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61 Groovy Photos That Captured More Than Expected

Uncategorized | October 5, 2018

"To boldly go where no man has gone before." William Shatner holds a strange yet familiar-looking rock in an episode of "Star Trek" (1966)

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Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, first pitched the iconic TV show to Desilu Productions in early 1964. He compared it to the Western, Wagon Train...but to the stars. The show later got picked up by NBC - who commissioned the pilot episode, The Cage. The first regular Star Trek episode, The Man Trap, premiered on Thursday, September 8, 1966.  Still, the ratings for Star Trek at the end of the first season was to 52nd out of 94 programs.

NBC was set to cancel the show - but fans thought otherwise, instigated a letter-writing campaign, and petitioning the network to keep Star Trek on the air. And the rest is Captain Kirk history. Here is a photo of the leader of the Starship Enterprise going where no man has boldly gone before - taking along his questionable favorite play-thing for the ride.

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Harmon Leon is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, comedian and the author of the book Meet the Deplorables... - and you can find his other work in Vice, The Observer, The Nation, Esquire and Wired.