Happy Anniversary, Star Trek

It was 44 years ago that Star Trek premiered on NBC.  It would be hard for me to think of any other element of American culture that has had a more profound effect on me.  Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was courageous, hopeful, and optimistic.  The very first episode, The Man Trap, was on one level a rubber-suit-monster story, but it was also a story about memory, love lost and found, and the desperation of a creature who was the last of her kind.  Below, the first 10 minutes,  Live long, and prosper!