On this Labor Day in history, World Footprints host Tonya (Johnson) Fitzpatrick was born.  Having grown up as a “Trekkie” today also carries another special memory.

Star Trek is an American science fiction media franchise created by Gene Roddenberry, which began with the eponymous 1960s television series and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. The franchise has expanded into various films, television series, video games, novels, and comic books. With an estimated $10.6 billion in revenue, it is one of the most recognizable and highest-grossing media franchises of all time.

The franchise began with Star Trek: The Original Series, which debuted in the US on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC. It was first broadcast on September 6, 1966 on Canada’s CTV network. It followed the voyages of the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century, on a mission “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

Star Trek Mr Spock and Captain Kirk

On Sept. 2, 1969, the original Star Trek aired its final episode after running for only three years and never placing better than No. 52 in the ratings.  It later becomes a cult classic in reruns, spawning five additional television series, 12 theatrical films, and numerous books, games, toys, and other products. Enjoy viewing a piece of history below (don’t worry, this isn’t a video of Tonya’s birth).