Spotlight on Trekkies

🖖 Live long and prosper. If you’re reading this and you’re not a Trekkie, you probably know one. Let’s take a look at how quickly the Star Trek fandom grew into what it is today, and how many people the series has impacted.

BEGINNINGS

It wasn’t long after Star Trek started airing in 1966 for Trekkies to appear. A year after the air date, fanzines started popping up. The first one, Spockanalia, spawned a series of imitators shortly after.

The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry estimated that there were around 10,000 fanzine readers and writers. Fan magazines would make speculations about characters, include trivia, and communications from the crew members themselves. Not bad for a first season!

If you're an astronaut like Samantha Cristoforetti, Star Trek is probably even more inspiring. 🚀

Rihanna is a lifelong Trekkie. That means we're basically related, right?

Trekkies set world records for their displays of fandom.

Even Barack Obama let his inner Trekkie shine through when he met Lieutenant Uhura, Nichelle Nichols

One of countless out-of-this-world fan-made gadgets.

BEAMING UP

The first true Trek convention took place in ’72, and zealous Trekkies came in droves, donning Spock ears and giving the Vulcan salute.

Fast forward to 2016, and Trekkie presence is as strong as ever. From documentaries to dating sites (!!) there’s now a universal awareness of Trekkies in pop culture. We even have Star Trek emojis now. What a universe!

FANS

Chances are, if you have a pop culture hero, they were probably a Trekkie at some point in their life. Mila Kunis, Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie, and Rihanna are just a few of our heroes who wanted to board the Starship Enterprise.

We can’t blame them. In fact, we’d be pretty psyched to join Starfleet Academy. Any day now…

Let's make sure that history never forgets the name Enterprise — Jean-Luc Picard
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