Live long and prosper. September 8th was the 55th anniversary of the series premiere of Star Trek. The original series was cancelled by NBC after only three seasons but Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, would eventually get a motion picture and another series on television. Today there are multiples franchises of films and I think we’re up to nine series if you count everything. But it all started this week 55 years ago in 1966 with what Roddenberry described as “Wagon Train to the stars.”
This is the week for anniversaries and we’ve got a bunch of them.
Today is the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. This is one you could not miss. From televised specials to recent news events in Afghanistan the remembrance of this date is ubiquitous. That’s why I deliberately led in with something else, not because I’m trying to ignore it just because you already know.
Robin Meade was surprised by an on-air celebration of her 20 years at HLN Friday morning. Without tying it into the anniversary of 9/11 sports anchor Coy Wire traveled to New London, Ohio to meet Robin’s family and friends. They had interview segments with her parents, baby pictures and testimonials of friends and members of the community who credit her with putting their little town on the map. And all of it was kept from the morning news anchor until the big reveal.
Where have you been Steve?!? I don’t imagine anyone missed this announcement either but it has been a full week. Nick Jr. is celebrating 25 years of Blue Clues and original host Steve Burns appeared in a short video clip that Nick posted to Twitter. The post instantly went viral, the memes have already made the rounds and Colbert had him on The Late Show. If you missed the actual video message you can catch it by clicking here. And if you wonder what Steve has been up to (it doesn’t take 15 years to finish college) you may have heard his band without realizing it. That’s him performing Mighty Little Man, better known as the Young Sheldon theme. They only use a 20 clip, watch the full video here. He even appeared in one episode of the program.
Speaking of anniversaries Teresa and I celebrated our 24th on Monday, September 6th. Just in case you missed it I posted Happy Monday myself to mark the occasion. There were more posts than usual this week on The Master’s Table, you might want to visit the home page and scroll a bit.
I know it’s too early to start Christmas. Not even the three month long extended Christmas season has started; but November 28th will be three days after Thanksgiving so that will be fine even by my curmudgeonly standards. The Fox Theatre opened on Christmas Day 1929 in downtown Atlanta. I’ve only been once and it was to see the Nutcracker on my 18th birthday. (December birthdays, anybody got ’em?) Anyway… Christmas Vacation because of it’s annual holiday repeat value has become the most successful of the National Lampoon Vacation series of films. I have tried and failed to see if Chase is going “on tour” appearing in multiple cities to screen the film and do follow-up Q&A. This event in Atlanta will be November 28th and there appears to be another in Kalamazoo, MI, in December. It’s unclear if there are other dates scheduled in other cities or it the search results being returned are from previous years. Mr. Chase, if you’re reading this and could please get back to us with your personal itinerary, that would be great sir.
Hurricane Ida was a more powerful storm than Katrina but New Orleans was better prepared and ready with a more organized response. Although some levees were at full capacity, some even had water coming over the top, none of them failed. Disaster relief continues across many states and not just in the South. Click here to read more of the headline shown above. Hurricane Larry could bring category 1 strength damage to Newfoundland and then dump several feet of snow on Greenland. Maybe an update on that story next week. No, I’ll forget by then.
UGA moves up to the #2 spot and Clemson drops to 6th in this week’s AP coaches poll. The SEC has 3 of the top 5 slots so while it’s still very early in the season analysts and talking heads are looking for at least two SEC teams to enter the playoffs again this year. Alabama and Georgia have pretty soft schedules today. If you’re looking for a real game #9 Iowa State will play #10 Iowa at 4:30 on ABC. In other sports news, the Atlanta Braves look about as good as they have all season with 21 games left to play. They have three more games coming up later this month against San Francisco but currently enjoy a 4 1/2 game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.
So I’ll be watching the Bulldogs at 3:30 and the Braves tonight at 7. We’ll probably get in plenty of 9/11 tributes and memories between now and then. Comments are open, peace and God bless.