Friday, December 26, 2008


This week saw the passing of two very important and lasting women in the entertainment industry, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry and Eartha Kitt.

The first had a more active role in the formation of my pop culture conscious as the voice of every single Star Trek computer in every incarnation of the series, film and television series alike. I have fond memories of Saturday nights growing up when the family would order bake-at-home pizza from Papa Murphy's and gather to watch that week's episode of Star Trek. First it was Star Trek: The Next Generation, then Deep Space Nine and Voyager when they came along. The former Mrs. Roddenberry was always there. She had just finished her work on J.J. Abram's Star Trek relaunch prior to her death. Come May, we'll all have a chance to hear her tell the crew once more in soothing, neutral tones that the ship is most certainly going to be destroyed.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry
February 23, 1932 – December 18, 2008

While Eartha Kitt was never a huge part of my cultural upbringing, I did have the fortune of meeting her through my previous place of employment a few months ago. She was in Seattle for a string of performances at Dimitrou's Jazz Alley. One Saturday afternoon, I spent about an hour with her and her assistant/make-up artist trying to find an Italian restaurant that was not only open for lunch but that served Capellini-angel hair-pasta. Ms. Kitt was quite particular about this. Nothing else would do. Thankfully, I pulled some strings with The Pink Door and we were able to accommodate. She is one of the few people to have ever been nominated for Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards. She passed away on Christmas Day, ever the "Santa Baby."

Eartha Mae Kitt
January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008

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