Star Trek officially turns 50 today. A low budget sci-fi show that debuted in 1966 and only lasted three seasons, it gained popularity through re-runs and its fandom grew, leading to the creation of fan conventions and a resurrection through big screen adventures and new television series to entertain new generations. It also inspired new technologies and millions of fans worldwide. I have been a lifelong fan; I remember watching Star Trek on TBS on weekday afternoons when I was very, very young back in the late 1980s. I also watched Star Trek: The Next Generation on Saturday nights.
I would eventually also take in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise, not to mention all of the Star Trek films that have been released. I am even looking forward to the newest upcoming series, Star Trek: Discovery. To celebrate the 50th anniversary this year, I attended the 50th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, attended the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition at the EMP Museum in Seattle, saw Star Trek Beyond on the big screen four times, and attended the Star Trek: Mission New York convention, and I intend to check out the Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience exhibition at the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York City as well as the newly restored studio model of the U.S.S. Enterprise now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Happy 50th anniversary, Star Trek, and may you go on for another 50!