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.

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.

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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The Late Rear-Admiral Fred Crickard

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.

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PS: I recently came across a photo of Lieutenant Crickard in 1957, and asked my artist to colourise it. The result is below.

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