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The great-grandmother of Vulcan T’Pol from the television series Enterprise visited Pittsburgh in the late 1950s, selling the rights to a previously unknown material called Velcro, but that brief foray into the Steel City is the extent of the region’s involvement within the Star Trek mythology. Like millions of American around the country, however, the Gene Roddenberry creation from the 1960s has had an impact on Pittsburghers just the same. The original Star Trek was more than mere television show after all, but a pop culture phenomenon that influenced children of all ages to take up science as a career while likewise showing that people of different race, gender and nationality could all work together for the common good. Spin-off series, major motion pictures and even a reboot of the franchise have followed through the decades, adding to Star Trek’s popularity and importance in shaping modern-day society.

 

Beyond the Bridges

Bjo Trimble and the Good Ship Enterprise The legendary Star Trek fan played a significant role in the early days of the sci-fi franchise, including organizing a “Save Star Trek” campaign during the 1960s.

A Trek in the Park Through the American Northwest Scripts from Star Trek have been used for outdoor theater productions in both Portland and Seattle, much like Shakespeare in the Park around the country.

 

Explorations of Star Trek

Shakespeare and Star Trek Exploration of William Shakespeare within the classic science fiction franchise, including insights from Andy Kirtland, artistic associate of the Unseam’d Shakespeare Company.

Yuri's Night and the Future of Space Travel Every April 12th, supporters of the exploration of space gather together around the world to honor Yuri Gagarin, the man who first completed an orbit of Earth.

 

Star Trek and Pittsburgh

The 1975 Star Trektacular and Twelfth Night The Steel City hosted a Star Trek convention in December 1975 that coincided with the Shakespearean debut of Leonard Nimoy at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.

The Beginnings of the USS Inferno The Pittsburgh chapter of STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association was formed in 2004 and serves as the Steel City base of operation for Star Trek fans.

Captain Kirk and Carnegie Mellon University In preparation for their book I’m Working on That, actor William Shatner and Pittsburgh author Chip Walter visited CMU to learn about robotics and virtual realities.

Enterprise: The Day a Vulcan Came to Pittsburgh The television series Star Trek: Enterpise suggests that Vulcans crash-landed in Western Pennsylvania during the 1950s and briefly lived among humans.

Zachary Quinto, Pittsburgh and Star Trek The Green Tree native portrays First Officer Spock in the Star Trek film series reboot but still remembers his Steel City roots and time at Carnegie Mellon University.

George Takei, Pittsburgh and the ToonSeum George Takei reflects on his time in Pittsburgh filming Supha Ninjas, while executive director Joe Wos discusses the Star Trek actor’s visit to the ToonSeum.

 

Geek Pittsburgh News Blog

Starfleet vs. Browncoats for a Night of Bowling The local chapters of Star Trek and Firefly/Serenity fans got together at Legacy Lanes on January 18, 2013, for a friendly night of bowling (January 19, 2013).

 

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