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John Byrne
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Posted: 07 September 2016 at 6:44pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Tomorrow is the official 50th Anniversary of the first broadcast episode of STAR TREK -- but that episode happened to be broadcast in Canada, where I saw it, two days earlier, meaning yesterday was my personal half century of trekking.

So, I'm slipping this in between those two dates.

A few years back, my Ex bought me this vintage copy of TV GUIDE.

She bought it because Eva Gabor was on the cover, a lady I admired from GREEN ACRES.

But it turned out, coincidentally, that this was also the TV GUIDE for the week of STAR TREK's debut, including this NBC ad...

...and this listing for the first episode...

8:30! How crazy is that!

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Yay! Breaking out "The Man Trap" tomorrow night... after all these years of watching TREK in and out of order in re-runs, on tape, and later on DVD, I plan on revisiting the First Season in as accurate a fashion as I can:

Every episode in broadcast order, on its original weekly broadcast date. (I have 3 kids, so I won't be able to watch them all starting at 8:30, but 9 or 9:30pm should do the trick!)

Really neat to see those vintage TV Guide pages... never saw 'em before!


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Posted: 07 September 2016 at 8:32pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Cool!
I don't remember seeing that ad before.
"...Capt. James T. Kirk (Earthman)..."  Awesome!
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Wow - that is super cool! I like that they list the main cast, and the supporting cast as well.  I miss TV Guide.

I think it was a good decision to start with "The Man Trap" - it's an intriguing, well done story.  I've been watching TOS seasons one and two these last few months, and I think they are all really strong.  These epsiodes hold up so well.  TOS is one of the very few series' that improves the more you watch it.


  
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And Mr. Zip! Dammit, I love characters like Mr. Zip...

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BBC America will be running a marathon of the first two seasons of TOS, beginning at 8:30 PM, with "The Man Trap".
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Posted: 07 September 2016 at 10:25pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Happiest of Anniversaries to one of the biggest architects of my childhood. Thank you for shaping my life for the better.
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Cool! And, hey, "The Hero" ad has Jack Davis art! All in all, a cool copy of "TV Guide" to own.
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Man, that old tv guide must have given you some serious case of nostalgia Mr Byrne. Can certainly 'feel' the 'weight of ages' from it.

heh it would be fun to check out how well all the shows mentioned in it were doing at the time and how they are remembered later.

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For shame, I actually had to look up who Jack Davis was again despite having seen so much of his art

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>I think it was a good decision to start with "The Man Trap" - it's an intriguing, well done story.  I've been watching TOS seasons one and two these last few months, and I think they are all really strong.  These epsiodes hold up so well.  TOS is one of the very few series' that improves the more you watch it.

I still think that "Where no man has gone before" might have worked better. It is a bit 'brainier'.

The original Star Trek probably holds up the best in general though there are also a lot of TNG episodes that are still very good as well.
Despite that it has been more than a decade (or fifteen years) since I have seen them I am still not very interested in watching Deep Space Nine or Voyager over again.

In fact I am mostly burned out by Star Trek in general with the exception of the old books, comics, and games I own. And of course JB's Star Trek.

I haven't cared about Pocket Books' Star Trek entries for a long time, the few I tried on and off over the years to see if what I once liked about them had returned only left me more disappointed.

I really hope IDW's new Waypoint series will be somewhat decent as this will otherwise be rather poor year for me regarding Star Trek despite it being its 50th anniversary. (from what I read about ST Beyond it sounded pretty boring)
Also don't have high hopes about Star Trek Discovery.
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Ahh, when I was 16 I would have cheerfully sacrificed body parts (not mine!) for a big model of the Enterprise like that.

Forty years later, courtesy of MasterReplicas, I got one!

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Ahh, when I was 16 I would have cheerfully sacrificed body parts (not mine!) for a big model of the Enterprise like that.Forty years later, courtesy of MasterReplicas, I got one!

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But how do you play with it? The size makes it difficult for you to make it easily fly through your house and make it discover strange new worlds and new civilizations.
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Happy Anniversary to a big part of my adolescent years!

I may have only been allowed to watch one episode of the original broadcast run (which nearly killed my interest then and there), but made up for lost time when it went to syndication.

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Yeah, I would have loved to have that big model as well. Instead I had to settle for the metal Dinky edition that came out in the 70es. Still lots of fun though, and probably wouldn't be allowed in this day and age where the torpedoes could take out an eye...

Ahh, the memories. Happy Birthday Star-Trek!
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Posted: 08 September 2016 at 7:16am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Seeing that TV Guide cover above reminds me of something I read years ago. That 1966 was the first year all 3 major networks broadcast their entire primetime lineup in color.

Not that I saw any difference ,since my Dad didn't get us our first color tv until '69 or '70.
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Lacking a driver's license, I used to walk three miles every Tuesday to watch STAR TREK on a friend's color TV. Three miles each way. Mostly in snow!!
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Posted: 08 September 2016 at 7:42am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Six snowy miles? In Canada that's but a stroll!

No color TV for us back then. We had one relative with one, though, and... boy, were those visits there anticipated...!
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Happy anniversary, STAR TREK.

I can remember seeing STAR WARS for the first time, and I vividly remember the first DOCTOR WHO episode I ever saw; I recall many other landmarks in my personal history with science fiction and fantasy, but I literally cannot remember a time when STAR TREK was not a part of my life. According to my parents, I developed a very early fascination with reruns of TOS in the seventies, and here I am, still watching it and loving it...The Original Series, that is: since TNG ended, I've paid less and less attention to the spinoffs (and now the reboots), but Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and company will always be there for me.

May TREK still be boldly going in another half-century, and beyond.

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Lacking a driver's license, I used to walk three miles every Tuesday to watch STAR TREK on a friend's color TV. Three miles each way. Mostly in snow!!
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Up hill both ways! :)
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Star Trek Tv promos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d_eIDGS8jA
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An extended space patrol??  Wow.

And, yes, I also miss TV Guide....
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That tv promo used "Vulcanian", which I only remember being used a couple of times early on. A good decision IMHO to have phased that word out. 
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Lacking a driver's license, I used to walk three miles every Tuesday to watch STAR TREK on a friend's color TV. Three miles each way. Mostly in snow!!

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Wow. I admire the dedication.

I think STAR TREK can be enjoyed on so many levels. The anti-religion episodes like "The Apple" appeal to me the most.
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Posted: 08 September 2016 at 5:38pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Stopped by my USPS office to pick up some stamps (and also showing off a new addition to the fleet):

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hen it comes to black and white vs. colour, I think I have all of you beat. My family didn't get our first colour TV until 1991, when my Grandmother died and we inherited hers. I had never seen Star Trek in colour until then. Even watched the first two season of TNG in black and white. 
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