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James Horner – Master Composer – 1953-2015

james-horner_vert-1f1ea932844a5195c9646df8875061b3850596d3-s400-c85So very sad to report the tragic passing of Master Composer James Horner, who was killed in a single engine plane crash in California.

Known for many iconic scores of Hollywood films, Trek fans remember and admire his seafaring, strong and touching score for Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan, and its follow up themes in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

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The theme for Kirk and Spock is particularly poignant, (especially when Spock dies) and now sounds all the more sad knowing that we’ll never have another score by Mr. Horner.

James explains the score of Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan here, and the themes of Khan, the Enterprise, and the bond between Kirk and Spock:

Mr. Horner also composed soaring themes for so many memorable movies, among them  Titanic, Avatar, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Glory, and countless others.

The movies have lost a great maestro.  I add my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.  May the magnificence of his music bring you comfort at this sad time.  I invite you take a little time today and listen to the work and empathy that are so magical here. Here are several of his memorable soundtracks:

Kaliedescope of  Mathmatics from A Beautiful Mind totally sounds like my  butterfly brain:   https://youtu.be/mZI3VWSu0nM

The beautiful theme to Cocoon                                                                  https://youtu.be/AmpLx6UcynY

The soaring theme to Glory (hearing this now makes me very sad)

Rest in Peace, Mr. Horner.   Your music belongs to the ages.

My Weekly Spock–50 Years of Mister Spock!

Of course, Star Trek did not make its debut until September 8, 1966, but Leonard Nimoy has been playing Mr. Spock since filming the pilot of  The Cage in 1964!

Leonard, Congratulations on embodying and evolving such a charming, cool, lovable, and enduring character for all these years.  The world is a happier place because of Mr. Spock!  Spock will endure forever.  Thank you, and may you and he truly Live Long and Prosper!   😀

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FArFri 5/24/13 “Spock Through The Ages” by Jen Collins

Here’s a marvelous life retrospective of Spock by artist Jen Collins.  You can see more of her fine art at http://www.thedyeiscast.deviantart.com

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The Daily Scrapbook 2/5/13 — March 29, 1978 ‘Starship on a Silver Screen’

Hi Kids, here’s today’s flashback:  From March 29, 1978, the news all Trekkies longed to hear: Star Trek was finally coming back, and now as a movie! Now in my lifetime, there had been many movies turned into TV series, but never vice-versa.   The first Trek movie was a pioneer in this aspect.   I was so happy that Nimoy was back as Spock, and recall being cautiously optimistic about the movie, which turned out to be with good reason.  Despite all the bells and whistles, the first movie to me just wasn’t Star Trek; the uniforms were ugly dull polyester onesies, the Klingons were bumpy,  Shatner’s toupee was all wrong! A tally of offenses abounded in first movie.   There were intensely loving but terribly long and  slo-o-o-o-ow close-ups of the Enterprise.  The splendid music and special effects were loud, but the dialogue was annoyingly whispered.  The plot meant well, but it was executed all wrong! But the worst offense was  that there was hardly any humor in it, (save for McCoy) with the characters so sombre I wondered if Nimoy’s character from Invasion of the Body Snatchers had turned the whole Enterprise crew into pod people!  I was so disappointed with it that I was ready to give up on my beloved series.  Was there anything I liked about the first movie?  Yes. Jerry Goldsmith’s  “Illia’s Theme” was dreamily beautiful, and still gives me chills. Alas, even the love story between she and Decker wasn’t utilized as well as it could have been.  I give Roddenberry and crew points for trying,  but unfortunately, it would be  three years until the second movie‘s glory made up for the first ones dearth of spirit (in spades!)                By the way — this was the final article posted in my original scrapbook– a fitting end to five years of clippings up to this point. Volume II will start tomorrow (there are four volumes in all).  Thanks for coming along for the ride so far! V1-pg 71 copy

The Daily Scrapbook 12/6/12 Guess who’s coming to town?

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)

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The Daily Scrapbook 11/27/12 Some Odds and Ends

Here’s today’s flashback:  As I continued to gather any little tidbit I found in magazines related to Trek, there were ads for locally syndicated episodes and in fan magazines, there were often ads for Star Trek posters, like the ones you see here on the bottom of these two pages.  On the first page, you see a collage of Kirk, Spock, and I actually owned this poster, in full color.  It wasn’t the best Trek collage posted, but it nicely accentuated the Spock poster my brother let me use, and I had Trek all over my bedroom, just like Nurse Chapel in this StarTreKomic I created for this site.  You also see Shatner and company’s names here, probably from an ad for an upcoming convention.

Also, there’s new speculation on the status of the return of Star Trek on television. Called Star Trek II, I remember being disheartened when I read this little blurb from TV Guide that mentioned that Leonard Nimoy would NOT be coming back.  And he’d be replaced by some “bald lady” who was incredibly “sensuous”?  Whaaaa?
Fortunately, Nimoy did come back for the eventual first movie,  and Ilea (the late Persis Khambatta) was a very beautiful lady. Too bad the movie itself was such a snore!!!