My Late Father, Major Reg Thompson

Captain’s Log: supplemental. This entry has nothing to do with Star Trek, although my late father liked the original series.

This oil painting of my late dad, Major Reg Thompson, was created by digital artist Andres Salvatierra. Hope you like it as much as I do! By the way, A few months ago I wrote to the Royal Canadian Air Force Chief of the Air Force Staff, Lieutenant-General Mike Hood, about my late father, regarding his service in the Air Force. The general said this: “I have it on good authority from a member of my staff who had the honour of flying with your father, Brigadier-General Scott Howden, that Reg was indeed legendary, an inspirational leader and exceptional pilot in the Maritime Air community. I want to acknowledge your late father for his superb 35-year service to our great Air Force…” 

Spock Action Figure from The Cage

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201801.12.

I think Spock looks better without the field jacket, so he will stay that way. In other news, I finally got around to buying Voyager seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, which will complete my collection. I also ordered US versions of Star Trek 2, 3, and 4 on DVD even though I already have the Korean versions. I will keep the Korean DVDs at school for viewing in my class and the American ones for home viewing. Live long and prosper.

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Commander Riker

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201712.4. As some of you know, I have grown a beard, and as a result, I look more like Number One, Commander William Riker, than I do Kirk or Picard. So here I am on the bridge of 1701D as Riker. It makes sense really as it was Riker’s beard that got me interested in growing my own beard, albeit nearly 30 years after I first saw his. Also attached is a painting of me as Picard from season 5, but with hair. Make it so.


Voyage to Mars and My Beard

Captain’s log: Stardate 201710.5. Today I made arrangements for my name (and the names of my friends and Star Trek people I know) to go to Mars next year, courtesy of NASA. Attached is my boarding pass so my name can boldly go where no man has gone before. Also attached is a very recent photo of me with my new beard and a NASA polo shirt. So far both women and men seem to like my beard, and I’ve decided to keep the grey hair. Live long and prosper.


Roger Beard NASA 9 Sept 2017

Edith Keeler

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201709.29. Happy Friday, everyone! Today is an important day for Star Trek. On this day in 1987, Star Trek The Next Generation premiered. I initially didn’t care for the show, but by the second season I began to accept and like it. In other Star Trek news, today my class watched and analyzed The City on the Edge of Forever, and one of my students, who knew I have a large collection of authentic Star Trek autographed photos, asked if I had one of Joan Collins as Edith Keeler. I said no, but I must rectify that, and I just did. Check out this autographed photo of Ms. Collins as Edith Keeler, authenticated by PSA/DNA, a recognized authority in forensic handwriting authentication. I just bought it, and I just need to find a place for this on my crowded wall. Have a good weekend!

Edith Keeler

Picard, Data, and the 30th Anniversary of TNG

Captain’s log: Stardate 201707.24. Although the focus in my Ethics of Star Trek class has been TOS except for the very first semester, when we also watched TNG (I stopped using TNG as students were confused by the technobabble and they missed Spock), I do love TNG as well. I am presently watching episodes from season 2 from TNG, and they are pretty good, and a definite improvement over those from season 1. Now that the 30th anniversary of TNG is coming in a few months, I intend to celebrate, although I will definitely not buy the season 1 DVD. Instead I am going to get this Picard/Data Christmas ornament tomorrow and also a TNG 30 lapel pin. Take a look at the photo attached. All I can say is that I think the figures of Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are remarkably life-like. Just imagine Picard saying “Engage!”

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Starship Recommissioned

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201707.19. With the purchase of an inexpensive acrylic stand from a vendor on eBay, the repaired starship Enterprise has been recommissioned and is on display in my office, as per the photo below. I was prepared to buy a whole new model just to get a replacement display stand, which would have been expensive, but luckily that was not necessary. By the way, note the title of the book next to the Enterprise. It seemed appropriate. Live long and prosper.

Enterprise Acrylic Stand