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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Quotes of the day

Timothy Leary (October 22, 1920 - May 31, 1996)

If you don't like what you are doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.

If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, drop out.

It becomes necessary for us to go out of our minds in order to use our heads.

Science is all metaphor.

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.

The PC is the LSD of the 90s.

There are three side effects of acid. Enhanced long term memory, decreased short term memory, and I forget the third.

Think for yourself and question authority.

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

"Go do that voodoo that you do so well..."

When he wasn't being rendered helpless with laughter by Tim Conway, Harvey Korman was without peer as a sketch and comedy actor. "I'm a banana," he said, acknowledging his niche as a supporting player. Korman should have received an Oscar nomination as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Final Fanfare

Alexander (Sandy) Courage, who wrote the enduring, eight-note Fanfare for the Starship Enterprise and the theme to the television series Star Trek, died May 15 in Pacific Palisades, California. He was 88.

Fanfare, written in 1965 for the first of two Star Trek pilots, was heard throughout the three original seasons of the show, has been reprised in all of the Trek feature films and several of the TV series, and may be the single best-known fanfare in the world. When told by writer Jon Burlingame that more people knew his Trek flourish than Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, "Courage- in his typically self-deprecating fashion- said that must surely be an exaggeration," Burlingame reported.

Courage was not the first choice to write the Star Trek theme. Trek creator Gene Roddenberry initially approached Jerry Goldsmith with the assignment. Goldsmith declined because of other commitments, and recommended Courage. Much later, Courage did the orchestrations for Goldsmith's scores for Star Trek- First Contact and Star Trek- Insurrection.

In addition to the fanfare, the series theme and the scores for the two pilot episodes ("The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before"), Courage composed the music for four episodes: "The Man Trap" and "The Naked Time" in the series' first season, and "The Enterprise Incident" and "Plato's Stepchildren" in the third. However, themes from first season score were frequently "tracked" in other episodes.

Jeff Bond of TrekMovie.com ended his comprehensive article on Courage with a quote by Michael Giacchino, who will score J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek movie being released late this year:

"... Alexander Courage is responsible for the musical heart to the world of Star Trek. I feel that if you were to strip away everything, bit by bit, in order of importance, the last thing you would be holding in your hands would be the sheet music for the opening fanfare to the Star Trek main theme. To me, that small piece of music is and always shall be Star Trek."

(Sigh. This is not a good week for Star Trek fans.)

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Quotes of the day

Ian Fleming, (May 28, 1908 - August 12, 1964)

A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time.

Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

So long, Joe...


Pevney directing Friday's Child in 1967.

Joseph Pevney, who directed several of the most popular episodes of the original Star Trek television series. died at his home in Palm Desert, California last week at the age of 96.

Pevney shot City on the Edge of Forever, The Trouble With Tribbles, Amok Time, Journey to Babel, and ten other episodes. He and the late Marc Daniels directed most of Trek's second- and best- season.

A successful film director throughout the 1950s, Pevney moved to television in the 1960s, where he worked on more than 50 series through the mid-80s.

Google "Joseph Pevney" and you'll get about 64,000 hits. I'm too bummed to insert all the links.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Quote of the day

Quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
(Anything said in Latin sounds profound.)
-Unattributed

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Say Goodnight, Dick


Dick Martin (January 30, 1922 - May 24, 2008)

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