For Us Really Old Trekkers

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Underfunded, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. Kilana2

    Kilana2 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Well, when you think you're old you'll always find someone who's older here....;)

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  2. KimMH

    KimMH Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    It's funny how my definition of "old" keeps getting pushed back.
     
  3. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Premium Member

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    I'm 47 feeling like I am turning 74. :eek:
     
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  4. KimMH

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    52 never feels like 25 unfortunately.
     
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  5. Jellico

    Jellico Ensign Red Shirt

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    Well, my mom was/is a fan of TOS and she’s 87, but she doesn’t have a computer.
     
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  6. Redfern

    Redfern Commodore Commodore

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    Hmm, so she's just a year younger than Shatner. A mom with grade school" aged kids when the show debuted. Neat! I have this mental image of "Betty Crocker" leaning (with grace) upon the sofa with a saucer and cup of coffee watching the TV with intrigue.
     
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  7. KimMH

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    that is an awesome optic!

    btw happy First Contact Day everyone!
     
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  8. Jellico

    Jellico Ensign Red Shirt

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    Yes, mom was born in 1931, like Shatner and Nimoy. She drank coffee while watching. I usually sat on the floor. I, specifically remember the Apollo episode.
     
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  9. Spider

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    I was watching TOS's original run on NBC in high school. It sure as hell wasn't as popular then during it's initial run as it is now. I remember a friend who had to come to my house to watch it because his parents wouldn't let him watch a show with the "devil" (Spock) in it. :lol:
     
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  10. Desert Kris

    Desert Kris Commander Red Shirt

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    I was born in 1978, and when I was old enough to be aware of it I remember a time when there was only the old episodes and three movies, and a few books (I didn't know about the ongoing comic series for a while). Loved watching the old series on TV, and was taken to the theater for a showing of TSFS that I remembered very badly. Quite a way for the series to leave off, with the Enterprise destroyed and the characters in exile on an eerie world. I was old enough for TOS to have establish itself very strongly as a favorite. I grew up with TNG, through middle and high school, but TOS had a strong foundation that TNG needed a fair amount of time to gain acceptance.
     
  11. Redfern

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    Heh, heh! That made me perform a "take"! Here I was merely describing a hypothetical scenario. Of course, I could be totally off with the "Betty Crocker" mental image, but still...the coffee thing was just a wild shot in the dark!
     
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  12. UnknownSample

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    I saw Lost in Space a year earlier, the black and white season. That drew me in... They were pre-empting Trek first half of season 1 where we lived. Mom came back from a vacation, telling us about a show we'd like she was sure... she'd seen it in the hotel.

    That was Squire of Gothos. Very life changing, as my kid head tried to reconfigure itself to handle this new input... I really do remember the wonderful disorientation of it.

    For me, the 70s were about two things... waiting for the Beatles and Star Trek to come back! 1982? Uneventful year in Trek for me. Sure, Wrath of Khan was good and encouraging, but that was also the time when Dr Who fandom in the US actually eclipsed Trek fandom for a few years. I threw myself into that. I didn't reimmerse in Trek until I saw Q Who, and realized Next Gen was really turning itself around, and getting good.
     
  13. TrickyDickie

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    Depends on the individual. I'll be 52 a week from today and I still feel like 25. I can still inflate a queen-sized air mattress in about 10 minutes with just lung capacity....I found that out on a camping trip when the battery-operated gizmo failed. Some would say I just have a lot of hot air. :lol:

    I had an older half-brother, born in 1951, who got me hooked on Star Trek.

    We didn't get a color tv until 1977, so previous to that I saw Star Trek re-runs in b/w. Hey....it was like seeing the whole thing through the 'dailies'. :D

    I saw TAS in its first run. Liked everything about it except that it was only half as long as the regular episodes.

    In the mid 70s, I built all of the AMT Star Trek model kits except the Interplanetary UFO, which the company did only to capitalize on Star Trek. I had the Remco phaser, Mego walkie-talkie communicator pair, and Kirk and Spock action figures. My brother gave me the Blish books when he finished with them, as well as others. I had the Franz Joseph blueprints, the Technical Manual, the Concordance, and the 1976 Stardate Calendar. Also the first issue of Starlog magazine, and The Enterprise Logs, which are the 4 volumes that reprint a lot of Gold Key comics.

    I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture on Saturday, December 15, 1979. It was at the local mall. I went into a toy store before the movie, hoping to get a model kit of the refit Enterprise. They didn't have any yet. I settled for a new copy of the original Enterprise....which turned out to be molded in light blue instead of white like the first one I had.

    I saw the next 4 movies in the theater, including 3 viewings of Voyage Home....the last time being at a drive-in, which is the only time in my life that I experienced a film in that setting. Star Trek V was the last movie of any kind that I saw in a theater. The walls were so thin that there was a thunderstorm going on outside and you could hardly enjoy the movie. A cheese box. My father was a theater manager in the 40s and 50s....when a theater was really a theater, not a slap-dash piece of junk.

    Here is a photo from early 1980....me and some of my collection at the time. At top center is the mini-poster that was inserted into the lp version of the TMP soundtrack. Behind it is a drawing I made of the image which was larger, and that's why it sticks up above it. Was I going to attempt to paint the AMT model of Spock and the 3-headed snake? Oh, hell no! :lol:

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  14. Elder Knight

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    I remember watching the 1966 premiere while still in high school, but only had a casual following with the show thereafter. My wife, however, was an enthusiastic fan. She got me to watch the second movie (we had to get a sitter for our baby), then the third (at the drive-in so we could take the kid along). By the time of the fourth film, we took him out of school a few hours early so that we could all go to the opening together. And so on. I thus have family memories associated with these.
     
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  15. haddie moonfall

    haddie moonfall Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    I was born a month before TOS aired & watched reruns in the 70s. I've grown to love all of the treks, to varying degrees, though some took years for that to happen. But Roddenbury's idea of the future was imprinted on me as a child and I hold these philosophies dear. I just found a great podcast on trek.fm Meta Treks (discussing philosophy of Star Trek... I really have a great time listening..wishing I could chime in)

    Wish I had trekker friends, so trek bbs & trek.fm are great to at least realize I'm not alone, like some kind of half-breed klingon/vulcan-human living in a world of Ferengis :lol:
     
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  16. Kilana2

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    I like your Avatar so much. It's great, isn't it?
     
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  17. KimMH

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    +1
     
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  18. Haggis and tatties

    Haggis and tatties Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I would be 216.3 years old, if i were born on Mercury.
     
  19. haddie moonfall

    haddie moonfall Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Hey thanks :hugegrin:
    sort of looks like me and she loves Data as much as I do. ;)
     
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  20. KimMH

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