It is the beginning of spring here in the Western Hemisphere, which means it’s time to celebrate the birthdays of Trek royalty.
Today is the 83rd birthday of Spock Prime himself, Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy, who recently disclosed that he has a smoking-related illness called COPD isn’t letting anything slow him down. It was announced recently that he will be hosting two special “space-themed” performances by the Boston Pops in May, featuring music from many science fiction classics, including, of course, Star Trek. More information, including ticket prices, can be found at The Boston Pops website.
Mr. Nimoy took to Twitter to mark the day and to thank everyone for their good wishes:
Living long and prospering. Great family and friends and 100’s of honorary grandchildren. Many. Many thanks. LN
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 26, 2014
He also received a message from an old friend of his:
Happy Birthday to my dear friend @TheRealNimoy
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2014
Speaking of Mr. Shatner, the original James T. Kirk also turned 83 on March 22nd, and isn’t letting a trivial thing like age slow him down. Last week it was announced that he will be starring in a home renovation reality show for the DIY cable network starting in the fall, “The Shatner Project”, which will chronicle the renovation of his Los Angeles home. More details about the program from DIY.com
He will also be headlining a special one-night event based on his critically acclaimed one-man show, “Shatner’s World”. Fathom Events, a company that specializes in bringing “the best in one-night and limited-run events, like operas, comedy, Broadway productions, concerts and sports, right to your local movie theater”, will be presenting a video version of “Shatner’s World” in theaters around the country on April 24th. Locations, ticket prices, and other info can be found at Fathom Events.
And finally, we would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to one of the true shining lights of Star Trek. The great Dorothy “D.C” Fontana turned 75 yesterday. Fontana served as story editor of TOS during it’s first and second seasons, and wrote many of the series best episodes (“Tomorrow is Yesterday”, “Journey to Babel”, etc.) and rewrote “This Side of Paradise”, a seminal Spock episode. She also served as Associate Producer and story editor of the animated series and wrote what is probably the most popular episode, “Yesteryear”. She later went to write for TNG (including the pilot) and DS9, and has written or co-written several Star Trek novels, comics, and video games.
We here at TrekMovie and fans everywhere want to wish them all a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.