mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
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This Day in History, 1966: Star Trek premieres

Forty years ago today, the original Star Trek series debuted on NBC. Although it ran for only three years and never placed better than No. 52 in the ratings, Gene Roddenberry's series became a cult classic and spawned five other television series, ten movies, and numerous novels, comic books, and short stories.

Anyone wish to share their memories of their first exposure to the series? I honestly can't remember which episode I saw first, although I know I didn't see the show until it was being syndicated in reruns, as I was born after it had already been cancelled. I do remember that my older brother was watching it before I was, and one of my older half-brothers watched it on NBC and remembers the unprecedented announcement at the end of second season, when NBC told the viewers that the show had been renewed and asked everyone to stop sending letters.

Probably the oddest early memory I have about the show is this. My mother was reading aloud from a book about cars to my younger brother and me. As she was reading, she remembered that my older brother would want to know that Star Trek was on. So she shouted, "Beep beep! Honk honk! Star Trek!" We laughed for hours.

Maybe you had to be there.

In any event, if you wish to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this cultural phenomenon, what better way to do it than by picking up a copy of Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles and the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek edited by David Gerrold and Robert J. Sawyer. The book includes my essay "We Find the One Quite Adequate: Religious Attitudes in Star Trek, in which I analyze the role religion playes (or didn't play) in the original series. You can check out the table of contents on Robert Sawyer's blog. The book has been getting some excellent reviews, such as this fine review at SF Signal.

End plug. :-)

Copyright © Michael Burstein
Tags: books, comics, history, movies, personal, science-fiction, television
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