Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

Yesterday morning, I was watching the third episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, called "Operation Firefly", while I was eating breakfast. (Got the Season 1 DVDs for Christmas!)

Playing the villain was a guy I recognized, because he'd been at every New Year's party put on by my Dad's best friend (Everybody being buddies from their days at Carnegie Tech).

I didn't remember or look up the guy's name — I just went, "Hey, I know that guy from those New Year's parties!" and moved on.

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When I woke up at about 10:00 last night, I checked "The Latest" at CNN.com, and saw "Actor Joseph Ruskin dies". I went "Who the hell's Joseph Ruskin?", so I clicked on the link — but they didn't show a picture of him, just a montage of "People we lost in 2013", so I had to Google him... OH MY GOD! It's that same guy!

And to make it even weirder: My first memory of watching Star Trek as a child was of his character, Galt, Master Thrall of the planet Triskelion, with his glowing eyes and creepy voice...

Illustration for article titled RIP Joseph Ruskin

The Gamesters of Triskelion (episode) - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki Welcome to Triskelion - YouTube

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All those years seeing this guy on New Year's, and I never recognized him from Star Trek!

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