Shiver me timbers

First Officer Gloria Rodriguez seems ready to make Candi Rosales walk the plank at a USS Angeles pirate party June 10 in Palos Verdes Estates. (Photo by Dave Mason)
First Officer Gloria Rodriguez and Candi Rosales get into the spirit at a USS Angeles pirate party June 10 in Palos Verdes Estates. (Photo by Dave Mason)

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
Commanding Officer
Aarrrr, matey! It was a pirate’s life for USS Angeles members during a specially themed party June 10 at founder Janice Willcocks’ home in Palos Verdes Estates.
Some of us dressed as pirates at the party, which was complete with ships and other decor of the sea. Cliff and Donna Gardner and Paul Szymborski did a great job with the decorations!
In addition to celebrating maritime adventures, we listened to acclaimed composer David Raiklen’s talk about how music and sound effects were created for the original “Star Trek” series in the pre-digital age. For example, the phaser sound was made by playing three electric guitars backwards.
And the sound of Tribbles?
That came about because of pigeons cooing. Their soothing sound was both speeded up and slowed down for the effect, Raiklen, who studied with John Williams, told us.
We learned a lot, and you can see what else the composer taught us in the September issue of Angels Flight, our award-winning newsletter. To get a copy, click on “Join us” above. Besides our publication, you’ll get to go to themed parties, hear special speakers and boldly go where “Star Trek” has been filmed before.
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Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840