The Daily Scrapbook: 7/23/13 Star Trek: TMP Bubble Gum Cards Part II

Here’s today’s flashback:  The second batch of my Star Trek:TMP Bubble Gum trading cards from 1979.  Lots of new and freaky aliens (no doubt influenced by Star Wars).  I admit, I wasn’t too thrilled with the excessive latex, especially the flappy faced fellow in the first page lower right (so if you turn his face upside down, he frowns, right?) Sure, these aliens were mostly in the background, but  as Trek grew and morphed into the eventual franchise, the aliens got bumpier and bumpier to the point of extreme shock value.  This was my one complaint with the franchise; at times the make-up got in the way of the character — I found myself missing more M-planet type aliens with minor differences.  Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate all the hard work and creativity that went into creating the alien looks, and I liked the new Klingon and Andorian designs I even dig the turtle-ish people here.  I just think, like the Rococco period in Art, and 1980’s fashion, Trek aliens entered the overblown design era starting in this period. In the current movie, lots of otherword aliens are already at the academy, which to me kind of breaks canon, since Mr. Spock was supposed to be the first and only non-human to serve in Starfleet at the beginning of the Original Series.   I’ll have to do a post about my least fave aliens sometime.  In the last set here you can see other advantages of a bigger budget -nice fancy lighting on the Enterprise’s  exterior, and the bridge finally has a ceiling!                                                                                        And speaking of Trek movies,  yes, I will have a review of  Into Darkness soon, family matters kept me from posting one sooner, and I’ll have to see it again to write a good, complete review. Thanks for your patience).
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The Daily Scrapbook 11/5/12 Trekkies of all ages

Here’s today’s flashback from 1976.  Trek news from the TV Guide ‘teletype’ section, notes on Leonard and Bill, an article from Parade Magazine about a middle-aged ‘Trekkie’ Mom Roberta Rogow, from New Jersey who wrote Trekindex, a fanzine guide to everything Trek, and comments in TV Guide from a fangirl who differentiates Trekkers from Trekkies.  The label didn’t really matter to me; just the fact that I was into Trek made me a freak among normals anyway.  There are also three fun limericks here from two girls I met at the Star Trek Bicentennial 10 convention in NYC, Barbara Louis and Marie Letiza. Barbara also supplied me with all the articles you’ll find here in pale Xerox grey. ( I had some of her stuff copied for my scrapbooks, it was so nice to know that I wasn’t the only one!)  Barbara was a cool chick,  with long blond hair and a big smile.  I recall not long after the Trek Convention, we kept in touch for a while, and when she and her family were vacationing in nearby Oneonta, my brother, Mom and I drove out to meet them and she and I shared all our Star Trek scrapbook material, sighing over Leonard Nimoy and wondering if a new Trek TV show would really happen. I still have a letter she wrote me where she gushed about seeing actor/singer David Soul (Starsky & Hutch, and one of the red natives in The Apple) in concert, singing his one hit wonder “Don’t Give Up On Us”.  Barbara was more a a typical teenager than I, (she even had a boyfriend!) Oh how I envied her! Wonder what she’s up to now? Probably a president of a company.

The Daily Scrapbook 10/22/12

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.

The Daily Scrapbook 10/18/12 Jimmy Doohan comes to town!

Here’s today’s flashback:  From March of 1977, James Doohan appeared locally at Binghamton University (then known as Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton) and amazingly, I did not go to this show!  (at least I don’t remember going!) Maybe seeing him at the NYC convention was enough?   This is a charming interview, and Jimmy is  humble and happy with his life.  He says that people wouldn’t want him to spout Shakespeare, but I think he would have been great in Macbeth or The Taming of the Shrew!  Great guy, well missed. 🙁

And more questions, this time wondering if Bill Shatner liked that newfangled english Sci-Fi show –Space 1999?  (Anyone here watch that? it was fun)

The Daily Scrapbook 10/17/12 More Questions and a Quiz

Here’s today’s flashback -sorry it’s late – I had to sub today, and just remembered that I hadn’t posted a daily here!    Today we see more Q&A about a possible Trek movie, questions wondering if Nimoy and The Shat were rivals, a mention of Gene Roddenberry’s Specter ( I still haven’t seen that) and a quiz from another middle school weekly, seeing if you can recall everything in the picture of the Enterprise being tossed like a salad.