Monday, August 14, 2006

Star Trek on Hollywood Boulevard

I have never been a big Star Trek fan.

I didn't watch it when I was a kid, and neither did any of my brothers. As a teen I had some friends that liked Star Trek, and I tried to "get into it" but it seemed like a lot of work.

To really enjoy Star Trek it seemed like you had to memorize the names of dozens of alien races and try to understand a complicated timeline.

So, I may never fully appreciate Star Trek. But I sure do appreciated the Star Trek Mural on Hollywood Boulevard.

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The mural is located on the roll-up security doors of a souvenir shop at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Street. The shop is open early and stays open late, 365 days a year. If you wanna see the Star Trek mural you better wake up early, skip breakfast and head to Hollywood Boulevard.

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All you favorites are here! You get to see Captain Kirk and the guy with the pointy ears!

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You can look at the painting and shout "How YOU doin' James Doohan?"

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You can look at Nichelle Nichols and say "Hey! There were black people in Star Trek?"

Then with any luck, a hobo will shout "Of course, look at Lando Calrissian." Then, just as you are about to correct him you will remember that hobos can be dangerous so you toss a dollar in his direction and run like hell.

The Star Trek mural is just one of many security door murals on the Walk of Fame. The murals are part of an ongoing beautification project. Often there is a reason for putting the mural in that particular place. For example, this one is located at the same corner that Leonard Nimoy's Walk of Fame star occupies. I also saw Gene Roddenberry's star near by.

Other murals depict everyone from Orson Wells to Chuck Berry. I found two featuring famous men and puppets:

First there was, Edgar Bergen along with his dummy Charlie McCarthy.

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Not too far away Jim Henson and Kermit cover up a metal door.
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During the day only a few of the murals are visible since the shops behind them are open. Still, few stores anywhere carry anything that would be better to look at then a giant picture of Kermit The Frog.

9 comments:

  1. Questions? Answers? Decorating tips? Submit anything by clicking the "post a comment" link.

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  2. Have you considered putting gum in the locks so the stores can't open their shutters and everyone can enjoy a day of murals?

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  3. That is fantastic idea. However, that would make me a savage.

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  4. I like Star Trek so I liked this post a lot.

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  5. A Town Savage8/15/2006

    I tried gum in the lock trick once. For some reason that street smelled like shoe polish all day.

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  6. I'll have you know I've never put gum in anyone's locks.

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  7. Stop lying, Fred. You and Paul Pfeiffer did that one tme. Remember? You got caught and learned a valuable lesson.

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  8. Stop lying, Fred. You and Paul Pfeiffer did that one tme. Remember? You got caught and learned a valuable lesson.

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  9. Awesome! I wish I was there. Looks like so much fun!

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