Wednesday, January 14, 2009
To The Last, I Will Grapple With Thee...
Prior to 1982 had you asked me to make a list of Star Trek villains I probably would have started with Harry Mudd, and then went on to Bele, Kor, Kang, Balok, and eventually the name Khan would have appeared. But in that glorious Summer, my first as a high school graduate, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan premiered and changed everything. From that day forth when you say Star Trek villain, the first name that comes to mind, screamed at the roof of an imaginary cave, is KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Ricardo Montalban died today at the age of 88. He was known across the genres as a movie star, TV star, car sales spokesman(who among us over the age of 30 can't quote, in a shameful parody of that marvelous accent, "rich CorINthian leather"?) He was Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island, a benevolent/sinister granter of wishes, and from all that I've read he was a gentleman and a truly nice guy. What many people don't know about him was that in the early 50s he was thrown from a horse while filming a movie, and then got stepped on by another horse. The resulting back injury left him in constant pain for the rest of his life, yet you would never know it to watch him.
I can't say it's a tragedy when an 88 year old man dies, but it is very sad. But at least, for whatever it is worth, he is no longer in pain.
Adios, amigo. You will not be forgotten.