The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #20

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Today's Adventure: Shatner readies himself for the scene while holding out hope that the clapboard will wake up Nimoy.

10 comments :

Andy 7 said...

At the height of Star Trek's popularity, Leonard Nimoy published a book of poetry titled "I Am Not Spock". Funny.

VibroCount said...

In August 1967, Nimoy performed at the California State Fair (the old fairgrounds on Broadway at Stockton Blvd.) where he sang "Bilbo Baggins" from the back of a hay wagon next to Governor's Hall. There couldn't have been 50 people watching him sing.

Greg said...

The Bilbo Baggins video is on YouTube here. Entertainment at its finest.

justjack said...

So, "Who Mourns For Adonis," "The Changeling," "Mirror Mirror," "The Doomsday Machine," or "I Mudd?"

Greg said...

I tried to figure that out too hoping that Marc Daniels had only directed one episode with Jerry Finnerman as Director of Photography but alas, it was not to be.

justjack said...

Is that a "37" in the top right of the clapboard? Production 37? If so, I guess it would be "The Changeling."

Why would any of this matter? It wouldn't. But it's fun to know when these little moments of captured time were snapped.

mndean said...

The 1967 California State Fair? I went to that fair (The last at that location - I lived just north of the north gate). didn't see Nimoy, but I was very young and my mother had no interest in Star Trek. *sigh*

VibroCount said...

It was the week before my freshman year started at Sac State. We had just moved to Sacramento. We had come to the state fair a number of years in the '50s so my dad could sell boats, but, yes, I think you're right that '67 was the final year before it moved to Cal Expo. You could tell Nimoy was displeased by the very small crowds he was attracting. A few months later, Buffalo Springfield would pack Governor's Hall for a dance/concert.

Vanwall said...

"SPOCK!!"

mndean said...

VibroCount,
Just think, almost all those grand buildings are gone. As young as I was, I remember the fair very well. My father owned an empty lot and would sell daily parking to fairgoers. We'd watch the fireworks from our porch. I didn't go to the new location until many years later, my mother has never been there. Awful place, nothing but asphalt.