Some long lost installments of Doctor Who have been found, there’s art in The Cosby Show, a reunion of Rob and Laura from The Dick Van Dyke Show, trouble at a M*A*S*H landmark, and the first lady of Star Trek inspires technology.
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, played several roles in the Trek TV series. She was Number One in the original pilot, Nurse Chapel in the original series, and Counsellor Troi’s wacky mom on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Prior to her death, she was also the voice of Starfleet computers in every version of Trek, including JJ Abrams’ 2009 movie. Now, it’s being reported that Google’s “secret project,” which will take on Apple’s Siri voice assistant, is named “Majel” — in honor of the first lady of Trek. The voice assistant will be available in the future on Android phones and tablets.
The grandson of the founder of an Ohio hot dog diner has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the family business. The charges stem from a yearlong family battle over control of Tony Packo’s, a restaurant chain whose hot dog sauce and pickles are sold in stores nationwide. Tony Packo III and company controller Cathleen Dooley face up to three years in prison if convicted. Tony Packo’s was made famous by M*A*S*H and actor Jamie Farr, a Toledo native. As Corporal Klinger, Farr often longed for his hometown and the taste of Tony Packo’s, the “greatest Hungarian hot dogs.” The original Packo’s location is a tourist attraction and is decorated with M*A*S*H memorabilia.