Beam Me Up: 50 Years of Star Trek

IT’S A HIT! — “Many thanks for the program. I just received a glowing email from one of the attendees about it (this rarely happens, believe me!) and a couple of patrons who were leaving made very nice remarks about the tons of information you provided.”—Bettyjane Surabian, YA/Reference Librarian, Rye Free Reading Room [i.e. Rye’s public library], Rye, N.Y.

2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek, the best-known science fiction franchise of all-time. The adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and the rest of the original crew have thrilled audiences for generations, and the silver anniversary is a great chance for your library to tap into fans’ excitement with my new library program, Beam Me Up: 50 Years of Star Trek.

Beam Me Up traces how creator Gene Roddenberry first envisioned the original TV show as a western in space, and then built a team of legendary actors, brilliant writers and clear-sighted directors who brought the original crew’s story to life across a TV series, animated children’s show and six feature films between 1966 and 1991.

Designed for both casual and die-hard fans of all ages, this fast-paced, multimedia program explores Roddenberry’s inspirations for the characters, stories and settings in the original series, and follows the backstage drama behind its many incarnations over the years. Finally, the program examines the legacy of the Star Trek franchise today and its on-going impact on pop culture.

For more information about this and my other programs, visit my Program Summaries page or send me an email via the Contact page.