Hard to believe but "Star Trek" celebrates it's 40th anniversary this year.
Yes, it was in the fall of 1966 on the NBC television network that Lucille Ball's ("I Love Lucy")Desilu productions took a chance on a young gifted writer who had dreams of revolutionizing the Science Fiction genre, that young talent was of course the late great Gene Roddenberry.
The original 5-year mission of the crew of the starship "Enterprise" only made it to 3 before it's unfortunate cancellation in 1969 only to be replaced by the dismal "Lost in Space" series.
Only ten short years later through the perserverance of it's creator did "Star Trek" re-emerge as a big budget feature film which turned into a box office hit and was the beginning of a long succesful film franchise(with the exception of Shatner's "Star Trek V").
The success of the films spawned a new "Generation" of Trek fans and a television series empire that only recently went on hiatus.
TV Land is celebrating the anniversary with mini marathons of the original series to be followed starting November with nightly televised episodes.
Bantam books is re-releasing some of it's classic trek novels along with new stories featuring the further exploits of Kirk. Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, and of course Chekov.
Episodes of the original series are also being remastered and restored with new special effects, gee wonder if George Lucas had anything to do with this?
Either way join in the celebration as we again "Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before".
Live Long and Prosper!
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