Tag Archives: Gene Roddenberry

The Daily Scrapbook 5/21/13 (Summer 1979) A Paramount Pictures Newsletter

Here’s today’s flashback:  I had forgotten about this — An actual newsletter from Paramount Pictures promoting Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  With an interview with Gene Roddenberry,  color photos and lots of hype, it is especially excited about Persis Khambatta, “the olive-skinned beauty” from India with “a clear shot at big-time stardom”.   Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for Persis like that; she made a few forgettable films, was passed over for the (very bland) Maude Adams in Octopussy,  and sadly died of a heart attack much too young at 49 in 1996. Hollywood (until recently) often snubs many fine actors associated with Star Trek and Persis was yet another casualty. A  great shame too, she could have been the Angelina Jolie of the ’80’s.

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Note Nimoy’s backward picture, probably to balance out the format of the page.

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The Daily Scrapbook: 5/14/13 (8/1979) Progress Report: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Here’s today’s flashback:  From Starlog Magazine, August 1979 – the latest progress report on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  We discover here that Trek had now doubled its original budget of 15 million; mainly because special effects alone were costing 16 million, and that it was Robert Wise who was partially responsible for the look of the horrible bland polyester uniforms in the film, mainly because, as Roddenberry mentions : “…Wise kept to the idea that the uniforms should be utilitarian”  Yuck!   And for heaven’s sake, I hated that De Kelley had to wear such revealing mommy stretch pants in his first scene (with the beard).  Thank goodness the tunics covered the uniform hip-areas!  (By the way, this is the last article from my second Star Trek scrapbook! Volume III starts tomorrow!)

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The Daily Scrapbook 1/31/13–Feb 19, 1978 Actors, Script ready for Star Trek

Okay kids, finally getting back into my Scrapbook groove!

Here’s today’s flashback:   From February 19, 1978.  You see, the very same night that Leonard Nimoy was appearing in Elmira, NY, The Great Bird of the Galaxy, Gene Roddenberry, was appearing in my own backyard in Binghamton NY!  Had they appeared on different nights, I surely would have gone to both, but obviously, Nimoy beat out Roddenberry, and besides, I had seen Gene already in Rochester!    Here’s a review of the lecture from our local Sunday Press, I remember how I used to envy Gene Grey, our local entertainment reporter for always getting to see and talk to the big acts that came into town. He was a great reviewer, and years later (in 1996) I actually ended up sitting next to  Mr. Grey at a Monkee’s reunion concert!  Here’s his take on that other Gene.  And an extra little tidbit reminding fans that Gene would be in town.

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The Daily Scrapbook 11/12/12

Hello Scrappers!  Here’s today’s flashback: From August 26, 1977, Gene Roddenberry did a nationwide tour and I was lucky enough to see him when he came to Rochester, NY (where my sister lived).  It was thrilling to see “The Great Bird of the Galaxy” himself, and we got to watch the original pilot (in black and white, before the color negative was discovered) of The Cage.  I believe we also got to see some of the classic Star Trek bloopers, which I had seen once before at the Bicentennial 10 convention and were delightfully silly!

# 24 “Space Seed”

Our introduction to “Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!”

# 23, A Taste Of Armageddon

I’ve been busy, so it’s been a while since I’ve made a movie poster.  Here’s the latest episode, almost done with Season 1!

#7 The Naked Time