Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Still Boldly Going Why 'Star Trek' Endures: Optimism for the Future

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Still Boldly Going Why 'Star Trek' Endures: Optimism for the Future

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Take out your cellphone, call a friend who doesn't look like you and remember: We live in the future. One of the most enduring icons of that future marked half a century last week: On Sept. 8, 1966, Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek" premiered on NBC.

The cellphone, the Bluetooth earpiece, the touchscreen, the tablet, the voice-controlled computer - people saw these things (or things that looked a lot like them) on "Star Trek" before they saw them in person. They became associated with the franchise. And there are "Star Trek" fans in science and technology at high levels. "I want 'Star Trek,' " Steve Jobs once said. Stephen Hawking appeared on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

But the optimism of "Star Trek" is about more than just technology. …

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