Hello Scrappers, today’s flashback features the 4-day schedule of events that was the Star Trek Bi-Centennial-10 Convention in NYC. Looking back on this now I realized that, although we saw a lot at the convention, we missed a lot too! How could I have missed visiting the replica of the Enterprise Bridge and Transporter Room!!!??? I remember we got there on Friday in time for the Spock Look Alike Contest, and at one point my sister Kathy shared an elevator with Walter Koenig, who looked pretty tired. Sorry I missed the Anniversary Dinner (that one had to be pre-registered for) but I remember seeing a girl dressed as “The First Female Captain of The Enterprise” — a novel idea at the time– I recall she wore a long gold gown. I did get to go to an “Autograph and Rap” session with Grace Lee Whitney. (You see, this was back in the day when you didn’t
A photo of Grace Lee Whitney from Starlog issue#3, at the convention I went to, this is exactly how she looked when I met her that Saturday morning, of course, my camera wasn’t working so I was glad to see this!
have to pay for an autograph, and you were actually allowed time to chat with the stars for a couple of minutes!) I asked Grace about the wig she wore on the show — I remember saying “How much of that was real?” I’m sure she’d heard that question a million times before, but she was sweet and game to answer it yet again. (to be accurate, she said that the basket and fall down the back was fake,but the bangs and sides were all hers! Very sweet lady. (Hi Grace! Thanks for the autograph!) — it read “To Therese w/love, Grace Lee Whitney” — and another first, that was the first time I was aware that you could write the word ‘with’ as “w/” — I’ve used it ever since.
Menu from the Anniversary Ball, note the ‘otherworldly’ delicacies being served…
I came across a bunch of old publicity stills from Season 1 –many of these were used during Trek’s syndicated heyday in the 70’s; a fact I found a bit frustrating at the time because (and this will sound so geeky) the uniforms are not the final form used, but the ones used for the two pilots and the first episode filmed; Mudd’s Women. Real Trekkies knew that the sleeker, more streamlined uniform shirts with thinner contrasting collars were the norm on the show, whereas these were a bit chunkier. I’ve noticed that the stills favor Nimoy’s right side, but both sides of that angular stone face looked fine to me! The other interesting note here is how prominently Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand) featured, although she only lasted 13 episodes and her look was radically altered. (Although I must admit, I loved the women’s uniforms with pants; they were much more practical for scaling all all those fiberglass mountains!) Also, I love Spock’s gentle smile in this group shot.
I’ve fixed the color and noise in most of these pictures, which is par for the course with this kind of thing. As example, this quick shot of Nimoy and Hunter between scenes was faded and beat up. But as I look at this image afresh, one can only imagine how different Trek would have been if it had not been radically changed by the time it aired. (You can read speculations about this in the great guide, Star Trek FAQ by Mark Clark)
BTW, the color photo here of Spock holding the Enterprise was a poster on my brother’s wall for years. As a child of 5 when Trek first aired, the photo actually scared me a little, (!) for Mr. Spock seemed so…sinister! Of course by the time Trek hit syndication I was madly in love with him, and the poster had been transferred to my bedroom walls for a good 5 years! ( oh, how life’s opportunity was misused!)
I also have a new publicity photo of Spock as well as one of Kirk and McCoy from eBay that I’ve never seen before! This being Thanksgiving week here in America, it’s truly something to be thankful for! Boy, he looks mad here!
Posted in My Weekly Spock
Tagged Grace Lee Whitney, Jeffrey Hunter, Leonard Nimoy, Mark Clark, Mudd's Women, old uniforms, publicity, Star Trek, Star Trek FAQ, The Cage, Where No Man Has Gone Before, Wiilliam Shatner