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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Monday, January 08, 2007

My Assault on Sherry Lansing..

Having mentioned Paramount the other day it reminded me of the time I got to being mad at them. This was the time, back in 1993, when Sherry Lansing was head of Paramount, and was saying they were going to make Next Generation Movies and drop "the old guys"... I guess you can imagine that I saw RED! (This all happened shortly after Brandon Tartikoff had stepped down as chairman of Paramount.. and HE wanted to do another movie WITH the Original Cast!)
I talked with DeForest and asked him if this was because some of the originals maybe didn't want to do anymore. He said, "no". If a good script was there and they asked they'd all do another. (this was after ST 6 had already been out)
So in my infinite wisdom (which is none) I decided to wage war with Sherry Lansing and Paramount about the Original Trek folks and wanting them to do another movie..
My brainstorm was to send her a piece of mail each week... for however long, I hadn't decided. Before I even began I knew it wouldn't mean diddly but I wanted to feel like: at least I tried.
I didn't tell the Kelley's my "plan" but what I did do was xerox a copy of what I sent each week and sent it to them. De had foretold me that he could not be "involved" but would be interested to see what I did. (I think it was more then he figured lol)
Anyway.. I began my war with a little "poem" that I wrote... now, let me tell you.. I'm ain't no poet! ...but this was the first piece of mail to Sherry Lansing..

That was "Week 1"....
I have to say as I scanned these things I thought, "geez if i had a computer back then I could have done some REALLY good stuff!".Ah well, I was only voice my opinion after all... (jokingly I mailed a copy to De and Carolyn with a note )

Week 2 ...
I wanted to let her know that I thought a Star Trek VII would be nice.. with the Originals of course!

These were both 8x10 and had to be hand drawn and colored... I cut out a photo from a magazine, xeroxed it for De and put it in the mail to Sherry Lansing. I wondered what the odds were that it would ever get past her secretary..but hey, I had to try.

Week 3...
Week 3 saw me "crafty".. of sorts. Some cut outs and paste helped lol...

If you can't read it .. its says: When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are... But when you wish upon THESE stars...your dreams come true!
I wasn't fooling around lol... I'd push Walt Disney or anyone into their faces if it would get our guys another movie!

Week 4...
Next I tried music... well.. I didn't send a recording! (lucky for her!), but the titles fit!
(when I can I am making the pics smaller, but some I can't or you can't see it at all lol)

Week 5...
I had this photo of "McCoy" from Search for Spock.. near the end when Spock looks at his friends who "brought him back to life".. and I heard Spocks voice when he put his katra into McCoy... "Remember"...

It was a color photo and looked better, but all I had saved was a b&w xerox.
I was still sending copies to the Kelley household. It was a weekly call back to me with comments each week. Carolyn did a lot of giggling.

Week 6..

By now De was beginning to feel sorry for Sherry Lansing... well... maybe a little.

Week 7...
This week I added alot of color... thought maybe she'd notice it..heh.

It was also LARGER , about 11x14. it was folded in half like a card. The yellow was the top.. when you opened it the black. The stars are photo's I had taken of the cast that had stars on the walk of fame at the time. I think I heard Deforest moan when he saw the copy and knew the size of it ...heh.

Week 8...
(tired of this yet?. I was hoping Sherry Lansing was beginning to get the idea)

this week I took it easy and cut out an article and highlighted to better points. At the top I wrote: "They are yours to do with as you please. They have been and always shall be our friends. They are the heart of Star Trek. Listen to your heart... listen to the Fans. They're not dead yet Jim!"

Week 9...
No rest for the weary.. I pushed forward, while Carolyn giggled some more!

I liked this one myself LOL... I burned the edges of the paper and some holes in it to make it look like a wanted poster. It too was a bit large and had to be folded. I think the cowboy in De liked this one!

Week 10...

Since it hadn't been all that long since the cast had put their hands in cement at Mann's I thought I'd remind her how much they are loved.

If they weren't getting to Lansing... I figured her secretary was, by now, dreading to open anything from me!

Week 11...
(like my artistic touches? lol)

Week 12...
I myself couldn't believe I was still sending this stuff!

How much hinting did this woman need????? I know I wasn't the only one !!

Week 13...

I was running out of ideas! But refused to give up!

Week 14...
I was surprised that I managed to get inspired again.... much to Sherry Lansings dismay.

By now I was surprised she didn't send a cop after me lol...
So I decided I'd better wind it up... after all... I think I sent as many HINTS as I could come up with. But, I would send one last HINT...... and it would be the biggest one yet! A full sheet of oaktag! Rolled and mailed in a tube!

Week 15..

When I told De about this one he guffawed!...
Of course I never heard from Sherry Lansing, and maybe that's for the best. But about a week after I finally halted my assault on her I received a note and package from DeForest....

If you can't read his handwriting it reads: "Dear Pat, Please accept this "Lemon Seal Award" for the most imaginative Star Trek petition for the return of the Original Crew for number VII. I was most impressed with your presentation. I'm sure Sherry Lansing will be too..... Deforest"
Ummm, yes.. that is a real lemon which came off of the tree in De's backyard.. he painted the eye and beak and presented it to me... Heck, that was better then anything I could have gotten from Sherry Lansing!.... well, except maybe another movie *sigh*


Blogger Bibi said...

Oh my god. That is too funny. What tenacity you have!!

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Karmyn R said...

I have to say that you are officially Star Trek's biggest fan - or at least their most loyal!!!

2:26 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Bibi.. it's funny, I won't do things for myself.. but for them (or someone else) I'll go overboard.

Karmyn: nah, trust me there are fans out there far worse then me! lol lol
But I really did want one more movie before they dumped the Originals... a little fyi here: did you know (probably not) that if any of the cast wanted to go on the lot "when they weren't making a movie".. they couldn't go on the lot without a pass from someone inside?... duh like after all those years you don't know what Kelley, Nimoy or Shatner look like????

4:49 PM  
Blogger Stewart Sternberg said...

OMG...Can we say "Restraining order?" Hey, I want them to bring back about...nah.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Stewart Sternberg said...

You know, for a horrible second there, I kept thinking Joi Lansing whenever I saw the name Sherri Lansing, and thinking...why is she messing with Joi Lansing?

7:59 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Talk about persistence. It's too bad they didn't make another. I loved them all.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

ROFLMBO!!! If you did this today you would be considered a STALKER! You would be sO behind bars! (well... maybe not in Hollywood...) But then again... maybe!

Your efforts WERE verrrrrrrry creative! I'm glad you shared them with De -- do you know if he shared them with any of the other "crew" members?

9:55 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

If I had a to pick a team (for whatever the heck... I don't even know what)... but if I had to pick

you girl would be my first choice.
Go Go Go Pat!!!!!!!!!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Kiyotoe said...

if i didn't know you i'd worry about getting a restraining order too.

But i know you, so we're cool.

It took me all day to read this one......but for you (my underpaid graphic artist)...I did it.

underpaid=unpaid :)

10:59 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Stewart: just an fyi, that i was a write in campaign by fans all over the US that got the original star trek a 3rd season.. sometimes those things work! And it was the fact that star trek wouldn't "die" (re: conventions) that made Paramount do the movies.

Mike: yeah,I totally enjoyed Star Trek,it gave alot of folks hope to hang on to..

Melli: no De didn't share them lol.. although the Kelleys stayed friends with everyone, once at home they were super private people.

Pamela: I think anyone that has strong feeling for something or someone would do almost anything to try to help, don't you?

Kiyotoe: all day? it's mostly pictures! (like my dragon drawing?? huh? huh?)

7:53 AM  

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