I have the Enterprise at my fingertips

Star Trekking for March 21, 2021

Welcome to Star Trekking, my weekly attempt to share points of interest and random intersections in the final frontier.

This week would have been Leonard Nimoy’s 90th birthday.

Here’s an appreciation I wrote, culminating with the time I became, quite literally, both sides of my hero: Being Leonard Nimoy.

And Leonard truly was a hero.

In other holiday news…

Art thread!

You know I love models.

There’s no amount of latinum that could buy this much joy.

My daughter is really the Funko person in my family, but I am suddenly tempted.

The literal next generation.

More art!

My new ride - but how to decide?



And now three quotes I’ve cataloged.

Nichelle Nichols on Pride

From David Gerrold’s essential The World of Star Trek

“I’ll tell you one thing about Star Trek—and I’ve worked with a lot of companies—all in all, from Matt Jeffries who did the sets to Irving Feinberg, the prop man, to everyone you worked with, the sound men and the light men, they had a very personal attitude about that show, a very personal pride, a personal sense of ownership. There were times when even a sound man wouldn’t let something go by—it may not have had anything to do with sound—but he knew it didn’t belong on the Enterprise, it wasn’t part of the format—and he would speak up. And this fascinated me. Even through the third year, when we had new people (a lot of people by that time had gone on to other jobs) the pride in Star Trek never stopped. It never stopped, and that’s what made the Enterprise work.”

Jerry Goldsmith on Scale

From Captain’s Log: The Making of Star Trek V

“I think the interesting problem in Star Trek is that you’re dealing with space, which is infinite and immense, and yet within that the characters maintain an intimacy.”

Stevie Nicks on Flying

From a 1994 interview in Rolling Stone

What TV show do you never miss?
You’re gonna laugh. One of my favorite shows is Star Trek: The Next Generation. I don’t usually like science fiction. But I particularly like Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. When everything’s closing in on me, I can go to my living room at home, put on my surround sound, and the whole room sounds like we’re flying. I have the Enterprise at my fingertips.

Fly, friends, for we all have the Enterprise at our fingertips.

Heading? Out there. Thataway.

That’s all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Have you come across some random Trek this week? Let me know!

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Star Trekking is written and edited by Neil Shurley, except where noted.
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