Down the Ballot

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

William Shatner in another Star Trek III?

The news for the last day in the Star Trek movie world has been a buzz with the idea of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy both being involved in the next Star Trek film. I have concerns, but also great hope that if both Bill and Leonard are involved in such a project they know it is a quality story. Historically, Nimoy has been a stickler when it comes to is involvement. He really has to like the project and it has to have a significant role for his character.

This partly explains why he turned down his role in Star Trek Generations. Not only did he probably feel his character made a great exit in the Undiscovered Country, he also wasn't too thrilled being involved in a project just as guest. This was over twenty years ago, and he had been offered the chance to direct Star Trek VII (supposedly) a film that wasn't his and that he hadn't been involved in the various stages of story development. So much of what makes Star Trek and other works great is the power of storytelling. If the story isn't there, no director and no actor is going to improve it with the addition of their presence.  It seems understandable why he wouldn't have wanted to direct or be involved in that project.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DARRELL HAMMOND Replaces Don Pardo

The more things change, the more they stay the same at SNL. Good Luck Darrell Hamond. You have the voice to set the tone for every show now. Use it well.

Pardo left his mark on TV and radio. His voice caught your attention and when he found his way into comedy bits it was usually good. Hammond has a lot to offer as a voice and I hope he will get a chance to return to the center stage from time to time too. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Down the Ballot...again.

The Election is 52 days away. The third election this year for those of us in my area. I had agreed to do another exhibit of political memorabilia at my university, WOU, for the fall. 

Here is part of it in the process of being set up on the 2nd floor lobby area. The case has mostly 2012 and 2014 items. I enjoy collecting this stuff and it is sorta fun to share it with others. The election is coming and organizing for 2016 is already starting.

The main party of the display not pictured centers around candidates from Western Oregon University. There were some surprises in researching for this display. WOU has two U.S. Senators associated with it. Maurine Neuberger and George W. McBride. I thought it was cool to find out that George McBride was the first native Oregonian to serve in the U.S. Senate. A PM in the Canadian Parliament, and a former Alaskan State Senator also were uncovered.

There were many candidates for local office in Monmouth and Polk County too. If you get the chance to visit the WOU Library; go have yourself a look.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Keep on Trekkin Friends

48 years and Star Trek is still going strong. Keep enjoying the ride friends.