Gary Seven’s Royal Assignment
Posted on April 2, 2016
In “Assignment Earth”, a 1968 episode of Star Trek, the Enterprise time travels back to 1968 Earth – a passenger materialises via the transporter wearing a 20th century business suit and holding a black cat named Isis – a constant companion he was able to communicate with telepathetically and which could take human (female) form.
Meet interstellar agent “Gary Seven” (guest star Robert Lansing ) who is planning to intervene in 20th Century events. In the course of the episode, Seven asks a woman who he supposes is a fellow agent – in fact a secretary named Roberta Lincoln – to dictate a report into an electronic typewriter which has voice recognition.
I’m Supervisor one nine four, code name Gary Seven. I need a
Yes, report. Everything you have done for the past three
(He gestures to the
Oh. Everything I’ve done?
Everything you’ve done.
(puts a sheet of paper in the
Well, let’s see.
Not with your fingers.
(He flicks a switch on the
side of the machine.)
Well, how do you expect me to type, with my nose? Did you see
that? The machine typed everything I… It’s typing
everything I’m saying! Stop it. Stop it! Stop it!
(He turns it off.)
Okay. That does it. I quit!
As to the identity of the real star of this episode, Dwayne F of Vintage Technology Obsessions identified the Gary Seven typewriter as a “Royal Electress” as far back as 2012 …
I do see more than a few points of difference in the body shape, which looks more like an “Empress” (but isn’t). If not a variant of “Electress” I think we can safely say it’s a close “Royal” relative.
I wonder if the TV producers asked for and received a prototype that never went into production?
A Royal Electress as posted on the Typewriter Talk forum in 2014
Postcript: Mystery solved thanks to Robert Messenger. See his guest post: Gary Seven’s Royal Emperor