George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. “Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama’s nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future,” says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc.
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“You interlace your hands in a circle, the interlacing being a symbol of different types of people coming together and the circle a symbol of unity,” he says.
It looks like this:
The group is impressed by Mr. Spock however, who gestures with an oval “symbol of peace” the party makes with raised hands, and speaks of “The One.”
I hope this catches on. The sight of tens of thousands of enraptured activists making the space hippie sign at Invesco Field while Barack Obama is giving his acceptance speech would be so awesome I might explode.
Did you know that there are lyrics to the Star Trek theme? Gene Roddenberry wrote them so he could collect performance royalties on the song–they were never intended to be sung and I don’t think anyone’s ever recorded a version with his lyrics. The story is here.
Next time an episode of the original series comes on television, you will now be able to sing along:
The rim of the star-light
Is wand’ring in star-flight
He’ll find in star-clustered reaches
Strange love a star woman teaches.
His journey ends never
His star trek
Will go on forever.
But tell him
While he wanders his starry sea
Remember, remember me.
Nichelle Nichols actually did record a vocal for the Star Trek theme, in a disco version. Her lyrics are different from Roddenberry’s, though.
If you have to have that, you can download an MP3 here.