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Earth Day, Manhattan passes, Jack, Glen, and Catherine
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Published Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 9:14 AM EDT
Apr 22 2021

"Earthrise" is a photograph of Earth and some of the Moon's surface that was taken from lunar orbit by astronaut William Anders on December 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared it "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken". Many claim its publishing inspired the beginning of the environmental movement. Fifty years to the day after taking the photo, William Anders observed, "We set out to explore the moon and instead discovered the Earth."

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Manhattan to stop prosecuting prostitution and unlicensed massage. But you'll still get arrested.

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Your mailman's been giving you the evil eye lately? The Postal Service is running a 'covert operations program' that monitors Americans' social media posts. Maybe it's not a good idea to put the word "covert" in the name of the program.

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LeVar Burton has landed a guest host gig on 'Jeopardy!' after more than 246,000 fans signed an online petition.
A: Reversing the polarity.
Q: What does LeVar Burton's character spend most of his time doing on Star Trek: The Next Generation?

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Thought of the day: "If the reason for climbing Mt. Everest is that it's hard to do, why does everyone go up the easy side?"-George Carlin

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Among other things, today is "In God We Trust" Day, April Showers Day, Chemists Celebrate the Earth Day, Earth Day, Girl Scout Leader Day, International Mother Earth Day, Love Your Thighs Day, National Jelly Bean Day, National Teach Children to Save Day, and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Remembering Glen Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017)

Jack Nicholson is 84 today. (Video has NSFW language. What did you expect?)

Catherine Mary Stewart is 62 today. (Granny in the clip is Meg Wyllie, one of the Talosians in the Star Trek original pilot.)

Hey, Facebook...

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Categories: Anubis, Apollo 8, Catherine Mary Stewart, Earth Day, George Carlin, Glen Campbell, Jack Nicholson, Jeopardy!, Joseph Stalin, LeVar Burton, NASA, Post Office, Sex


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Silver Trek
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Published Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 12:05 AM EDT
Sep 28 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG) premiered 25 years ago today, the week of September 28, 1987, to an eager audience of 27 million viewers. With seven seasons and 178 episodes, ST:TNG surpassed the original series' 79 episodes and three year (1966-1969) run on NBC. ST:TNG's two-hour finale, "All Good Things...", aired the week of May 23, 1994. Both series were created by Gene Roddenberry. ST:TNG is set in the 24th century, 80 years after than the original series.

TNG was broadcast in first-run syndication. Like the original series, it remains popular in syndicated reruns. Three additional Star Trek spin-offs followed The Next Generation: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001), and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). There are also 22 half-hour episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series which originally aired on Saturday mornings on NBC in 1973-74.

In its seventh season, Star Trek: The Next Generation became the first syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Series. The show received numerous recognitions, including Emmy Awards, Hugo Awards, and a Peabody Award. Click for the full Wikipedia article.

"Relics," TNG's 130th episode (the fourth episode of the sixth season), features James Doohan as Montgomery Scott, the legendary chief engineer of the original series. Technobabbled into the 24th century, this is no mere cameo appearance. Scotty appears to be an antique out of time but -of course- he ends up saving another starship named Enterprise. And kudos to LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge) for holding his own in the presence of an iconic scenery chewer.


Categories: Gene Roddenberry, James (Jimmy) Doohan, Jimmy Doohan, LeVar Burton, Montgomery Scott, Star Trek, TV, Video, YouTube


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