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  • 24 Jun 2020
    Stop the presses! Here's a photo of Nichelle, taken either during the filming of Trek or just before, that has come to light... one that I have never seen before. I had to share it with you immediately! (Click on the images to see full-size, as always.)

    Bonus: Below, a fake "vintage" ad that I created using an actual photo of Shatner taking a dramatic smoke break. The professional lighting and look of Bill in the shot seemed to suggest an ad, so I put it in the framework of an existing ad from the 60's. This is not endorsing smoking, but is making the best use of a photo that was perfect for the ad!

    Bonus #2: amazing artwork depicting many, if not most, of the characters seen in episodes of the original series! See how many you can find or identify! (Click to enlarge.)

  • 02 Oct 2019
    Artist Bob Larkin has been responsible for many. many memorable covers of the magazines that I collected when young; Planet of the Apes, Marvel's monster magazines, Crazy, DC comics covers, Trek novel covers, and many many more. I have just created a Facebook group devoted to collecting his art in one place, so if you, like me, love his art and have good memories of it, come join us! It's at:
    A true Trek fan himself, here we see Bob in a photo from his blog commemorating the 50th anniversary of the show! Visit his blog here:

  • 07 May 2019
    In 1974 I sent off for my first Lincoln Enterprises catalog (see some of the other posts about them here), and in 1983 I was still getting them in the mail. By then, they were getting bigger and fancier, with color photos of much of the material within. Whereas the original ones from the 70's were in a newspaper format (which was fun to read then, but hard to scan now), the newer ones were in magazine format, though still on newsprint paper. This issue from 1983 included material from both ST:TMP and The Wrath of Khan. However, it still contained older material from their earliest catalogs, like Kung Fu, Search, and Gene's several made-for-tv pilots. This post contains the first half of the catalog, the second half will be posted soon.

    (To view full-size, click on each image. It will open in a new window. You may have to click on it once more to magnify.)

    The painting prints offered below were unusual considering how they mingled characters from the films with figures like Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and even The Great Gonzo Muppet!
    Bonus: Below, the cover of the soft-cover "Make-Your-Own Costume Book" for ST:TMP. Published for kids, it surely wasn't made for accuracy. However, I think it would be a fun retro-cosplay for some fan to recreate one of these now!

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1923 Tina Pine is born.
1927 Carmen Emeterio and Louise Schulze are born.
1932 Ted Cassidy is born.
1939 France Nuyen is born.
1941 Matthew F. Leonetti is born.
1953 James Read is born.
1961 Doug Wert is born.
1962 Chris Kreski is born.
1966 Final draft teleplay submitted for TOS: "Dagger of the Mind".
1967 Fifth day of filming on TOS: "Mirror, Mirror". Rudolf Martin and Lou Simon are born.
1968 Fifth day of filming on TOS: "The Empath".
1971 The Twenty-Third UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #97 with the third of six installments.
1977 The story treatment "In Thy Image", which evolved into Star Trek: The Motion Picture is submitted.
1979 Gregory Jein, Inc. is founded by its namesake to cover legal liabilities for the staff he brings along to work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The company will later be contracted to serve as the primary studio model vendor for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
1987 Fifth day of filming on TNG: "Haven". Armin Shimerman's scenes as the Betazoid gift box are filmed today. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home premieres in Portugal.
1989 Revised final draft script for TNG: "The Survivors" is submitted.
1990 Second day of filming on TNG: "Brothers".
1991 Third day of filming on TNG: "Ensign Ro". Final draft script for TNG: "Silicon Avatar" is submitted.
1995 Seventh and final day of filming on VOY: "Non Sequitur". Final draft script for DS9: "The Visitor" is submitted.
1997 Third day of filming on VOY: "Scientific Method".
1998 Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Afterimage".
2000 Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Critical Care".
2001 Second day of filming on ENT: "Unexpected". First draft script of ENT: "Terra Nova" is submitted. Fred Carson dies.
2002 Ninth and final day of filming on ENT: "Minefield". First day of filming on ENT: "A Night in Sickbay".
2003 Second day of filming on ENT: "Rajiin".
2011 Carl Steven dies.
2013 The fully restored original full scale Galileo mock-up is unveiled in a highly publicized ceremony at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it has found a permanent home after a decades long odyssey of neglect and failed preservation attempts. Michael Ansara dies.
2015 Twenty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek Beyond.
Unknown year Gary T. Pike is born.

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Memory Alpha New Articles
  • 20 Jul 2021

    Presented below is the complete set of final prices realized for the 44 lots of Star Trek memorabilia that were offered in the Heritage July 16 - 18, 2021 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction #7241; which concluded yesterday in a live online bidding session at the HeritageLive! ( auction site.

    The highest selling Star Trek item in the sale was Lot Number 89166, the historic, recently unveiled Star Trek: The Original Series "Hero" Type II Pistol Phaser, which realized a final price of $250,000 (including a 25% buyers premium), making it the second most expensive piece of Original Series memorabilia ever to sell at public auction. In June of 2002, the Captain's Chair from the TOS U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge set sold for $304,750 (including buyers premium, based on a high bid of $265,000) at the Profiles In History Bob Justman Star Trek Auction; and most recently, in April of 2013, Captain Kirk's Phaser Rifle from the 2nd TOS pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" sold for $231,000 (including buyers premium, based on a high bid of $192,500) at Julien's Hollywood Legends sale.

    Some other TOS items to change hands in the Heritage July 16 - 18, 2021 event included an Orange BioHazard Hood from the 1st Season episode "The Naked Time", which witnessed a final price of $4,500, and a pair of Leonard Nimoy worn "Spock" prosthetic Vulcan Ear Tips which sold for $5,750. This auction also featured over 30 beautiful matte paintings and concept oil paintings spanning Star Trek: TNG through Star Trek: Enterprise as well as some of the Trek feature films, which realized final prices ranging from $475 to $18,750.

    The following results show the final amounts realized for the various memorabilia lots, which includes the 25% buyers premium. Just click on any of the images below to view an enlarged version ...

  • 08 Jun 2021

    Presented below is the complete auction description and accompanying photos for an exceptionally rare TOS "Hero" Type II Pistol Phaser - a newly announced Star Trek: The Original Series major prop discovery and only the second known surviving TOS hero pistol phaser in existence - that shall be offered to the highest bidder in the upcoming Heritage Auctions July 16 - 18, 2021 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction #7241. (In January of 2021, it was announced that Joseph Maddalena, founder & CEO of the prestigious auction house Profiles In History, would be joining Heritage Auctions as Senior Executive Vice-President, thus signalling the joining of Profiles operations with Heritage.)

    As the auction description below indicates, this hero prop has been authenticated through direct comparison with what was for many decades the only known TOS hero Type II phaser in existence - in the collection of the renowned Star Trek TOS expert Greg Jein - and, indeed, several of the photos below show both historic phasers and their unassembled components displayed directly side-by-side. A detailed photostudy of the Greg Jein prop was presented on this site in an April, 2008 post and may be viewed at the following link:

    The Auction Preview page for this lot may be directly viewed on the Heritage Auctions website at the following link, where users can also register to bid in the entire Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction:

    The complete auction catalog description is as follows:

    Star Trek: The Original Series Extremely Rare Hero Type-2 Phaser Pistol (Paramount, 1966-1969). The Type-2 Phaser Pistol is the most iconic and sought-after hand prop from the original Star Trek series. Designed by Star Trek art director Walter "Matt" Jefferies (designer of the Starship Enterprise), this was the first pragmatic/utilitarian energy weapon in science fiction, marking a stark design departure from the fantasy "ray guns" of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Forbidden Planet.

    This hero Type-2 Phaser was built for close up camera shots and breaks down into three detachable components: 1) The palm-sized Type-1 Hand Phaser – used for diplomatic missions and undercover work due to its discreet size, 2) The Type-2 Pistol Phaser body into which the Type-1 would install to make a more powerful weapon, and 3) The elongated brass handle/power pack (attached by twist-lock) capable of being quickly swapped out and "reloaded" during prolonged engagements. This is one of only two hero Type-2 Phasers known to exist.

    Crafted of fiberglass, resin, turned aluminum, brass, steel and acrylic components, the weapon measures 8 in. long x 6 in. tall and features moving parts. The Type-1 has a moving dial on top that raises the "targeting sight" when rotated, as well as extending the acrylic emitter at front. A panel below the Type-1 (attached with flathead screw) removes to reveal the internal metal mechanism and holder for a single AA battery to illuminate a grain of wheat light bulb when activated (bulb and battery are no longer present).

    The Type-2 pistol body features a spring-loaded acrylic emitter that moves backward as the Type-1 separates from the Type-2 by depressing the brass side-mounted release button. The front turned aluminum nozzle rotates to "focus the beam" of the weapon, and a turning inset aluminum side dial is installed on the left. A rear-mounted, rotating aluminum "power level" dial is mounted at the top of the weapon with engraved numbers from "1" to "9" with 10 hash marks between each number (9.9 being the maximum setting).

    The provenance of this piece is as incredible as the Phaser, itself. The Type-2 pistol body was acquired directly from Star Trek prop designer and builder Wah Ming Chang in the late 1960s (Chang designed and built the Starfleet Communicators and Tricorders for the original series).

    The accompanying LOA states the studio had sent the Phaser pistol body to Chang for repair and the show was cancelled before he was able to return it. The Type-1 Hand Phaser was acquired by a member of the production crew after filming completed on a second season episode in 1967 (a second LOA accompanies the Type-1).

    Eventually, the respective owners of the Type-1 and Type-2 Phasers learned about their counterpart, and in a detailed study the two hero components were reassembled and scrutinized in a side-by-side comparison with the only other known Hero Type-2 Phaser Pistol belonging to the highest-profile collector and top authority of original series props and costumes. The collector extensively examined the internal and external components and determined, based upon the comparison, that this Type-2 Phaser Pistol is authentic. In fact, the build tolerances between both pistols are such that the Type-1 Phasers are interchangeable and fit perfectly in both pistol bodies!

    To many science fiction fans around the world, the original series Type-2 Phaser Pistol transcends its association with a groundbreaking science fiction television series – it represents one of the defining indelible images of American pop culture. Exhibits expected paint loss and scuffing, with missing partial strip of Velcro for attachment to costume.

    In December 2018, Profiles in History sold a midgrade Type-2 Phaser Pistol (for medium distance shots), one of several known, for $192,000. This Hero Type-2 Phaser Pistol is the first to ever reach public auction. COA from Heritage Auctions.

  • 05 Apr 2021

    Presented below are some rare behind-the-scenes photos taken during the production of the first season of Star Trek: Picard ...

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