“Falling in Love with Autumn to Live Long and Prosper!”
I would like to start this blog by saying thank you to everyone that has been reading my blog for the past five years. It’s so much fun being The Arc’s resident blogger and to be able to tell everyone about the activities at The Arc.
In the month of September, some of the other Arc Participants and I celebrated the upcoming beginning of the fall season which will be on Thursday, September 22nd. The Participants made Fall Hats and Scarecrow Paper Dolls Arts and Crafts. We made fall leaves etchings where we use a crayon to transfer the image of the leaf to a piece of paper and frame it with Popsicle sticks. It was a fabulous fall month!
The Arc of San Antonio (on West Avenue) is extremely proud to announce that thirty employees gave blood at the University Hospital Health System’s Blood Drive van on Tuesday, August 30th. The Arc Staff Members are immensely proud that they could give back such a precious necessity to the people that need it most of all. I am very happy that The Arc’s Staff Members gave blood drive because I know from firsthand experience how important it is for people to give blood. Last year, during a surgical procedure I started to lose blood and someone’s donation saved me.
The other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members would like to say thank you to the San Antonio Police Department and Officers, John Sherrill and David Herrera for bringing the unique experience of a guided tour of their helicopter to the Participants of West Avenue and The Arc of San Antonio / Pam Stephens’ Center on Wednesday, August 31st, as part of West Avenue’s transportation curriculum themed week. The Arc Participants and Staff Members truly appreciate the San Antonio Police Department’s service to our community.
On Thursday, September 8th, some of the other Arc Participants and I celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the original television show named, “Star Trek. ” The other Participants and I watched episodes of the television shows on our classroom Apple televisions and made arts and crafts that are based on the television show, such as, “Star Trek Emblem Badges,” “Mr. Spock’s Ears Headbands,” and “Enterprise Wall Decoration.” With the help of The Arc Staff Members, I made a special “Star Trek” Emblem with laurel leaves and stars around it. I also made mini-figure “Captain Kirk” 3D paper doll. I remembered that my first experience watching “Star Trek: The Original Series” was with my grandma when I was a little girl. I thought that “Star Trek” was a new show and I couldn’t figure out why my grandma was laughing at me. I was shocked to find out that the show was older than I was.
While I was doing research for The Arc’s Newsletter I discovered that in 1965, Roddenberry got a pilot order from NBC and produced the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage.” It was rejected by the network, reportedly because it was “too cerebral,” and for most shows that’s where the story would have ended. Luckily for Roddenberry, he had Lucille Ball on his side. The story goes that she still thought the “Star Trek” idea could still work, and used her considerable influence in television to push for NBC to give Roddenberry a second chance. The network made the exceedingly rare move of ordering a second pilot from Roddenberry, who overhauled almost the entire cast of characters from “The Cage” and eventually produced “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” That pilot was accepted, the show was given a series order, and the rest is history. So if it weren’t for Lucille Ball, we might not have “Star Trek” as we know it today. I have always loved Lucille Ball and this fact just made me love her even more!
The other Participants and I also learned that The first series, now referred to as “The Original Series,” debuted on September 8th, 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC. It followed the galactic adventures of James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner) and the crew of the starship Enterprise, an exploration vessel of a 23rd century interstellar “United Federation of Planets.” In creating the first Star Trek television series, Gene Roddenberry was inspired by television western shows of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, and adventure books, such as “Wagon Train” and Johnathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” novel. My two favorite episodes of the original series are, “The Trouble with Tribbles” (where a group of cute and furry space creatures named Tribbles, overrun a space station and the USS Enterprise) and “A Piece of the Action” (Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock played by the late Leonard Nimoy and Dr. McCoy played by the late DeForest Kelley beam down to a planet where everyone behaves like 1920’s gangsters.) These adventures continued in the short-lived “Star Trek: The Animated Series” (1973 – 1974) and six feature films.
Four spin-off television series were eventually produced: “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987 – 1994) followed the crew of a new starship Enterprise (the USS Enterprise-D in the television shows and the USS Enterprise-E in the feature films) set a century after the original series; “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1993 – 1999) “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995 – 2001) are set within the same timeline of “The Next Generation;” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” (2001 – 2005) are set before the original series, in the early days of human outer space travel. My favorite of the television shows are: “The Original series,” “The Next Generation,” and “Voyager.” My favorite characters from “Voyager” are Captain Janeway (played by Kate Mulgrew) and Seven of Nine, (played by Jeri Ryan) which is in my opinion are true representations of “girl power.” They are intelligent, resourceful, and fearless women. I think that they are perfect role models for young girls. Four additional “The Next Generation” feature films were produced and all of them are my favorite “Star Trek” movies. “Star Trek Generations” in 1994, “Star Trek: First Contact” in 1996, “Star Trek: Insurrection” in 1998 and “Star Trek: Nemesis” in 2002. I especially love that in the “Star Trek: Generations” Captain Picard gets to meet the great James T. Kirk. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a “reboot” titled simply as, “Star Trek.” This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show. A sequel to that film, Star Trek: Into Darkness,” premiered on May 16th, 2013. A thirteenth film feature and sequel, “Star Trek: Beyond,” was released in July 2016, coinciding with the franchise’s 50th anniversary. We also learned a new “Star Trek” TV series, titled “Star Trek: Discovery,” will premiere in January 2017 on the digital platform CBS All Access.
“Star Trek” has been a cult phenomenon for decades. Fans of the franchise are called “Trekkies.” The franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, figurines, novels, toys, and comics. “Star Trek” had a themed attraction in Las Vegas that opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world. The series has its own full-fledged constructed language, Klingon. Several parodies have been made of “Star Trek.”
The other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members greatly enjoyed being a part of this fascinating day!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to all of my fellow Trekkies, live long and prosper!