Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Below is a Famous Monsters article on the episode "Catspaw" from 1977. Oddly enough, unlike all of their other "telebook" articles, they featured no images from the episode, so I scanned in one from another scrapbook page (above) to accompany it.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Again one can see the difficulties they went through trying to get Star Trek revived in some form. These kind of articles came out with regularity every time the project went through some change or update. Back then the news seemed to come at a Denebian Slime Devil's pace, and I thought it would never happen.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
From a 1976 teen magazine... interesting coverage of a NY con, with an awesome bridge set!
And a clipping from a 1976 newspaper about a convention coming to the Boston area.
The early and mid-70's were the glory days of the Trek conventions. I lived them vicariously through the magazine and newspaper articles I found concerning them. Although isolated from other fans, I felt a part of something just by reading about them. We all shared a love for the same thing, and there was nothing else like it!
The third issue cover of the much-loved Starlog magazine, scanned in below, captures the excitement and hero-worship of these early conventions!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
From "Movieland" circa 1967. I somehow doubt they just "happened" to catch him reading their mag, don't you?
And finally, a stupid robber makes real Trek fans look bad. What kind of Trek "bomb" was he referring to? An anti-matter device like on "Obsession"? Or maybe "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Below, Leonard in the makeup room during the filming of "Amok Time." Note the other Vulcans on the background; the "executioner" and "Stonn" played by Lawrence Montaigne, who was once considered a replacement for Nimoy if he wasn't signed again. I recently saw Lawrence playing an alien in an episode of "The Invaders," and he certainly has the alien "look" that it takes to play a Vulcan.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
If my discovery of the Gold Key comics had been my first kiss in trekkie-dom, and the various Blish adaptations like infrequent dates, then this magazine was like getting to third base. (Obviously, I didn't date real girls very much. There were no PCs at the time so nerds were not as popular as they are today; back then there was very little use for them.)
Walking home to my Fort Lauderdale house with that issue in my hands, I was almost trembling with excitement and happiness. After the usual sneaking-it-past-the-parents routine, I sequestered myself in my room, donned the grapefruit- sized earphones of the time, and listened to my disco music while I absorbed the magazine. I still have the issue, along with many other issues, and it still invokes the way I felt back then whenever I come across it as I go through my collection cases.
Does that seem strange to you, as you read this? Or can you relate to it? I'd love to start getting a little feedback in the comments section to let me know if any of these posts are connecting and triggering memories of your own. My counter tells me people are coming, but hardly anyone comments, and I'm feeling a bit like I did in 1971 when I thought I was the only Trek fan in the world.
Below is an ad that came in my AMT Enterprise model kit in 1975. I saved nearly everything. I never ordered them, of course; my walking into the living room wearing a T-shirt with a Trek iron-on would have been like walking into a Klan meeting wearing a MLK button.
And below is a pen and ink of the lovely but dangerous Mirror Uhura that I did back around 1978. I based the body on a pose in an art book I had. I was experimenting with using shading film to darken certain areas at the time, but I wish I hadn't, as over the years it yellowed, and shrunk awy from the edges. Now artists can shade areas with the click of a mouse.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Above is the first Atlanta Trek convention I was aware of, clipped from the Macon Telegraph on July 7th, 1975. I was 16 at the time, living in my hometown of Macon, GA, and Atlanta was tantalisingly only a little over an hour away. But it might have as well have been in California for all the chance I could go; the Anti-trek Gestapo (my stepfather) would see to that. I would have liked to have encountered Sandrell DeMaris.. an intellectual stripper. Isn't that the best kind? Notice that Sondra Marshak is mentioned, who was famous in Trek circles for her fan fiction stories. She and friend Myrna Culbreath went on to be professionally published as they co-authored over a half-dozen early Star Trek books, which were some of my favorites at the time.