Taco Bell was founded in 1962 by Glen Bell, who had owned hot dog stands and other taco stands as far back as 1946. The first Taco-Tia stands opened in the early '50s and were the forerunner of Taco Bell. The first Taco Bell opened in Downey, California on March 21, 1962, and today the franchise boasts over 7,000 locations. As with any of my other logo capsules, dates may not be totally accurate. As is often the case with logos, older logos can stick around in advertising and building design for a while after their official expiration dates. 1962-72 The original Taco Bell logo design had two separate elements -- there was a colorful, blocky wordmark and a festive sombrero/bell sign. This was in widespread use for the first decade of Taco Bell's existence. Despite its first use...
Science fiction props, artifacts, and ephemera are very easy to find on auction sites although they can often be expensive to obtain. And one of the great sources of cool stuff is Star Trek. So today I have a set of behind-the-scenes photographs taken on the set of Star Trek in 1966. Most of these pictures feature Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, although we also get appearances from Capt. Kirk and Mr. Sulu. Based on some of the props seen in these shots, I'm guessing at least some of them were taken during the filming of "The Galileo Seven," which aired in January 1967. Look for the pictures of Spock with the giant spear and Yeoman Mears (Phyllis Douglas) fending off one of the ape-like creatures of Taurus II.
The original Star Trek TV series ended in 1969, but its enduring popularity was evident not long after. Fan demand for new adventures led to the 1973-74 animated series, and it's from that period that this neat Star Trek toy comes from. It's an Inter-Space Communicator, released in 1974 by a British company called Lone Star. Hell, I'd like just the packaging, featuring a surprisingly decent illustration of Kirk and Spock. In case it wasn't immediately obvious, the communicators here worked with a string attached between them. To the future! Operating instructions and closeup shots are here. For more auction finds, click here.
Sometimes, my friends, fate smiles upon you. Such was the case for me recently when I stumbled upon a series of 1980s Star Trek illustrations in chalk pastel, some of which I will now share with you. Credit for these goes to artist Doug Little, who apparently produced these for commemorative posters around the time of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Enough chit chat, let's boldly go. By the way, I've saved the best for last. Awww. Posing for the sweetest prom photo I've ever seen are Dr. McCoy and the salt creature from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap." Yes, this is Khan and Gonzo. And Gonzo is holding a yo-yo that actually says, "Khan Is a Yo-Yo." Let that seep for a few minutes. Of course! All we had to do to figure out what was on the mi...
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Like a scene from one of those apocalypse movies, a graphic photo of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. (Shorpy) The Rock is disturbed to find out that Christina Aguilera was not debuting a new song at the Super Bowl. (Blame It On The Voices) Bet you didn't know so many NFL teams had marching songs, did you? (Album Art Exchange) Now this is what we need to spend time researching - which Chicago Cubs game did Ferris Bueller and friends attend the day they skipped school? (Big League Stew) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 60-Seconds With Papercraft and Computer Graphics (Geekologie) Really long but really good article detailing film director Paul Haggis'
It wasn't all that long ago that the Star Trek brand was about as interesting and relevant as...well, let's just say I can't have been the only one who left Gene Roddenberry's creation for dead after their last outings on the big screen and the boob tube. Turns out it just needed a bit of a breather (not to mention some fresh creative blood). Putting aside painful cliches like "set phasers for stunning!" or "Star Trek will now live long and prosper", I'll just say that J.J. Abrams's Star Trek takes its place among the greatest realizations of Roddenberry's franchise in any medium. The film succeeded on nearly every level possible, not the least of which was making it resonate with longtime fans - who, let's face it, are probably the most fanatical and detail-obsessed of any fictio
Courtesy the MTV Movies Blog, a half-dozen production photos from the upcoming J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie are online for your geek pleasure. Actually, they've just collected the photos from various other sites, and so I've done the same for you. Enjoy! 1. Eric Bana as Nero, waiting to hear back from the casting director for the new reality series Romulan Ink. 2. A Federation ship identified as the USS Kelvin takes a wrong turn and ends up somewhere over Camden, NJ. 3. Ain't no party like a Federation party, 'cause a Federation party don't stop! (l to r.: Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Simon Pegg as Lt. Montgomery Scott, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, John Cho as Sulu, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura) 4. Zachary "Sylar" Quinto shows some of that famous Vulcan
Truly these are great times to be alive, my friends, for we have walking among (amongst?) us mortals two men of such legendary accomplishments, that to even utter their names is to inspire greatness. I am speaking of course about David Michael Hasselhoff and William Alan Shatner. And while we are lucky in that we would never have to choose between the two, I thought I'd take a minute to compare the careers of these two titans to see just which one comes out on top. It's on! (more…)
Don't ask me how I got a hold of these. All I'll say is that many brave Bothans died to bring me this information. That's right, I said Bothans. Here now is a never-before revealed entry written by Capt. James T. Kirk himself... Captain's Log, Stardate 4732.4 - I will never understand women. I've explored the far reaches of the galaxy, I've defeated more enemies than I can remember, and I've bedded more alien women than anyone in Starfleet history. And yet that damned ice princess, Nurse Chapel, eludes me. It's not as if I haven't tried, believe me. Just last week I went to sickbay for my regular checkup, and when she walked in I was wearing nothing but my boots and a hint of Skagaran Musk. She ran away screaming something about violating Starfleet protocol and formal co