January wasn’t a great month for Trek alumni, we’ve had a number of people associated with Trek, especially the original Trek series, pass on recently. We also want to remember DeForest Kelley who was born in January, some rare very old photos of a young DeForest Kelly recently turned up online.
Remembering DeForest Kelly
“De” as we was often called by friends, was born on January 20th, 1920. Some very early pictures of Kelley popped up online recently. They date as far back as 1947 when he was in the film “Fear in the Night” with Ann Doran.
Jackson DeForest Kelley was born in Atlanta, the son of a Baptist minister. Given his eventual fame for his role in Star Trek, it seems appropriate that he was named in honor of electronics engineering pioneer Lee De Forest…
During World War II, Kelley served in the United States Army Air Forces. Early in his enlistment, he served as a control tower operator, and later, as a PR writer. In 1945, he was transferred to the First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California. The unit was responsible for producing training and recruitment films for the military. Kelley began his work with the unit as a technical assistant, but ended up in acting roles, alongside Ronald Reagan and George Reeves. It was while Kelley was working on a training film for the Navy that he met a scout from Paramount Pictures, who signed Kelley to a seven-year contract when his military enlistment ended.
Picture Source (click for more): http://imgur.com/a/HdSZM
Text Source (click for more): Remembering DeForest Kelley – KryptonRadio
Sarah Marshall passes
Sarah Marshall died at 80 years old on January 18, 2014.
Marshall can be seen all over 1960’s TV, from classics like The Twilight Zone to Get Smart. To Trekkers she’s known as Dr. Janet Wallace from the TOS episode “The Deadly Years”. Her character’s last name seems to have been the inspiration behind the fake last name Carol Markus (AKA Carol Wallace) uses to initially get onboard the Enterprise in Star Trek Into Darkness.
Hal Sutherland passes
Hal Sutherland is a name an entire generation of Saturday morning cartoon watchers may recognize as the co-founder of Filmation.
Filmation of course gave us Star Trek: The Animated Series. In addition to TAS, Filmation produced many popular 1970’s cartoons including: The Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Superman Hour, Aquaman, Archie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and The New Adventures of Flash Gordon.
Trek franchise prop master Joe Longo passes
Joe Longo worked on the Trek franchise from 1982 to 1999. He worked on Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and then moved over to TNG and then DS9. Joe was considered a heck of a guy and is remembered fondly by those in the production department that worked with him for so many years.
Michael and Denise Okuda:
Joe Longo was unflappable. Even when a director threw him a curve ball, he’d tackle the change-of-plans with his trademarked droll sense of humor. The rest of us might be running around like crazy, but Joe would remain calm until the problem was solved. We loved the fact that he trusted all of us to make him look good, which in turn helped the show look that much better.
Source: TrekCore’s tribute to Joe Longo
More reading: StarTrek.com