Posted in Autographs, Star Trek, Star Wars

A few new autographs…

I’m loving the New York Mets’ start this season (9-1 is the best in franchise history), but I haven’t been having a ton of luck with baseball autographs lately. I went 0-for-5 with the requests I mailed out to spring training camps and just got a return to sender from Dusty Baker last week.

I started working on my non-baseball autograph collections more this year, and I’ve gotten four new photos to add to my albums this week.

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First up is a signed photo of two of the members of the cantina band from the original Star Wars film. Speedy Turtle Autograph Service ran private signings with Kim Falkinburg and Jibralta Merrill, two ILM staff members who were drafted to play band members and my dual-signed photo arrived on Monday. Continue reading “A few new autographs…”


Every time I throw this ball, a hundred different things can happen in a game. He might swing and miss, he might hit it. The point is, you never know. You try to anticipate, set a strategy for all the possibilities as best you can, but in the end it comes down to throwing one pitch after another and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins to take shape….In fact, the game wouldn’t be worth playing if we knew what was going to happen.

— Commander Benjamin Sisko in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Emissary,” written by Rick Berman and Michael Piller

Seeing what happens

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Paradise City Comic Con autographs

1516724506558-05e5577a-84b3-44b4-aebe-eb86e854b4d2_.jpgEarlier this month, a friend offered to get autographs for me at Paradise City Comic Con if there was anyone I needed among their guest list.

Since I had some Christmas money and there were a couple of Star Trek actors on the list, I happily said thank you & yes.

Marina Sirtis played Counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it seemed like she always had to fight for good storylines. One of my favorite Troi episodes came in season six, “Face of the Enemy” when the counselor was captured and surgically altered to appear as a Romulan Talshiar officer to assist in the defection of a high-level Romulan government official.


Terry Farrell played science officer Jadzia Dax for six seasons on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It’s been almost 20 years since the show went off the air, and it remains one of my favorite television series. Once of the most memorable episodes is “Trials and Tribble-ations,” an homage to the Original Series classic “The Trouble with Tribbles.” It’s a time travel story that made use of special effects to insert the DS9 characters into scenes with Captain Kirk and his crew. Coincidentally, my friend reports that it is Farrell’s favorite episode of the series.


Posted in Baseball, Odds & ends, Star Trek

San Francisco Giants like sci-fi

The San Francisco Giants have been organizing some amazing sci-fi promo nights. In September, they gave out a baseball-themed BB-8 Pop for Star Wars night.

Next season, they’re planning a Star Trek night on Friday, August 31st when they host the New York Mets. Fans who purchase a special event ticket will get a San Francisco Giants cap featuring the Star Trek Starfleet Command badge, and the team is encouraging people to come to the game in Star Trek costumes.

If I win a lottery jackpot between now & then, you’ll know where to find me on August. 31st.

(On a slightly more realistic note, the New York Mets are giving away a Mr. Met Star Wars Bobblehead to the first 15,000 fans at their Saturday, May 19th game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. I have a much better shot of making it to that one…)

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Klingon Leader (Ertl, 1984)

How many of you remember that Ertl produced a line of toys for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Ertl’s four action figures and three diecast ships came out over 30 years ago, so memories are going to be a little bit fuzzy. Some of you might not even have been born yet.

I don’t remember ever seeing these figures on toy store shelves, but I did pick up the “Klingon Leader” sometime in the late 1990s at a toy show or on eBay.

Commander Kruge sports a pretty good likeness and great articulation by 1984 standards, He even comes with a large, detailed accessory Amazingly enough, Kruge’s pet “Klingon monster dog” never received an official species name. According to Memory Alpha, the script refers to it at “the Beast” and the novelization used the name “Warrigul.”

The other three figures are Kirk, Spock and Scotty. Despite McCoy’s prominent role in the film, he did not receive a figure. At some point, I’d like to get the other three. (And sadly, they seem more affordable and available than Sabine does – I’m beginning to wonder if I’m ever going to complete the core group of Star Wars Rebels action figures.)

I started thinking about the classic Star Trek movies after Leonard Nimoy’s death last week. This week, we also lost producer Harve Bennett, who worked on Star Trek II, III, IV and V (as well as The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man.) It’s been a rough month for sci-fi fans.

Posted in Musings & Rants, Star Trek

Remembering Mr. Spock

The past week has been kind of hectic, between starting a new job, celebrating a birthday and keeping up with other responsibilities. But I didn’t want to overlook the passing of Leonard Nimoy, known to many as Star Trek’s Mister Spock, some as Galvatron (and a host of other roles in a career that began in 1951.)

I grew up as a Star Wars fan, but with no new movies coming out after 1983 I was willing to give the Enterprise crew a chance when they undertook “The Search for Spock” in 1984. At the time, I didn’t really have a clue who Spock was and I remember being much more impressed by the Klingons.

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