A day late, I know. But 8th September, 1966, say the first broadcast of STAR TREK, boldly going where no man had before on NBC. It was one of the first successful SF series and the subject of the first fan-organized effort to save a show (which they did for a season). For as long as I can remember, reruns of the original series of Star Trek have been on the air and that is how I first came to watch and love the show.
Gateway to Adventure
Like many geeks of my generation, Star Trek is one of the building blocks of our identity for good or ill, it was omnipresent and the foundation in many ways of modern fan culture (conventions, cosplay, slash fiction, those started with ST fandom). So, I am just standing up and say, “I am fan of Star Trek, thanks for everything.”
Take a look at the original network “sell sheet” for Star Trek. Some amazing Star Trek cookies.
And if this get you in the mood for playing some ST RPG, there are is a whole community of ST SIMMers (for simulation) out there such as Obsidian Fleet which do that very thing.
And Barking Alien has kind words for ST too (and was late like me too).
Update: Go read Tor’s 10 Underappreciated Aspects of Classic Star Trek.
Photo by donielle and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license. (CC BY-SA 2.0)