aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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You, too, can be Captain Kirk

The first episode of Star Trek debuted on September 8, 1966 on NBC. It didn't get great ratings and was nearly canceled. The show's supporters—now called "Trekkies"—helped keep the series going until 1969.

Some people love Captain Kirk. Love him enough to build or buy replica chairs to put in their living room and sit in while wearing their home-made or purchase Star Trek costumes.

The NY Times cites one such: “Everyone wants to sit in it,” said Bruce Boyd, an unemployed auto parts manager in Roseburg, Ore., who completed his chair — which he also keeps in the living room — in November. “There’s some sort of charisma there. It’s hard to explain.”

“I know it’s not real,” added Mr. Boyd, 43, “but the minute I sit in it, the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.”

Oooookaaay. You can read the rest of the scary story here.

Others of us are Spock fans. I have long been one such because Lenord Nimoy's first promotional trip for Star Trek was to my home town of Medford, Oregon (approximate population at the time - 18,000). He was the Grand Marshall of Pear Blossom Parade in 1967. StarTrek.com says, "It was the first sign that he'd finally made it. This idea was confirmed after the Pear Blossom Parade when Nimoy signed autographs for a crowd of fans so large officials had to 'rescue' him from the well-meaning autograph seekers."

My mom was seated next to Nimoy at the banquet. He came in his whole getup, ears and all, and seemed uninterested in his steak (I've heard from sources that he was vegetarian, a probably completely foreign concept in Medford in 1967). My mom asked if he was going to finish it and when he said "No," she forked it over onto her plate. I believe she may have picked it up and gnawed the meat off the bone. What can I say? She grew up poor.



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