Site ColumnsBy Michelle
July 28, 2003 - 5:26 PM
I'm back from a month driving across the country and back with my family. I thought fondly of this column particularly in Las Vegas, setting for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and home of the Star Trek Experience, which was my younger son's favorite thing about the entire trip.
We drove along parts of old Route 66 through the southwest, stopped at churches in Albuquerque and reservations in Montana. Saw Cadillac Ranch in Texas and the Corn Palace in South Dakota. Crossed the Mississippi in Missouri going out and Minnesota on the way back. Visited several national parks — Little Bighorn, Devil's Tower, Petrified Forest, the Grand Canyon and the Badlands, to name a few.
It's really striking, driving across the U.S., how much entertainment serves as common cultural currency among people from very different backgrounds. We debated Harry Potter with the rural Oregonians on the camp site next to ours in Idaho; my sons played Yu-Gi-Oh with previously unknown cousins in Missouri; I bonded over Viggo Mortensen with a niece-by-marriage I had met only once before.
But I'm way behind on current phenomena — missed most of the news from the TCA press tour, found out days after the fact about Katharine Hepburn's death, didn't go to a movie for more than a month. I did manage to see Seabiscuit on opening weekend, but I only saw Pirates of the Caribbean last Saturday...weeks after most of my friends.
Bear with me while I catch up and learn to write in British again.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items in late July 2001:
- 'Enterprise' Bible Reveals Crew Details
A leaked copy of the writers' guide for Enterprise revealed that Tucker once worked at the Utopia Planitia shipyards, that Phlox was fascinated by human sexual behavior and that Mayweather was born in space.
- First Images Of 'Enterprise' Aliens And Phase Pistol
Screen caps from footage sent to a UPN affiliate offered a first glimpse at the Suliban and of Captain Archer holding a phase pistol. "Created by Archer's Armory officer, Malcolm Reed, the pistol is the ancestor of the phaser seen in the later series," wrote Caillan. "In 'Broken Bow,' Reed tells Archer that 'There are two settings: stun and kill. Be sure to know the difference.'"
- Stewart Sees A Future For 'Voyager' Cast
Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) made a surprise visit onstage with Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway) at a convention in Blackpool, England, where he predicted that the cast of Voyager would hav a career in Trek movies, beginning "very soon" with Mulgrew. Rumors had already suggested that Janeway would appear in the then-untitled tenth Trek feature film.
More news can be found in the archives.
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