Remember a while back when I re-colored and edited an old article from the 60’s about The Primitive Sex Appeal of Dr. Spock? Well, if you don’t, Here’s the link. As you may recall, I flipped the picture, fixed the color and changed the lettering to reflect Spock’s correct title (for as we know, Spock was not a pediatrician!) I was so frustrated that I couldn’t find the rest of that article. But now, to my delight and for your enjoyment, the genius behind the tumblr blog “Beyond Spock” has found the rest of the article, that I now present here, complete with my corrected front page! The psychologist, Dr. Carol Hofburnham, credits Nimoy’s performance for part of Spock’s magnetism, but credits most of it to Spock’s unconscious roots in Beowulf, Sir Lancelot, and the Satyr. (We all know better, of course.) Enjoy!
As I was going through my Nimoy files of stuff I’ve found on the internet, I came across this unlikely contender– an old page from a movie magazine, no doubt from the 1960’s, that tries to reason out “The Primitive Sex Appeal of Dr. Spock.” Well, obviously there are several things horribly WRONG with this article…
First, the photo is backward and the insignia is colored in wrong!
Second, as was typical when Trek first came out, and even after it skyrocketed in syndication… IT’S MISTER SPOCK YOU DOLTS!!!! No one cares about the primitive sex appeal of Dr Benjamin Spock ! (Although to their credit, his title is correct in the body of the article).
Third — I found a colorized version of this same article which heinously gave Spock a yellow shirt, the insignia with orange accents! The hot pink backdrop is colorful, and actually works nicely with the yellow shirt, if a bit Easter egg-y, so I changed that too! (with my apologies to the original colorist)
So I had to do the right thing, and dug out my Adobe Photoshop to re-color this portrait to its correct and deserved tints, flip it, and fix that age-old typo that non-Trekkie’s were wont to make (I also had to re-write the original body of the article) So here you go:
Unfortunately, the last thing wrong with this article is … I can’t find the rest of the article online! I really would like to know what Dr. Carol Hofburnham of Mulborn University said about Spock’s primitive sex appeal. but until I can find it, we’ll just have to speculate! Happy Belated Valentine’s Day, kids!