Wednesday, December 06, 2006

No Stranger To Love

As a college student in the mid-1980s, I spent a lot of time trolling -- and occasionally contributing to -- the Star Trek Usenet newsgroup, which was abuzz with information (including spoilers) about a new series that quickly came to be known as ST:TNG. When the show debuted, most Trekkers didn't recognize any of the actors, except for LeVar Burton. Who were these people? What did they do before 1987? Usenet contributors set about researching the answers to these questions.

Yes, life was hell in the days before IMDB. You had to find this stuff out for yourself.

One night I was watching a tape of a video for a song by the 1986 version of Black Sabbath. The song, "No Stranger To Love", is basically a breakup song from the point of view of a guy who has just been dumped. Something about the woman in the video looked familiar. She looked tough, bitchy, and a little sad. With a haircut, she would look a lot like Tasha Yar from Star Trek. After a couple of viewings, I concluded that it had to be the same actress.

I duly posted my findings to the Star Trek newsgroup. I felt rather proud when one of the group's BMOC types mentioned it in a big post that accumulated numerous TNG actor sightings. It was an established FACT, because it was on the Internet. And I was the one who put it there!

To be honest, it was just speculation on my part, but the Tasha Yar sighting has been confirmed in numerous places, not the least of which is Denise Crosby's official web site. See? I was right all along.

Here's the video, so you can see for yourself.

I think a You Tube commenter put it best when he said, "All the good things: Tony Iommi, '59 Cadillacs & Star Trek. Excellent." Indeed. Life just doesn't get any better than that.


jipzeecab said...

It doesn't say it on her website but she is Bing Crosby's granddaughter and Blake Edwards's daughter-in-law...of course a lot of Bing's relatives have downplayed their relationship with him in recent years because of the revelations that he was a child abuser.
She also played the fictional mayor of Key West in a short lived tv series in the 90's.

Nicko McDave said...

"Fictional mayor of Key West"...isn't that on your resume?

jipzeecab said...

Maybe "Delusional Insurrectionist", but never any form of "mayor".
I was, however, told by the real "Commandante" of the Key West Naval Air Station that if "martial law had actually been declared" that the "real Mayor" and myself were the short list of people to be arrested.

Nicko McDave said...

Too bad you weren't arrested with the fictional mayor. It might be fun to share a cell with Denise Crosby.