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Letter: How Mr. Spock got a promotion

This undated file photo shows actors in the

This undated file photo shows actors in the TV series "Star Trek," from left, Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott. Credit: AP

"Rerouting a pilot" was a good story, but it missed one of the all-time great, almost-fatal recasts [Fanfare, July 26].

In 1965, NBC executives bought the pilot for Gene Rodenberry's "Star Trek," but they told him that viewers would never accept a woman as the logical first officer, so he needed to replace her with a man. They also told him to get rid of the guy with the ears.

Rodenberry knew he couldn't win both arguments, so he fought to keep Mr. Spock. He eventually married the actress, who had been recast as nurse Christine Chapel.

Kenn Honig, North Bellmore


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