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By Michelle
September 1, 2006 - 9:56 PM

Hello World!

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!

Trek BBS Today

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

-Why stop with the original series - why not update the CGI on all the Trek shows?

-Speaking of modified classics, are you going to buy the Star Wars rerelease of the original, unviolated movies?

-Would you want to see a reunion of previous Doctors Who?

Many more topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

Trek Two Years Ago

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.

More news can be found in the archives.

Poll Results

Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:

Pluto is no longer a planet, according to the International Astronomical Union!
Who cares what the astronomers say? Pluto will always be a planet in my book! 41.5% - (472 Votes)
If Pluto were a planet, then Xena and Sedna would have to be planets too, so better to lose one than gain all these little planets. 21.6% - (246 Votes)
Oh no! This ruins Star Trek solar system canon! 14% - (160 Votes)
Does this mean that Disney is going to have to change the dog's name? 9.7% - (111 Votes)
This ruins my astrological forecast for the entire decade. 6.4% - (73 Votes)
My Very Energetic Mother Jumps Swiftly Under...Nothing? 6% - (69 Votes)

Total Votes: 1135

Please vote in our new poll on CBS's plan to rerelease the original series with new special effects!

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