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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Live Long And Prosper, Japan

This one is for Matthew.

After cleaning up the mess in the basement after my wall-hung book shelves were knocked from their moorings but excessive construction in the non-attached house next door, I found, or rather, rediscovered this card.

Part of a 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation trading card set, what we have here is one of five bonus cards in Japanese. The other four include the same card in Spanish, German, French and Russian.

What does it all say?

Well, luckily these five cards are versions of the regular No. 1 card in the set.

The front, in English reads: "Where No One Has Gone Before..."

The reverse (see immediately above) reads:

"Space... the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before."

Of course, for the Star Trek fan, we all know that the whole "where no one has gone before" is redundant considering there was the earlier television show: Star Trek, featuring Captain Kirk and Commander Spock and the Starship Enterprise-A, set 78 years BEFORE the 'next generation'.

Canadians have taken to Spocking their $5 bills in wake of actor Leonard Nimoy's recent death.
There was also a later television show called Enterprise, featuring the Earth Starship Enterprise NX-01, captained by Jonathan Archer set 100 years before Captain Kirk et al.

So, basically, a lot of people have gone there before.

Still, the sentiment is good.

Nagaiki shite han'ei suru (長寿と繁栄を - Live long and prosper),
Andrew Joseph

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