On Thursday, 45 years ago, I stayed up late to watch a television show that would come to have a dramatic impact on my life: Star Trek.
Star Trek has played a major role in the formation of my friendships, many that I still maintain today. It also impacted what line of work we did, or tried to do, as well as our entire World view. Well, at least that’s certainly true for me.
And that’s especially true for my long time friends Bill Boyd and Lars Frkyman, and best captured in this video from our “trek” to see the then-new J.J. Abrams Star Trek Movie.
Now, 45 years later, the late Gene Rodenberry’s son Rod is a new documentary to be released November 30th on the Science Channel. It’s called Trek Nation, and here’s the description of the film, followed by a preview clip:
The film shadows Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod, as he explores his family legacy and the crusade his father’s passion and curiosity for exploration. Through interviews with his most devoted fans, including George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, TREK NATION follows a son searching for the wisdom of his father. TREK NATION demonstrates that Roddenberry’s work has not only inspired legions of fans across the globe, but also generated a movement which has influenced entertainment, politics, space travel, social morality and much more. TREK NATION profiles how the Star Trek franchise helped foster a timeless understanding of the human condition and captured man’s constant search for a better world.