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Road Trips with Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney put his money down on the bar and bought me a drink. We're Irish. It's what we're supposed to do. Or, rather, did. (Now, it's hot tea, cold water or sometimes Dr. Pepper for me). But that was long ago. An...

June 06, 2014

Grading The Star Trek Movie Tie-In Magazines

Lurking among the archive copies of some 475+ issues of the various magazines I edited, I recently unearthed the nine licensed Star Trek movie publications created at Starlog Press from 1984 to 1994. It was the first ...

May 06, 2014

Searching For Spock By Phone

I'm not a big fan of phone interviews. I've been interviewed myself by phone (for USA Today, TV Guide, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, etc.), and that was all right. I didn't have to ask questions (j...

April 10, 2014

Starlogging Trek

Here's what's to blame for the abundance of Star Trek articles in Starlog beginning in late 1985: Tiger Beat. Also, its longtime competitor, 16 Magazine. And, well, me. But I got the notion from Tiger Beat and 16. Af...

March 20, 2014

Leonard Nimoy's... Elbow

Leonard Nimoy's elbow jutted out into my space---and just 12-16 inches from my awestruck face. This truly was 3-D! Except, of course, it wasn't. Nimoy was on stage, in character, leaning on the railing directly in fr...

March 04, 2014

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID McDONNELL: A (Secret) Good Deed For Data

Without knowing who he was, I first saw Brent Spiner as part of the Broadway ensemble of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical Sunday in the Park with George in 1984 on stage in New York City. Just a few years la...

January 07, 2014

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: Picking Photos For Starlog

At 1 p.m. on a Friday in December 1982, I reported to the Golden Harvest Company’s luxurious offices in Los Angeles. I had just flown in from New York. My mission: Select the photographs for the Official Movie M...

December 21, 2013

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: Thanksgiving with Gary Lockwood

2001: A Space Odyssey remains a mind-blowing motion picture nearly a half-century after filming began in 1965. Sure, parts of its tomorrow are now merely yesterday (Pan Am flying? The Bell Telephone monopoly operating...

November 27, 2013

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: What Are Robert Blochs Made Of?

As he sometimes said, writer Robert Bloch really had the heart of a small boy. He kept it in a jar on his desk. Have I shocked you? Probably not. I'm just alluding to Bloch's oft-repeated bon mot (or as he might pun ...

October 30, 2013

STARLOGGING WITH DAVID MCDONNELL: Horror of Blacula!

In the encroaching darkness, I sat across from the imposing, possibly hungry, certainly exhausted Count Blacula. Not Count Dracula or Count Chocula. Not Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee or a breakfast cereal. The dangerou...

October 21, 2013

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