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 kids, I figured out why I couldn’t upload more pictures yesterday; My site had finally run out of space for new files!!! It’s all fixed now, with even more GB storage (and a chunk out of my checking account) — I might have to set up a donation button!
Here’s today’s flashback: More from Media Spotlight, including a review of the classic Forbidden Planet and an order form for membership in the “Brotherhood of Vulcan”! ( I always wondered if Roddenberry and William Ware Theiss got the idea of short mini-dresses for the female Enterprise uniforms from this movie!
Good Morning Scrappers! And now, a special announcement:
A reader sent a note here saying that people have often told him he looks a lot like Mr. Spock — he’d like to send in a picture and get the other Scrappers opinions! This gave me an idea– How about a SPOCK LOOKALIKE CONTEST? The contest starts TODAY MARCH 18TH, and you have until MONDAY APRIL 1ST to send in a photo of you or someone you know in your best SPOCK persona! (If you have a Starfleet Uniform and pointed ears, all the better!) The photo should have been taken within the last 5 years. Photos will be posted here on Trekker Scrapbook, and all readers will cast one vote each.
Winner will receive an original 1977 Media Spotlight magazine from my personal collection, featuring Leonard Nimoy as Spock on the cover!
Please adhere to all the rules stated below, Thank you and good luck!
The official spock look-alike contest begins on march 18, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.edt (usa) all entries must be received by april 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. edt (usa). entries will be posted on april 2nd, voted on by fellow readers through april 7th at 11:59 p.m. edt (usa) and a winner will be announced at some point on april 8th, 2013.
contest is open to entrants ages 6 and up. entrants may submit one (and only one) photo of yourself or a friend as mr. spock. head shots are acceptable, but entrant must be attired as Mr. spock to qualify (inappropriate poses, gestures, or lack of clothing are not allowed and will be instantly disqualified)
please include date of photo, your username, age, and country to be posted here on trekkerscrapbook. entry photos will only be posted with their username, age and country (not actual name) for privacy sake.
e-mail your spock submission to:
by april 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. edt (usa).
WINNER WILL RECEIVE AN ORIGINAL, VINTAGE 1977 EDITION OF MEDIA SPOTLIGHT MAGAZINE WITH MR. sPOCK ON THE COVER FROM THIS AUTHOR’S PERSONAL COLLECTION! WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON TREKKER SCRAPBOOK ON APRIL 8TH AND NOTIFIED BY E-MAIL, THEY WILL BE SENT THE PRIZE WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS OF WIN.
And there you have it– our first contest for Trekker Scrapbook! I hope I hear from a lot of you, and that we’ll see who’s voted the Spockiest of all! Thanks,and have fun! -Therese