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Happy STAR TREK DAY everyone!

If you consider yourself a Trekkie, Trekker, Trekkor, Trekkist, or merely a STAR TREK fan - this day is yours. Celebrate it! 

September 8th is when we commemorate the birth of Star Trek Fandom; what better way to celebrate this day than by giving thanks for everything "The Great Bird of the Galaxy" Gene Roddenberry has bestowed upon us.

On this day in 1966, NBC aired "The Man Trap" -the first televised episode of Gene Roddenberry's new show STAR TREK. 54 years later we live in a world that was in part shaped by his creation. From the Padd (sic) that you may be reading this on, to the cell phone in your pocket, there's very little in the technology we use every day of our lives that hasn't been influenced by STAR TREK. If the 20th Century was "The Atomic Age", then the 21st could well be called "The Star Trek Age."

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When the first U.S.S. ENTERPRISE flew on to screens in 1966 it did so in a nation with many struggles.

Uncertainty with our rival super power in Russia, problems with China, a foreign war without a clear end, and racial inequality erupting into unrest.

Sadly, in 2020 - many of these challenges are still with us. 

But so is Star Trek's hopeful view of the future. 

Gene Roddenberry once said that "Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow—it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids—human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.

STAR TREK's real power though isn't in anticipating the technology that we could use in the future, but in demonstrating how we can interact with each other. 

Built into the very DNA of Star Trek is the idea that though we may be different from one another - we can live, work, and dream together. The "other" is not something to be feared, but something to be sought out. Not for what we can take from them, but for what we can share together. Knowledge yes, but deeper than that, understanding. 

The current STAR TREK universe of shows confirms Gene's message. Star Trek is set in a future beyond our current problems. It shows us one possible future where we are stronger because we learned to take special delight in our differences and used that strength to achieve anything, even flying faster than light. 

In 1966 Nichelle Nicholls broke barriers playing an officer aboard the ENTERPRISE - in a role that captured the imagination of people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

In 2020 Sonequa Martin-Green is the lead of DISCOVERY, while Tawny Newsome is first on the call sheet in LOWER DECKS. 

And in the years between Lt. Uhura & Cmdr. Burnham - Avery Brooks, and Kate Mulgrew sat in their own respective captain's chairs. 

STAR TREK has gone further into the frontier than any other show in demonstrating how much stronger we are when we work together.

Together is how we should celebrate STAR TREK today! 

Whether your favorite show is TOS or Deep Space Nine. Maybe you prefer Voyager and DISCOVERY or really love Lower Decks. Perhaps Enterprise is your thing, or The Next Generation & PICARD. Perhaps the Animated Series or you love The Motion Pictures and maybe even Short Treks. 

The point is that there is STAR TREK enough for everyone, with even more to come. 

In production - Strange New Worlds, Section 31, & Prodigy with more seasons of Discovery, Picard & Lower Decks already on the way. An amazing story for every taste, and a taste of every kind of story. STAR TREK has it all! 

It's here for every one of us to enjoy, and maybe we can even learn something about ourselves while watching our heroes boldly going where no one has ever gone before!

Have a happy STAR TREK DAY, and Live Long and Prosper!


John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

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