Executives initially rejected the original pilot of this legendary television series, which premiered on September 8, 1966. Luckily the pilot was produced at Desilu Studios, which was owned by Lucille Ball, an advocate of the show. Her influence was instrumental in the success of the series. The Guinness Book of Records notes that Star Trek had the greatest number of spin-off productions in television history including feature films and many television series. Of course, the genius behind the creation of Star Trek, The Original Series, was Gene Rodenberry. Set in the 2260s in the Milky Way galaxy, Star Trek's mission statement is practically seared into every sci-fi enthusiast's brain: "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." FYI: At an auction in 2016, Captain Kirk's Starfleet tunic and pants from the original show sold for a whopping $72K! May you "live long and prosper" and latch on to some great Trekkie collectibles along the way!
A literary giant has died at the age of 101. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a world-renowned Beat poet and proprietor of the popular City Lights Booksellers and Publishers in San Francisco (established in 1953), passed away on February 22 leaving many grieving fans and admirers throughout the world. He is heralded as being instrumental in the creation of the Beat movement along with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and many others. Ferlinghetti is undoubtedly best known for his book of poems entitled "A Coney Island of the Mind" with over a million copies in print as well as translations in more than a dozen languages. Over the course of his career, he wrote and published 30 books of poetry. A DJR Authentication tribute to a gifted writer, a good man and a long life well lived. RIP, Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Did you know? Meteorites, those bright streaks of light appearing in our sky, are simply chunks of space rock that fall through the Earth’s atmosphere. Referred to as shooting or falling stars, it is common to see a few meteorites per hour on clear nights and as many as 100 per hour during a meteor storm. The original source of these objects is mainly asteroids and comets. Most meteorites are relatively small and are vaporized by the atmosphere, but some larger pieces make it through and land in the oceans or on ground. The 60 ton Hoba Meteorite is the Earth’s largest known meteorite. The giant touched down in Africa over 80,000 years ago but wasn’t discovered until 1920.
According to a 1985 study, a meteorite will hit a human approximately once every 180 years. The last person was struck in 1952 which means that an unsuspecting earthling will most likely be struck in the year 2132!
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