Today in history

August 8, 1966–Star Trek (now known as The Original Series, or TOS, by its geek fandom). The series only lasted 3 seasons, in spite of Lucille Ball’s efforts to keep it going. The show developed a cult following in reruns, and spawned 6 feature films and 4 spin-off television series. The Next Generation produced an additional four feature films.

Star Trek made stars of its cast, including William Shatner (Captain James T Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Deforest Kelly, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig.

In 2009, the film franchise underwent a “reboot” set in an alternate timeline, or “Kelvin Timeline,” entitled simply Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show; their adventures were continued in the sequel film, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

To Trekkies everywhere, “Live long, and prosper.”

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Today in history

On this date in 1966, the Star Trek (the original series) aired on NBC. Geeks everywhere celebrated.

Four of the actors (Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, and Grace Lee Whitney) in this photo are no longer with us. I am beginning to believe Bill Shatner will live forever.

It is difficult to choose my favorite episodes, but “Space Seed” (with Ricardo Montalban as Khan), and “The Trouble With Tribbles” (the first Cyrano Jones episode) would be high on the list. One of my favorite quotes is fromm that episode:

“Just before they went into warp, I beamed the whole kit and kaboodle into their engine room, where they’ll be no tribble at all.” — Scotty

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Goodbye to Yeoman Rand

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Janice Rand in the original “Star Trek” series and a handful of movies based on the series, died Friday at her home in Coarsegold, California. She was 85.

Whitney was a recovering alcoholic; she reported hitting bottom on LA’s Skid Row before getting help with a 12 Step program. Whitney spent the last 3 decades of her life helping others with substance abuse problems.

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