Geekdad Commends You to the Final Frontier

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TosopeninglogoTosopeninglogoAs recently pointed out to us by Geekfriend, Wil Wheaton, those of us who are staunch original series Star Trek fans have lost a few luminaries recently.  By "recently" I mean within the last month.  I thought it was worth noting them, and what they added to our lives.

Alexander Courage

Courage (could there be a better surname for work like this?!?) made a career working in television and film.  When you listen to the
Enterprise ("No bloody ‘A’, no bloody ‘B’, no bloody ‘C’, and no bloody
‘D’") whoosh past in the opening credits of the original series, it’s
Courage "whooshing" into the microphone.  Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, and everyone else who mimicks the high-tension fight-scene music from the
TOS episodes owes "Sandy" a mental royalty.

Thank you, Mr. Courage, the music was a really important part of the show.

Joseph Pevney

Pevney was the director for many of the TOS episodes, including all of our favorites.

  • Return of the Archons
  • A Taste of Armageddon
  • Devil in the Dark
  • Amok Time
  • Journey to Babel
  • Wolf in the Fold
  • The Trouble with Tribbles
  • The Immunity Syndrome

and, oh yeah…

  • City on the Edge of Forever

Thank you, Mr. Pevney, those episodes were simply awesome.  You did a great job.

Robert H. Justman

"Bob" to his friends and co-workers, was part of Roddenberry’s inner circle of lieutenants who really ran the original series.  Roddenberry was the extraordinary idea-man, but Justman, Black, Solow, Fontana, and
Coon kept the shop running.  When the Next Generation came around,
Justman was the one that Roddenberry tapped to help with the transition from 23rd to 24th Century.  From Wil’s blog:

can close my eyes right now and see him standing just outside the set lights on stage six, gesturing excitedly at the bridge while our crew set up a shot. I can hear him tell me, "Good job, kid," after a particularly grueling day on Planet Hell. I can see him walking around the set with Gene during our first season, discussing — sometimes heatedly — how to make the show better. Bob really cared about Star
Trek, and fully understood and appreciated what Star Trek meant to the people who watched it. If you’re one of those people, take a moment today to remember him; he was one of the Good Guys.

Thank you, Mr. Justman, you kept the dream — and the hope — alive.

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