Star Trek, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” – 43 years later.
That’s right folks: This week in 1966 – 43 years ago, Star Trek warped across the nation’s television screens and into our living rooms. Or as NBC put it back then, “rocketed” in.
It lasted 79 episodes despite the questionable ratings and in its third season was moved to Friday nights, where all good shows go to get put out to pasture (does that sound familiar?).
Gene Roddenberry’s vision gripped our imagination and the fans have kept the dream alive in additional TV series, movies, comic books and other venues. The series has even inspired names of real ships.
It has turned names like William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), James Doohan (Scotty), George Takei (Mr. Sulu) & Walter Koenig (Chekov) into household names. On both fronts – the actors and their characters.
How many times has someone (or yourself) thrown out a humorous quote from the show like: “Dammit Jim, I’m a Doctor, not a ???” Or “Keptin, she cannut ta’ke animoore!!”
Thank you Eugene Wesley “Gene” Roddenberry. You have truly immortalized yourself and at the same time, lived the American dream. R.I.P.
I found a few YouTube clips just for the fun of it. Thought you’d enjoy seeing them.