George Merhoff, the gaffer for most of TOS’ run, delivers fascinating details about lighting the sets.
The penultimate issue of the 1960’s Inside Star Trek offers fan letters and a visit to the sound stages.
Music editor Richard Lapham was entirely unknown to me. Sadly, I didn’t learn much about him here.
The second assistant director kept the set running on seasons two and three.
Read a wide-ranging interview with Takei and get confirmation that TOS did not employ invisible stagehands.
Theiss knew Andrea’s costume pushed censorship boundaries and he “was prepared for and eagerly anticipated the storm.” Read more about his favourite creations.
James Doohan planned to be a dentist, but a radio play led him to acting, a forgotten Canadian sci-fi show and then to Star Trek.
DeForest Kelley and DC Fontana had a great character idea for Dr. McCoy. Instead, we somehow got Chekov’s girlfriend from The Way to Eden.
It took two days to make Spock’s ears and 90 minutes to get Nimoy all the way into them. Issue 2 of Inside Star Trek featured makeup man Fred Phillips and art by modeler Greg Jein.
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.