I’ve decided to come clean with those of you who read this blog regularly. I know, over the last year you have come to know me as that suave, debonair, devil-may-care man about town. Someone that at all guys secretly envy, and all women are very envious of Michelle my wife.
It’s easy to understand how this could happen. My fashion sense, perfect hair, amazing sense of humor, and impeccable table manners, not to mention my skill at writing would cause almost anyone to think this.
But i must confess, I have secret I have kept from you that could shatter that image of me.Yes, I am Star Trek fan….
It all started when I was a kid. Though I wasn’t old enough to stay up late and watch the original episodes when they first aired, I remember seeing the commercials for it, and wanting to see “Where no man has gone before.”
Later, when they came out in syndication, you would find me sitting in front of our black and white TV (Years later I would see that Spock’s blood really was green!) watching without blinking. But it didn’t stop there.
I had an entire library of Star Trek books, blueprints, technical manuals, and models that I put together. I could tell you the difference between Scout ships, Constitution class and Dreadnoughts, as well as their top speeds and armament.
When the first movie came out, I was front row center. And even though most people hated it (comparing it to Star Wars and saying this was boring in comparison) I loved it! Classic intellectual Star Trek. To this day, when I heard about Voyager leaving our solar system recently, I couldn’t help but wonder if V’ger would return….
Even recently, in a toastmasters contest, I was able to use the term Kobayashi Maru very effectively in a speech.
I was ecstatic when the Next Generation happened. I didn’t think it was possible, but they came up with a Captain that I liked better than Kirk! This series brought on board new fans, who learned the magic that is Star Trek. I watched this series as it aired, and for years afterwards. The fact that we got two more series as spinoffs “Deep Space 9” and “Voyager” was just gravy. (I am currently finishing Voyager on Netflix. It didn’t appeal to me much when it first aired. but I appreciate it much more now!”
The most recent was “Enterprise” the series about Earth’s very first Starship by that name, with Captain Archer commanding. LOVED it, and its unique perspective on our relationship with Vulcans at the beginning of the Federation.
I grew up with the Starship Enterprise, dreaming that someday, we’d be traveling in space. In my life time, I’ve seen some of our technology (ipads, smart phones, ) exceed that of the Kirk’s ship. This is why our not having the shuttle bothers me so much.
I am a Star Trek geek. I can name the aliens, which series they are from, who the captain is, and whether they are friend or foe (or both). I hope I haven’t damaged your opinion of me TOO terribly much….
Oh, did I mention I have an old school communicator at my desk at work……