Friday, December 19, 2008

Majel Roddenberry, widow of 'Trek' creator, dies


I don't really have anything to say about about her-- I wasn't that big of a fan, but she is a legend to us geeks... I will say this though, she always seemed to have class, and that is rare these days.

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Majel Barrett Roddenberry, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry's widow who nurtured the legacy of the seminal science fiction TV series after his death, has died. She was 76. Roddenberry died of leukemia Thursday morning at her home in Bel-Air, said Sean Rossall, a family spokesman.
At Roddenberry's side were family friends and her son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr.
Roddenberry was involved in the "Star Trek" universe for more than four decades. She played the dark-haired Number One in the original pilot but metamorphosed into the blond, miniskirted Nurse Christine Chapel in the original 1966-69 show. She had smaller roles in all five of its television successors and many of the "Star Trek" movie incarnations (and the animated series), although she had little involvement in the productions.
She frequently was the voice of the ship's computer, and about two weeks ago she completed the same role for the upcoming J.J. Abrams movie "Star Trek," Rossall said.
Roddenberry also helped keep the franchise alive by inspiring fans and attended a major "Star Trek" convention each year, Rossall said.
"I think `Star Trek' will always be her legacy," Rossall said.
"Star Trek" and its successors often focused on political and philosophical issues of the day. Roddenberry and her husband, who died in 1991, believed in creating "thoughtful entertainment" and were proud of the show and the passionate devotion of its fans, Rossall said.
"My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that `Star Trek' fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away," her son said in a statement on the official Roddenberry Web site.
Born Majel Lee Hudec on Feb. 23, 1932, in Cleveland, she began taking acting classes as a child. She had some stage roles, then in the late 1950s and 1960s had bit parts in a few movies and small roles in TV series, including "Leave It to Beaver" and "Bonanza."
She met her husband in 1964 during a guest role for a Marine Corps drama he produced called "The Lieutenant." That same year, she was cast in the pilot for the "Star Trek" series as the no-nonsense second-in-command. The pilot did not appeal to NBC executives and a second pilot was made, although parts of the original later showed up in a two-part episode called "The Menagerie."
The couple married in Japan in 1969 after "Star Trek" was canceled. After her husband's death, Roddenberry continued her involvement with the "Star Trek" franchise.
She also was the executive producer for two other TV science fiction series, "Andromeda" and "Earth: Final Conflict."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Easy...

My post about the kid who wrote the book on dating has prompted Google Ads to advertise "easy women"-- gotta love stuff like that...

Flying...


I forgot to note that yesterday was the 50th annual meeting of the Man Will Never Fly Society, a group who predicts man will never achieve flight...
http://hamptonroads.com/2007/12/tongue-cheek-man-will-never-fly-society-continues-tradition
Today is the 105th anniversary for something some brothers named Wright did, but it seems to be unrelated to yesterday's meeting-- I think it had something to do with bicycles...
Perhaps someday we will develop a means or apparatus or vehicle that will allow man to soar like birds. Maybe we just need some fairy dust...

Happy Underdog Day...


Ok, I doubt this day actually has anything to do with the cartoon character, but I like Underdog so................
Hey, wouldn't it be cool if they made a live-action Underdog movie where instead of having a world filled with anthropomorphic animals, they make Underdog a regular dog with a human master and alienate the only real fanbase it would have in hopes of appealing to kids and idiots who just want to see anything "cute"? Oh, wait...
That would be almost as silly as making a live-action Garfield movie where Garfield himself is done fairly well, but Odie and the rest of the gang are just regular animals in the real world. Thank goodness no one would do anything like that.
Or how about a live-action Grinch movie where the Grinch was raised by the Who's in Whoville and grew bitter because they treated him differently and add in a love interest storyline and cast someone like, say Jim Carrey who can play different roles but generally makes every character into either Ace Ventura or the Mask? Nah, no one would watch something like that... would they?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Barbie and Barney Backlash Day...


Attention parents! Today you have permission to hide (or even better - throw away) all those Barbie™ and Barney™ toys, tapes, DVDs, and CDs!
Rid your life of the most annoying and over-hyped children’s products in history and get some sanity back in your life.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Cat Herders Day...


I just can't seem to get enthused about my blog lately...