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By Christian
August 7, 2001 - 11:59 PM

Hello World!

Have you ever noticed how enourmously huge the number of people is who worked and had a significant impact on Star Trek? I've been recreating the birthday list we use for the site (which is the reason no birthday announcements have appeared over the past few weeks), and if things continue in this way, there soon won't be many days on which there isn't at least one birthday.

What's sad to see, however, is that the number of days on which someone important for the Star Trek franchise passed away is also strongly growing. The IMDB contained the birthdays of many of the writers and directors who worked on some of the Original Series's classic episodes, and especially for the directors it almost seems as if at least half of them have already died. Many of them I still recall reading about in books such as the Star Trek Interview Book, and it was quite shocking to see that so many of them are gone already - and the pace only seems to be increasing.

It's a good thing at least that so much effort was put in interviewing all these people who were involved in the Original Series. But unfortunately, it seems that many of these interview books have also gone out of print already - browsing through Amazon.com, I noticed that books such as 'Inside Star Trek' and 'The Star Trek Interview Book' aren't even available anymore. With the 35th Anniversary of Star Trek coming up, isn't it about time to reissue these books again? Of course, we'll always have the actual episodes to remember all the Original Series talents by, but it'd be a great shame if that is all that survives, and if all that great background material just disappear forever.

Trek BBS Today

Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:

-Did Sisko have a catch phrase?

-Did you notice that Enterprise's lineage is shown on one of the ship's walls in the most recent promo video?

-In Science Fiction & Fantasy: Express your love for the new 'Star Wars' title.

More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

Trek Two Years Ago

Below are some of the most important headlines that appeared on TrekToday on Saturday the 7th of August, 1999:

  • 'Big Boss Man'Wrestlers To Appear On Voyager
    'Tsunkatse' appeared on the horizon for the first time, as an official weekly WWF newsletter said that Voyager "is interested in featuring several WWF Superstars in upcoming episodes this season. Apparently, producers already have a solid concept that would feature the Big Boss Man." The 'Big Boss Man' was the gentleman featured to the left, weighing 315 pounds, having a 'finishing move' called the 'Boss Man Slam,' but sadly lacking any discernible acting abilities. A few months later, the Big Boss Man was of course passed over by the producers, who instead chose The Rock to make an appearance on Voyager.

  • Jonathan Frakes Series Premiere Date
    The WB announced that it would be debuting Roswell on Wednesday the 6th of October, airing directly opposite Voyager. At the time, one of the main draws of the show was that it was co-produced by Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker).
For more headlines from that day, please check out our August 1999 archives.

Today's Television Listings

  • The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing The Original Series's 'The Squire Of Gothos' at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

  • We are unable to bring you the listings for Canada due to a problem with the Space! web site. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'First Contact' at 17:00 GMT, with a repeat at 01:25. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!

  • We are unable to bring you the listings for Germany due to a problem with the Sat.1 web site. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • In the Netherlands, Ned2 will be showing Voyager's 'Collective' at 17:00 ECT, and RTL5 will be showing DS9's 'The Siege Of AR-558' at 18:00. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!

  • In Australia, TV1 will be showing The Original Series's 'The Man Trap' at 11:30pm. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule

Tomorrow's Television Listings

  • At 9:00pm (8:00pm Central), UPN will be showing just one Voyager episode, after showing double bills ever since 'Endgame' aired. Instead, they will be repeating 'Q2' at 8:00pm (7:00pm Central Time), followed by a repeat showing of the Special Unit 2 premiere at 9:00pm. Here's how the official Star Trek site describes 'Q2:'

    'Q2' - copyright Paramount Pictures It's not easy being a parent, even for a Q. Because Captain Janeway and the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager were so instrumental in Q's quest to have a child, he decides to make "Aunt Kathy" teach his son some responsible virtues. Although appearing to be fully grown, the younger Q proves harder to handle than his irascible father, and with his omnipotent powers, disciplining the youngster proves not only impossible, but exceptionally dangerous as well.

    Please be aware that the above picture is copyrighted by Paramount Pictures.

  • The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series episode 'Arena' at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

  • In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'The Doomsday Machine' at 10:00am Eastern Time, TNG's 'True Q' at 12:00pm, 'The Doomsday Machine' again at 4:00pm, DS9's 'Starship Down' at 5:00pm, and Voyager's 'Bliss' at 10:00pm.

  • In the United Kingdom, E4 will be showing the Original Series's 'Miri' at 14:00 and 18:00 GMT, while Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Galaxy's Child' at 17:00 and 00:15. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!

  • In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing TNG's 'Noch einmal Q' (Deja Q) at 16:00 CET.

  • In the Netherlands, Nederland 2 will be showing Voyager's 'Spirit Folk' at 17:00 CET, while RTL 5 will be showing DS9's 'Covenant' at 18:00. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!

  • In Australia, TV1 will be showing the Original Series's 'Charlie X' at 11:30pm Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule

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