It’s almost to good to be true, but lo and behold — My favorite band of all time were fans of my favorite TV show of all time!
As evidenced in this extremely rare photo from late 1966 – Paul is clearly giving the Vulcan Peace Sign as John looks on from their hotel window! I bet Trek was a huge factor in their creative drives that led to Sgt. Pepper the following year! Wow! Who’da thunk it???!
And by the way, if you haven’t noticed today’s date, better read the following words backward: LOOF LIRPA ! 😉 Gotcha! (This was hard to Photoshop!)
Hey kids, I finally got a chance to scan the second volume of my 4 Star Trek scrapbooks so lets release the clippings! First up, from April 2, 1978: a commentary on how Star Trek was almost a way of life for some fans. Now a lot of people at the time may have found me obsessed with Trek, and I was! But I didn’t build my own Enterprise for heaven’s sake! In this article we also see the first definition of ‘Trekker’ vs. ‘Trekkie’, which seems to have a disdain for the latter. I’m happy with Trekkie because, heck, it’s just a TV show, a fun, wonderful, insightful and imaginative TV show, but a TV show nonetheless!
You may have also noted the Grin and Bear It comic from the same Sunday paper…Grin and Bear It was always one of my late Dad’s favorite comics, and to this day it is one of mine. It’s simple but honest humor keeps me in touch with my Dad’s memory, and reading this particular one 3 1/2 years after his death, I knew he would have gotten a kick out of it. Here it deals with complexities of life with astronauts of the female persuasion…
Well, Hurricane Sandy kind of fizzled in my area, still on a high wind watch but no notable damages. Hope everyone reading this is okay, and that your managing well.
Here’s a little distraction, today’s flashback is from June of 1977. Trekkies were having a great time nationally on two fronts. The experimental space shuttle Enterprise had made its first successful flight and to make the joy complete, Paramount announced that, yes, Star Trek would be coming back as a TV series!! I admit, I was excited at the prospect of Trek being back on TV, but I was wary of it too. After all, it had been 9 years since the original was canceled, and if if was coming back, I was in the camp that wanted it to look and feel exactly like the original, same uniforms, same ship, same crew. I remember having doubts about this venture, and was concerned that since many of the actors, especially Nimoy, had moved on, that this just wasn’t going to work, at least not in a TV series. My doubts proved right as the proposed Star Trek 2 pretty much died on the drawing board. But at the time, it was still a possibility. Yet I knew that if Trek came back in this form, it would lose its distinctly 60’s feel, and I really wasn’t looking forward to a polyester-disco Trek. Now if the series hadn’t been canceled in the first place I think it would have concluded its mission in a satisfactory condition, and probably would have been canceled a year or two later. But then, it would have never evolved into the eventual movie and TV ‘franchise’ it is today, and we never would have had its ultimate rebirth in J.J. Abrams 2009’s Star Trek, which in the end was the movie I had been waiting 30 years for! In hindsight, it worked out pretty good, but I still wonder how Trek might have been if it lasted an extra two seasons in its original form. I’ll write a speculation on this soon, for now, enjoy the euphoria, excitement, and speculation as Trekkies the world over anticipated the return of their favorite show .