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Happy 88th birthday (December 28) to the woman whose contributions to society, television, movies, and music, have earned worldwide attention and respect, Miss Nichelle Nichols.

Long before Ms. Nichols became a fixture on our television sets and movie screens, she was working hard in the musical arena singing for artists such as Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton.

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Since then, she has caught the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, NASA, and every male in the world possessing so much as a drop of testosterone.

Five years ago we posted a tribute to Nichelle Nichols on our web page and it was picked up by social media giant George Takei. From there, it went viral, and we were able to get our birthday wishes to her all the way from Grand Junction.

Happy Birthday, Nichelle. I leave you with an excerpt from this short poem in honor of your special day.

My heart is like a singing bird...
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me." - Christina Rossetti

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