Site ColumnsBy Michelle
September 1, 2006 - 9:56 PM
My son's Bar Mitzvah is a week from tomorrow. I am seriously crazed with preparations (and don't expect to find me online much next week! My retro review of "Spectre of the Gun" is going to be late). Last weekend we decided to take it easy and stay local, going to Animal Planet's Expo on Saturday and to the Smithsonian on Sunday. Mostly we wanted to see the National Museum of American History before it closes for two years for renovations, meaning the Gunboat Philadelphia, the hall of the presidents, the history of technology and more will be off display except for a few artifacts transferred to the Smithsonian's Castle and a corridor on popular culture at the Air & Space Museum.
Since we were already downtown and curious what the Air & Space Museum was going to do with these treasures, we went there too, visiting Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega, the Skylab reproduction and of course the USS Enterprise, which is on display at eye level in a glass case in the gift shop. But we also made the discovery that Pluto had already been removed from its place of honor in the gallery of the planets, just a couple of days after the International Astronomical Union voted to change its classification. There was an "In Memoriam" sign in the museum and people had left cards and flowers outside by the representation of Pluto for the walk-through scale model of the solar system!
So, yeah, that was my last venture into outer space for awhile. See you in a couple of weeks!
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These were some of the major news items from September 2004:
- Doohan Receives Star on Walk of Fame
A weekend of festivities in tribute to James Doohan came to a climax when "Scotty" received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, accompanied by George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Grace Lee Whitney (Rand) and family members.
- Coto Looks Forward To Founding the Federation
Viewers would see the early development of the United Federation of Planets during the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise, executive producer Manny Coto promised: "[This season's episodes] will all tie together at the end, where we will see either the actual forming or the beginning of the forming," he said.
- Coto Resurrects The Orions For Fans
New Enterprise Coto also promised to bring the Orions to the screen in the show's fourth season. "I think a lot of fans have always wanted to see more of the Orions," Coto said. Fans of Star Trek had only ever been treated to seeing Orion Slave Women in appearances made nearly four decades ago on the original series.
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