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Fifty years ago today

Genealogy is more than just a collection of names and dates and places.

Genealogy is the history of our families.

Genealogy is our own history.

The Legal Genealogist‘s. Yours. Ours.

And today… well… at least for some of us of a particular age… today is a milestone.

Cue in the music. Cue in the special effects. And cue in the voice:

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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.

Fifty years ago today, the very first episode of the iconic television series Star Trek aired — The Man Trap, with (what a surprise) mysterious deaths occurring among the Enterprise crew.

William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, James Doohan as Scotty, George Takei as Sulu, DeForest Kelley as the ship’s surgeon and Nichelle Nichols as Uhura in “The Man Trap”… these were the people we watched for week after week. (We learned very quickly not to get attached to anybody wearing a red shirt …)

Any Star Trek fan will have favorite episodes.

The Trouble with Tribbles.

The Gamesters of Triskelion.

And the Children Shall Lead.

That Which Survives.

All Our Yesterdays.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe there were only three seasons. Adding the movies to the television series makes it so much larger in our minds, our memories and our hearts.

Happy birthday, Star Trek.

Live long and prosper!

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