Star Trek Stamps

The United States Post Office has announced that they will release a series of four stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek television series. The designs show the starship Enterprise within the Starfleet insignia, the silhouette of a crewman caught in a transporter beam, the Enterprise shown from above, and the Vulcan hand salute often used by one of the show’s leading characters, Mr. Spock, framing a view of the Enterprise in orbit around a planet.

Several stamps with space themes, including a series commemorating the exploration of Pluto, a series focusing on the other 8 planets in the solar system, and a stamp with an image of the moon will also be issued in 2016.

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To Boldly Go…

CBS has announced that a new Star Trek series will debut in January 2017. Little information is being released about the series, but CBS has noted that it will be debut on their broadcast channel, but most of the episodes will be available on their streaming VOD service, CBS All Access.
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Obituary: Howard Anderson

Special effects artist Howard Anderson (b.1920) died on September 27. Anderson created special effects for the original Star Trek series as well as the 1960 The Time Machine and Phantom from Space. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the non-genre Tobruk.

Obituary: Bruce Hyde

Actor Bruce Hyde (b.1941) died on October 13. Hyde, who taught at St. Cloud State University, appeared in two episodes of Star Trek in 1966 as Kevin Riley. The majority of Hyde’s screen credits date to 1965 and 1966.

Strange New Worlds Contest

Simon & Schuster has announced that they will be running the Strange New Worlds Writing Contest in 2016 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek. Ten selections will be published in an official Star Trek anthology and two winners will also receive a Self-Publishing Package from Archway Publishing. Submission deadline is January 15, 2016.
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Obituary: Grace Lee Whitney

Actress Grace Lee Whitney (b.1930) died on May 1. Whitney portrayed Ensign Janice Rand on Star Trek and in several of the films, as well as an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. She also appeared opposite Vincent Price in House of Wax and in an episode of The Outer Limits and as one of King Tut’s henchwomen in two episodes of Batman. Prior to her roles on television, she toured with Spike Jones’ Orchestra.

Obituary: Harve Bennett

Producer Harve Bennett (b.Harve Bennett Fischman, 1930) died on March 4. Bennett co-wrote and produced Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Journey Home, and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. He also worked as executive producer on Salvage 1 and Time Trax. His production credits also included The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

Obituary: Leonard Nimoy

Actor Leonard Nimoy (b.1931) died on February 27. Nimoy was best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek, as well as the movies based on the series. He also directed the films Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. In addition to his work on Star Trek, Nimoy was the long-time host of In Search of… and appeared in such films as Zombies of the Stratosphere and Them!. Prior to appearing on Star Trek, Nimoy had a recurring role on Sea Hunt. He appeared in episodes The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone.

Obituary: Arlene Martel

Actress Actor Arlene Martel (b.1936) died on August 11. Martel appeared in the Star Trek episode “Amok Time” as Spock’s bride, T’Pring. She also appeared in episodes of Twilight Zone, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Outer Limits (“Demon with a Glass Hand”), and the original Battlestar Galactica.

Councilman Resigns…in Klingon

David Waddell, a city councilman in Indian Trail, N.C. (pop. 33,518) announced his resignation from the town council with a four line letter written in Klingon, ending with the Klingon phrase for “Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.” Waddell, who is midway through his first term on the council, has said that he can be more effective as a citizen attendee and also needs more time mount a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat. His resignation becomes effective on January 31, 2014.

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