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A Treasure Trove of On-Set photos from Amok Time

Came across these on eBay the other day — a dealer had purchased original negatives from a photographer who took on-the-set photos of the Star Trek cast during the filming of Amok Time (among others).  These outtakes are quite a treasure trove! I suspect it was common to have photographers on set to take pictures for publicity, but unlike regular publicity photos, these are not staged, but taken during the actual rehearsals and filming.  I’ll be watching out for more!

So Long Old Chum: Adam West 1928 -2017

I realize it’s been a little while now, but I had to do a little tribute to  actor Adam West, who as you know passed away on June 9th.  Adam’s Batman was to all his fans what Spock was to Trekkers; a beloved character, an inspiration, and an overall a hero.  I loved Adam West’s voice, and how he made Batman a lovable hero, (if a bit goofy).   Of course the 1966 TV show was pure parody, but  it was a tonic the country needed from seeing the horror of Vietnam on the nightly news.

As Batman  came out the same year as Star Trek, my initial memories of it as a 5-year old were a bit sketchy. I recall watching it with my family at the “Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!” every week.  In fact, Batman was so popular, it aired twice a week at one point!  I remember I loved the animated opening, because any  child could not resist a cartoon!  I recall having a crush on Burt Ward (a.k.a. Robin) because he was the cool teenager, and being a bit creeped out by The Joker.   It was funny when the dynamic duo would climb up the buildings, and we all wondered why The Joker had a mustache under his makeup! (Cesar Romero refused to shave his trademark lip fuzz).  We all thought it was pretty silly and never took it as seriously as Trek but it sure was fun escapism.

As I grew older and saw it in reruns, I remember finding it a bit embarrassing to watch (Bat-Tusi anyone?) but I did begin to appreciate the tongue-in-cheek atmosphere of the whole thing, and West really knew how to play it up!  I only wish Batman could have married Catwoman!  It appears that West agreed with me, when asked what Batman story he’d write:

“My Bruce Wayne would have been romancing Catwoman with a brandy snifter full of milk. Then he would have said something silly, like “Man cannot live on milk alone.”

After Batman, West had trouble getting roles because of the typecasting Batman gave him, but he remained optimistic:

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to those fans. They are not stupid. I think they appreciate my sincerity and my work. Actors want to be loved. Batman (1966) has done that for me. I have an audience out there which is always waiting to see whatever I do. And new generations are constantly discovering me in reruns. So, as long as I stay sharp, good things can still happen for me. Meanwhile, I keep hoping that a wonderful opportunity will come along. Believe me, my life ain’t so bad, after all.”

And eventually, he found many a role after Batman, and had rarely been out of work right up to his passing last month.  He also remained remarkably young-looking, even as he struggled with leukemia at the end.

Before Batman, West even had a Star Trek connection!  He and Bill Shatner appeared in the short-lived series-turned TV Movie Alexander the Great with Shatner in the lead and West as Cleander. Here’s the whole movie!

On June  16th the city of Los Angeles beamed the Bat Signal onto city hall.  I can’t imagine a better tribute to this beloved actor. ❤ Rest in Peace.

 

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That’s the Batman I grew up with! Adam in his iconic role.

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Striking photo of Bruce Wayne (Adam) shedding his cowl. (*Sigh!*) So Handsome!

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Personally I always wanted Batman to run off with Catwoman! (with Julie Newmar)

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Classic, Campy 1966 LIFE Magazine cover

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So Batman, Batgirl, and Mr. Spock walk into a bar…Adam, Yvonne Craig, and Leonard Nimoy at a Hollywood Event. Missed but never forgotten

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Bat-Bang and Spock-Rock! Adam and Leonard beat the drum-skins at the same party from above. Oh to be a fly on the wall there!

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Fueling those rumors… Not sure if this is Photoshopped or not- Funny pic of Adam as Batman and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson.

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Handsome Adam Post-Batman. He lived out the Batman typecasting to his advantage and became an icon to millions.

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Parodying himself as “Catman” on The Fairly Odd Parents.

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As himself on The Fairly Odd Parents

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As himself again on The Simpsons

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The Bat Signal Tribute in Los Angeles on June 16th

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Adam had many roles though his 50 years plus acting career. He even voiced Mayor Adam West on ‘Family Guy’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Dear Friends,

Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads out there, here and above ❤ ❤  Here’s Leonard and Bill as Sons and Fathers!

Take your daughters to work day: Bill with daughter Melanie in ‘Miri’ (Awww!)

Young Leonard with Max and Dora

Little Billy with Dad Joseph, Mom Anna, and one of his sisters

Bill with three daughters and 2nd wife Marcy at NASA

Daddy Bill with 1st wife Gloria and baby Leslie

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Leonard with Sandy, Julie,Adam, and pets

Leonard with Max and Dora in during the Trek years.

Adam and Leonard in ’69

 

My Weekly Spock: Siblings!

This past Monday (4/10) was National Siblings Day, so what better time to remember wee Leonard and his big brother Melvin?

 

 

 

 

Not to mention those two men who loved him like a brother; Bill Shatner and DeForest Kelley ❤

Happy 86th Birthday Bill Shatner!

Hey Captain! Our Captain hits 86 today!  Happy Birthday Bill! God bless you with another beautiful year and many many more!

BTW, Guess who I got my picture taken with last June at Star Trek: Mission New York?  — I was wearing my Dr. Miranda Jones costume and had Bill hold a faux red rose with me, just like in the episode!  (Silly me!) He looks perfectly flummoxed here, but it was totally worth it!

I’ll write more about my convention experiences from last year soon; very busy lately with my two jobs and also rehearsing for local production of Jesus Christ Superstar!

Steady As She Goes! Shatner, Koenig, and Takei on the Bridge Again!

This is all kinds of wonderful.  Just a few days ago at the the Destination: Star Trek Convention in Birmingham, England, the stars the many Trek incarnations as well as special guests posed on a lovely recreation of the Enterprise bridge! But most importantly, Captain Kirk, Mr. Chekov and Mr. Sulu were back at their stations!

This picture got me a little emotional!  Seeing William Shatner, Walter Koenig and George Takei sitting so fine just made my heart swell (and break just a little)!  Unfortunately, Nichelle Nichols couldn’t make it, but I’m sure she was there in spirit.  And as beautiful as this is, it made me miss the crew now watching from above: Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Fortunately, the legendary three here had plenty of support in their Trek family.  Most notable is Leonard’s son,  Adam Nimoy, standing in for his beloved father.  As much as I wish that Leonard was still here, I’m so thankful that Adam was there for him.

I also LOVE that George Takei wore a black shirt with a bright yellow sweater, mimicking his original uniform, and look how proudly his sits back at his helm! Steady as she goes!

Now enjoy this moment of Star Trek Awesomeness!

The many casts and special guests of the Star Trek universe at “Destination: Star Trek” in Birmingham, England, October 7, 2016: Front Row: Walter Koenig (Chekov) George Takei (Sulu) Second Row: Eddie Paskey (Mr. Leslie) William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk) Robert O’Reily (Gowron/TNG) Armin Shimmerman (Quark/DS9) Colonel Al Worden (Astronaut, Apollo 15) Chase Masterson (Leta/DS9) Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi/TNG) Alice Krige (Borg Queen/First Contact). Third Row: Dominic Keating (Reed/Enterprise) Nicole deBoer (Ezra Dax/DS9) Max Grodenchik (Rom/DS9) Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax/ DS9), Adam Nimoy, Conner Trinneer (Trip Tucker/Enterprise, Greg Grunberg (Kirk’s Stepdad,-voice/Star Trek reboot). Fourth Row: Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun/DS9) Garret Wang (Harry Kim/Voyager) Martha Hackett ( Seska/Voyager), Casey Biggs (Damar/ DS9), Eric Pierpoint (Voval/TNG, Sanders/DS9), and Kitty Swink (Rozahn/DS9)

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Happy 50th Star Trek! (My Tribute Poster!)

Sorry this is a day late, but it is no less sincere!  It took longer than I imagined,   probably from colorizing the uniforms!)   For this celebration, everyone’s a captain! And special halos for our beloveds watching from above ❤

What a dull world it would have been without Star Trek.  Aren’t we lucky? Thanks to all who made and make this dream come true, and may the message of Trek’s human harmony Live Long and Prosper!  Love, Therese xo50