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In Addition to This Blog, which is my primary, I also co-run three others. One of them being the top Star Trek blog on Tumblr, Star Trek GIFs. I also founded and serve as editor for the DS9+VGR Confessions blog and co-run one of the only active Terminator blogs on Tumblr. Finally, I'm on staff at the largest fan-run Star Trek site, TrekCore.com, where amongst other things I've helped flood the web with a multitude of rare and behind the scene photos.

George Takei as Lieutenant Sulu and Walter Koenig as Ensign Chekov in the only publicity still of just the two of them from the Original Series. 
It was also one of the first ‘buddy shots’ that convention organizers started to produce after the multitude of requests they got about such.  In the earlier days of conventions, vendors would produce such knowing the fan desire.  But in the late 1990s Paramount waged war on such ‘unlicensed’ photos and for about a decade, you could only get the handful of photos that got licensed (and usually sucked!)
I’ve always liked such photos.  Thankfully, in the past decade though, if such doesn’t exist of a specific pairing of characters, the company will make such.  Which is how it should be, damnit!  I’d like to take some credit for such, having made numerous requests during the years before they made such, but I imagine it would take more than one annoyingly persistent fan…
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The rarest variant Original Series cast photo.  All the other versions of this one where taken from off to the right, with the cast looking ahead off into nothing.  This is the only one of them straight-on on the bridge.
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The cast and creators of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.  In addition to Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov and Uhura, we’ve also got director Leonard Nimoy (who technically did not star in the film; he only appeared in the end scenes and was not in the opening credits) producer Ralph Winter, producer Harve Bennett, and Trek overall Creator Gene Roddenberry.
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I love the subtext of this photo.  Just look at the glare Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) is giving Bill Shatner.  Look at the neutral yet unhappy expressions on the faces of George Takei and Walter Koenig.  The body language of Shatner in the chair, as pseudo-Papa Gene Roddenberry seemingly corrects his star on some thing or another.
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Another rejected poster for Star Trek VI.  This and the other came from the website of the poster artist, I believe Bob Peak, back a few years ago.  Can’t quite remember.
While I like the poster they eventually settled on, I wish Bill Shatner’s ego would have let the fab four (Scotty Sulu Chekov and Uhura) get some spot-light time on at least the swan-song film, you know?
Rejected posted for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Reason for the rejection?  William Shatner’s inflated ego.  He didn’t want to share that much of the spot-light.  Seriously.

Walter Koenig and wife Judy Levitt pose with an issue of a teen magazine on the Desilu lot, 1967.

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Love: Star Trek

45 years ago on this date, September 8 1966, the original Star Trek television series premiered. It was a low-budget, sometimes campy, space adventure described by it’s creator as ‘wagon train’ to the stars. Or so it seemed on the surface. Once you looked deeper though, you found much more. Which is why 45 years later, so many people still remember Star Trek and still watch it with an almost religious fervor. It’s become a part of our culture, and for all of us, a part of our daily lives.

Today, I wanted to specifically honor the original series. More specifically, the men and women who played their parts in making the show what it was. Most of them in front of the camera; a few behind it. Some of them as series regulars, others as one-off guest stars who made an impact. So I went about doing something a little unique for the September 2011 edition of ‘Ultimately Human’ and created our first and (to date) only themed edition. A 45th Anniversary Special Edition, presented in classic ‘black and white’ photographs for an extra touch of something… unique.



The Players
Deforest Kelley as Doctor Leonard H. ‘Bones’ McCoy
Diana Muldaur as Ann Mulhall / Dr. Miranda Jones
Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy
George Takei as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand
James Doohan as Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott
Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike in ‘The Cage’
John Colicos as the Klingon Captain Kor
Leonard Nimoy as Science Officer Spock
Majel Barrett as Number One / Nurse Christine Chapel
Mark Lenard as Romulan Commander / Ambassador Sarek
Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura
Ricardo Montalban as Khan Noonien Singh
Robert H. ‘Bob’ Justman, Associate Producer / Co-Producer
Susan Oliver as Vina in ‘The Cage’
Walter Koenig as Ensign Pavel Chekov
Walter ‘Matt’ Jefferies, Series Production Designer
and finally,
William Shatner as Captain James Tiberius Kirk

Which Ones Are Your Favorites & Why?