It was 45 years ago today that a nerdicular cataclysm occurred when Star Trek made its broadcast television debut on NBC. The show wasn't a huge hit when it first aired and only lasted three seasons, but it really caught on in syndication. Bill Shatner as Captain Kirk, leading the Starship Enterprise and nailing a chick in every galaxy. Leonard Nimoy as Spock, the nerd's nerd. Scotty, Bones, Sulu, Uhuru, and the poor suckas in the red shirts who seemed to die every episode. The show was so iconic that it spawned an entire generation of sci-fi dorks (myself included) and 11 years after it left TV, the first many Star Trek movies. And then several spinoff TV series and endless merchandising and comic books and people who show up for jury duty dressed up in full Trek regalia.
I always enjoyed the Star Trek offerings (for the most part), but I've never been fanatical about it. Still, I can appreciate its impact on pop culture and society in general. So live and prosper, folks.