This Pleases the Trekkie in Me

I loved the original Star Trek like a hog loves mud and didn’t think I could love anything more until Star Trek: The Next Generation was released. Like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes that day. We do not speak of Star Trek Voyager or Deep Space Nine in our household. They are dead to us.

I am now watching the newly released on streaming Netflix ALL of the Star Trek: The Next Generation and giggling with nostalgic pleasure. To make it even better, my two oldest boys love watching it with me, too! I’m afraid my wife is going to pull a muscle due to how many times she rolls her eyes when she hears us humming along to the theme music.

Because my little geeks were suddenly showing interest in Star Trek, I fished around the interweb for photos of the U.S.S. Enterprise to demonstrate how the ship has changed through the years. One of the many images that popped up, including the Star Trek spaceship and the aircraft carrier, was the following:

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (third from right) and original Star Trek cast members post with NASA's real-life Enterprise in 1976.

Mysteriously missing from the photo is William Shatner. I have been unable to find out why, sadly.

Two things really thrill me about the photo. First, Star Trek had become so popular and so ingrained in the American culture that a space shuttle was christened with the name of a science fiction spaceship from a television show. Second, check out those leisure suits, baby! Ooooh, my!

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About Cyrus

Editor in Chief, Owner/Operator, Board Game Fanatic, Father of Three, and Nice Guy, Cyrus has always enjoyed board, card, miniature, role playing, and video games, but didn't get back into the hobby seriously until early 2000. Once he did, however, he was hooked. He now plays board games with anyone and everyone he can, but enjoys playing with his children the most. Video games continue to be of real interest, but not as much as dice and little miniatures. As he carefully navigates the ins and outs of parenting, he does his very best to bestow what wisdom he has and help nurture his children's young minds. It is his hope and ambition to raise three strong, honorable men who will one day go on to do great things and buy their Mom and Dad a lobster dinner. Cyrus goes by the handle fathergeek on Board Game Geek. You can also check him out on Yes, he has a URL that is his name. His ego knows no bounds, apparently....

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