BEAM ME UP, SCOTTIE
It's a "Star Trek" fan's dream come true.
On Dec. 12, more than 300 original one-of-a-kind items from the personal collections of the cast and crew of the original "Star Trek" TV series will be put on the auction block at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. The sale includes costumes, sketches, scripts, props, personal letters, private memos, insider gifts and more from the collections of the show's directors, producers, actors and writers.
The auction will feature The Walter Matthew Jefferies Collection, an astonishing array of original "Star Trek" set and prop concept design sketches from the show's art director -- and his entire set of 79 shooting scripts, each with original notes, doodles and ideas scribbled in the margins. Walter ("Matt") Jefferies is donating 100 percent of his proceeds to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Possibly the most coveted item in this collection, however, is "the lost set" -- a 1/4 inch scale model of the entire "Star Trek" stage (stored for more than 30 years and recently unearthed) made by Matt during the first year of the show to help directors plan their camera moves and direction.
(The auction catalog can be viewed at ebayliveauctions.com and icollector.com)
CNN founder Ted Turner apparently thinks way ahead. According to the New York Daily News, Turner had a final sign-off tape created in 1990 that was to be used in the event the end of the world was the day's top story. The tape reportedly shows the American flag waving in the breeze while the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee" plays in the background. The newspaper reports it could not reach Turner for comment.
(From UPI Capital Comment)
FLUSH WITH PRIDE
Los Angeles city officials will celebrate the success of the Department of Water and Power's decade-old Ultra-Low Flush (ULF) toilet replacement program Monday. They'll do so by presenting a local business group involved in the nationally recognized water-saving initiative with the 1 millionth toilet -- a hand-painted, leopard-skin commode.
The toilet replacement program began in 1990 and saves more than 10 billion gallons of water annually -- enough to fill the Rose Bowl more than 100 times.
REASONS TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: Today through Nov. 9 is Kids' Goals Education Week.
And this is Guy Fawkes Day in the United Kingdom.
TUESDAY: This is Election Day. Many state and local government elections are being held today. It's a state holiday in 12 states.
Today marks the halfway point of autumn. 45 1/2 days of autumn have elapsed and 45 1/2 remain until the beginning of winter on Dec. 21.
It's Saxophone Day, celebrating the birth, in 1814, of Adolphe Sax, the Belgian musician who invented the saxophone and the saxotromba.
This is the Anniversary of the Green March, a national holiday, in Morocco. It commemorates the 1975 march into the Spanish Sahara to claim the land for Morocco.
And today is Gustavus Adolphus Day in Sweden, honoring the king and military leader killed in 1632.
WEDNESDAY: This is Notary Public Day. (Web site: notaries.org)
And today is a national holiday in Russia and Ukraine, commemorating the anniversary of the "October Revolution," which began in October 1917 under the old style calendar.
THURSDAY: Today through Nov. 14 is Pursuit of Happiness Week.
This is Abet and Aid Punsters Day.
It's also Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. (Web site: wellcat.com)
Today is Merchant Sailing Ship Preservation Day. On this date in 1941, the whaler Charles W. Morgan arrived at Mystic, Conn., to be restored, marking the beginning of the modern era of preserving merchant sailing ships.
And this is National Ample Time Day.
FRIDAY: Cambodia celebrates its Independence Day today. The nation achieved independence from France in 1949.
(Thanks to Chase's 2001 Calendar of Events)
BY THE WAY...
Who is the "father of streamlining"?
Raymond Loewy, born on this date in 1893, is known as the "father of streamlining." His ideas changed the look of 20th century life and his designs -- including the U.S. Postal Service logo and streamlined automobiles, trains, refrigerators and pens -- are evident in almost every area of modern life.