What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #7: Generations

Star Trek: Generations was the movie that bridged the original series cast with The Next Generation cast – the plot device was that both Kirk and the TNG crew were sent to the same time period through something called The Nexus – which was a rift in time where there was NO sense of time….you […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #6: The Undiscovered Country

By 1991, the original Star Trek cast had a good run. Most of the films were financial (if not critical) successes, and the picture was somewhat rushed to production to mark the 25th anniversary of the original series debut. While one potential script was planned as a prequel to the series with younger actors, that ideas […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #5: The Final Frontier

As the Star Trek movie series episodes evolved, a few things became apparent – the cast was aging, and special effects alone couldn’t make the movies stand out. It was a hit and miss formula…which generated the axiom that if you wanted to see a good Star Trek movie….just watch the even numbered ones. That’s […]

What I Learned from Star Trek Movies #4: The Voyage Home

One of the most enjoyable Star Trek movies, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home treads a familiar path for Star Trek fans – what happens when you take people from the future and place them in current times? Fish out of water stories have long been popular, and time travel stories go back at least […]

What I Learned From Star Trek Movies #2: The Wrath of Khan

When Star Trek: The Motion Picture made enough money to justify a sequel, you could almost hear millions of Star Trek fans breathe a sigh of relief. NOW….we’d get to see a REAL Star Trek movie. Well, we almost didn’t.  The Motion Picture was over budget and underwhelmed at the box office. It made just […]

Tri, Tri Again

As part of my ‘anniversary’ year, I’ve been trying all sorts of new things. 2014 started off with a (indoor, thankfully) rowing competition. Following that, came the Empire State Building Run-Up, then the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, and recently, the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. It’s been a busy year.  One of my other bucket list items […]

Fail, Rinse, Repeat.

Have you ever failed at something? Pretty much everyone has at one time or another. We’ve all heard stories about famous ‘failures’ like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Abraham Lincoln. Those stories have been told so often they sometimes lose their impact. What we sometimes miss are the opportunities to learn from smaller mistakes, or […]

You Say it’s Your Birthday…..

…”Well, happy birthday to you!” goes the Beatles song. Every year, it reliably shows up, and I work through the inevitable jokes, comments and (welcome) birthday wishes. I try not to make a big deal out of my birthday….not because I mind getting older (I don’t), but I try to take the time to do […]