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There were two actors with the same name who played Spock
Speaking of names, let’s talk about another important feature of Star Trek—its extremely catchy use of alien words we associate with English.
We see them in the movies, televised shows, and books. We learn these words are called “sci-fi.”
But what makes this application unique is that it contains sounds that reflect the nationality of the person uttering it.
For example, an American might call someone from England “mate.” A French man would say “mon ami” or “amicale.” Some Latin pronunciation guides suggest a variation on the word “friend,” but none sound as cool as “ami.”
Robert J. Urich and Leonard Nimoy
In many Westerns, when the lead character is young, his parents will give him the nickname “Mister” to distinguish him from his father. This happens particularly in Texas towns that begin with W (e.g., Welborn, Wimberley, Waxahachie). Some feel this substitution of the word “mister” for “Mr.” makes sense because it fits within our conventional social cues about age-appropriate names for boys.
Robert Urich (April 9, 1904–December 14, 1971) was an American film actor who made more than 80 pictures between 1937 and 1959. He always played leading men—young, innocent guys who never really grew up.
In 1938, at the height of the popularity of the gangster movie genre, 20th Century Fox hired Urich to help brandish its image as the studio behind such films. At the time, most people knew Urich as the boy wonder star of several Disney comics seriesin the late 1920s and early 1930swho went on to become a successful acting career.
However, their association ended badly in 1928 after Urich threatened to sue Disney over claims that he had been duped out of 50% of the songwriting royalties due to him by employing him as composer/performer on certain songs while paying others as staff members.
Urich also claimed that he had first suggested the name “Mickey” for Walt’s brother Roy,
There were several actors they wanted to cast
They thought about going with someone more mature, who had been in films for a few years, but it was hard finding people that age with good roles.
Eventually, they decided on Leonard Nimoy, an actor known for his intelligence and peculiar brand of humor.
They offered him the role at first, but he declined. He said something like “I’m sorry, sir, but I just don’t see myself as young anymore.
He looked somewhat older than his 24 years when he starred in Star Trek.
They didn’t want the character to be feminine
Though actor Leonard Nimoy tried to convince producers that “Spock” was an acceptable name for a male character, they refused to change the surname.
Also, though early models of the costume were briefly called cockroaches, which gave kids a funny impression, it was decided later that roach is a dirty word.
According to TV Guide magazine, the reason they gave at the time was that ‘a bug is something disgusting.’
Though Mr. Nimoy has said he respects their decision, in his opinion, this just shows how out of touch these people are.
The whole society is becoming more and more gender-neutral anyway, so using a more generic term like ‘bug’ or even ‘human being’ would probably have less of a tendency to assign stereotypes.
They thought it would be a good idea to have a human-alien relationship
In many cases, an actor will portray several different roles within a film or television show. Sometimes these shows take place in the same universe, but more often they are separate.
Of all the characters in Star Trek, perhaps no one has earned his keep as much as Commander Scottie Patrick Enterprise. His name is actually Scotty, but for some reason he was always called “Scottie” by everyone (including Captain Kirk himself).
In every variation of the Starfleet Career Day Classrom scene, this character becomes increasingly flustered and confused when asked how you can become an ambassador. He almost gives up halfway through his speech until he recalls what he learned about being honest with yourself about your strengths and desires.
As soon as he uses his internal voice, everything begins to come together as he realizes that being diplomatic is naturally his strength. His sense of self takes over and he finds success as an ambassodor.
Mr. Spock is often referred to as “Jim”
This usually happens when someone calls him “Spock”
When he was first introduced in the 1960s, most people recognized him immediately
Many fans refer to him as “Mr. Spock” but some even call him Jim (from Star Trek)
Some say that this occurred because George Lucas based his interpretation of Mr. Spock on the idea of a human-like alien from Earth.
Others say it happened because Leonard Nimoy played the character so convincingly.
He had such an understanding of the nature of logic and emotion that many saw him as representing what they might be like at any stage of their development.
However, others claim that calling Mr. Spock Jim is not respectful. They say that since he is still alive, everyone should respect him as Jim.
Also, many consider Thomas James Murdoch, who plays Captain Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, to be the true star of the show. He has written several books with two other members of the cast, Malcolm McDowell and Nancy Mack, including A Beginner’s Guide To Keeping Your Dreams In The Classroom.
The title comes from the Star Trek character
In many ways, Spock is probably my favorite Vulcan character. He’s logical, disciplined, and focused, with an almost inhuman sense of logic. Those qualities made him what we could call in modern terms “the perfect man.”
In more recent years, I think it’s been speculated about whether or not he’s still alive. And if so, where he is now. Since writing this article, someone has indeed asked me if I know any aliens, like, are they here yet?
I have no idea who these people are, but to answer your question directly… No, there are no Vulcans around here right now, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be. We live in a pretty interesting time.
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They decided to name him after the language he learned
When they first traveled in space, Shivas wife did not know how to pronounce it. She saw kids learning something new and speaking quickly, as if there were hurrying to get the sounds down.
She wanted her son to have what she had when she was growing up–a full sound system with several accents.
So Mrs. Wilson closed his mouth and tried to say “Spock” while moving her tongue around as best she could. Soon enough, her own words came out smooth and easy like her native language.
By saying them more and more, their pronunciation changed because of neural pathways forming in their brain. Before long, they were able to speak in this newly acquired way without even thinking about it.
For years after that, whenever Mr. Wilson heard someone talking sign language or having trouble saying words, his mind went straight to Kirk from Star Trek–the command captain. He remembered the way he sounded going into English and coming back again, expressing ideas easily and using correct grammar.
In fact, everything we think is filled with impressions from past experience. Some experiences are good and some are bad; we remember those forms of memory. How do you recall specific memories from your childhood? What triggers these memories? People ask these same questions of other veterans of our culture.
Spock is popular and a familiar name
Within the context of Star Trek, there are few species where Mr. appears after the person’s first name (Mr. Meyer, Dr. McCoy, Levar Burton). In all these cases, “mister” refers to their second surname (their family name): Spock, McCoy and Burton being examples.
These three men not only share the same first name, but they also have their surnames fused together into one word, becoming an odd hybrid of two totally different words.
McCoy is the most common version of this phenomenon. Because Leonard Stanley McCoy was always in short supply (his parents were both doctors), his middle name – Stan-ley is used instead of his given name.
Spock, however, had several reasons for using mr.: it was already established science knowledge at that time; stanly wasn’t very manly; and he wanted to separate himself from his father. He got his family’s last name — which was originally a variant of another language/country’s spelling of the word “kpt,” meaning lord/noble.
In recent years, with the rise of social media, networks like Facebook and Twitter have enabled us to see just how many people out there are still contenting themselves with poor naming conventions. You might be surprised by some of the names you encounter.