Working from home during the pandemic I am unable to get out of the house very much. Sometimes I have considered unplugging my computer and working on the patio but that does not seem conductive to focused digital labour. Instead, one of the few times in the day where I get to see the sun is during my lunch break when I check the mail to see if any new Star Trek autograph requests have come back.
I got my first Return to Sender last week. Four weeks before I had sent a request to Harry Basch who played a robot in the episode “What are Little Girls Made of”. Sadly, it turns out Mr. Basch died five weeks ago.
Today I got one back from the actress Susan Howard. Susan played Mara, wife of Klingon Commander Kang in the episode “Day of the Dove”. Susan is one of the few female Klingons portrayed on The Original Series, and the only one to perform any lines.
After Star Trek she continued to guest star until she replaced Diana Muldaur as one of the cast members of the lawyer show “Petrocelli” in 1974, continuing until it was cancelled two years later. During that time she was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Her career defining role was as Donna Culver Krebbs on the primetime soap opera “Dallas” during the 1980s.
Since then she took a deep dive into republican politics. She served in the leadership of the National Rifle Association and at one point was co-host of the televangelist “The 700 Club” and continues to speak at Republican events in favour of firearms and the Christian church.
Suffice to say my political leanings are very different from hers. I’m sure we would have a lot of fun arguing if we were ever to speak. Never-the-less it was very kind of her to autograph these for me.