We take a break from writing about computers to pay tribute to a fantastic TV show that has inspired generations of scientists and engineers because their imaginations were sparked by Star Trek. On this day 50 years ago, the first episode of Star Trek aired in the United States. Curiously it wasn’t the pilot that aired first, but the third episode entitled The Man Trap (it’s the one with the shape-shifting salt monster). When the series first aired, we didn’t have cell phones or iPads or Google. In 1966, we hadn’t even landed on the moon yet. However we saw it all first imagined on Star Trek. Thanks for the fun and inspiration, Gene Roddenberry and the cast, crew, writers and producers of all the Star Trek shows.

USS Enterprise And Nur

In 2013 I saw the original USS Enterprise model at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC.