Leonard Nimoy's... Elbow

Leonard Nimoy's elbow jutted out into my space---and just 12-16 inches from my awestruck face. This truly was 3-D! Except, of course, it wasn't. Nimoy was on stage, in character, leaning on the railing directly in fr...

March 04, 2014

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID McDONNELL: A (Secret) Good Deed For Data

Without knowing who he was, I first saw Brent Spiner as part of the Broadway ensemble of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical Sunday in the Park with George in 1984 on stage in New York City. Just a few years la...

January 07, 2014

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: Picking Photos For Starlog

At 1 p.m. on a Friday in December 1982, I reported to the Golden Harvest Company’s luxurious offices in Los Angeles. I had just flown in from New York. My mission: Select the photographs for the Official Movie M...

December 21, 2013

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: Thanksgiving with Gary Lockwood

2001: A Space Odyssey remains a mind-blowing motion picture nearly a half-century after filming began in 1965. Sure, parts of its tomorrow are now merely yesterday (Pan Am flying? The Bell Telephone monopoly operating...

November 27, 2013

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: What Are Robert Blochs Made Of?

As he sometimes said, writer Robert Bloch really had the heart of a small boy. He kept it in a jar on his desk. Have I shocked you? Probably not. I'm just alluding to Bloch's oft-repeated bon mot (or as he might pun ...

October 30, 2013

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: Horror of Blacula!

In the encroaching darkness, I sat across from the imposing, possibly hungry, certainly exhausted Count Blacula. Not Count Dracula or Count Chocula. Not Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee or a breakfast cereal. The dangerou...

October 21, 2013

Starlogging with David McDonnell: How To Synopsize The Next Generation

In 1987, there was a problem with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Starlog's Official Next Generation Magazine, that is. It was difficult to fill the new publication (edited by me) with enough feature stories. Due to ...

September 21, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: In Awe of Michael Ansara

Not only do our heroes keep passing away at an increasingly alarming rate but our villains as well. Neither, it seems, triumphs in the end. Actor Michael Ansara (who died last month at 91) played both hero and villain...

August 17, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: Lunch With The Perfect Mate

Lunch with the Perfect MateContrary to what some people might assume, there are many Star Trek people I’ve never encountered. Others I met only in passing—just long enough to thank them for being kind to S...

July 27, 2013

Starlogging With David McDonnell: Saddest Trek Encounter Ever

I’ve met a lot of Star Trek people.Editing Starlog and three different series of Trek licensed publications (Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, plus one-shots devoted to some of the movies), I oversaw mu...

June 22, 2013

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