Hi Everyone! It’s been a couple of crazy weeks for me, for I went through an awful bout of pneumonia! Happy to report that I am well recovered now, and just happy to be back to my normal silly self again!
Tomorrow here in the USA, it’s Thanksgiving. I’m baking some pies today and will make some nice turkey and fixings on Thursday. But in the meantime I thought it would be fun to recall five things about Star Trek TOS that I’m grateful for. Any of your favorites here? Be sure to add yours in the comment section. And for all our friends celebrating, Have a Happy And Safe Thanksgiving! <3
- #5: Gene Roddenberry’s Vision. Where it all began. In the fertile mind of Gene Roddenberry, the beginnings of a world where Earth lives in peace, harmony, and diversity. A dream we all still strive for and will ever hope to achieve. Maybe someday.
- 4: Dr. McCoy’s Baby Blues
- If ever I was sick in TOS Universe, nothing would calm me better than the warm blue eyes and calm bedside manner of dear ol’ Bones.
- 3: Bill Theiss’s remarkable fashion design
Who knew the future would be so colorful? The glorious designs of William Ware Theiss not only implied a brighter future, but were often just bits of fabric pinned together! Theiss was a genius who inspires many to this day. (Me too; I make doll clothes!)
- 2: Kirk standing up for Humanity.
Kirk was well aware of Humanity’s flaws, but that never let that stop him from defending (and saving) the Human race from total destruction. Kirk has faith in the good of Humanity, and will always fight for it. May we all be examples of best in Humanity; Love, Respect, and Caring. And finally…
- 1: Just Spock, Wonderful Spock.
- Of course, you know I’m a fool for that Vulcan. But Spock so much more than just a cool character. To me, Spock is so much of what Star Trek is about. the outsider trying to fit in. How many of us grew up identifying with Spock because we often felt the misfits in our world? Spock showed us that we could and would manage well if we just stayed true to ourselves, but also be caring and loyal to our family and friends. Every Trek series has an outsider/Spock character in it, but this Vulcan was the first, and probably the most beloved.
Now don’t get excited — Alas, this is not an interview with Leonard Nimoy, but if I were ever lucky enough to interview him, this is what I’d ask. Some are philosophical, some are totally fan girl…Who knows, maybe he’ll read this and send me a reply! 😉 Get out your pencil, Sir!
- How are you? Hope you’re doing well!
- I know you’ve re mostly retired from acting, but are you still interested in doing voice work or books on disc?
- You’ve always been politically active and civic minded. If you could run for office, what would be your proposals?
- Who’s your favorite author and what’s the latest book you’ve read?
- We know you have a Twitter account, but are you much into the latest technology or could you take it or leave it?
- You’ve met and known many people in your life, from JFK to Jimi Hendrix. Can you recall any favorite encounters (famous or fan) that really blew you away?
- When you look at how the world has changed in your lifetime, what is the one invention that you never expected in your lifetime, and how did it affect you?
- What advice can you give an amateur photographer like me?
- You did many stage productions in the 70’s, what was your favorite?
- Do you have a bucket list?
- You wrote, produced, and and performed the marvelous Vincent; –Do you think that creativity and sanity are linked? That is, is there really is a fine line between sanity and genius and/or that creativity that nurtures and protects our sanity?
- Do you still play guitar?
- We’ve always heard about how teenagers created the youth culture the 1950’s with their rebellious music and style, but you were a teenager in the 1940’s — what was life like for your age group then? Were you all just mini-adults expected to act like your elders, or were you rebellious too?
- Any chance that Baffled can be rebooted? I think it would have made an excellent mystery/suspense series. (And I think Jon Hamm would make an excellent Tom Kovack)
- What was your favorite guest appearance in a TV series?
- What’s your philosophy for a life well lived?
- Just a few Star Trek questions that I hope are unique. I don’t know if you’ve seen a lot a fan art, but a lot of it is just saturated with “Spirk” a.k.a.”slash” art which features Kirk and Spock in, well, let’s just say compromising situations. Personally, I don’t care for it, but what is your take on this trend?
- Speaking of romance, I’ve heard that Gene Roddenberry wanted Spock to end up with Nurse Chapel. But which of these women do you think Spock would marry –Nurse Chapel, Uhura, Leila, The Romulan Commander, Droxine, or Zarabeth? (T’Pring doesn’t count because she got Stonn)
- At what moment did you realize that Spock was a cultural icon, and does a day ever go by when you don’t have to think about Spock, Trek, and the whole franchise? (I truly hope so)
- Do you still have that marvelous blue denim patchwork suit you wore on The Mike Douglas Show back in 1972? It was so cool!
- How would you like to be remembered?
- May I be one of your many honoraries? (I’m @ same age as your two) 🙂
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 the TV Star Parade, an article from February 1978, an article touting the new Star Trek TV series (we all know now this version never happened, which I suspect was a small blessing! Note how the mask of Kirk next to Roddenberry is similar (if not the same one) used by ‘Jason’ in those silly slasher movies.
Here’s today’s flashback: A shout out to Majel Barret-Roddenberry for giving Gene the idea for his TV Pilot ‘Spectre‘ — Sounded like a good idea but it’s funny that at the time CBS declined his pilot because ‘no one is interested in the supernatural’ –But Gene was ahead of his time by about 20 years (Remember the craze X-Files started?) Now to be honest, I wasn’t into supernatural much either, but I bet this would have worked. Also a quick blurb about the Star Trek phenomenon and a listing for another Roddenberry movie “The Questor Tapes”. Gene kept busy during the 70s, a shame none of his projects took off the way he hoped. (I think Genesis II would have made a great series). And look at the babes in the photo upper left. I bet these little starlets were thinking “Wow, we’re in a Gene Roddenberry picture! We’re gonna be stars!” Dream on girls.
Here’s today’s flashback: From April o f1977. Movie magazines were getting wise to the renewed Trek phenomenon that was everywhere and actively sought related news that would make good copy (I suppose they couldn’t resist a girl in a chain-mail bikini too) I was just happy to have a pin-up of Nimoy, even if it was in that silly Tholian Web spacesuit (I bet those six costumes broke the production bank that week!) They were much more sophisticated than the shower curtain get-ups from The Naked Time!) Love the pensive podium picture too.
I’m just watching CNN now, and I hope you’ve caught this too. The original prototype shuttle Enterprise is swooping around NYC to land at JFK soon and prepere for it’s final home at the Intrepid Museum. So exciting for NYC and NASA! I remember when the Enterprise was unveiled in 1976, it was originally to be called The Constitution, but Trek fans all over the country wrote NASA and inisited that they name this prototype after their favorive Starship! On CNN now John Cerrella joking referred to it as ‘The Rodney Dangerfield” of Shuttles, because it did’t get to fly into space, hence ‘getting no respect’, but it’s safe to say that without this prototype which was used for practice landings, our shuttle program may have never happened!
Certainly The Enterprise is getting that respect now! Nimoy Alert: I’ve heard several commentators say that Mr. Nimoy is going to speak today at JFK – I hope so ! Nimoy was a the first roll-out of The Enterprise in 1976 along with Dee, Jim, Nichelle, George, Walter, and Gene Roddenberry. I’m so glad he’s there today! I remember the roll-out well! Several of the Trek men were wearing awful leisure suits! (save for Nimoy and Takei) But it was so exciting! Nimoy at the time was surprised that it wasn’t the Star-Spangled Banner playing at the roll out, but rather the original Star Trek Theme!
The Star Trek Cast welcome the newly christened NASA Shuttle Enterprise in 1976. L-R NASA Employee, DeForrest Kelly, George Takei, James Doohan (partly hidden, w/beard) Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Gene Roddenberry, NASA employee, and Walter Koenig.
The best thing about Enterprise coming to NYC is that it is in such beautiful condition because it doesn’t have any space-wear on it, no loose or missing tiles. It will be a beautiful addition to the Intrepid Museum when it opens in July! I’ll keep you updated when Nimoy speaks today!