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VOYAGER is the
only television show in TV Guide history to be featured on the cover of the
publication before editors had even seen the show.
Captain Kathryn Janeway's regular role on STAR TREK: VOYAGER is not the first time a "Janeway" has shown up in a STAR TREK series. In an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," guest star Lucy Boryer portrayed Ensign Janeway, an Enterprise-D crew member who had a "therapy" session with counselor Deanna Troi because she was having trouble with her superior officer.
STAR TREK is seen in more than 100 countries and has been translated into dozens of languages.
Every month, a classic STAR TREK, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and STAR TREK: VOYAGER novel is published by Pocketbooks.
13 STAR TREK books are sold every minute in the United States.
More than 63 million STAR TREK books are in print and have been translated into more than 15 languages including Chinese, Norwegian, Hungarian, and Hebrew.
"Trekkies," now called "Trekkers," are the only fans listed by name in the Oxford English Dictionary.
STAR TREK conventions are held every weekend of every year in at least four different U.S. cities, annually attracting more than 300,000 U.S. fans and an estimated one million fans worldwide.
The first U.S. Space Shuttle, the "Enterprise," was given its name in 1976 after NASA received 400,000 requests from STAR TREK fans.
A 1993 study from Purdue University found that children learn more about science from STAR TREK than from any other source.
STAR TREK the original series was launched in 1966 after Gene Roddenberry, who had a development deal with Desilu Productions and its president Lucille Ball, struck a deal with NBC for a pilot. However, Roddenberry was inflexible in terms of trimming the costs of the series pilot which could have stopped production until Lucy stepped in to protect his creative control, and agreed to fund the money he needed. According to then-Desilu senior vice president Edwin Holly, "If it were not for Lucy, there would be no STAR TREK today."
The amount of time you could spend watching back-to-back episodes of classic STAR TREK, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE," AND STAR TREK: VOYAGER would total 556 hours, or nearly 24 days without any sleep.
The Romulan race is the only adversary to have been featured on all four STAR TREK series.
A vintage 1968 STAR TREK domed lunchbox, manufactured by Aladdin and featuring the Enterprise on one side and Spock and Kirk poised to fend off enemies on the other, could fetch more than $700 in today's market depending on its condition. A lunchbox from STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, introduced in 1980 by King Seeley Thermos, could bring $80. Lunchboxes from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, also from King Seeley Thermos and including a 1988 version depicting the crew's cast could attract $35, while a 1989 one picturing Picard, Riker and Data is worth as much as $50.
A syndicated follow-up series to classic STAR TREK was first attempted in 1977 with STAR TREK II, which would have depicted a second five-year mission of the Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk, but the series was canceled shortly before it went into production. However, two of the series' scripts that had already been drafted; "The Child" and "Devil's Due" were eventually rewritten as episodes of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
STAR TREK: VOYAGER may head up its own series now, but another Voyager (called Voyager VI) appeared in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.
Both Majel Barrett and James Doohan have lent their voices to automated equipment on-board the Enterprise. Barrett provided the audio for the Enterprise's computer in both classic STAR TREK and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, while Doohan gave the computer M-5 a voice during an episode of classic "Star Trek." Majel has most recently lent her voice to STAR TREK: Continuum, Paramount's official STAR TREK website (www.startrek.com).
To date, the only letter in the alphabet not represented with a planet, star or other celestial object that a Star Trek crew has encountered is "Y."
Recently, the Postal Service held a contest which yields a STAR TREK stamp, the entertainment representation of the '60s.
James T. Kirk was originally going to be called Robert M. April according to the first outline of the show.
The original conception of Mr. Spock was someone of a heavy lidden an satanic visage with a red complexion.
The cost of the first pilot was $630,000, unheard of at the time of television.
The original variety review of 14/09/1966 panned the network debut episode describing William Shatner as "wooden and uncertain about his function", and Leonard Nimnoy's bizarre hairdo as "a dilly".
Walter Koenig's (Chekov) accent was easy to come by as both his parents were born in Lithuania.
There are around 600 Star Trek fan clubs around the world boasting approx. 100,000 members with around 500 Trekker conventions held anually.
The Original Series broke television barrieres by casting a multi-racial crew with Sulu (Asian), Uhura (black), Chekov (Russian), Spock (half Vulcan / half Human), and Scotty (Scottish). Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan on TNG) Was inspired by Roddenberry's multi-racial casting nothing that "...I had a place in the future."
Star Trek VI sees Michael Dorn (Worf on TNG) playing his own granfather as a lawyer in the Klingon court.
Some of the most valuable Star Trek paraphernalia are water pistols and lunch boxes made in the 1960's and worth up to several hundred dollars apiece.
The soundtrack for the various Star Trek incarnations are strong sellers - even a sound effects CD!.
There is a model of the Starship Enterprise on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
Star Trek The Next Generation has earned 14 Emmy Awards to date.
Majel Barret (Mrs Roddenberry), Nurse Chapel on The Original Series also plays Lwaxana Troi (Deanna's mother) on The Next Generation.
The first appearance of a Klingon battle cruiser was in the original episode "Elaan of Troyius".
Over 10 million Star Trek videos have been sold.
Collectively, Star Trek has generated close to $2 billion in revenue.