Some of you will know me, so I’ll explain a few things.
- The name Splik was given to me by a bunch of fellow role players many years ago whilst playing FASA’s Star Trek RPG.
- I used it on my con badge at my very first Star Trek convention.
- It came from a report that Mr. Spock could have been called Mr. Splik. A small article featured this in a little remembered british tabloid style Scifi magazine called “Sci-Fi Monthly”.
- The original article quoted the original source, a book written by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry from 1968. I still have that book, it’s as old as me, but not looking as good.
- A memo from the late Robert Justman to Gene Roddenberry discusses Vulcan proper names. The follow ups from Gene Roddenberry and Herb Solow are amusing. Here is the original, as follows :-
Why “The Splik”?
TO: Gene Roddenberry
FROM: Bob Justman
DATE: May 3, 1966
SUBJECT: STAR TREK PLANET VULCAN PROPER NAMES
I would like to suggest that all proper names for denizens of Mr. Spock’s “PLANET VULCAN” follow a set routine.
To wit: all names begin with the letters “SP” and end with the letter “K.” All names to have a total of five letters in them–no more and no less.
Therefore: Mr. Spock aptly fits this pattern. Other names would be as follows:
Spook Spuck Spack Speek Spouk Spaak Spilk Spiak Spunk Spank Spink Spenk Sponk Spilk Spalk Spelk Spolk Spulk Spirk Spark Spork Sperk Spurk Spawk Spauk Speuk Spuik Spouk Splak Splek Splek Splik Spluk Spakk Spekk Spikk Spokk Spukk Spark Spirk Sperk Spork Spurk Spxyx
Hope that the suggestions are of immense help to you.
Your humble and obedient servant,
Robert H. Justman
- It stuck.
- “splik.wordpress.com” was taken.
An additional note to all that jazz, I actually got the pleasure of meeting Bob Justman and told him the curious tale and he was very happy to sign a photo “To Splik”
Making Stuff From Nothing
I’ve always loved pulling things apart and putting them back together. I’ve always been a Maker, from collecting cardboard and making stuff when I was a little kid in the 70s.
I was old enough to see Star Wars the first time around and I got a lot of inspiration from that.
Make props and models, kitbashing and painting metal miniatures to building large weaponry, costumes and a Dalek is what I love. If I had the space, a workshop, plenty of wood, more tools and building materials, I’d be happy.
So, why this blog? I dunno. I just want to talk/type. I want to document stuff, physical stuff, digital stuff related to anything going through my head.
I plan to document some of my old projects, and I may yet build that Disney inspired audio animatronics.
Join me in my journey of discovery and adventure.