Every serious Star Trek fan remembers the date September 8, 1966. Technically, it’s not a holiday, but to Trek fans, it should be.
Forty-five years ago today, NBC began airing Star Trek, starting with “The Man Trap,” the sixth episode produced — again, another well known fan fact. All of that was about eight years before my time. But even after “my time” began, those original series episodes seemed to be … well, old and boring. Chessy sets & costumes and poor special effects for a child in the early 80s. I was too young to care about the more important issues Trek was really talking about — those philosophical and cultural aspects and the better future every serious Trek fan will tell you why he or she enjoys the series.