July 10, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST
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July 10, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST
July 10, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST
RIP. Wrath of Khan is the only Star Trek film I have seen all the way through. And it was awesome!
July 10, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST
will be missed!
July 10, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST
Jack Sowards sounds like a pretty decent guy. My sympathies go out to his family and friends.
July 10, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST
We will remember him !!
July 10, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST
live long & prosper... <br> Trek 2 is the only reason we actually had trek
July 10, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST
Sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
July 10, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST
He would be proud.
July 10, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST
to your friend. And a sad loss. Khan was by far the best of the Trek films. R.I.P
July 10, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
July 10, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST
by Mister McClane
Don't read such genuine words of affection very often. Nice.
July 10, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST
July 10, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST
by Bill Brasky
"Here's to Bill Brasky!"
July 10, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST
You don't read too many stories like this guy anymore. Anymore, people are too soft and lazy to go out and do what this guy did in a lifetime. Sympathy to his family and friends.
July 10, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST
Didn't Nick Meyer ultimately write TWOK? I know he didn't get screen credit but I thought the Sowards script was one that was ultimately not used (though elements were taken from it and used in Meyer's final script).<P>Just trying to set the record straight.
July 10, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST
July 10, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST
It was never really clear how much of Star Trek II, Sowards was responsible for. Director Nicholas Meyer never got screen credit for it, but it was he who apparently did the frantically famous top to bottom rewrite of the script that suddenly Harve Bennett, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy went nuts over. Meyer should have been given Co-Writer credit since he was the wonderkid of that movie. But thats just a bit of history. I will check out Sowards work for sure. Farewell.
July 10, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST
While we may have lost another piece of Hollywood's past, you have lost a friend, and that is the greater sadness. My condolences.
July 10, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST
by Yack Backer
Rest in peace, Mr. Sowards.
July 10, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST
That was a lovely little remembrance. Thanks you. Now I know a little about the talented man who wrote one of my favourite films.
July 10, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST
gives you an essence of the man, without being invasive. I have to admit, before he was just a name to me - now I know something of him, and that's a good thing. RIP JBS.
July 10, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST
"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one." "I'll leave you as you left me. As you left her. Buried alive. BURIED ALIVE!" I know Myer put in a lot of the literary stuff like the Moby Dick and A Tale of Two Cities quotes. I'm sure Soward put in all the great stuff with the Kirk and the crew. The interaction between the old cast was way better than in the first.
July 10, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST
The man sure as heck carried on in the services.
July 10, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST
Thank You Jack...I loved Star Trek II and always wondered why they didnt use you on all the sequels. Rest in peace. Live long and prosper.
July 10, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST
On behalf of my sisters, our good friends, and myself, thanks for your kind thoughts. He was a presence, and he will be missed. ~Amanda Sowards~
July 10, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST
The first screenplay I ever purchased was Wrath of Khan and I learned what a screenplay looked like from him. The dialogue and storytelling in Wrath of Khan are brilliant. It's a shining star that the series has never lived up (and in my opinion never will live up to) again. RIP Jack and thanks for the tribute Uncapie.
July 10, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST
by Borgnine JR
life experience he had? That's why his stuff works. He learned about life by living it. He didn't expect a school to teach him all he needed to learn. Writers of today take note!
July 10, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST
Thanks - nice to be enlightened to the extensive resumes these guys carry with them.
July 10, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST
Sorry for your loss. Ive never been a huge Trek fan- but something about Wrath of Kahn always stayed with me. Id put it in my 5 favorite pictures. The movie isn't just scifi or action - its heartfelt with good humor as well. Its a great MOVIE without need of a genre label. Thanks again for the writeup and once again Im very sorry for your loss.
July 10, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST
There are a few factual errors in the above post that I, as Jack's daughter, feel compelled to correct. First, my father was never in the Army. He enlisted first in the Marines, then the Navy, then the Air Force. I only make this correction because, as anyone who has ever been a Marine will tell you, confusing the Marines with "the Army" could incite one mother of a barfight. Second, my father did not die with "his wife" holding his hand. It makes a pretty story, but it is not the truth, and I must correct it, because the care and tending of my father in his last days was done primarily by my sister, Penny, and not by my EX-stepmother (from whom my father had been divorced for over 20 years). My sister devoted unselfishly and with unwaivering dedication a kind of care for my father that no other family member (including myself) was able to give him. Her mother put in very litte time and energy to his care until the very end. Caring for an ALS patient in the final stages is the most difficult thing I can imagine. It's an evil, cruel disease and Penny met the challenge and managed to keep the rest of us together in the bargain. She is more than a hero, she's a freakin' saint, and she deserves to be acknowledged for her unbelievable fortitude and dedication in my father's last days. The efforts of the rest of us pale in comparison to hers. And that is the complete truth. ~Amanda Sowards~
July 10, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST
Without question, you and Penny did an outstanding job taking care of Jack, especially Penny. As I was unaware of situation with the "wife/ex-wife" scenario, I stand corrected and I apologize. All I know is, I saw a lot of love by his family there in his last hours. This was a man who inspired many people, young and old, with his work. That inspiration is what drives us to become whatever we wish to be. That is what I with many others will always remember for and that's a pretty good legacy to leave behind.
July 10, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST
July 10, 2007, 9:01 p.m. CST
And Star Trek 2 remains a classic these 25 years on because of it, resonating more strongly to ageing geeks like myself with every passing year. Great work, Mr Sowards. You are already being missed.
July 10, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST
I am very saddened by this news, but man, WHAT AN AMAZING LIFE! Well written Uncapie!
July 11, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST
Apparently you've never watched a DVD in your life or read a book. I first heard the whole story in Shatner's book Star Trek Movie Memories. Detailed explanations by Meyer, Bennett, Nimoy, and Shatner themselves. THEN the Star Trek II DVD comes out with interviews YOU CAN WATCH (dummy) with the same people saying the exact same story. Nimoy READING MEYER'S REWRITE on the plane on his way to a shoot in Israel. Meyer's rewrite is what got him to commit to the picture. I certainly didnt change the tone (if it has been changed on this forum). You did. So lets change it back. I dont even read Starlog. Sorry I only get it from the actual interviews of the people involved. Some credible source huh? Dont be an asshole.
July 11, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST
The point is, this isn't the place for that discussion.
July 11, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST
Fair enough. If thats your point then thats a fair point. But that's not what randie was standing for. He/she just has a problem with rumor-mongering (which I'm not doing). Thats his/her hang up.
July 12, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST
Just to make sure that is clarified: his EX-WIFE was there, not WIFE. I want to thank all of you for your kind wishes and posts on Jack. You have all been instrumental in making the entire Sowards family get through a most difficult time. Jack would have been proud, very proud, of all of you for the kind words and most of all, having made an impact on your lives with his work. As one poster stated above in a line of dialogue from "Star Trek II: the Wrath Of Khan:" "He's not really dead...as long as we remember him." Jack Sowards was my friend and mentor. He will always be my friend and mentor. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness.
July 15, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST
I knew Jack pretty well. I knew he had been divorced for at least a couple decades or so. Was there a new wife? Right on! How ooooooollllld is she? And as for being in the army, I know he was a Marine. Semper Fi is never Hoorah. Not ever. Still, a sweet fanciful send off.
July 18, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST
or did he forget to give someone his Kattra?
July 19, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST
The entry on your father is incorrect. It has him going into the Army. Having been born in the forties I have appreciated your fathers writing on some of the earlier tv shows. I went to a special showing of Tron followed by Star Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn here in Hollywood and I must say, everyone there agreeded it is the best of those films. If your writing here is any indication it looks like you may have the writing talent gene also. Give it a try, if you are not already a writer. May he rest in peace.