In 1982, Susan "Sulu" Dubow recorded "Ode to Spock," her terrific musical response to the Vulcan's death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Dubow will be familiar to fans of Dr. Demento's radio show of odd music — dozens of her songs were played on the program. The following is from Dubow's mini-autobiography on IMDB. What a fun and creative life!
Sulu, Susan Denise Lubin Dubow, was born in Chandler, Arizona in 1956 and acquired her name while performing on the Dr. Demento Show. She has received numerous awards for her songwriting and began writing poetry as a young child at Calvert Street School in Woodland Hills, California. Her sixth grade teacher informed her parents that she should pursue her talent which she did. Sulu begun winning poetry and songwriting contests beginning at age 13. She also took classes in dance, drama,improvisation, guitar and piano to overcome her shyness.Sulu, an avid fan of the Dr. Demento show while in college in 1976 began submitting songs to Dr.Demento in 1976. Shortly after that songs such as "I Love Your Toes,"and "Locked in the Closet" were popular on The Top Ten and eventually became "1.Sulu was asked to join the live show in 1977 where she became a sidekick. She performed with Dr.Demento in venues such as The Pomona Fair and The Wolf and Rissmiller Country Club continuing to write nearly 100 songs that were aired on the Dr. Demento Show.Sulu also wrote jingles and performed them on KABC's Ken and Bob Show on KABC Talk radio in the 80's and 90's and for Sports Talk KABC. She received her B.A. from UCLA in Ethnic Arts as well as her teaching credential and an M.A. in Individualizing the Curriculum in Elementary Education in 1980. Sulu has taught for the LA Unified School District for 35 years, beginning as a Multicultural Music Specialist at Marquez Elementary School in Pacific Palisades and currently works at Elizabeth Learning Center in East Los Angeles as an elementary teacher who incorporates the performing arts into her classroom. Sulu had her own business in the 1980's and 90's called "Sulugrams" where she wrote personal jingles for all occasions. Because of her creativity, producer Jim Gates asked her to work on the Jerry Lewis Telethon in 1977 at KTTV in Hollywood where she wrote speeches voluntarily for the actors and actresses and later had her own song "Giving Child" aired on the telethon. Sulu for her B.A.Ethnic Arts culmination project created "If I Could Hold Thee Jerusalem" an album about the importance of giving, values, and love for Israel,sprinkled with a few comedic songs. The album received" Honorable Mention" at the University of Judaism in 1980. Sulu has also appeared in other recordings with artists such as Barnes and Barnes, Damascus, Weird Al,has performed with Bobby Borris Pickett and had her songs from "If I Could Hold Thee Jerusalem" recorded by The International Singers on "Reflections."Peter Yarrow hosted "The Santa Monica Music Festival" in 1976 where Sulu was chosen as one of the 11 winners and mentored her . He called her "A teacup lined in fur."Sulu wrote a musical performed by 115 third grade students at Elizabeth Learning Center called "Tommy's No Throwaway Dog," with original songs she created. The musical was based on her friend Laura Marlowe's book "Tommy the Throwaway Dog," the true story of a pitbull pup who was abused, thrown into a dumpster, and later rescued. Its message was to promote empathy and kindness.Laura's book and educational DVD which includes Sulu's songs are now available all over the US, even in Mexico. Sulu resides with her husband Mark in Chatsworth, California, who is Senior Vice President at the Camden Group in El Segundo, California in Health Care Consulting. Her 2 children are Jeff, aka "Young Jeffrey," who works as an assistant producer with on air time on the radio show " Brooke and Jubal" on Movin' 92.5, KQMV in Bellevue, Washington. Lisa works in advertising and marketing in New York.