Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Not Exactly Star Trek But Powered By The Same Dream

Star Trek, at it's best, is truly a spectacular dream for humanity. It's a bold vision of mankind overcoming the hardships and injustices of today - war, poverty and disease - and nobly setting forth to peacefully explore the galaxy in the centuries to come. Star Trek is a grand dream for all of the dreamers among us.

On an individual basis, I was truly inspired by the example set this past weekend by a 47 year old woman from a small town named Blackburn, Scotland who never forgot her childhood dream of becoming a professional singer. While many of us often don't act on our youthful ambitions; casting them aside as seemingly impossible goals; this lady - Susan Boyle - who at first appearance seems ill fit for success in an industry that often glorifies the glamorous and the beautiful - bravely took the stage at the UK variety show "Britains Got Talent" and risked public embarrassment before a nationwide audience in pursuit of her dream.

I urge you to view this 7 min video if you have not already seen it! What you will hear is a voice as angelic as any you've admired in the past. It is readily apparent that the audience is predisposed against Ms. Boyle at the beginning - especially after she relates that she is unemployed at present and lives alone with her pet cat - having never been married. The reaction of the listeners, ofcourse, overwhelmingly changes when she begins to sing!

While this particular post has seemingly little to do with Star Trek; it is about an individual pursuing one's dream in exactly the same spirit as Star Trek.

I suspect that you will be entranced by Susan Boyle's performance just as much as I. And perhaps be inspired to take a second look at pursuing some long - forgotten dream of your own; that was relegated to "some other time" as you became caught up in the day-to-day realities or minutiae of life.

What a splendid reminder that we should never judge a book by its cover; and that true beauty can flourish in us all!