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My Weekly Spock: That First Trek:TMP Press Conference (1978) (Gallery)

136740475And the band got back together! As the latest Trek movie was released the other week, I thought it would be fun to look back on the first press conference for the movie that started the series way back in March of 1978.  Here’s Leonard and company looking splendid on that happy day.  He looks so genuinely thrilled at this impromptu nearly-10 year reunion! Love that velvet blazer! Bless them All!

My Weekly Spock: At the Premiere of ST:TMP

This week marks the 35th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (and let the franchise begin!)  Here’s a rare shot of Leonard and Bill at the premiere that was held in (interestingly enough) Washington D.C.!  The tuxes really reflect their personalities; Disco Bill is in his ruffles while Suave Leonard in in his traditional, fine tailored threads.  Marcy and Sandy look sweet too!

True, the movie may have not been the best, but I’m glad they had a fun night!

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The Daily Scrapbook: The Star Trek Newspaper Comic Part I

Hey Kids,

As I start this week, I’m aware I’m getting dangerously close to the end of the third volume of my old Star Trek scrapbooks– in fact the items I post this week will be the last of Volume III!  Now I know that Volume VI is somewhere in this house, but I’ll have to keep looking!  Now don’t panic, kids, even when my Trek scrapbooks have run out, I’m sure I’ll find more fun stuff to post!  In the meantime, Here’s today’s flashback:

When Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released, Gannett Newspapers added a daily comic strip based on the movie in our local paper (The Evening Press) I’ve made reference to these comics before, and now I can share them with you.  (It actually wasn’t too bad!) I started to collect them, and before you knew it, I had collected  a whole adventure (well, give or take a few panels).   Unfortunately, we did not get the Sunday color comic, but I happened to find the opening Sunday Comic of this adventure online.   So here begins Star Trek: The Newspaper Comic from December 2 to December 11, 1979. Enjoy!  V3-025 cover  V3-025V3-026

The Daily Scrapbook 5/16/13 December 8, 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture Premieres!

Here’s today’s flashback:  The day had finally come! After 10 years fans fervent hopes of a comeback,  of waiting for the day when Star Trek would return, it was finally here!  I remember waiting outside the Cameo Theater in Binghamton on that cold winter night for the first showing with my school pal John and we couldn’t wait to see how this ‘Human Adventure’ would unfold. (The Press photo below is of the line for the second showing that night) I recall being happy to see the ol’ crew again, and delighted that Spock was back.  I liked the beginning, I liked the end, but couldn’t recall much from the middle.   And I couldn’t help but wonder why parts of it seemed so slow and sometimes the dialogue was barely above a whisper! I admit, I said it was great to fellow patrons on the way out, but in my heart I knew it was more a matter of ‘be careful what you wish for’. Was this  dull, beige-y/grey saga the future of my beloved show?  It was Trek, but just not quite Trek enough; where was the humor and the spirit of the original? I admit, I almost gave up on Trek after this version, but the sequel in ’82 made me much happier!

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The Daily Scrapbook: 4/3/13 — ST:TMP preview by Roger Ebert.

Here’s today’s flashback: From February 1979, a Us magazine preview of Star Trek: The Motion Picture from beloved movie critic and aficionado, Roger Ebert.  I was sad to hear of Ebert’s passing last month, he was a fine critic and devotee of the art of moviemaking, and his reviews should be required reading for anyone who loves movies.  Surprisingly, with all it’s flaws, he actually liked ST:TMP, which is more than I actually expected.  Roger, I hope you have the best seat in movie heaven.

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The Daily Scrapbook: Parade Magazine Cover! December 10, 1978

Christmas came early for me in 1978, and seeing my heroes on the cover of the Sunday weekly Parade magazine was not only a thrill, but a validation of my fandom.  Hey, if it was important enough to make the cover of Parade, it must be really big!  The article previewing the movie was surprisingly long (3 pages!) but I took issue with it’s attitude about Trek and its stars.  Especially the one quote:

…Shatner and Nimoy are the only two of the cast who have been able to work continuously since Star Trek went off the air.  But chances are you don’t know what they were doing because if they weren’t Kirk or Spock, it wasn’t much noticed.  They are “stars” only in the world of Star Trek.

I found that quote highly offensive and untrue.  Just review all I had collected up to this point and you could see that they did indeed stay busy, especially Nimoy, who had In Search Of… in syndication, numerous stage work and was about to be seen in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and  while Bill  ran the game show circuit (usually a last ditch effort to stay in the public eye), but also did numerous appearances on popular dramas like Columbo and Mannix.   Okay, so they weren’t superstars like Robert Redford, but they were working, and working hard.  Trek would give them the last laugh, of course, especially after the second movie, when their stars would rise to their greatest visibility and successes.          And looking back on this, I’ve become aware of the quality of rubber cement too! (pardon the brown splotches) And I used to have that very issue of Star Trek Fan Clubs, but I think I sold it on eBay-Sorry!

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The Daily Scrapbook 3/5/13–Toni was There!

Here’s today’s flashback: Another recap article about the ST:TMP Press Conference., and this time “TONI WAS THERE!”.   I have no idea who Toni was, but she was definitely THERE!  I do love the old publicity picture on Page One though, with Mr. Kyle (John Winston) sniggering in the corner.  On the final page here is the remainder of the article, along with more  snippets and bits of other articles. Nimoy mentions the riskiest thing he’s ever done.  On the final page here is the remainder of the article, along with more  snippets and bits of other articles. Nimoy mentions the riskiest thing he’s ever done.

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