From The Beginning, I Was HookedI was 11 years old when I saw Star Trek on TV for the first time. It was the September 1966 and I was sitting in front of a 13" black and white set. From that moment on I was hooked (not obsessed, just hooked). I was so disappointed when it was canceled in
it's 3rd season, and I wasn't alone. Even in college my buddies and I would gather around in the dorm's TV lounge to watch reruns in the afternoon. I was tickled when I heard a movie was to be made. Sure enough, I was sitting in a movie theater the weekend of it's release (Star Trek: The Motion Picture), and I was not disappointed. I saw each and every movie as it came out, and collected the VHS tapes along the way. When "Star Trek: Next Generation" hit the TV I was again hooked. The successive movies and books also brought me a lot of enjoyment. It is difficult to explain the appeal: 1 part fantasy, 1 part adventure, 1 part science fiction. I had the honor of meeting more than a few astronauts in years gone by. I had the same question ready for them: Are you a Trekie? The answer was always YES. All were inspired by a TV program. Imagine that! With the release of the latest movie, a whole new generation will be inspired. All I can say is: Live long, and prosper!