The Menagerie in Theaters

Via SF Signal…
SPECIAL EVENT: Remastered “Menagerie” in Theatres!
On Tuesday, November 13, the two-part Star Trek Remastered version of “The Menagerie” will beam onto the big screen in a special engagement with selected theatres. The screening — a first for episodic Star Trek on this scale — will be seen in nearly 300 venues across the U.S. and Canada. This one-night-only event will also feature a special introduction by Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, plus an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Remastered series.
“The Menagerie” will be presented in its digitally remastered, high-definition format and in Cinema Surround Sound. The screening is in part to promote the HD-DVD/DVD release the following week (Nov. 20) by CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

I think I am going to go have to see this (it IS playing in my area), even if its going to be in “full frame” format. How can you say no to a movie-screen sized Orion slave girl?

50th Anniversary of Sputnik

On October 4,1957, the Soviet Union launched the first object into orbit, Sputnik 1.
The satellite travelled at 29,000 kilometers (18,000 mi) per hour and emitted radio signals at around 20.005 and 40.002 MHz which were monitored by Amateur radio operators throughout the world. The signals continued for 22 days until the transmitter batteries ran out on October 26, 1957.Sputnik 1 burned as it fell from orbit upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere, after traveling about 60 million km (37 million miles) in orbit.
It was *not* the first object to reach space, however. In 1944, a V2 rocket was launched from Peenemünde on a vertical test shot sub-orbital trajectory to an altitude of 176 km (109 miles), well beyond the 100 km (62 miles) altitude generally considered to be the border of space.

The Mets Lose the Division

The Mets failure to win the division puts them in the history books as one of the worst late-season collapses in baseball history:
Historic collapses
The largest leads held in September by teams that did not finish in first place in their league (or in divison, 1969 and later). Date of largest lead is listed:
Date Team Lead
9/12/07 New York Mets 7.0
9/1/38 Pittsburgh Pirates 7.0
9/6/34 New York Giants 7.0
9/4/95 California Angels 6.5
9/20/64 Philadelphia Phillies 6.5
9/8/51 Brooklyn Dodgers 6.5
The Dodgers of 1951 lost their division of course, to the Giants, in the “Shot heard around the world.”. It was memorialized, in many other places, in a MASH episode.
(And what many people forget is that those same Giants ultimately lost the World Series to the Yankees, 4 games to 2)