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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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The Daily Scrapbook 3/1/13 Star Trek Report from Starlog Magazine

Here’s today’s flashback:  From March of 1978, the official confirmation article form the beloved Starlog Magazine (the ultimate geek periodical of the time giving us the final rundown of the press conference for the upcoming Star Trek: The Motion Picture. (that was an awful title, wasn’t it?  They should have called it V’Ger Unleashed or something else!)  Anyway, Nimoy explains here that his long awaited casting as Spock was delayed because the communication “between Paramount and Vulcan was very slow”  😉 , and Shatner, when asked it if will be hard to recreate Kirk after 9 years, paraphrases the great Spencer Tracy* “You take a deep breath and say the words.”

Trekkies could always rely on Starlog to bring them the latest news.  This piece was written by Susan Sackett, a writer and associate to Gene Roddenberry well known to Trek fans (I think I have a letter from her someplace).

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The Daily Scrapbook 2/27/13 (March 28, 1978) Star Trek Crew set for $15 Million Movie Blast-Off

Here’s today’s Flashback:  From March 28, 1978, an article (from all things) The Star tabloid — a real full color article on the launch of the Trek movie (a feature less common then than it is now).  You can see the estimate for the movie was 15 million dollars, I believe when it was all finished it came to something like 40 million (but I’ll have to check my facts).  You’ll note that as ever the picky Trekkie, I was always on top of clerical errors in these old articles, here noting that Grace Lee Whitney was mis-identified as  Christine Chapel, even as the real Chapel, Majel Barrett is standing at left in big picture, you can see my teenage scrawl identifying her in the margin, as well as  the mis-caption of the lower right hand pic, and cross outs of other mistakes involving Waler Koenig and Grace.  And the flashback is naturally backward too! Oh these Trek amateurs!  At least Grace looks ecstatic, probably hoping that this would bring back some good work.  I always liked Grace, a crime she was screwed over in the original production because Gene wanted Kirk to have more space babes!

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The Daily Scrapbook 2/26/13 March to April 1978 –Trekkies Get their wish!

V2-02 Here’s today’s flashback:  A smattering of articles and bits about the exciting news that Trekkies would finally get their wish; the new Star Trek movie was finally taking off!  We all waited with baited breath for more details. You can see I must have scrutinized many a magazine for clippings related to the announcement, even The Star (tabloid), for heaven’s sake! (I’ll post that one tomorrow) (God, no wonder I never had a date in High School!)  I recall the initial excitement that our hopes of a Star Trek return were coming true, but despite this, I still had a strange queasiness about it — would it be the same retooled with a ’70’s attitude?  Only time would tell.  Robert Wise, the award winning director of West Side Story and The Sound of Music was lauded as the chosen director here, and note that the movie was  was announced by future Disney President Michael Eisner. Yet in the end, it was painfully obvious that Wise wasn’t the best choice, but at this point, all that mattered to me was  that Nimoy was back, for it truly wouldn’t be Trek without him.  I was cautiously optimistic.
You’ll also notice a book club ad for a Star Trek Puzzle book, only 75 cents!

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