Happy Anniversary Star Trek!

Its been quite a ride, Star Trek. 45 years ago, the first series aired its first episode (not the first filmed) to an unsus­pect­ing audi­ence. The result, after the three years of the “five year mis­sion” was noth­ing short of the bgin­ning of a rev­o­lu­tion in tele­vi­sion, movies and pop­u­lar cul­ture. And sprin­kled in among the five dif­fer­ent series and many movies are fre­quent sto­ries about mind con­trol­ling aliens, tele­path­ic con­trol, hyp­no­sis and even the Vul­can Mind Meld (cre­at­ed because the Stan­dards & Prac­tices depart­ment object­ed to Spock hyp­no­tiz­ing a patient, say­ing it was a med­ical pro­ce­dure and that McCoy should do it.)

And, of course, I must post a shout to Bjo Trim­ble, the lady who was most respon­si­ble for the let­ter-writ­ing cam­paign that got the orig­i­nal series’ renew­al for the third sea­son. Fail­ing that, the series might not have been run in syn­di­ca­tion (not enough episodes to mar­ket) and there­fore nev­er achieve the pop­u­lar­i­ty it did. Because of her and the thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple who del­uged NBC with let­ters, it sur­vived long enough to final­ly find its place, and now phras­es like “beam us up” and terms like “trans­porter” and “warp fac­tor 9” are part of every­day slang.

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