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Posts Tagged ‘The Trouble With Tribbles’

Schallert: Trek Has Hold On People

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

William Schallert, best-known to Star Trek fans as the Undersecretary for Agriculture Nilz Baris on The Trouble With Tribbles, shared his memories of playing the cranky official who was offended by Captain Kirk’s lack of respect for him.

When the actor appeared at his first Star Trek convention in Los Angeles, he didn’t even recognize the name of the character whom he had played in The Trouble With Tribbles. “As I came through the door, [the fans] were saying, ‘Nilz Baris!’ I’m looking around and they said, ‘No, that’s you!’ So that’s how I learned my name from that show.”


Campbell Passes

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

William Campbell, best-known to Star Trek fans for his guest roles in the original series and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, passed away late last week.

The eighty-seven year old actor died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.


Gerrold: Fuzzies, Clouds and Mudd

Monday, January 24th, 2011

When most Trek fans hear David Gerrold‘s name, they think The Trouble With Tribbles, but he also wrote the story for Cloud Minders and rewrote I, Mudd, with one of these episodes proving to be a disappointment for him.

At first, Gerrold called the fertile Klingon-hating furballs “Fuzzies” before changing the name to “Tribbles.” “I made the name change, and in retrospect Tribbles is a much better name because Fuzzies is too cute,” he explained. “I don’t think Fuzzies would have developed the same kind of cultural recognition. You wouldn’t have had people referring to Fuzzies the same way they refer to Tribbles. And I think because Tribbles was a neutral word – ‘Here’s this nice little creature and it’s called a ‘Tribble’ – we added a word to the English language. I made a list of silly-sounding words you could call such a creature and cross off all the ones that were too silly. I wanted people to take them seriously.”


Gerrold On Trouble With Tribbles Origins

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Writer David Gerrold shared his thoughts with the Official Star Trek Magazine on why he wrote The Trouble With Tribbles.

The Trouble With Tribbles was meant as a way to show that a starship captain might have to deal with petty annoyances as well as things that might threaten a whole planet, system or galaxy. “My original intention for The Trouble With Tribbles was to demonstrate that not every problem a starship captain might have to deal with would be a big problem, threatening the safety of the galaxy,” said Gerrold. “Once in a while, the little problems could be just as annoying.”


Reimers Passes

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Ed Reimers, best-known to original series fans, passed away yesterday at the age of ninety-six.

As reported by, Reimers died at the house of his daughter in Saratoga Springs, New York. The cause of death was not immediately given. (more…)