(K. Brent Tomer),
“DO YOU have any advice for someone who wants to be an actor or actress” asked a little girl in the packed auditorium in New York’s Javits Centre. Forget being an actress, said William Shatner. “Be an astrophysicist!”, he shouted. The crowd roared with approval. The little girl’s question came at the end of Star Trek Mission, a three-day convention celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the television series set on a spaceship in the future—stardate 1312.4 to be exact. Mr Shatner played James Tiberius Kirk, the captain on the starship Enterprise in the original series. His answer clearly pandered to the science-fiction loving audience, but it also acknowledged the impact the series has had on science as well as society.
Fifty years ago tonight, Americans first heard the lines that opened each show: “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Essentially a western in space, created by Gene Rodenberry, the show and its crew didn’t get to complete the five-year…Continue reading