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Old February 27 2009, 11:47 PM   #31
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Old February 27 2009, 11:50 PM   #32
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Richard Arnold told a story of a convention with Mark Lenard. A nervous young ST fan attempted to ask a question, and stumbled over it, and the audience was sniggering a bit. Mark Lenard was showing great patience and suddenly realized that the young guy was deaf, and he began speaking to him in sign language. Lenard's brother was/is deaf, and the young guy had a long conversation with Lenard while he was on stage, and everyone was smiling and wiping away tears.

Bjo Trimble has some great Mark Lenard anecdotes in her book "On the Good Ship Enterprise", from the set of "Here Come the Brides", IIRC.
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Old February 28 2009, 12:14 AM   #33
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^ Really? Cool. I am going to have to find a copy of that.
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Old February 28 2009, 02:30 AM   #34
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I met Lenard at a convention in Seattle (!) back in the 1980s; he talked a lot about his role as the Klingon captain in STTMP, and brought parts of the costume, including the boots.

For me, it was great because I got an autograph and had a chance to talk to him -- he was very gracious and erudite. I also helped his driver bring his belongings to his car, so I got a little extra time to chat.
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Old March 1 2009, 11:04 PM   #35
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Ah! I love this photo. I remember it appearing in the ST fan club magazine around the time TSfS was released. What a wildly imaginative costume. Thanks for posting it.

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Old March 2 2009, 12:28 AM   #36
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Mark Lenard fascinates me. I've been watching his numerous TV appearances in Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, and The Wild, Wild West and of course, as Sarek. How was he viewed by Trek fandom and how did he feel about the interest shown towards the show and his character? He seems to have been as icy and mysterious as the characters he often played. So, your thoughts on Mark Lenard, please.
Mark Lenard played the most important alien characters in Star Trek history! Sarek, the romulan commander and the klingon captain from TMP! I have not read all this thread and I am sure this has already been talked about! For me Mark Lenard was one of the most gracious trek VIPS I ever met! He was so good with and to the fans and I miss him very much!
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Old March 2 2009, 01:26 AM   #37
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Lenard was also known to be close friends with Walter Koenig...the two of them had appeared in several stage productions over the years.
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Old March 2 2009, 06:37 AM   #38
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I was lucky enough to see Mark Lenard 20 years ago at a Richmond, VA con. Since I was last in the autograph line we got to chat a little more than usual. He was charming, respectful, and very intelligent.
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Old March 2 2009, 01:42 PM   #39
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What a wildly imaginative costume. Thanks for posting it.
Actually, IIRC, the "spiky shoulders" were actually part of an alien plant in Kirk's foyer, not Sarek's robe.
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Old March 2 2009, 07:17 PM   #40
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Also, in case all of you Mark Lenard fans and action figure collectors didn't know, an Art Asylum/Diamond Select action figure of him as the Romulan Commander from "Balance of Terror" is due this summer (circa August). Here's a picture: http://74.52.193.82/events/main.php?...serialNumber=1
Wow, I hadn't heard about that - what a great looking sculpt! Can't wait to get this figure.
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Old March 2 2009, 07:53 PM   #41
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So, your thoughts on Mark Lenard, please.
I met him on a couple of occassions at cons in the early 80s. In fact, I think that he was the first Trek actor I ever met. I remember him leaving the convenion on Monday morning. As he left the hotel foyer, he turned and gave the Vulcan salute to the fans still hanging around reception. It was a really great moment that I shared with a friend, and really endeared Mark Lenard to me.
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Old March 2 2009, 11:13 PM   #42
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What a wildly imaginative costume. Thanks for posting it.
Actually, IIRC, the "spiky shoulders" were actually part of an alien plant in Kirk's foyer, not Sarek's robe.
Thanks for the clarification. I always thought it was some kind of stole that was draped over his shoulders, and it wasn't actually worn in the movie. It would have been uncomfortable to wear, wouldn't it? "Lemme get that fly on my back....oww!"

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Old March 3 2009, 12:59 PM   #43
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I wish I could have met him. He appeared at the conventions during the years when my kids were little and I didn't go to them for a while.
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Old March 5 2009, 09:56 AM   #44
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I've had a huge crush on him ever since I saw him in Journey to Babel and read the book Sarek. He was handsome, dignified and had power, what's not to love?

I have to be one of Sarek's youngest fans...I'm only 24 and people are talking about going to see him "back in the 80's" lol!
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Old March 5 2009, 10:23 PM   #45
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I don't recall ever hearing about him having attended a convention, so I suspect he didn't express much interest.
A friend of mine once told me he had attended a con where Mark Lenard was a guest.
To my experience, Mark Lenard did a whole bunch of conventions. Several with Actress Jane Wyman. I've personally attended at least 4 where he was a featured guest, including "Starbase Indy" in Indianapolis in 1988.

In the mid 80s he and Walter Koenig did a major tour of Trek convention dates, in part to promote a series of theatre projects they were working on together. Perhaps the best known of these stage projects was Bernard Sabath's "The Boys in Autumn", about a chance meeting in the 1920s between an elderly Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
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