Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1968 Article "Spock: Teenage Outcast"

Hello all, Frederick beaming back in for a quick post! I hope to be able to start posting again (more often) so check back in soon for more! I have always kept to my own personal collection for this blog, but when reader Bluejay Young, a Trekker since November '67, emailed me these scans, I knew I would make an exception. His journey into fandom began before mine, as I didn't truly discover the show til about 72, when I became a Trekker myself. This article titled "Spock: Teenage Outcast" came from the May 1968 edition of the teen mag FAVE.

The article is interesting in that it was Nimoy's response to a fan letter from a mixed-race girl that was struggling with fitting in. There is real concern and thoughtfulness in his response, and it was both interesting and compassionate; as he framed his advice in the form of telling how young Spock might have dealt with the stresses of feeling excluded from the group and being bullied. He used the fan's interest in the character, and how they related to the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock, to share some down-to-earth encouragement. The thoughts he attributed to Spock also demonstrate his ongoing interest in the development of the character, and prefigure the scenes of Spock's difficult youth and struggle with bullies and prejudice in the animated series episode "Yesteryear" and the '09 Star Trek film.

Enjoy!

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UPDATE: Thanks to BUZZFEED for linking to this blog entry and making some great captioned images of Spock and quotes from the article!

UPDATE 2: The hits just keep on coming! This page has gone viral, as the Huffington Post site also carried the story!

Bonus: Speaking of inter-racial relationships; below is a fantasy moment made real; Kirk and Uhura making out! It looks like a behind-the-scenes moment from "The Wrath Of Khan," but I'm not sure. One thing that is clear, however, is that Nichelle and Shatner were close enough to kiss on the lips at one time, and there seemed to be none of the antipathy toward Bill  that showed its head among the secondary cast later on.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Replaying the moment from "Plato's Stepchidren" was a favorite game of theirs.

16 comments:

Tony Dayoub said...

Shatner's gray temples and Uhura's hairstyle put it more likely at around THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY to me, which might explain the celebratory glasses of champagne as well.

Arts in the Family said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing it. The photo of Shatner and Nichelle Nichols is pretty interesting. That's a heck of a kiss!

Alberto

Tony Laplume said...

What was always fascinating about Nimoy was his interest in Spock, even when he grew conflicted about it. Everyone else seemed concerned only about their screen time. Glad that meant he was also concerned about helping people out based on his insights.

Warren Zoell said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mYyBACBsc8

Jackie T said...

Good to have you back!!

Rob Bignell said...

Frederick, you're back! I had feared that you'd succumbed to Rigellian Fever or had been sent to the zienite mines on Ardana. Glad to see that you're back sharing from your great collection!

Frederick said...

Rob, thanks for the comment, glad you came back to visit! I will try to not go so long between postings if I can.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the girl? Anyone know?

Frederick said...

I don't know, but it would be cool to hear from her and find out what effect th answer had on her way back then!

Mark OC said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful bit of Star Trek lore. My first thought was "Where is this woman today? How did this letter affect her life?" I hope you don't mind that I blogged about your blog in my blog.... http://www.highstrangenessufo.com/2013/03/spock-teenage-outcast.html

Frederick said...

Marc,
Thanks for reposting it! I am like you, I wonder if the girl read it, and what effect it had on her. Wouldn't it be neat if all this coverage now caused her to step forward and talk about it?

Mark OC said...

Hey Frederick, thanks for responding. I'm glad Huffpost tipped me off to your blog! I will be a loyal reader from now on.

Do you have a twitter account?

Mark

Frederick said...

Marc,

Glad you are enjoying it! There is a Twitter badge on the right corner of the blog, thanks for asking! The shortcut is:
http://www.twitter.com/fredtrekker

Look forward to seeing more comments as you delve through the blog archives!

Anonymous said...

I read about your blog through Huffpost Good News on Facebook. I was touched by Leonard Nimoy's response to the interracial girl. He gave her good advice and I too wonder what effect it had on her life! I'd like to think it inspired her to rise above the prejudice directed at her. Leonard Nimoy is a classy man. Love your blog!

Frederick said...

Anon,
Thanks for posting a comment, glad you are enjoying the blog. A lot of people have discovered it through the Huffpost site and others. Yesterday I had over 1,700 visitors!

Changeling said...

Thank you very much for sharing this. I am at a time in my life where I desperately needed to see this. Again, thank you. If I ever meet Mr. Nimoy, I will thank him myself (probably by bawling like a baby, lol).