I had written a little while ago about how the podcast Larry was a huge fan of responded to a note I had written them telling them about his death. A thing they’d noted was they’d read my message on their next podcast…and part of me highly doubted that would actually happen. Just thought it would be too sad. Well, color me happily surprised, as they did indeed read my note on the next TNG podcast episode. They’d been doing some Picard episodes in the time since, so I was kind of not sure but yep, the next TNG episode they did included it!
It’s Episode 113, regarding TNG episode “Masterpiece Society”:
Shortly after the 16:30 minute mark is where you can listen to the part above. It’s awesome, and of course made me cry, but I know Larry’s thrilled somewhere.
I had sent one of the pictures that Larry took of himself while at the Picard set when I reached out to the TNC podcast guys, but there were more that he took. It was a nice day in August when his friend Greg brought up that he could take Larry to go visit the studio in Santa Clarita. This was before Larry was going to go back to NYC to get the hepatic pump surgery at Sloan Kettering, so it was kind of essential timing for us to do this while Larry was feeling okay. Actually, Greg ended up picking Larry up from the Burbank UCLA infusion center when Larry had gone back to get his portable pump removed, and they then drove together to Santa Clarita.
Once there, Larry had the chance to go to producer offices, where this TNG chair actually sits, and with their approval, he was able to sit in it and be a Starfleet Captain for a moment. He also got to then go into the set, seeing the set for the Picard spaceship (which we still haven’t seen in the show thus far, but we’re only 2 episodes in – it is visible in the trailer, so these pictures aren’t spoilers), as well as seeing the set where a fight scene was being filmed that involved Jeri Ryan’s character. He got to go through the propmaster closet and see all sorts of cool shit and talk to the propmaster about all things Trek. No Patrick Stewart meeting unfortunately, and that never did come about – at one point, there was a chance Larry could go to Malibu to visit the set and meet him the next week, but production issues curtailed that possibility at that time, and of course upon return Larry was in no shape to really try that again. But one cool thing was Larry got to meet Akiva Goldsman, one of the executive producers of the show, and a giant Star Trek geek. Of course, Larry and Akiva went on and on about Star Trek while Greg endured it. 🙂 I’m so glad that was able to happen and I thank Greg so much for making this all happen. Larry was so happy because of it.
August 16, 2019 pics from the Picard Production Offices:
And here’s a video of Larry as Picard:
Website Note: Posts from January 20 through now are obviously posted in real time, but posts between January 2019 (anything except the lone Rescue Me post from September) and January 20, 2020 are retroactively being inserted – their datestamps won’t indicate or show that I’m posting them now, but yeah, 2019 will start having more and more posts. I want to post all the pictures I can of things we did last year, but I didn’t have the mental mindset to post at the time. I can’t let Larry’s last year go unobserved. It’ll hurt, but also, it’ll be wonderful to see his fighting spirit as he continued to try to live a life of fun and joy and happiness and love.