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!
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