ’67, and Susan Sackett, the author of the piece herself. Although I enjoyed reading what it was like to be a movie extra, I still felt ill at ease at the look of the new uniforms and the awful, awful severe hairstyles on the women (What? No mini skirts and toppling bouffants ala Nurse Chapel???) What was the Trek world coming to? Alas, I was still envious of every one of them!
(Sorry I’m late with this today, been busy with lots of housework!)
Here’s today’s flashback — Back in ’73, we had a new paperback by author David Gerrold, called The World of Star Trek; a thick volume with lots of anecdotes, insider notes, and best of all, over 75 pictures! When it got too quiet around the house, I’d hear my mom or sister yell “Are you reading that book again?!” I was obsessed, especially looking at the pictures of the Trek stars as their characters next to ‘current’ photos of them. Seeing the real-life pictures was pretty wild (George Takei with a pageboy haircut!), but I preferred looking at the old Trek headshots, and my sister decided to practice her sketching one autumn afternoon, and she drew her versions of the Kirk and Spock pictures. I loved these. Here they are, and I’ve cleaned them up a little since the originals had some grease stains and smudges. She made these in November of 1973, and I must have pestered her to make McCoy too because she drew his in January! Not bad for a first attempt. Thanks Sis! Bet you didn’t know I still had these!