Captain’s Blog: Stardate 20204.2. I recently purchased a command badge from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and I had it customized. The item was seriously delayed in the mail, but it finally arrived and I thought you’d like to see it. Live long and prosper.
Captain’s blog: Stardate 202003.21. Thanks to the coronavirus, all my classes are online for at least two weeks, and that includes my Star Trek class. In other news, back in 1983, my late dad (Major Reg Thompson) flew a CP-140 Aurora to Korea and it carried a VIP. Here’s my late dad chatting with the late General Ramsey Withers, Chief of the Defence Staff, onboard the aircraft. The late general went to Korea to participate in a ceremony commemorating the ceasefire that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula, and he gave dad his 1000 hours on the CP-140 pin as well as a medallion. Definitely one of the highlights of my late dad’s career. He also holds the distinction of being the pilot that delivered the first CP-140 to the Canadian Armed Forces on May 29, 1980.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 201906.30. So I wake up this morning and receive an email from one of my former students, who goes by the nickname Dodo. She writes: “Hi professor, This is Dodo . I visited the National Air and Space Museum in Washington and just saw this Star Trek spaceship hehe. It reminds me of our class! Have a great summer .”
Captain’s log: Stardate 201903.31. As Korea’s first Star Trek professor and its first foreign civics professor, I follow the philosophy of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, which advocates gender and racial equality. To that end, I just made donations to the United Negro College Fund and HeForShe, a movement sponsored by the UN to promote gender equality. Star Trek was a ground-breaking show for its time, and showed men and women of different races working together as equals, and I want to be involved in making this a reality in my lifetime. Live long and prosper.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 201902.20. Here is a nice digital oil painting that I commissioned of my mentor and friend, the late Rear-Admiral Fred Crickard, Royal Canadian Navy (Ret.). This picture dates back to 1985 when the admiral was retiring and decided to wear his old RCN cap badge instead of the Canadian Forces cap badge worn by flag officers. He was like a second father to me and he is dearly missed. He passed away at age 81 in 2012, and you can read his obituary by clicking here. RIP.
PS: I recently came across a photo of Lieutenant Crickard in 1957, and asked my artist to colourise it. The result is below.