Thank You Gene

Not so long ago, but in a galaxy far, far away from the Star Wars galaxy a show aired on this date in 1966. It was different than what was on tv in some ways, but it drew on familiar sources. In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver’s Travels, and by works of western genre such as the television series Wagon Train. The show was known for breaking cultural barriers especially concerning civil rights. It depicted a future of an evolved race of humans, in search of new cultures and races to which we could exist harmoniously.

Today is National Star Trek Day. Thank, Gene, for a beautiful thought.

If only….if only…

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    1. Yes…I was a Trekker for sure. Gene was a social visionary that saw the power he had in the newer medium of TV. It’s a shame that others didn’t follow strongly. (The part of my Celebration story I didn’t tell was the night my nephew and I were watching TV in the hotel and saw a special about a Star Trek convention. A bit surreal I must say. )

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      1. That must have been like looking at yourselves in a mirror while standing in front of another mirror. When you think about it, that’s not a bad way to illustrate some of the more metaphysical sci-fi concepts for a kid.

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      2. That must have been like looking at yourselves in a mirror while standing in front of another mirror. When you think about it, that’s not a bad way to illustrate some of the more metaphysical sci-fi concepts for a kid.

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