News and Tribune


June 13, 2013

MAY: ‘Star Trek’

Its five-year mission was to boldly go where no man had gone before. And boldly go it did. The original television series created by Gene Roddenberry has had an incredible impact upon culture. It was the first series to feature a multicultural and multiracial cast, and was among the first to present an interracial kiss between its characters.

Although the original series only lasted three years (1966-1969), the “Star Trek” media franchise is a multibillion dollar industry currently owned by CBS. It has spawned an animated series, four new television adventures, feature films, comic books and video games. In addition, the “Star Trek” logo has been placed upon just about everything that can be marketed and sold.

The franchise has inspired current technologies, including the Palm PDA and the handheld mobile phone. Michael Jones, chief technologist for Google Earth, has indicated that the tricorder’s mapping capability was the driving force behind the development of today’s mapping software. NASA named its prototype space shuttle after the Enterprise.

We are in the midst of looking at some of our heroes — especially the ones that are being featured in this summer’s blockbuster movie offerings. Are there lessons we can learn from the crew of the Enterprise? What characteristics of Kirk, Spock and McCoy are worth imitating in our own lives?

The two most recent movies, “Star Trek,” released in 2009, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” which opened just weeks ago, were directed by J. J. Abrams. Abrams confessed before the first movie that he really had never been a “Trekkie.” But his approach to the story and the characters made you believe that they were his age-old friends. From lines and circumstances gingerly lifted from old scripts to a Tribble sitting on a desk, Abrams showed a loyalty and respect that even the most die-hard Trek fan had to appreciate.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Easter 2014 photos

Click on any photo to purchase it.

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
2013 Photos of the year

Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.