The Inside Star Trek newsletter is an invaluable source for Star Trek’s early voices. Issue 1 detailed William Shatner’s busy schedule, told us about searching through studio garbage and shared a made-up story about the Vulcan IDIC medallion.
The Omega Glory is the worst episode of the original series, but the View-Master version is magical. Step back to the 3D world of your childhood.
Mission to Horatius is the first original Star Trek novel published. The dialogue is terrible, the plot is ridiculous, Kirk commits genocide, and a dancing rat is an important character. So don’t read the book, but do read my fun teardown of it.
I have 13 William Shatner autographs. Eight of those I got in person. Three of those are extra special. This is the story of those three.
Gene Roddenberry’s 1964 pitch for his new show is arguably the most important Star Trek document ever. The pitch, usually referred to as Star Trek is…, was designed to sell the show to network executives and it’s an interesting look at Roddenberry’s earliest creative ideas.
Do you have a Gene Roddenberry autograph in your collection? If it’s on a Flight Deck Officer certificate then…probably no. But it’s a fun item anyway.
George Takei was thrilled when John Wayne cast him in The Green Berets, but that robbed Takei of the chance to pick up a Tribble with Uhura on K-7.
Except that story is not quite true.
Henry Fonda kicked off a dispute over a beer ad that almost kept Spock from appearing in The Motion Picture.
Leonard Nimoy used his celebrity to encourage others to quit smoking. He signed this American Cancer Society poster for me in 2006. And then, weirdly, Shatner signed it too.
The Franklin Mint 25th anniversary Enterprise is one of the most beautiful models ever produced, and I took a bunch of really nice photos of it.