Letter from Ralph Senensky, Star Trek Director

Captain’s log: Stardate 202011.23. For the past few weeks I’ve been corresponding with the legendary Hollywood director Ralph Senensky, who directed seven episodes of Star Trek: TOS, including This Side of Paradise, Metamorphosis, Obsession, and Bread & Circuses. I sent him an article about my Star Trek class and he was great impressed. He then introduced me to Mark A. Altman, who is a best-selling Star Trek author plus a writer/producer in Hollywood. Today I received a nice letter from Ralph on Facebook, and I thought I would post it here. Live long and prosper.

Another online semester is about to begin

Captain’s Log: Stardate 20208.19. In a few weeks I will begin teaching another semester of classes online, although only Kyung Hee students will have access to the lectures. We’ll use Netflix Korea to watch Star Trek, which I am pleased to say offers the remastered versions, so there will be fewer comments about outdated special effects. Also, please check out my new handmade TOS face mask. Finally, here’s me as Will Riker again. I know you can’t see my facial features, but the hair, eyebrows, ears and beard make it easy to recognize me. Captain out.

A Painting of Gene Roddenberry

Captain’s log: Stardate 202007.28. I commissioned a digital artist to do a portrait of the late Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, to pay homage to him. What makes it unique is that it is a composite of two photos, and it shows The Great Bird Of The Galaxy in the engine room of the Enterprise. I will have this framed and hang it on the wall of my office. No copyright infringement intended.

Covid 19 and Star Trek

Captain’s log: Stardate 20207.27. The semester that just ended had to be taught online only and my students had to use Netflix Korea to watch the episodes. Sadly, Star Trek II, III and IV were not available, so I had to substitute additional episodes of TOS. Next semester will also be online, but the exams are supposed to be face-to-face, unlike last semester. In other news I just ordered some Star Trek face masks from vendors on Etsy, and I had an artist use Photoshop to make me Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise. Take a look. Will post photos of me wearing the Star Trek masks when they arrive. Live long and prosper.