Nichelle Nichols, Trailblazing ‘Star Trek’ Actress, Dead at 89

My only encounter with Nichelle Nichols involved standing in line to get a few autographs from Star Trek actors at a comic book convention. I put the Star Trek Compendium in front of her to sign. She then proceeded to go on a five-minute rant about the cover (it featured Shatner and Nimoy and no one else). It was completely entertaining as she aired a whole bunch of dirty laundry for anyone to hear. She then passed the book along the table sans autograph and flashed me a tremendous smile.

Shellshocked, I just moved on. I never did get her autograph, but I did get a hell of a story.

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