I used to watch the original series with my dad in the late 60′s. I rediscovered the show in reruns on WPIX in NY when it was played every day at 6pm. Since then I used to watch Star Trek religiously. No matter how good of a sunny day there was, or how bad of a rainy day, you knew that Star Trek would be there at 6pm.
Growing up, I used to love making models of the ships, and collected a lot of toys and books over the years. I still have most of the books, but the toys are long gone, except for the Star Trek Enterprise playset which my mom found in her attic a few years back.
My favorite book was the Technical Manual. I knew it was fictional, but it allowed me to try and understand the science of the show, and separate it from the fiction. I was always curious about how things worked, and the Tech Manual gave me insight into how the show was put together. I also loved the Blueprints because it allowed me to look into more of the ship that we saw in the show.
I suppose that it was my fascination with the science of Star Trek, coupled with my love of gadgets in the real world that got me into computers. Learning how they worked made me appreciate them more, even though I knew at the time you couldn’t talk to them (yet).
So Star Trek has been a large influence in my life. I couldn’t be happier that it exists.
I became a Trek nerd way back in 1969 during the original run of Star Trek on NBC. I still have the images in my head of diamond-shaped spaceships spinning a web around the Enterprise. That was my first exposure to Star Trek, The Tholian Web: 11/15/1968. I was only 6 years old, but my life was set on a fantastic course that influences my life even to this day.
In the days when CB radios were popular, my handle was Enterprise.
Before America On-Line took on that name, I was the moderator of its Star Trek section. My handle there was, again, Enterprise.
In the days before The Next Generation I considered myself the “champion of all things Star Trek”. I could name an episode from the first images, and recite every line from memory.
Often it may seem that I am hyper-critical of Star Trek and its spin-offs, but this is done out of love. I want the very best for Star Trek and want it to maintain its spirit as was envisioned by its creator, Gene Roddenberry. If a version of Trek isn’t how Gene would have done it, then I’m not going to support it.
My podcasting history also began around this same time. My dad, who was a teacher often brought home a tape recorder, and I’d spend hours recording things in different voices on different speeds and in different ways. This never stopped, and transitioned from reel-to-reel recorder to cassette to PC.
Michael and I always have something to say about Star Trek, and hope you enjoy whatever it is we come up with.