|Susan Oliver, Gene Roddenberry, Robert Butler, and Bob Justman on the set of 'The Menagerie' (1964)|
Readers who live in the Los Angeles area will want to put this one on their calendar. Robert Butler, who directed 'The Menagerie' (also known as 'The Cage') will be appearing in person at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood for a screening of Star Trek's first pilot on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30pm. Admission is free; event parking at the theater is usually $3.
Also shown will be 'Publish or Perish,' a 1974 episode from the third season of Columbo, featuring several faces that might be familiar to Star Trek fans, including Mariette Hartley (Zarabeth in 'All Our Yesterdays') and Ted Gehring (one of the transported policemen in 'Assignment: Earth').
Butler (now 86) has spoken about his involvement with Star Trek before, in an interview with Edward Gross for Starlog #117. I have included that interview above (view the full issue here). For those who will be in the Los Angeles area next week, I hope to see you at the screening!
Starlog courtesy of The Internet Archive.
Top image courtesy of Trek Core.