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FOUND: Gene Roddenberry’s original 1964 pitch for Star Trek!

Who was the first captain of Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise? And—was the Enterprise even the ship’s name? You can find out all this and more by reading creator Gene Roddenberry’s original pitch for his now-classic series.

A pop culture blog called Between the Pages has a link up to an online copy of Roddenberry’s initial outline for the series, dated March 11, 1964. The show itself premiered on Sept. 8, 1966, and in the intervening two years, a whole lot changed. For instance:

♦ Roddenberry’s original captain was not James Kirk or Christopher Pike, but Robert April;
♦ The ship was first called the U.S.S. Yorktown;
♦ The navigator was not a young Russian hotshot named Pavel Chekov, but a young South American hotshot named Jose Ortegas;
♦ Spock was the “first lieutenant” and described as having a reddish complexion and, of course, pointed ears, and was probably “half Martian.”

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