As yesterday was Veteran’s Day (and today it was observed), it’s a good time to remember our Star Trek friends who served their country. For Leonard, Gene, and DeForest, it was the United States. And for James Doohan, it was for Canada.
James was also a hero of D-Day, after killing two German snipers, having been shot at 6 times; 4 in the leg, one in the right hand, which cost him his middle finger, and one in the chest, but his life was saved by the silver cigarette case in his breast pocket, a gift from his brother. (for once, it was lucky he was a smoker).
Thank you our Star Trek brothers in arms for your dedicated service during WWII and early 50’s. We are honored and forever thankful. ❤
Capt Gene Roddenberry US Army Air Corps (Served 1941-1945)
Lieutenant James Doohan 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.
DeForest Kelley, Army Air Forces-WW2-First Motion Picture Unit 1943-46
Sergeant Leonard Nimoy, Army Reserves 1950s
Sorry this is a day late, but it is no less sincere! It took longer than I imagined, probably from colorizing the uniforms!) For this celebration, everyone’s a captain! And special halos for our beloveds watching from above ❤
What a dull world it would have been without Star Trek. Aren’t we lucky? Thanks to all who made and make this dream come true, and may the message of Trek’s human harmony Live Long and Prosper! Love, Therese xo
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Here’s what I suspect a couple of my fangirls here were waiting for since last week (you know who you are!) Here’s Leonard at his finest in the rest of my stills from The Lieutenant episode In the Highest Tradition…
He was quite a firecracker here, and Nimoy and Barrett played so well off of each other that their characters of the intense director (Gregg) and his assistant (Ruth) would have made a great spin-off. I can see it now: The Director, starring Leonard Nimoy and Majel Barrett! With lots of sexual tension and plenty of anguished moments where Gregg strips his shirt off… Truly a missed opportunity!
You can see the whole episode here.
Here’s your weekly fix; some screencaps of Leonard in “The Lieutenant”, a military series by Gene Roddenberry in 1964. This episode, In the Highest Tradition, was a stepping stone for Nimoy’s casting in Star Trek.
Nimoy plays an hyper A-Personality director who’s hot to make an action war picture based on the exploits of one of the commanders of the title character. Sounds great but the commander has a secret shame…
More pics next week, (you won’t want to miss those) and yes, that IS Majel Barret (Nurse Chapel) as Nimoy’s secretary!
Here’s today’s flashback: New Roddenberry Projects from Media Spotlight Magazine. Gene discusses his latest projects and (at this point in 1977) the speculation and early pre-production regarding a possible Star Trek film. It notes that the first outlines which were written by such sci-fi notables as Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, Dick Simmons and Chris Knopf were rejected by Paramount, just as they had rejected Gene’s original outline. I think this initial action is what caused the first movie to be less Star Trek and more Hollywood. Paramount dropped the ball here, rejecting the Trek creator and others who knew Trek well. I can only imagine that a script from one of these authors, and direction by Philip Kaufman (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) might have been more true to the spirit of the original. And being Media Spotlight, the article naturally features artwork and photos of the original series that have nothing to do with the article’s content! (Ah, they were such a fanzine!)
Hey, this is my 500th post!
Here’s today’s flashback; Another installment of Media Spotlight. This time it’s “Inside Science Fiction” by Jackie Lichtenberg, where she reviews the latest sci-fi related projects by our favorite Trek stars. Especially noteworthy is the LP album Inside Star Trek, which I remember buying at the time for @ $8.00, a big chunk out of my budget for the time. It featured Gene Roddenberry chatting with De Kelley, Bill Shatner and most notably Mark Lenard as Sarek, discussing the fascinating ordeal of Spock’s birth. I still have that LP somewhere, although nowhere to play it! The article also mentions that fans should get a hold of Leonard Nimoy’s recordings of The Martian Chronicles, although they might be a bit too expensive for your average geek’s wallet. The author extols Nimoy on his “rich, velvet voice”. There’s also interesting insights on how “The City on the Edge of Forever might have been if writer Harlan Ellison had his way (a footnote of Star Trek production legend is about how much Ellison hated the way his original script was edited into the legendary episode that aired. (To his credit, Ellison won a Writer’s Guild of America’s Award for his original teleplay).
Here’s today’s flashback: From November 23rd, 1979, Gene Roddenberry recalls to The New York Times the long, hard trek it took to get Star Trek to the silver screen: