I wonder where Leonard was when this funny one was taken! No doubt in the ’70s and a local channel was airing In Search Of… It must be odd to see a huge head of yourself in public, but looks like Leonard enjoyed it!
How many here watched In Search Of… back in the day or since. Do you think it aged well? I”m looking forward to the new reboot of the show with (appropriately) Zachary Quinto as host! I’m sure Leonard would approve!
Here’s today’s flashback: A planetarium program a relative sent me from Rochester – notable because Leonard Nimoy narrates one of the shows (highlighted). (With that rich voice and “alien” background, Nimoy did a lot of voice work, usually for something related to space or mystery) A mention of In Search Of… meeting Vincent Van Gogh, and a snippet mentioning how Star Trek is still popular in it’s common syndicated time-slot of 6-7p.m. (My mom hated me bringing my dinner into the living room to watch Trek (ah, the days before DVRs!)
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)
Here’s today’s flashback: From 1977, Bill Shatner gives actress Yvette Mimieux a nice back massage while taking rehearsing for the then Broadway bound show Tricks of the Trade. (lucky!) Here’s another image. Then many, many TV guide listings of Nimoy’s documentary show In Search Of…, which was syndicated nationwide. Nimoy also narrated a documentary series called The Coral Jungle listed here, and in other TV work, he co-hosted basically a half-hour commercial for NBC called C’mon Saturday which touted the new and returning Saturday Morning Cartoons that would be airing that fall on NBC (The animated Trek aired two seasons from 73-74, so I don’t know why Nimoy was picked for this unless it was in reruns). From all this TV work, I am presuming that Nimoy did a lot of extra work in NYC while he was in Equus, I remember actually watching this (as a 16 year old) and feeling mighty embarrassed for Mr. Nimoy, who played a character caller “Mister Wister” who guided around young Andrea McArdle (of Annie fame) to all the wonders of new Saturday Morning line up. (For all you out there under the age of 40, it was standard practice for the three major networks to air cartoons and kid shows on Saturday mornings; this is where we discovered The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and H.R. Puffinstuff ) NBC must have paid him well for this, for the most embarrassing part to me was when he had to sing, to the tune of “Row, Row, Row your Boat” in a faux baritone voice “Turn, Turn, Turn your dial, Right to N-B-C!” Well, he had bills to pay, I’m sure.
Here’s today’s flashback: A 1977 review from Starlog magazine of Nimoy’s new weekly documentary series “In Search Of...” ( I can still hear the theme song) And more delays on that supposed Star Trek movie. Roddenberry wanted a script that would please the fans, but Paramount found his original script “too much like a TV series”. Unfortunately, the final result was too much like a a very slow, very boring documentary, not like the original at all, (and don’t get me started on those hideous footie-pajama uniforms!) Glad Wrath of Khan came along in ’82 as of much better representation of what Trek should be. In Search Of… was an interesting series, although I’m sure much of its info is outdated now. The episode that really bugged me was about a cult around ‘St Germaine’; creepy. As a youngster, I was willing to believe that there was a Loch Ness Monster, and maybe even that ancient civilizations etched big pictures into the deserts to communicate with aliens, although I mostly watched for the Nimoy segments. In a later episode, Nimoy ‘searched’ for Vincent Van Gogh, and cleverly plugged his new one-man-show Vincent.