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Today is the 40th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek. Wow. Live long and prosper!

It's probably very difficult for anyone under, say, 45 years of age to appreciate what a big deal Star Trek was. It broke new ground in a huge way, making a path for so many things in entertainment that everyone takes for granted now. Things social (I believe it showed TV's first interracial kiss), intellectual (up to then, there had been few shows that dealt with philosophical issues deeper than "Who should I take to the prom?"), and cultural. Besides the obvious cultural impact, before Trek, movies that sprang from TV shows were virtually unknown, TV spin-offs were very rare, and fans bringing a show back for an extra season had never occurred. Even cons and cosplay were pretty much nonexistent - Trekkies got that ball rolling, and Star Wars boosted it.

Even now, 40 years later, I go back to those original episodes and, looking past the 60s cheesy stuff, see the depth, warmth, humor, and humanitarian values that shone from it. The later shows, while better in many ways (most of them technological), are only echoes of the original.

Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov, we fans salute you. In fact, we salute the gallant ship Enterprise herself, and all her crew, including the ill-fated red-shirts. And to anyone reading this who needs a grin, I have one word: tribbles.

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On a more trivial note, I won't bore you guys with my writing news any more. All writing stuff (except really significant news) will be on my Nano LJ, nanokat.

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Hear, hear! And let's not forget that the origin of the term "slash" came from the slash mark in Kirk/Spock fanfic. (Note my icon ^^) Oh, come on, you KNEW I'd have to mention that, didn't you?

Your writing news never bores me, but I'll go and friend nanokat so I won't miss anything.
... you're .... kidding.

Slash?

Ah, the Trek influence flows through so much of our culture...

*falls down laughing*

btw, I find Kirk/Spock pretty squicky.
Nope. I'm not kidding. At least that's what I've been hearing for years and years, and I found an article on it here. (Research, it's always research for you! *grins*)

I guess it doesn't squick me because I've been hearing about it for so long that I've just taken it as a given. *laughs*
Yay for Star Trek! XD