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Sadly, it's true. I've been following in Spock's footprints, and even his buttprints. For instance, several years ago Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto were interviewed - see video - to promote the opening of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater at Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles). They talked in front of the revolving moon in the exhibit area (see pic), and also inside the Theater. I later took photos in front of that same moon, and sat in (as best I could guess) the same Theater seats; hence the buttprints. The Theater is free, btw, so thanks to Leonard for donating a million dollars (!)
It's not that I'm a Spock Stalker or anything. I go to places like this with my club, the USS Angeles. We stalk Spock and everything Star Trek as a group, so it's okay. :] But I do visit these places several times apiece, so the odds that I've stepped right into Spockprints are very good.
Anyway, the next Spock foot- and butt-prints I followed in were at Vasquez Rocks (Santa Clarita, CA). You know the place; where Kirk fought the Gorn, where McCoy delivered a baby, where Bill & Ted died most heinously. It was also planet Vulcan in the 2009 movie, and here's a pic of Zachary Quinto Spock on site.Yeah, I'm pretty sure I walked where he walked (really small parking lot) and sat where he sat (no where else to sit). Most of my fellow fans were climbing up the cliffs, but those of us afraid of heights (those rocks are REALLY high) just sat and inhaled the hot, dusty ambiance.
Another cool Spock footprint I've followed lies above Beverly Hills, oddly enough. Up in the hills (yes, there are hills) is Franklin Canyon lake where Miramanee's Indian village was located.[Paradise Syndrome, TOS] At least it was for a few days while they filmed it. And that obelisk where Kirk lost his memory and got stoned (you know what I mean) was just across the lake. Here's a picture of the obelisk:Spock, of course, beamed in and saved Kirrok's behind, so it counts as a Spock site. Btw, my club found out the details of where this stuff happened because someone who worked at the nature center there [Sookie Goldman Nature Center] was old enough to remember (!) and passed on the knowledge. Old fans rock!
Now here's what got me thinking about how I'm stalking following in Spock's footprints. I just found out about a nearby Spock site. It's Very Nearby, about 1 1/2 miles from my house, and I didn't know about it! Darn that J.J. and his tight security. And it is an extreme-Spock site; the Vulcan Science Academy where Quinto-Spock bestowed "Live long and prosper" as a near-malediction. (yeah!) You know the scenes:
It turns out these were filmed in SkyRose Chapel of Rose Hills Memorial Park. Yup, it's a cemetery. But since I live a couple of minutes away, I can now visit and explore the Vulcan Science Academy, finding more Spockprints to step into. Check out the "Vulcan" architecture below, with a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright.
"Everyone remember where we parked."
"He's just going to hang around the bushes?"
"It's his way."
But they were playing polo (really) on that field, so I couldn't walk on it.
Still, I eagerly await nice, fresh Spockprints. They are being made all over town, while STXII is in production. I'll find'em. Maybe even Spockbuttprints.