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.

My Late Dad Met the CDS in 1983

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.

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The Enterprise at the National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

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 .

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Gene Roddenberry and JFK on Gender and Racial Equality

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.

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