Star Trek’s premiere in 1966 coincided with my high school years and I, Sally G, have been a fan of Roddenberry’s vision ever since. As a freshman in New York City, two friends and I laboured for months writing a script for the original Star Trek. “Trek Sisters” 1969.
Our script was accepted by Gene Rodenberry (we have his signed receipt!)… just before the whole series was cancelled. Our dreams were shattered but the fan adoration lived on!
I moved to Toronto in 1974 after finishing graduate school and, through my entire career, I found that Star Trek brought people together who perhaps would not normally socialize.
Common ideals and philosophical perspectives crossed over perceived racial, ethnic, gender, religious, age and other social boundaries. I found fellow Trekkies everywhere: in my work and in a tech-focused discussion group I led for nearly a decade on weekend mornings at the McLuhan Coach House in Toronto.
Back in New York, not far from where I had lived in the 1960s in Manhattan, another youngster, named John R. Adler was also inspired by the show. John would be starting his extraordinary medical career at Harvard just a few years after Star Trek was syndicated. In 1987, John [...] continue the story