Spock's Scribes (newsletter)

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Title: Spock's Scribes
Publisher: Nimoyan-Spock's Scribes
Editor(s): S. Salkind?, Sarah Cornelie "Sam" Cole/"Sama Luna"
Type: newsletter
Date(s): early 1969-1972
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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Spock's Scribes is the newsletter of the Nimoyan-Spock's Scribes fan club. The issues were not numbered, but we have seen these four issues bound together, in order, so it is likely that these were the only four issues, and almost certain that there were no other issues in between these four.

Winter 1969

Spock's Scribes was published in Winter 1969 (around the Xmas holidays; it includes a letter dated Nov. 24, 1969, that was "received yesterday".) It contains 34 pages -- 30 numbered, plus 2 double-sided sheets inserted; one at the beginning and after p. 16).

On the cover: "I LOVE PARIS in the SPRINGTIME. I LOVE PARIS IN THE FALL" and an illo of Tom Paris, the character Nimoy portrayed in Mission Impossible. It also includes "HIGHLY ILLOGICAL," and a illo of Spock.

  • Introducing Melvin, a Real Honest to Goodness Computer, programmed by Steve Rosenstein, assisted by Eileen Becker ("The great-grandfather of HAL-9000 is alive and well, and vainly trying to learn about the 'Vulcan Mind Probe' from Mr. Spock.... the computer introduced a few issues ago, known to us as MELVIN, MELVIN stands for Multi-Executive Library, Variable Integration and Numerics, and is the nomenclature given to a Control Data Corporation 3300 Digital Computer. In charge of the MELVIN System aer the co-authors of this article: Eileen Becker, Master Library Compiler, and Steven Rosenstein, Systems Programmer. Hardware is composed of 85K core memory, video scanner, tape drives, printers, card readers, and main console (see photographs). Software includes various language assemblers and multi-programming capabilities.") (1)
  • illustrated joke by Janet Mortorano (17)
  • A Different Time -- A Different -- by Dr. McCoy (Jackie Hageman) (fiction) (18)
  • A Contest Just for Fun by Mary Kissel (crossword puzzle) (21)
  • What is This Thing Called Life? by Ronnie Salkind (poem) (22)
  • Once Upon a Star Trek by "Sam" and the LOCOS (chapter two, "What Went Wrong) (24)
  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year by Sama Luna and Popoki (cartoon) 30)
  • includes a reprint of an article from the Newark, N.J. The Star Ledger, July , 1969, called "Have TV... will photograph" -- about a fan named Lyn Riker who explains how to take photographs from the television screen, and how she made a business selling these images to fans and to fan clubs

Late 1971

Spock's Scribes was published in August or September 1971 and contains 53 pages.

cover of the August or September 1971 issue
  • it contains a very long letter from Bjo Trimble that discusses the Star Trek fan campaign, her daughter's mental disability, the earthquake that shook her house, her housemates George Barr and Alicia Austin (plus a lot of cats), the Star Trek Concordance ("We have had almost more trouble than it is worth, trying to get that Supplement put together! Firr-: our printer has problems with his love life, and loses interest in printing, and then Dorothy Jones finds that real men are loads more interesting than TV heros, and gives me this paper bag full of notes, see...which is all the work done so far on the Supplement. I cry a lot when people do that!"), a carton of fannish goodies meant to be auctioned off for UNICEF has been "stolen" by a fan,
  • BEM, a screenplay by David Gerrold: "February (or maybe March) of 1968, a certain science fiction TV series began buying stories for its third season. A certain young writer, D___d G______ d met with G__E R__________Y, the the producer of that series. The producer told the writer he would buy two stories. One was entitled MORE TRIBBLES, MORE TROUBLES. The other was entitled BEM, Following is the original version of BEM. These are the writer's original thoughts. In no way are they to be considered either a finished or final version. This is an outline, and is meant only to give a gneral idea of the basic story. One of the things that we hope that man will soon outgrow and not take with him into space is racial prejudice. So far, we have seen none of it on the E_______e because the crew of the ship is so mixed that it is a great melting pot. Faced against a vast galaxy of strange and alien races, no human could possioly be prejudiced against another. But what of nonhuman races? There is already one nonhuman member of the ship's crew and it is possible that there could be others assigned to the ship. An ew member of the crew always has a difficult time adjusting, and when he is an alien, the job is just that much more difficult, What would happen if the E________e took on a crew member of a race that is so alien that he is not even humanoid? Would the crew of the ship accept him? Probably, most of them would, after the initial strangeness wore off. But what would K-rk do if a prejudicial reaction showed up — and worse what could he do if the prejudiced officer were Sp-ck?"
  • rules for a "futuristic costume design contest"
  • poems
  • DeForest Kelly sends in answers to some fan questions
  • the entire script of Star Date 3113.7
  • ads for zines and clubs
  • a form for fans to fill out and send back saying what they like most about this newsletter

December 1971

Spock's Scribes was published in December 1971 contains 50 pages.

  • a long description of fan clubs and the formation and involvement of Spock's Scribes
  • many full-page cartoons
  • Love: It Comes in All Colors, testimonial and poem [This was also a National Urban Coalition PSA on television at the time: Leonard Nimoy was one of the 117 participants]
  • Leonard Nimoy biography
  • Once Upon a Shipment Shuttle, or How Now Doth Your Double-Bubble? (a story in teleplay form) Working with a visiting lady scientist, Dr. McCoy has found a cure/preventative for the common cold. In order to be effective it has to be chewed and blown like bubble gum. It also reduces emotional inhibitions for a brief "happiest crew in space" effect, even for Mr. Spock, who has a brief fling with said lady scientist.
  • Subversive Subspace Chatter, v.1 n.2 pages thirty-two, by "Mudd"
  • A Time of Life, fiction, illo by Jennifer Stevenson
  • Hi! by Janet Morterane (a story in teleplay form)
  • zine and fan club ads

November 1972

Spock's Scribes was published in November 1972. It contains 60 pages.

cover of the November 1972 issue
  • Interview Between Leonard Nimoy and Keith Fordyce on Late Night Extra, BBC
  • Creativity and Individuality, a talk given by Leonard Nimoy
  • Dinah Shore Show, Transcription of Leonard Nimoy's appearance
  • Sketch by Karen Flanery
  • Dateline: Beverly Massachusetts ... Subject: Fiddler on the Roof!
  • Sketch by Nina Nickoloff
  • Dateline: Milwaukee!! "Oliver"
  • Hobbithole N.W. by Knutt (Karen Flanery)
  • Leonard Nimoy Interviewed by Judith Wills
  • Reflections of a Middle Aged Fan by Denny Arnold
  • Poetry Corner:
  •     Once Upon a Time by Margie Marcotti
  •     We'll by Cynthia Huie
  •     This Time We're Rooting For the Villain! by Karen Flanery
  •     Sketch by Karen Flanery
  •     A Friend by Karen Flanery
  • Sketch by Linda Lawson
  • In Transit, fiction by Linda Lawson
  • Editorial by Sam Cole
  • Fiddler on the Roof, uncredited review
  • Tomorrow's Beginning (Part 1), fiction by Leonard Stanislowski (Mission Impossible)
  • 2 Sketches by Jackie
  • True Confessions or C'mon Mrs. Flanery, Why Did You Really Decide to Join a Fan Club?
  • Subject of Our Honorary Dr. A. (Isaac Asimov) by Karen Flanery
  • Selene's Pen Pal Column by Selene

Note: There are multiple errors in the listed table of contents.