Star Trek​ premiered on this date 49 years ago.

I didn’t discover it until the early 70s, right at the beginning of its renaissance in syndicated reruns, but it changed a little boy’s life, got him interested in science fiction, got him reading, got him writing, and opened up whole new vistas of imagination. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of the people involved, and have the great honor of being good friends with one of its seminal writers.

While Star Trek: The Next Generation​ sequel series became my favorite Trek, the original series, or TOS as fans refer to it, will always hold a special place in my heart, and every time I watch an episode, even though I’ve seen every one dozens of times, maybe more, it always reminds me of a childhood when the future was bright, positive, and wide open.