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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:15 PM

She worked for NASA too. Wow! Star Trek...The Next Generation

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In her role as Lieutenant Uhura, Nichols famously kissed white actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the November 22, 1968, Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren”. The episode is popularly cited as the first example of an inter-racial kiss on United States television.

The Shatner-Nichols kiss was seen as groundbreaking, even though the kiss was portrayed as having been forced by alien telekinesis. There was some praise and some protest. In her 1994 autobiography, Beyond Uhura, Star Trek and Other Memories, on page 197 Nichols cites a letter from one white Southerner who wrote: “I am totally opposed to the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain’t gonna fight it.” During the Comedy Central roast of Shatner on August 20, 2006, Nichols jokingly referred to the groundbreaking moment and said, “Let’s make TV history again … and you can kiss my black ass!”



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After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols volunteered her time in a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency, which proved to be a success. She began this work by making an affiliation between NASA and a company which she helped to run, Women in Motion.

Those recruited include Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, as well as Dr. Judith Resnik and Dr. Ronald McNair, who both flew successful missions during the Space Shuttle program before their deaths in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. Recruits also included Charles Bolden, the current NASA administrator, and Lori Garver, the current Deputy Administrator.

An enthusiastic advocate of space exploration, Nichols has served since the mid-1980s on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, a nonprofit, educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun.











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sheshe2 Feb 2013 OP
Xipe Totec Feb 2013 #1
oregonjen Feb 2013 #2
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #4
Swamp Lover Feb 2013 #3
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #5
ProfessionalLeftist Feb 2013 #6
Samantha Feb 2013 #32
FailureToCommunicate Feb 2013 #7
A HERETIC I AM Feb 2013 #13
FailureToCommunicate Feb 2013 #23
A HERETIC I AM Feb 2013 #24
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #8
mckara Feb 2013 #9
baldguy Feb 2013 #10
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #14
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #11
jazzimov Feb 2013 #16
sadalien Feb 2013 #12
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #17
baldguy Feb 2013 #18
Beartracks Feb 2013 #19
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #20
dlwickham Feb 2013 #26
Beartracks Feb 2013 #29
dlwickham Feb 2013 #30
Beartracks Feb 2013 #31
Recovered Repug Feb 2013 #25
jazzimov Feb 2013 #15
Canuckistanian Feb 2013 #21
ChisolmTrailDem Feb 2013 #22
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Cha Feb 2013 #28

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:18 PM

1. What a fine looking lady! nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:22 PM

2. I loved watching Star Trek, but was too young to understand the significance

Thank you for posting this! Another DU'er posted an interview with her that was wonderful.

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Response to oregonjen (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:32 PM

4. I Know...

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It was a great post. I learned things about Nichelle Nichols that I never knew.

Here is the link:
Posted by freshwest.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11027217

Thanks oregonjen!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:28 PM

3. Yeah, but...

 

...can she shoot skeet?

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Response to Swamp Lover (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:34 PM

5. Probably.

She is a Woman, she can do anything!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:53 PM

6. I can only hope to age so well. She's absolutely beautiful!

And she has lived a remarkably accomplished life. Good for her!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:39 AM

32. Isn't she though

Nice looking when she was younger, but stunning now.

Sam

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:19 PM

7. That show, and her role, loomed large in my formative years. Meeting Roddenberry

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several years later was a big thrill. I wish I had gotten to meet Nichols as well. Alas.

Thanks for the reminder, sheshe!

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:52 PM

13. You met Gene Roddenberry?

That is totally cool.


One of my heroes.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:39 PM

23. It was very cool indeed. He brought OUTTAKES from TOS to a World Future

Society conference I attended. I happened to be in charge of the the "media" room on the day Roddenberry attended and he offered to let me screen a half hour video of BLOOPERS of Spock,Kirk, Uhura, and others flubbing lines, slipping on the set (they ALWAYS seemed to be running thru caves in those early episodes!) and laughing about some mistake... Well, you can imagine people were utterly astonished! The show was, the actors always seemed...so...serious. And here they were appearing like happy, normal humans -and Vulcans!

When Mr Roddenberry handed me the video, I said I would be sure to find him and return it right after the screening. "Oh, no" he said, "I think I'll stay here with it." So, for one fantastic half hour I got to chat with Gene while it played.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:49 PM

24. That is very cool!

From all I have read about him, he was quite the visionary.

I remember distinctly the days when Star Trek was first on TV in the 60's.

It was groundbreaking in so many ways, touching on prejudices, religion, human nature etc.


The world lost a great man when he passed.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:34 PM

8. It may be wrong to say it...

but those boots - oh myyyy

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:41 PM

9. I Thought Her Name was a Play on the Name, Ahura Mazda

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Response to baldguy (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:54 PM

14. WOW, Mae Jemison! What a remarkable Woman!

Her mother told her, "You can always dance if you're a doctor, but you can't doctor if you're a dancer."

Jemison graduated from Chicago's Morgan Park High School in 1973 and entered Stanford University at age 16. "I was naive and stubborn enough that it didn’t faze me," Jemison said. "It’s not until recently that I realized that 16 was particularly young or that there were even any issues associated with my parents having enough confidence in me to go that far away from home." Jemison graduated from Stanford in 1977, receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering and fulfilling the requirements for a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies. Jemison said that majoring in engineering as a black woman was difficult because race was always an issue in the United States. "Some professors would just pretend I wasn't there. I would ask a question and a professor would act as if it was just so dumb, the dumbest question he had ever heard. Then, when a white guy would ask the same question, the professor would say, "That's a very astute observation.'" In an interview with the Des Moines Register in 2008 Jemison said that it was difficult to go to Stanford at 16, but thinks her youthful arrogance may have helped her. "I did have to say, 'I'm going to do this and I don't give a damn'." She points out the unfairness of the necessity for women and minorities to have that attitude in some fields.



Stanford at 16! OMG

Thank you, baldguy...this is great!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae_Jemison

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:44 PM

11. I think she has gotten more beautiful with age.

And obviously a smart and talented women away from the camera too.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:07 PM

16. What the pic above DOESN'T show

is that her alternate universe uniform was a 2-piece: and she ROCKED it!

Oops! Meant to reply to the "which is sexier?" post. Sorry!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:47 PM

12. Who is sexier?

 

Alternate universe Uhura pictured above or regular TOS universe Uhura?

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Response to sadalien (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:09 PM

17. TOS?

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:21 PM

18. *T*he *O*riginal *S*eries. Then there was TAS, TNG, DS9, Voy & Ent.

Ask any Trek nerd.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:22 PM

19. TOS = The Original Series.

Like TNG = The Next Generation.

You'll see the shows listed thusly: "ST: TOS" and "ST: TNG"

Also, "ST: DS9" (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)


I'm not sure if Voyager or Enterprise have been given acronyms.


On Edit: I see baldguy has already responded, noting VOY and ENT. "TAS" is The Animated Series (the Saturday morning cartoon that ran in the early 1970s).
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Response to Beartracks (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:35 PM

20. Thanks~

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:53 AM

26. Enterprise

STOS

hated that show

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #26)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:05 PM

29. LOL @ your P

Enterprise is sticking its tongue out at you.

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:27 PM

30. meant to be

ST : POS

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:31 AM

31. Yeah...

I had high hopes for that show, but then they got off track. The last season (or the last half of it) was actually pretty good -- good action, decent scripts, not (if I recall) chasing across the galaxy to get some device to fight a temporal cold war. Had the whole series stayed like that, maybe it would've done better.

In any case, my spouse and I liked the cast.

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Response to sadalien (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:41 AM

25. Mirror, Mirror is my favorite episode,

so I have to go with the alternate universe Uhura. I liked a bearded Spock more, also.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:00 PM

15. Wow! She is still beautiful!

I read that Whoopi Goldberg said that Nichelle inspired her to be a performer, which is why she approached Roddenberry about being in TNG.
She also delivered what I consider one of the best lines in TV, ever> When Sulu thought he was a swashbuckler and saw Uhura:

Sulu: Ah, fair maiden!
Uhura: Sorry, neither!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:58 PM

21. Wow, impressive!

And as a Trek fan, I never knew about her involvement with NASA.

Dr. Sally Ride? Dr. Judith Resnik? She really helped recruit these amazing women?

Nichelle must have been especially traumatized by the Challenger incident.

Women like Nichelle should be celebrated in our culture.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:12 PM

22. A beauty then. A beauty now.

Love the Ebony cover of Ms. Nichols in the Jeffries Tube. ( A little Star Trek geek trivia there )

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:21 AM

27. Growing up as a kid I thought she was badass

her and Sulu. She was a red shirt and before I knew what she did, thought she was in charge of security.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:55 PM

28. I never did

Star Trek but I sure enjoy reading all this about Nichelle Nichols.

Thank you she, for bringing us all these fascinating facts and pics.

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