Site ColumnsBy T'Bonz
December 7, 2007 - 9:56 PM
December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy. It was sixty-six years ago that Pearl Harbor was attacked, which led us into the Second World War. I grew up hearing what it was like to grow up in those turbulent times. It was hard to picture what it was like to be alive when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
My first memory of a date that would live in infamy was 1963, when JFK was shot. His funeral is my first non-family memory. I was five. Over the years, there were more dates that would be etched in history as tragic ones; the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King in 1968, Nixon’s resignation in 1974, the Challenger explosion in 1986 and of course, September 11, 2001.
September eleventh gave my generation an idea of how those who were alive during Pearl Harbor must have felt. The shock, the rage, the unification of the people afterwards (however briefly) surely was familiar to those of my parents’ generation.
It’s my hope that my children and my children’s children won’t have to add new dates of infamy to their calendars. That World War III will never happen. We should unite and try to conquer Earth’s problems without hurting each other. And then, if we finally do this, then and only then will we be truly ready to reach for the stars and look for our place in whatever civilization (if any) exists out there.
In the meanwhile, my thoughts today are with those who lost their lives on that Sunday morning in what should have been a tropical paradise, but for a short time turned into a blazing inferno more reminiscent of Hell. Rest in peace.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from December 2005:
- Stewart Says Paramount May Bring Back Picard
SFX reported that while at a press launch for his new series Eleventh Hour, Patrick Stewart made an appearance and mentioned that there have been meetings about a possible new Next Generation film. Stewart stated that he believes the meetings are serious and indicated that there are potential investors in a film in which he might appear.
- 'Star Trek Communicator' Stops Publication
The Star Trek Communicator, the official magazine of the Star Trek Fan Club, has ceased publication, and subscribers will be refunded their payments. Decipher, which had published the official fan magazine, made the announcement on its web site. "Decipher Inc. will not publish the Star Trek Communicator magazine after Issue #155.
Siddig Credits Star Trek With Making Him a Friendly Face
"I'm one of the luckiest Arab actors on the planet, because I've done, I think, two of the finest Arab roles that have been out in mainstream cinema for a very long time," Alexander Siddig told an interviewer in discussing his role in the new Syriana as well as his last major role in Kingdom of Heaven.
Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:
Those celebrating birthdays this week:
Sunday, December 9: Michael Dorn (Worf)
Thursday, December 13: Christopher Plummer (General Chang)