Star Trek: The Original Series turned 53 years young today, on the day that’s come to be called “Star Trek Day.” It’s also the 46th anniversary of Star Trek: The Animated Series, which also debuted on September 8th but a few years later, in 1973. Star Trek cast and crew have taken to social media to celebrate, so we present some of their posts here for your Trekkish enjoyment.
The architect of Trek on CBS, Alex Kurtzman shared a photo of the Star Trek: Picard producers.
— Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) September 8, 2019
CBS Star Trek brand honcho John Van Citters had a nice message about working towards a Star Trek world.
Happy birthday Star Trek. In lieu of gifts, everyone is asked to do their part in making the world a better place. Now, let’s party like a Spock star. pic.twitter.com/WoNOjAM4SD
— John Van Citters (@jvancitters) September 8, 2019
Long-time art department alumnus Mike Okuda shared his 53rd-anniversary artwork
On this day 53 years ago, Star Trek premiered. Gene Roddenberry and his team inspired me, along with millions of fellow fans, to dream of a better tomorrow, one in which we celebrate our differences as we reach for the stars, boldly, where none have gone before. pic.twitter.com/4Mr4glD68H
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) September 8, 2019
Rick Berman, who oversaw Trek in the post-TOS pre-Discovery era, posted an early TNG photo that included Gene Roddenberry as well as Bob Justman (who was Associate Producer on The Original Series and briefly worked on TNG)
The Original Series
Captain Kirk himself celebrated the anniversary with a shot from the second pilot.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 8, 2019
James Doohan’s son Chris shared a fun publicity shot from “The Man Trap” of his father and William Shatner.
— Chris Doohan (@ChrisDoohan) September 8, 2019
George Takei talked about Trek’s progress through the decades.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 8, 2019
Star Trek: Discovery
New season 3 cast member David Ajala showed off his inner Trekkie with a Vulcan salute.
Writer/producer Bo Yeon Kim shared a video of the huge USS Discovery corridor set, adding in a second post that she and Erika Lippoldt have “consumed *many* PB&J sandwiches in these hallowed halls…”
Happy 53rd Birthday, Star Trek!!! 🖖🏽Thank you for letting me build castles in your galactic sandbox. Here's a fun video I took during #StarTrekDiscovery Season 2 (filming Ep. 212) of our incredible corridor set! #StarTrekDay ✨✨✨ pic.twitter.com/iJf76v3zwU
— Bo Yeon Kim (@extspace) September 8, 2019
Happy #StarTrekDay! Thank you Star Trek for keeping our eyes on our ideals… for assisting us in envisioning a world in which we not only accept our differences, but celebrate them and value them. 🖖🏽 #StarTrek#StarTrekDiscovery https://t.co/ztvknGvoCU
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) September 8, 2019
— Jayne Brook (@thejaynebrook) September 8, 2019
Happy Bday #StarTrek. Thx u for the years of storytelling that transcend the globe & challenges the best of humanity & beyond. Thx u for being apart of my own existence and for the loving community that surrounds us all. Hope, science, discovery, inclusiveness, honor #StarTrekDay pic.twitter.com/HBKj8tqs7L
— Kenneth Mitchell (@MrKenMitchell) September 8, 2019
Sweet Jesus, let this make sense…
“Resistance is futile, so set your phasers to stun. It’s not highly illogical, make it so” for a VERY happy #StarTrekDay!!! @startrekcbs @StarTrek #LLAP #startrekquotes ode to #khhaaaan ❤️ #nhhaaaaaan! pic.twitter.com/5wGnmwZv0H
— Rachael Ancheril (@RachaelAncheril) September 8, 2019
Producer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi joined in, too.
HAPPY #STARTREK DAY!!
— Olatunde Osunsanmi (@CenterWillHold) September 8, 2019
Discovery and Picard director Hanelle Culpepper also celebrated with a note on Instagram.
Happy 53rd birthday to Star Trek. Half a century plus! I think Gene Roddenberry had a good idea!
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) September 8, 2019
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) September 8, 2019
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) September 8, 2019
— Planetary Society (@exploreplanets) September 8, 2019
and the Kelvin Timeline movies…
— Shohreh Aghdashloo (@SAghdashloo) September 8, 2019
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