Over at Mother Jones, George Takei, who played Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, shares some fascinating stories about Asian stereotypes in Hollywood, his childhood memories of a post-Pearl Harbor internment camp, and being "quietly out" in the late 1960s. From Mother Jones:
MJ: Did the cast know you were gay?
GT: Most of them knew, but they were cool. They knew what impact it could have on an actor's career. Once I was at work chatting with Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov, and he started gesturing at a group of young extras who were dressed in the Starfleet shirt. There was a gorgeous young guy with a fantastic build and that tight shirt on him and that's when I knew that Walter knew. I turned back to him and he was grinning. He was helping me out! Bill [Shatner] was oblivious. In fact, when he was on the Howard Stern Show, Howard had me call in and chat with Bill. I mentioned Brad and he didn't know who Brad was. Everybody knew! We had a very public wedding. Bill says, "Who's Brad?"
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On Saturday night, the Kansas State marching band’s halftime show formed what they say was meant to be the Starship Enterprise battling the Kansas Jayhawks mascot. Many feathers were ruffled though as some thought the formation looked much more like a giant penis headed toward the bird’s beak.
In an amazing set of photos from the Desilu studios set of the original Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols (” Lieutenant Uhura”) epitomizes grace, athleticism and poise.
The epic fist fight between Captain Kirk and a man in a lizard suit was a low water mark for Star Trek. Mario Wienerroither made it even worse (and therefore much better) by removing the music and adding squeaky rubber suit sound effects. (Thanks, Matthew!) Another fine piece of work from Wienerroither:
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