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News Fail: One Last Time, It Is MR Spock October 5, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Great Links,Nimoy , trackback

Leonard Nimoy’s final Star Trek convention didn’t just make news here at TrekMovie and other Trek sites, but was reported by the AP and the mainstream media. Unfortunately one outlet made a familiar mistake when reporting on the final con for Star Trek’s original Mr. Spock. Check it out below.


That’s Mr. Spock to you

Fox News fails.

And to clarify, Dr. Benjamin Spock is the famed human pediatrician who wrote the best-selling book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" in 1946. And Mr. Spock is the fictional half-human/half-Vulcan science officer of the Starship Enterprise in the 23rd century, portrayed first by Leonard Nimoy.


Thanks to Andy and David.



1. The Great Bird of the Galaxy - October 5, 2011

Fox News is usually pretty accurate about this stuff… Maybe he was given a Doctorates degree in science fiction. LOL
Actually, Doctor Spock has been repeatedly confused with our beloved vulcan.
So no harm done… Touche’


2. charliebob - October 5, 2011

Didn’t know the message of Star Trek was how to look after your kids…or maybe it was

3. Myself - October 5, 2011

Same people who call it “Star Track”

4. Captain Andrew Bryce - October 5, 2011

Oh boy.. Well, Dr. Spock was a great man too, but yes, he was another man entirely.

I’ve noticed other mistakes in the press reporting on Nimoy’s final convention appearance as well. Most of them about Star Trek itself (sometimes misspelled as Stark Trek or Star Trak).

5. BritBoy - October 5, 2011

Gotta love mainstream reporting…they have been calling him ‘Dr’ for decades.

Still, nice to see the great and legendary Mr Nimoy getting the attention he deserves outside our Trek circles. Im sure he will be sorely missed at the cons.

Live Long and Prosper Mr Spock

6. bmar - October 5, 2011

I don’t recall Dr. Spock having two heads, an old one and a young one. Creepy. ;)

7. Canon Schmanon - October 5, 2011

Mr. Spock is fictional?!?!?!?!?!

3. Myself – I have a friend who’s a big Star Trek fan, but still calls it Star Track. It drives me crazy.

8. Dr. Wer - October 5, 2011

Even here in germany, highly frequented news portal “SPIEGEL Online” picked up the story:,1518,789913,00.html

Live long an prosper Mr. Nimoy…

9. Phil - October 5, 2011

Interesting choice of pics – Dr. Spock, with his peace necklace, and Mr. Spock, holding a phaser. Not logical to have the guy with the firearm looking after your kids….

10. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - October 5, 2011

WoW Eppic FAIL!!

I was there and he did tell us to live long and prosper.. DROVE CHILLS DOWN MY SPINE AND TEARS IN MY EYES… I will never forget Mr Leonard (Spock) Nimoy’s last convention. One of the best weekends of my life!

11. Derf - October 5, 2011

“Fox News is usually pretty accurate”

That was hilarious. Thank you.

12. TF - October 5, 2011

Leave it to Fox “news”.

13. Dr. Cheis - October 5, 2011

Well if it’s on Fox News it MUST be true.

14. Dr_Beckett - October 5, 2011

Mr Spock? Isn’t that the one from Star Wars?

15. This Is Me - October 5, 2011


You’re thinking of Dumbeldore Calrissian, in command of Deep Star Base 19.

16. Andy Patterson - October 5, 2011

Amazing to me that no one there caught it or knew the difference. Amazing.

17. Bruise - October 5, 2011

@ #4 : That’s DR Nimoy isn’t it???

18. Harry Mudd's Bitch! - October 5, 2011

Fox news accurate? Im assuming that was some form of irony or sarcasm?

19. Lt. Dakin - October 5, 2011

Dr. Spock probably gets more media mentions that should be Mr. Spock than the actual doctor has in the last 3 decades.

20. Ciaran - October 5, 2011

I really hate it when the media’s ignorance leads to embarrassing things like this. GET IT RIGHT YOUR JOURNALISTIC MORONS!!!!!!!!!!

21. boborci - October 5, 2011

another mainstream media fail

22. Factchecker - October 5, 2011

Let’s just give Leonard an honorary PhD and be done with it.

23. Lostrod - October 5, 2011

Not to make excuses for sloppy work, but the error appears to be on the Webmaster more than the actual reporter. Unless it was actual spoken as “doctor” rather than “mister” in the video (which I haven’t seen).

Even dedicated Trek news sites make typos. Some even get an actor’s name wrong as evident in this story (check out how Mr. Spiner is referred as):


24. The Great Bird of the Galaxy - October 5, 2011

Yeah, Bob, but I don’t really consider FOX ‘mainstream’. FOX is the right, while the ‘mainstream’ is the left. I, on the other hand only advocate Mister Spock, who would find this subject ‘Amusingly illogical’

Hats off to both Spock’s. (Leonard Nimoy, and the good Doctor) They both are deserving of my humble respect.

25. crazydaystrom - October 5, 2011

Takes me back to the sixties. There was, on one of the Gerry Anderson Supermarionation shows (Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Supercar, Stingray and the rest), a character who some kind of communications officer and always wore headphones. His name was, or he was called, ‘Phones’. We were very young and had crumby old school b&w tv sets with lousy poor quality lo-fi speakers so my brother and I didn’t know whether he was actually called ‘Phones’ or ‘Bones’, whether Kirk called McCoy ‘Bones’ or ‘Phones’ or what! And had a similar confusion with MR. Spock and DR. Spock, who we heard of on tv. And with Dr McCoy in the Trek mix it took us at least a year or so figure things out completely. Again we were pretty young and didn’t really know what headphones were (believe it or not) and weren’t familiar with the term ‘sawbones’. Wow! Hadn’t thought about that bit of twisted confusion in decades. Now I’m having a warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling inside. A kind of time travel. Sorta :-)

26. dmduncan - October 5, 2011

Well just think how Dr. Spock must have felt, enduring all those Vulcan hand salutes.

27. Christopher Roberts - October 5, 2011

Wow. FOX News got something wrong? Didn’t check their facts? Say it ain’t so…

28. dmduncan - October 5, 2011

And surely Mr. Spock has the equivalent of 4 PhDs. At least.

29. Prologic9 - October 5, 2011

So Spock doesn’t have a doctorate? I always assumed he did, and don’t really see why he couldn’t…

30. Christopher Roberts - October 5, 2011

Anyone who’s ever seen “Friday’s Child” knows that Spock’s baby handling skills aren’t good.

He kept on making poor little Leonard James Ackkar cry.

31. Lostrod - October 5, 2011

As if Fox news is only news outlet to have a typo …

Many years ago I was a journalism major and had a career in broadcasting before switching gears to technology and military. In those days, reporters were expected to have journalism degrees.

I left the field when it became evident that folks starting to report the news were chosen by how well they looked on a camera and how well they could read a TelePrompter.

This is widespread. Not limited to Fox News by any means.

32. rm10019 - October 5, 2011

Bob Orci let’s give Spock a line where he reminds Bones that he isn’t a doctor :)

33. Bucky - October 5, 2011

@ 29 – I agree. Actually, someone at my work dropped a “Dr Spock” and I let it slide but someone else corrected him on it, but I defended him because, I mean, how many Doctorates would Spock have? Probably a hellova lot.

34. Dee - lvs moon' surface - October 5, 2011

hmmmm… the “classic mistake” about Mr. Spock… it’s not fascinating, definitely!

:-) :-)

35. Bucky - October 5, 2011

Actually, I would love it if in the sequel and/or IDW series Spock mentions that he does have a doctorate or two.

36. Cygnus-X1 - October 5, 2011

Doesn’t Spock have a PhD in Vulcanism?


37. Andy Patterson - October 5, 2011

30. Christopher Roberts – October 5, 2011
Anyone who’s ever seen “Friday’s Child” knows that Spock’s baby handling skills aren’t good.

He kept on making poor little Leonard James Ackkar cry.

“Oochie woochie coochie coo, Mr. Spock….an ancient Earth dialect.”

38. dmduncan - October 5, 2011

Sure. In the movie they’re talking about Mr. Spock and you could say like

McCoy: “Mr. Spock has a PhD in SCIENCE.”

Nurse Chapel: “Well…what kind?”

McCoy: “All of it.”

39. Allenburch - October 5, 2011

That is hysterical.

40. Lawrence - October 5, 2011

Something typical for FOX NEWS Im not suprised

41. Chris Rod - October 5, 2011

LOL! THAT’S RIGHT, Lawrence. FOX NEWS!! LOL!! YOU’RE RIGHT! WOW. AKA, FIXED NOISE.. the only accurate info on Fox News is the time displayed at the bottom of the screen! Time to get corporate money influence out of the MEDIA and ELECTIONS. that simple.

42. Nony - October 5, 2011

Anthony, you posted this to lure Bob Orci to the comments, didn’t you. ;)

I’ve actually seen this mistake from a lot of news outlets over the years. Easy enough blunder to make, especially for someone who isn’t into sci-fi, but you’d think if you were paid to write something thousands of people are going to read, you’d do your research a little better…maybe I just have more pride in my work than they do.

43. Dmschmidt - October 5, 2011

@38 aww man I was thinking the same thing!

44. VZX - October 5, 2011

I have the animated Star Trek series DVD set. He is referred to as “Dr. Spock” in one of the episode descriptions in the insert. So, even the Treksperts can make the same mistake.

45. Andy Patterson - October 5, 2011

Wow. They’re saying Steve Jobs is dead. Sad.

46. trekker 5 - October 5, 2011

Oh My God!! This really happend?! Again?! #21,Bob,you are so right! I am very sorry to hear about Mr.Steve Jobs,he has given us so much!!

47. Aqua - October 5, 2011

While Mr. Spock may be the proper way to refer to him, there is no doubt in mind that he has a (or multiple) doctorates and so I don’t nitpick on this :)

48. Keachick (rose pinenut) - October 5, 2011

Or maybe someone at Fox is pulling our chains…?

When I was just a wee girl, I remember one of my parents telling me that Dr Spock was a children’s doctor and that MR Spock was a fictional character in Star Trek. I also have a recollection (perhaps I am in error here) that, at first, Star Trek’s Spock was referred to as Dr Spock, then when the producers realised there was a real person with that name, they quickly changed it to MR Spock and he has been known by that great name to this day.

LLAP MR Spock!

49. jas_montreal - October 5, 2011

LOLOLOLOL. Love the article.

50. SPOCKBOY - October 5, 2011

This video covers the Doctor/Mister mistake nicely…


51. pock speared - October 5, 2011

next they’ll be telling us it’s james t. roykirk.

52. Bugs nixon - October 5, 2011

Surely Spock had a few Phd’s to his name…

53. Brian Monson - October 5, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs and Charles Napier (“Adam” from Star Trek episode “The Way to Eden”)

54. Odkin - October 5, 2011

The left, including this sites large contingent of foreign readers, will never rest until they have silenced the only media outlet in th US that doesn’t serve as Press Agent for the Democrats.

It just appalls them that ONE non-liberal cable channel and some AM radio stations are allowed to exist. The poor leftists only have CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, NPR, Pacifica, Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN, Time, Newsweek, EVERY newspaper, EVERY celebrity, EVERY movie, and every music group to listen to. Fox Must Be Stopped!

Also, Dr. Spock was a bum. His theories about child rearing were a disaster. Another leftist poltical idealogue like Frederic Wertham (look him up) who attempted to remake society.

55. Lostrod - October 5, 2011

Charles Napier (“the Way to Eden”) passed away.

56. Vultan - October 5, 2011


Exactly. And it amazes me that there are so many critics out there that act as if Fox News just came out of nowhere to appeal to (and profit from) a conservative audience. Well, as MISTER Spock might say, “for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction.”

In retrospect, catered news outlets were inevitable. I’m surprised it took so long for someone to figure out that what worked for ice cream would work for televised truth. “What’s your flavor?”

57. Red Dead Ryan - October 5, 2011

Gene Roddenberry named Mr. Spock after Dr. Spock. True fact.

58. Red Dead Ryan - October 5, 2011


Alright, can you take your “left versus right” whining to another site, maybe FOXNews.Com? I’m sure Bill O’Reilly will put in a good word for you as a potential employee of the the network.

And yeah, ALL of the American news networks are politically biased for/against parties and ideologies. That’s what happens when you don’t have seperation of state and media.

59. NCM - October 5, 2011

Surely, faux and unbalanced news doesn’t try to mislead people. When they did a story on the ‘unruly’ protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, I’m sure they thought either the palm trees in the background footage of brawling protesters would go unnoticed, or that most viewers wouldn’t care to question.

Incidentally, the protests were bigger than the city’s infamous Vietnam protests, and were extremely notable for lack of aggression.

Also, if you check out who owns big media, the news, it’s hard to make a case for overwhelming liberal bias – Clear Channel and GE are hardly known as left wing sympathizers and if Disney is so, then their financial partners, GE and Sid R. Bass (petroleum and natural gas) are sure to rein them in.

60. Vultan - October 5, 2011


This post was brought to you by the CBC.


61. Basement Blogger - October 5, 2011

@ 55

Sorry to hear that actor Charles Napier has died. He was also in the classic Deep Space 9 episode, “Little Green Men.” Remember this give and take with Quark?

General Denning (Charles Napier) : You know, Quark, you might be some kind of Martian…
Quark: Ferengi.
General Denning: Whatever. But the more we talk, the more you remind me of my brother-in-law.
Quark: Is he a businessman?
General Denning: He’s a car salesman, and not a very good one.

62. NCM - October 5, 2011

@58: You can say public broadcasts mix state and media; the idea is that Americans own the public broadcast network (taxes built it), and should have free access to info. via that network. But the majority of our news comes from a few mega corporations, which, under corporate bi-laws, must make not just profits, but increasing profits for shareholders their number one priority. There’s no mandate to accurately inform Americans. But to the extent that lawmakers are in the pockets and do the bidding of corporations…, perhaps you’re right in suggesting that the state and the media are not separate – not where I thought I was going with this argument.

63. Odkin - October 5, 2011

First, I was among the LAST to drag out politics in this thread. Funny how the leftists never get lectured.

@59 “faux and unbalanced”? That’s so clever. Did you get that off DailyKos? Do you also spell it “Micro$oft”? Ooooohh, you’re really givin’ it to the MAN!

And if you don’t think GE is a liberal company, then you just don’t follow the news. Jeffrey Immelt is practically on Obamas payroll. Besides, the corporate owners do not dictate the news. If they even TRIED it would be major headlines, reporters have a long-standing disgust of mixing business and editorial.

The news content is controlled by the usual J-school “I’m gonna comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” liberal activists, some of whom have grown up into the editors and writers who actually decide what you get to see and read.

Bias is rarely explicit. It is in what gets covered, what gets ignored, how often it’s repeated, who gets quoted, what pictures and videos get selected, and a thousand other subjective decisions that always – ALWAYS – skew liberal..

64. Ben Adams - October 5, 2011

This, of course, being why a gathering of more than 20 Tea Partiers gets news coverage, while it took ages for there to be *any* reporting on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in NYC. Becase the media skews liberal. Riiiight.

65. Red Dead Ryan - October 5, 2011


True, the CBC is paid for by taxpayers, who now pay twice for it because the cable companies will no longer provide it without having to pay for it as part of a package.


What I meant was, networks shouldn’t be allowed to hire politicians as journalists or hosts, eg, Sarah Palin, Ari Fleisher, Paul Begala, etc. News networks need to be objective, and let the audience decide the issues for themselves by providing facts that aren’t skewed by politics and loud mouth politicians.


You might have been the last, but you were also the “loudest”. Look, at the start of the Iraq war, and perhaps even after 9/11 attacks, none of the networks questioned the tactics of the Bush administration until several years later, proving that it wasn’t just the Democrats who have had the media eating from the palms of their hands.

66. Battle-scarred Sciatica - October 5, 2011

Gene did name Mr Spock after Dr Spock but as far as I am aware Mr Spock was never initially intended to be named Dr Spock.

Doctored Cock…….well that’s another story all together.

Oi! Orci. Stop posting and keep bloody well writing my next movie.

Yep, you heard right…..MINE!


67. Hat Rick - October 5, 2011

I realize that Dr. Benjamin Spock, a real person who was celebrated for his rather permissive (at least initially) doctrine of child-rearing, was perhaps the reason that there is much confusion regarding Mr. Spock’s title, but come to think of it, our Spock is such a polymath that he probably DOES have or at least deserves a doctorate, and not just one, but, like a thousand of them or something.

So, in a sense, calling our favorite human-Vulcan hybrid “Dr.” Spock isn’t all that much of an error.


68. Red Dead Ryan - October 5, 2011

Doctored Cock, the alternate name of John Bobbitt!

69. Jerry Modene - October 5, 2011

In “I Am Not Spock”, his 1975 autobiography, Nimoy tells of meeting Dr. Spock at some rally or another and introducing himself as the actor who played Mr. Spock on television. The doctor answered, “I know. Have you been indicted yet?”

70. DonDonP1 - October 5, 2011

Quite frankly, I knew that the name Spock existed before the original ‘Star Trek’ series. BTW, that article might have been titled ‘One Last Time, It is MR. Spock (or COMMANDER Spock or CAPTAIN Spock)’.

71. NCM - October 5, 2011

@63: General Electric gave $1,281,400 to federal candidates in 2005-2006 – 37% to Democrats and 63% to Republicans. I’m sure I could find more figures on GE’s history of political contributions; though Republicans have made it much harder to track political contributions – and why do you suppose that is?

How do you propose Democrats better than Republicans serve the special interests of huge corporations? Is it in their support for collective bargaining, worker rights, safety standards, Americans with Disabilities Act, higher taxes on corporations, more regulation? (GE spent 122 million dollars trying to avoid Superfund clean-up in the late 90’s and early this century. They’ve spent countless millions lobbying for less regulation).

I believe Immelt is on the administration’s payroll, though for a pittance, no doubt, considering his GE pay – part of Obama’s attempt to be inclusive of big business. Big business deserves consideration; just not over-representation.

72. NCM - October 5, 2011

Oh, and “faux and unbalanced?” No, I don’t think I can take credit for that. I think I saw it on a sign carried by a protester who sported a large inflatable palm tree in his other hand.

73. MJ - October 6, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs…you will be missed!

74. MJ - October 6, 2011

Odkin, really getting tired of reading about your politics all over this site. Yawn!

75. MJ - October 6, 2011

And for what it is worth, this supposed discussion you are all having on liberal versus conservative viewpoints on television is a trojan horse. TV is really about entertainment, ratings an money. You are deluding yourself if you think there is much reality involved in TV news.

FYI — I also don’t trust anyone who defines themselves as either liberal or conservative. Those people need a crutch of something to believe in rather than really doing the research themselves issue by issue to make an informed opinion.

76. Battle-scarred Sciatica - October 6, 2011

@68 RDR

Now there’s a man who really lost it!

77. Jacob - October 6, 2011

Another news fail in the UK free paper METRO on this story.

“[Star Trek: The Motion Picture] kick-started a successful film franchise which saw Nimoy make his last brief appearance [as Spock] in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – the 1984 movie he directed.”

78. I'm Dead Jim! - October 6, 2011

@1 Yeah, FOX news would never let the facts get in the way of a good story!

79. Hat Rick - October 6, 2011

77, you must admit that compared to his role in Star Trek, the 2009 film, the appearance in TSFS WAS, indeed, brief.


80. Victor Hugo - October 6, 2011

Maybe is because Lost in space´s DR.SMITH was also popular at the time.

81. Damian - October 6, 2011

75–Agree. Nothing has ruined this great USA more than liberal vs. conservative nonsense. What happened to people thinking for themselves. I look at each issue independantly. Some things I fall on the conservative side, some liberal. I can’t stand Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann equally.

Re; the Dr Spock error, Fox News is not the first and will not be last to make that mistake. In a sense, our beloved Mr Spock is enough of a genious that he should have a PhD anyway.

#3–LOL, I always cringe whenever I hear Star Track myself (and they always seem to overemphasize the “a” in Track).

82. Shaun - October 6, 2011

well said, damian, on each point.

83. Andy Patterson - October 6, 2011

55. Lostrod – October 5, 2011
Charles Napier (”the Way to Eden”) passed away.

Ah man. Are you serious. Hey, thanks for letting us know that. I’m probably one of the few people on here that is really affected by this. I loved Napier. Really did. Me and Ben Stiller, I guess. Thought he was too cool. Loved that episode. I knew it was silly. But I loved it.

Wow. Charles Napier’s gone. Thanks again Lostrod.

Here’s to Charles…..I reach that brother. I really do. He was ONE.

84. Crusade2267 - October 6, 2011

Didn’t Voyager’s EMH consider “Dr. Spock” as a potential name for himself? Nice little tribute to this very familiar problem.

85. Frederick - October 6, 2011

Posted an article once with a funny cartoon about that here:

86. Dave in RI - October 6, 2011

There’s also Leonard’s guest appearance on the Carol Burnett show with the Mr. Spock/Dr. Spock mix-up.

87. AJ - October 6, 2011

Well, at least the video portion simply refers to him as “Spock.”

And I hardly think the “Dr.” mistake occurred due to conservative bias. Due to the Teapot Party, FOX does have to pander to a lowest common denominator at times, moreso than the so-called ‘liberal’ corporate media, so maybe they hire ignorant journalists on purpose. Case in point: Steve Doocey was a horrible second-string DC weatherman for years, and seeing him on national TV regularly today is absolutely cringeworthy.

88. Rocket Scientist - October 6, 2011

His jam partner, Charles Napier, just passed away. No doubt he’s headin’ out to Eden. Yeah, brother…

89. Aussie Ian - October 6, 2011

Charles Napier would be looking down from above, taking note of the ignorance of Fox media and muttering to himself “What a bunch of Herberts!”

90. Lostrod - October 6, 2011

While I think it’s good to point out errors in the media about Star Trek, I think it’s unfair to single out one outlet.

What about this one?

There’s probably others. As I said in previous post, typos are made. Even Trek savvy sites like jus did a Story about Patrick Stewart’s script collection that misspelled Brent Spiner’s name several time as “Brett Spiner”.


91. Dunsel Report - October 6, 2011

Hasn’t Spock earned an honorary Ph.D by now, either from the Vulcan Science Academy or some other planet’s version of Harvard?

92. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise I-XI - October 6, 2011

This is certainly something that’s been happening quite some time now, even Spike Milligan joked about the confusion in a sketch of his seen here:

93. Sebastian S. - October 6, 2011

Figures it happened on FOX News.
I’m surprised they didn’t call Nimoy “that Star Track” guy with the ears…

I doubt anyone on their ‘crack’ research team (in that they’re ON crack) is even old enough to know who Dr Benjamin Spock was…

94. Spocky - October 6, 2011

Fox News screwed up. What a surprise–not. Fox frequently has shown that its staff have no idea what they’re doing.

95. Spocky - October 6, 2011

Fox News screwed up. What a surprise–not. Fox frequently has shown that its staff have no idea what they’re doing.

96. Spocky - October 6, 2011

“Didn’t Voyager’s EMH consider “Dr. Spock” as a potential name for himself? Nice little tribute to this very familiar problem.” Nope. He considered “Doctor McCoy,” since McCoy’s personality was among those used to create the EMH’s personality.

97. ooobeedoobee - October 6, 2011

The Metro News free paper here in the UK said that his last appearance as Spock was in Star Trek III…….they obviously didn’t remember IV, V, VI, TNG and Trek 2009!!

98. John from Cincinnati - October 6, 2011

Charles Napier “The Way to Eden” R.I.P.

99. John from Cincinnati - October 6, 2011

Headin out to Eden, yaaa Brother. Headin out to Eden, yaaaa brother.

100. Lance - October 6, 2011

Since Mr. Spock was the Science Officer, he probably has a Ph.d in something. Probably several of them, so he’d Dr. Spock, too.

101. Lance - October 6, 2011

Since Mr. Spock was the Science Officer, he probably has a Ph.d in something. Probably several of them, so he’d could be called Dr. Spock, too.

102. NC trek fan - October 6, 2011

I am still laughing about the words Fox News and accurate being in the same sentence.

103. THX-1138 - October 6, 2011

Charles Napier, familiar to Trek fans for his portrayal of Adam from the TOS episode “The Way to Eden” has passed away. Awful episode, great character actor.


104. Dunsel Report - October 6, 2011

It’s a wonder these people made it out of the 21st Century.

105. NCm - October 6, 2011

@81; well said. Though I think there’s a difference between seeing oneself as more liberal or more conservative and signing on the party line as a Democrat or a Republican. One has to do with self-awareness; how you think, how you see the world. The other has to do with joining a club, or a team, and often means believing your team has to win – no matter the tactics or long term consequences.

Well, this is dry. When will the well spring with news of our next great Trek escape?!

106. Anthony Pascale - October 6, 2011

stop with the politics

107. James - October 6, 2011

Wasn’t Spock supposed to have innumerable uber expert qualifications, certifications, doctorates and the like? Surely some of them would have earned him a Doctor title several times over.

108. Lostrod - October 6, 2011


Thank you! Make it so.

109. MJ - October 6, 2011

@106. Agreed. Everyone, are you listening? Odkin?

110. Terence T - October 6, 2011

My mom calls him “Spark”. Lol

111. Phobos - October 7, 2011

I choose to simply ignore his retirement. :-)
Passing on is the only retirement for this legend.

He has been, and forever shall be, Mr. Spock.

112. Locke for President - October 7, 2011

When someone in the news media makes a mistake, it is seen and scrutinized by millions. When you or I make a mistake, it’s not.

Not sure why it justifies downing an entire news organization because of one person’s silly and humorous mistake, but what do I know.

113. Kirk's Flying Wig - October 7, 2011

Nimoy actually wrote a third biographical volume entitled “I Am Not Benjamin Spock, So Keep Your Kids Away From Me In Restaurants and Traffic Jams”. Look in the back rooms of your nearest second-hand bookshops and you may find it.

114. Bryan - October 7, 2011

Even the notes included in the official DVD release of the Star Trek Animated Series has notes that refer to “Dr. Spock.” I couldn’t believe it.

115. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - October 8, 2011


Hm, I would read that, actually.

116. charles charles - October 8, 2011


117. StApnea - October 9, 2011

Well, if you want to be really technical, he shouldn’t be called either since he’s a Captain now. The term is only used for higher ranks addressing ranks lower than Captain.

118. Joel1245 - October 10, 2011

Somehow I get the feeling this would have never been an issue if it had come from a source like MSNBC, ABCNew or The Advocate.

119. Kaziarl - October 11, 2011

Would just like to point out, I think that was a gag one of the movies. Confusing him with Dr. Spock.

Also, The Doctor from Voyager considered Doctor Spock for his name.

Yes, I have no life, but at least I can admit it.

120. Adam Bomb 1701 - October 11, 2011

#66 – According to “The Making of Star Trek”, published in 1968, Gene Roddenberry had not heard of Dr. Spock when he named the character Mr. Spock. (Anyone know if that book is still in print?) And, my late, great mother blamed a lot of the permissiveness of the 1960’s on children being raised according to the methods in Dr. Spock’s book.

121. adam - October 11, 2011

Wow! Nobody else mentioned this…but when I was a kid, I actually had a Star Trek novel where Mr. Spock was called Dr. Spock throughout the story. It really confused me. A friend told me that he was just called Dr. Spock in the book. I never figured it out.

SOMEONE else must remember it!

122. deuZige - October 30, 2011

Spock isn’t fictional! He’s sitting here licking his balls! It’s my dog!

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