Femmes Fatales Mar 1 2014
HORSE SENSE
There's something about Marianna.

We recently acquired every episode of the original Star Trek and Marianna Hill is just one of dozens of beautiful guest stars who appeared on the show. She was in the episode “Dagger of the Mind” playing the character Dr. Helen Noel, and later went on to guest on other television shows. She also had roles in The Godfather Part II, Medium Cool, and El Condor (memorably nude, FYI), and was also in the amazing Blood Beach, which we discussed a while back. She was born Marianna Schwarzkopf but overcame that nicely. The above shot of her is probably from around 1968, and the photo below is from 1966. 

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Vintage Pulp Jan 12 2012
PONS ENVY
Yes, sweetie, it’s bigger than yours. But I told you size doesn’t matter to me.

Curt Siodmak’s sci-fi classic Donovan’s Brain, first published in 1942, is a story of scientific experimentation gone terribly wrong: body dies, brain lives, scientist communicates with brain, brain takes control of scientist and makes him do horrible things. You already know this tale because it’s been recycled everywhere from Star Trek to The Man with Two Brains, but the German-born Siodmak’s first swipe at the theme is still tops. Highly recommended. The paperback version you see above appeared from Bantam in 1950 with uncredited, but very effective cover art. 

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Femmes Fatales May 17 2010
YVONNE VOYAGE
I don’t care what that silly old Kermit says—being green is absolutely fabulous, darling.

Publicity shot of American actress Yvonne Craig as Marta the slave girl from the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy”, demonstrating a primitive human dance called the Vogue. Craig turned seventy-two yesterday. 

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Hollywoodland Feb 1 2010
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR
Why am I so awesome? Is there any earthly explanation?

Promo photo of William Shatner on the set of the seminal television series Star Trek, 1967. 

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Intl. Notebook Aug 1 2009
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Weren’t we all supposed to have flying cars by now?

Science fiction always gets the future wrong. Or at least, it always gets the dates wrong. 2001: A Space Odyssey—sorry, haven’t seen a spinning bicycle wheel space station yet. Space 1999—we’re ten years past due on that sprawling moon base. And don’t even get us started on George Orwell’s 1984—we’re so far away from being a constantly monitored culture of brainwashed warmongers it’s positively laughable… Um, anyway, the original Star Trek series was set in like the twenty-third century or something, so its predictions still have a shot at coming true. Above and below are assorted matte paintings showing what that future will look like. Beam us up.

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Femmes Fatales Apr 10 2009
GLOVING IT
Peep this move. Can little miss Barbarella do this? I think not.


Anjelique Pettyjohn as Shahna, in the Star Trek episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” 1968. Pettyjohn went on to star in several x-rated films.

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Hollywoodland Dec 18 2008
'NIGHT NURSE
Christine Chapel works her final shift.

Majel Barrett as Nurse Christine Chapel, on television’s Star Trek, circa 1967. She died today aged 76.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
November 18
1916—First Battle of the Somme Ends
In France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off a battle against entrenched German troops which had begun on July 1, 1916. Known as the Battle of the Somme, this action resulted in one of the greatest losses of life in modern history—over three-hundred thousand dead for a net gain of about seven miles of land.
1978—Jonestown Cult Commits Mass Suicide
In the South American country of Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass suicide that claims 918 lives, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan, who had been visiting the makeshift cult complex known as Jonestown to investigate claims of abuse, is shot by members of the Peoples Temple as he tries to escape from a nearby airfield with several cult members who asked for his protection.
November 17
1973—Nixon Proclaims His Innocence
While in Orlando, Florida, U.S. President Richard Nixon tells four-hundred Associated Press managing editors, "I am not a crook." The false statement comes to symbolize Nixon's presidency when facts are uncovered that prove he is, indeed, a crook.
November 16
1938—Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Created
In Basel, Switzerland, at the Sandoz Laboratories, chemist Albert Hofmann creates the psychedelic compound Lysergic acid diethylamide, aka LSD, from a grain fungus.
1945—German Scientists Secretly Brought to U.S.
In a secret program codenamed Operation Paperclip, the United States Army admits 88 German scientists and engineers into the U.S. to help with the development of rocket technology. President Harry Truman ordered that Paperclip exclude members of the Nazi party, but in practice many Nazis who had been officially classified as dangerous were also brought to the U.S. after their backgrounds were whitewashed by Army officials.
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