Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 14, 2004 - 8:26 PM
I'm just back from Pennsylvania, where we have been exploring horse farms and Hershey's Chocolate Town to wind up spring break. Saturday, after a big seafood lunch, we went traipsing over to Hanover Shoe Farms, which breeds horses for harness racing and has over 1000 horses. We saw six or seven foals less than three days old and a number of valuable stallions who made me curious whether William Shatner's horses get as much money for, ahem, servicing.
Then, after stopping at home to get the dog, we went over to Little Round Top at Gettysburg National Battlefield, which is one of the more rocky areas atop a hill. The kids and dog climbed over rocks and the rest of us looked down at the various statues and monuments that litter the hillside and the "Valley of Death." On leaving the battlefield we stopped at a couple of souvenir shops in Gettysburg -- the boys needed to get blue and grey caps, of course, so we could reenact the Civil War at home, as if that doesn't happen every night anyway.
Sunday, as predicted, the weather was gray, chilly and drizzly so we went to Hershey. The amusement park isn't yet open for the season (and my kids aren't big roller coaster fans anyway), but Chocolate World is free, both to ride the tour of the history of chocolate in Hershey and to walk through room after room of chocolate and paraphernalia. We made it out with only three bags of chips, quite a bit of fudge, and Cadbury Eggs on post-Easter sale, since apparently Hershey distributes them in the U.S. In Hershey the streetlamps are shaped like Hershey's kisses and the roller coasters are visible from most of the main streets.
Otherwise we spent Easter weeked star-watching on the clear nights; Venus, Mars and Aldebaran were making a rare isoceles triangle in the western sky, and we saw the space station while looking at Jupiter's moons, easily visible through binoculars on Friday night. It was a low-key spring break by the standards of last year, when we were in London, but we're saving up to do that again next year, so I didn't mind!
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from April 2002:
- Billingsley On The Merry Wives Of Phlox
John Billingsley said that he hadn't given up on romance for Phlox despite an introduction to his multiple wives in "Dear Doctor", noting that with the women at home on Denobula and safely out of reach, he hoped to see Ensign Cutler return.
- TV Guide Names 35 Greatest Trek Moments
The April 20th, 2002 issue of TV Guide came with a choice of 35 different Star Trek covers in celebration of the series' 35th anniversary and named the greatest moments in the history of the franchise.
- Moore On Updating 'Battlestar Galactica'
Former Trek writer Ron Moore said he was enthusiastic about revisiting the 70s cult classic Battlestar Galactica in a miniseries for the Sci-Fi Channel, promising, "I'm going to go back and retell the original story...I want to keep the underlying myth of the show."
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On April 15th, Michael Ansara (Kang) turns 82!
Today's Television Listings
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show a rerun of Enterprise's "Azati Prime". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
Upon discovering the Xindi weapon underwater on an ocean planet, Archer decides to go on a suicide mission to destroy it.