Please join fellow STAT members to watch STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker at the Senator Theater in Baltimore on Saturday, Dec 21, 12 noon – 5 pm. We are going to have a table promoting STAT and Shore-Leave. Please wear either a STAT or SL shirt to support this effort.
We’re saddened to share news of the passing of
René Auberjoinois. Auberjoinois was a prolific actor with more than 200 credits
to his name, but was perhaps best known as Benson’s Clayton Endicott III and
Deep Space Nine’s Constable Odo. In 1993 he was a guest at #ShoreLeave15 and
again in 1996 at #ShoreLeave18.
René Auberjoinois passed away on December 8 at
the age of 79.
Michael Lamper, musician and husband of Star
Trek’s Marina Sirtis, dead at 61
Writes: My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his
sleep last night.
Lamper was both a
guitarist and an Acamarian Gatherer on the episode “The Vengeance
Factor”of The Next Generation in
the third season.
Founding Star Trekwriter Dorothy Catherine “D.C.”
Fontana has died. She was 80 years old and died after a brief illness. Fontana
was one of the key writers who worked on Star Trek: The Original Series in the 1960s,
helping to bring Gene Roddenberry’s vision to life. She wrote or co-wrote 10
episodes of The Original Series,
including “Charlie X,” “Tomorrow is Yesterday,” “The Side of
Paradise,” “Friday’s Child,” “Journey to Babel,” “By
Any Other Name,” “The Ultimate Computer,” “The Enterprise Incident,”
“That Which Survives,” and “The Way to Eden.” She also
wrote the episode “Yesteryear” of Star Trek: The Animated Series, worked on five episodes
of Star Trek: The Next Generation including its pilot,
“Encounter at Farpoint,” as well as “The Naked Now,”
“Lonely Among Us,” “Too Short a Season,” and “Heart of
Glory,” and co-wrote the teleplay for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Dax.”
As a woman working in
television in the 1960s, especially in science fiction, Fontana was a
trailblazer. She both wrote for and produced Star Trek while being credited as
“D.C. Fontana,” keeping her gender a secret until her photograph appeared in
Stephen Whitfield’s book The
Making of Star Trek in 1968.
Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney has died
Caroll Edwin Spinney was an American puppeteer, cartoonist,
author and speaker most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on
Sesame Street from its inception in 1969 until 2018. Wikipedia
Manhattan, New York City,
U.S. Ronald Leibman (October 11, 1937 – December 6, 2019) was an American
actor. He won both the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk
Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play in 1993 for his performance as Roy
Cohn in Angels in America.
BY STARTREK.COM STAFF / SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 12:45 AM EDT
StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Aron Eisenberg, the beloved actor who portrayed Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Eisenberg’s wife, Malíssa Longo — confirmed on Facebook that he passed away today, on September 21, at the age of 50.
Eisenberg, described himself as “actor, filmmaker and proud father” and was a professional photographer who shot landscapes, concerts, corporate photography, portraits and more. Eisenberg’s earliest credits included an episode of the series Straight Up, the TV movie Amityville: The Evil Escapes and the features The Horror Show, Playroom and Beverly Hills Brats, all in the late 1980s.
When he was cast as Nog, the producers told him nothing about the character, nor was he aware of how many episodes he’d be called upon to do. As he told StarTrek.com in a 2012 interview, “I thought every episode I was doing might be my last episode.” Eisenberg ultimately played Nog in more than 40 episodes of DS9. He also portrayed Kar, the young Kazon-Ogla, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Initiations.”
We are saddened by the passing of our friend and long-time STAT club member, Loretta Shaneybrook. Loretta was a constant presence at Shore Leave, working behind the scenes for decades, and also at STAT club meetings as chair of the social committee, organizing holiday parties and the club’s annual picnic. If you ever volunteered at the convention, you likely remember Loretta as the lady on the scooter, bringing snacks and water to the people working at the event. She will be missed. She is survived by her husband, Randy Bruner. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through this difficult time.
Loretta Shaneybrook passed away on
Wednesday, June 12.
We are saddened by the passing of artist Keith Birdsong. Birdsong made a name for himself with his photo-realistic paintings, many of which graced the covers of Star Trek novels. In 1992, he was a guest at Shore Leave 14 and again in 1996 at Shore Leave 18.
Keith Birdsong passed away on June 4, 2019 at the age of 59.
Peter William Mayhew was an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He played the character in all of his live action appearances from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role.
Mayhew died of a heart attack on 30 April 2019 at his home in Boyd, Texas, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife, Angie Mayhew, and their three children. The family will hold a funeral on 29 June and in early December 2019, there will be a memorial for fans of Chewbecca in Los Angeles at EmpireConLA
.Height: 7′ 2″ His height was not a product of gigantism; “I don’t have the big head”, Mayhew said when asked about the cause of his height.
Alex Kurtzman, a longtime Star Trek writer and executive producer of both Star Trek: Discovery and the new series, says Picard will be living a very different life than the one he knew on the bridge of the Enterprise, thanks to a traumatic and life-changing calamity dating all the way back to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie — a film Kurtzman co-wrote.
The destruction of the Romulan homeworld in 2009’s Star Trek, Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter, was a defining event in Picard’s career, one that sets up the role Stewart will play on the still-untitled new show. “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,” Kurtzman explained, adding that Stewart himself loved the show’s new premise, once he’d seen how different his reprised role would be.
“He [Stewart] threw down an amazing gauntlet and said, ‘If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they’re expecting at all, otherwise why do it?’” Kurtzman said. After reading the creative team’s 34-page pitch for the new show, Stewart “walked into the room and he had a huge smile on his face and said, ‘This is wonderful.’ … He knew if he was going to go back to Picard, it needed to be for the greatest reason ever.”
Details about the new series are still light, but it already appears as if Picard won’t be saddled with the workaday business of coordinating his old crew’s adventures from one episode to the next, in the comfortable — if somewhat predictable — fashion of The Next Generation. But Kurtzman did add that “anything could happen,” when asked whether some of the old TNG cast might show up on the new show for a cameo or two.
CBS All Access’ new Star Trek series still hasn’t been given a firm release date, but it’s expected to boldly go live on the streaming service before the end of 2019.
It came out of the sky, and now it has a premiere date. History has set Tuesday, January 8, for the debut of Project Blue Book, its period UFO drama from EP Robert Zemeckis.
Starring Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey, the 10-episode series is based on the true, top-secret investigations into unidentified flying objects and related phenomena conducted by the U.S. Air Force from 1952-69. Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell and Ksenia Solo co-star.
Project Blue Book is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Gillen), a brilliant college professor recruited by the Air Force to spearhead the titular clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases — more than 700 of which remain unsolved to this day. Each episode draws from the actual case files blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in U.S. history. Delving into such themes as trust, instinct, real news vs. fake news and government cover-up, the series straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown, History said.