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Starlog Archives: 30th Anniversary of Star Trek

The first episode of Star Trek aired on September 8, 1966.  No one could have anticipated the impact the sci-fi adventure show would have on pop culture.  The original series was cancelled after just three seasons, but fifty years later, its legacy carries on.  Starlog magazine celebrated the Star Trek anniversary every ten years in issues cover dated October.  Since I am covering issues of the magazine from 1986, 1996 and 2006, we will be seeing a few articles this month celebrating anniversaries of Star Trek.

The first one we’re going to look at is the 30th anniversary in 1996 just as the original cast was getting ready to retire.

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Posted on October 2, 2016, in Movies, Starlog Archives and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My recollection as a casual Trek fan is, the 30th Anniversary wasn’t that much of a big deal. From what I remember, the 20th Anniversary (1986) was a much bigger deal among the general public. The first three theatrical films (1979’s The Motion Picture, 1982’s Wrath of Kahn and 1984’s Search For Spock) were all successful and all placed among the Top 10 biggest hits of the year, but it was Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986 that proved to be the biggest box office success with the original crew, and the only Trek film to break $100M at the box office until the eventual 2009 reboot. I would hazard a guess that Paramount promoting 1986 as the 20th Anniversary of Star Trek helped add a bit of extra wind into Voyage Home’s sails to help it soar past $100M domestically that year.

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    • I know Paramount has frequently used anniversaries as a marketing hook. They attempted to do it this summer with Star Trek Beyond tying into the 50th anniversary of the show. But I don’t think anyone outside of the fan community really cares. The fact that it has been 50 years since the first episode airs didn’t factor into my decision of whether or not to see the latest movie.

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