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Who here reads the cast biography books?

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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 6:47 am

I have read the ones for the original cast including the one by Grace Lee Whitney. I found them all to be interesting but my favorite was From Sawdust to Stardust about Deforest Kelly.


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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 9:37 am

I read William Shatner's "Up til Now" I enjoyed it very much.

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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 11:56 am

I've read Bills and Georges books , aqnd would have say ejoyed Shats more.

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Report this Mar. 02 2011, 6:52 am

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I adored that book too; it was very beautifully and sensitively written. If you like that, then I'd also recommend A Harvest of Memories by Kristine Smith, which is a memoir about De Kelley. Both Sawdust and Harvest are must-reads for Kelley fans.

http://www.amazon.com/DeForest-Kelley-Memories-Remarkable-Gentleman/dp/0759653089


 


Thanks for the heads up on that book, I loved reading the other one such a great book. It was nice reading about that ring he always wore and what it meant, I confess I never really noticed it that much till after I read the book.


Beyond Uhura and Warped Factors were interesting reads as well.


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Report this Mar. 07 2011, 4:59 am

The only one I read was Beyond Uhura and it was very good.


I would like to read more.


 

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Report this Apr. 28 2011, 2:07 pm

Warped Factors was quite enjoyable as well.


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Report this Apr. 28 2011, 7:25 pm

I don't bother with reading the biographies of actors.  I read lots of biographies but those of people who did amazing things, not those who portray those who did amazing things.


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Report this Apr. 29 2011, 3:28 pm

I liked The View From the Bridge loved Nick Meyer


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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 1:41 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Apr. 28 2011, 7:25 pm

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>I don't bother with reading the biographies of actors.  I read lots of biographies but those of people who did amazing things, not those who portray those who did amazing things.

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I've read plenty of biographies about non actors as well, but just because they done something of note in history doesn't mean they are anymore interesting than someone who has brought me years of entertainment. I liked reading about Queen Elizabeth, Nixon, and am currently reading a book about Churchill mainly because I enjoy history. However someone who I have been entertained by has lead just as interesting a life as any historical figure, like John Wayne or even the sad tale of Bobby Darrin. I know in this world it seems like there is too much attention paid to the idiot pseudo celebs and not enough on real world events and people who are doing more than being on TV but still there is something to be said for someone who can make you laugh or cry or whatever by singing or acting and just letting you forget your own troubles for awhile.


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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 1:49 pm

If I want to forgot about my reality, I read fiction.  I read biographies to read about the personalities that shaped history.  Few actors have actually shaped history.  Even Shatner hasn't changed history.  Roddenberry and Jefferies, yes, but not the actor who portrays Kirk. 


I never understood why people idolize actors and athletes and not the people who actually shape our world and technology.  If a fictional character changed your life, that's great!  But it was the writer, not the actor so much that made the difference.


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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 3:14 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Apr. 30 2011, 1:49 pm

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>If I want to forgot about my reality, I read fiction.  I read biographies to read about the personalities that shaped history.  Few actors have actually shaped history.  Even Shatner hasn't changed history.  Roddenberry and Jefferies, yes, but not the actor who portrays Kirk. 

>I never understood why people idolize actors and athletes and not the people who actually shape our world and technology.  If a fictional character changed your life, that's great!  But it was the writer, not the actor so much that made the difference.

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It doesn't exactly mean you idolize someone because you read a biography about them. The reason people read anything about anyone is because they find that person interesting. Remember most of the so-called shapers of history lead pretty mundane lives for the most part and then they happened to be in the right place at the right time and got remembered. Now I don't deny that in the big picture actors are not on the top of the totem pole of history but to say they don't affect how we percieve the world or how we remember things is just wrong. Besides Hitler shaped history too but I would rather read about someone like Shatner or Nimoy then what he was doing. And just to point this out those actors did shape history, they shaped the history of Star Trek and how we know it today, with the help of writers and directors and set designers, etc.


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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 4:57 pm

My fav is "Beam Me Up, Scotty: Star Trek's "Scotty" in his own words" I've also read a few of Shatner's biographies and "I am Spock" and "I Am Not Spock" all were interesting. I picked up George Takei's a few days ago but haven't started it.


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Report this Apr. 30 2011, 11:54 pm

Quote: Faroutman @ Apr. 30 2011, 4:57 pm

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>My fav is "Beam Me Up, Scotty: Star Trek's "Scotty" in his own words" I've also read a few of Shatner's biographies and "I am Spock" and "I Am Not Spock" all were interesting. I picked up George Takei's a few days ago but haven't started it.

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I enjoyed that one as well, and I think you will like Takei's book too it was good.


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Report this May. 01 2011, 1:37 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Apr. 30 2011, 1:49 pm

>I never understood why people idolize actors and athletes and not the people who actually shape our world and technology.  If a fictional character changed your life, that's great!  But it was the writer, not the actor so much that made the difference.


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Report this May. 01 2011, 1:47 pm

I just got "Beyond Uhura" and plan to start it tommorow

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