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Two Star Trek veterans died this month

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2008 7:23PM

Star Trek logoIt's not often that two people are so connected in these TV obituary roundup posts I do every week or so, but these two people are worth mentioning in the same post.

Alexander Courage, who composed the theme song for the original Star Trek series, died on May 15 at age 88. He also did music for episodes of many other series, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Waltons, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, The Loner, Eight is Enough, Daniel Boone, Riverboat, and many others. He was also an orchestrator on several movies, including L.A. Confidential, The Haunting, The Mummy, First Knight, The Shadow, Rudy, Malice, Hook, Sleeping with the Enemy, The Poseidon Adventure, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, and a ton of others.

But Courage wasn't the only Star Trek figure to pass away that week...

Joseph Pevney directed several classic Trek episodes, including "City on the Edge of Forever," "Amok Time," "The Trouble with Tribbles," and "The Immunity Syndrome." Other shows that Pevney directed over the years include The Fugitive, The Munsters, The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk, Little House on the Prairie, Petrocelli, Fantasy Island, Emergency, Bonanza, Adam-12, Marcus Welby, M.D., Mission Impossible, Wagon Train, Twelve O'Clock High, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bewitched, and too many others to mention. Pevney also directed many movies and was also a writer and actor. He died at age 96.

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They lived long & helped Star Trek prosper.

May 30 2008 at 2:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A "Star Trek" movie without Courage's fanfare would not be a "Star Trek" movie. Probably my favorite moment in the sub-par "Generations" is the opening scene, when the champagne bottle christens a new "Enterprise" as that timeless, inspirational music plays.

I've got my fingers crossed that J.J. Abrams and the team working on the new movie understand the importance of that music to anything called "Star Trek", especially if it involves the original characters.

Mr. Courage and Mr. Pevney in one week. Very sad. Thank you for running a special posting, instead of working them into the weekly obituary post.

May 29 2008 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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