posted on 9-30-2002 at 07:00 AM
Origins of "klin"
Originally posted by qoretlh The name/word "Klingon" came from someone Gene Roddenberry knew during WWII. While flying in the Pacific campaign, young Lt Roddenberry had a mechanic named "Klingon".
I'd heard it was taken from a friend from GR's LA cop days named Sgt.Clingon (note the "C"), though I can't quote a source.
***As for his explanation of the word "klin" as the root of that... He did mention at last years GalactiCon (a GREAT little Klingon event, go there sometime!) that he was either going to turn over some notes, or even write something new about "Klingonaase," to the Klingon Language Institute.
Members of the KLI will then recieve portions of that in the quarterly Journal; HolQeD (which we recieve free, as part of membership).
Will there any way for non-members to get ahold of that info when it comes out?
The reason I ask is that I remember hearing the word as a child, post TOS but pre-Ford. I have no idea as to how it was spelled or its derivation. The few people I've been able to find from then remember the word and agree on the general meaning but have no idea where it came from.
In the context I learnt it, it meant something along the lines of "force-of-personality". Not aggression, not quite charisma, but something one both has intrinsically and can draw upon. But, like charisma, stage presence, "leadership", or the ability to do advanced maths, you either have it or you don't. It's not something one can learn. I was wondering if it was something Ford incorporated into his concept of "klin".
I'm sure Dr Mike will make good on his word, but don't hold your breath, as he's had some health issues these last few years.
He's getting much better now, so look for his new books. At least two are coming out this year, and a fine Detective compilation last year.
Good to hear that he's recovering and writing again!
Anyone know why he only did the two Trek books?