1. Captain Kirk never once said: “Beam me up Scotty.”
2. Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry and currently under the ownership of CBS and Paramount.
3. The first series, now referred to as “The Original Series”, debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC.
4. Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades.
5. According to George Takei, William Shatner had Takei’s lines and camera time cut due to Shatner’s ego.
6. James Doohan (Scotty) lost his right middle finger during World War II. Most of his scenes are shot to hide it.
7. In many interviews since the start of Star Trek (1966), Leonard Nimoy has recounted the origin of the Vulcan salute, which he introduced into the show
8. Had the series been renewed for a fourth season, producers planned to bring back Koloth from Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) as a recurring villain.
9. In the hallways of the Enterprise there are tubes marked “GNDN”, these initials stand for “goes nowhere does nothing”.
10. Shortly after the cancellation of the series, the staff of the marketing department of the NBC TV network confronted the network executives and berated them for canceling Star Trek, the most profitable show on the network in terms of demographic profiling of the ratings.
11. Due to budget constraints, the element of “parallel” or “mirror” Earth planets was used on several occasions to keep set and make-up costs down.
12. Despite widespread belief, Martin Landau was not originally offered the role of Commander Spock.
13. Gene Roddenberry originally conceived the Klingons as looking more alien than they do in the series, but budget restriction prevented this, although a very metallic cast to the skin was added to the make-up design in the third season.
14. Both Gene Roddenberry and James Doohan (Lt. Commander Scott), after death, had vials containing small amounts of their ashes launched into orbit via satellites.
15. Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966) has the only scene in which the U.S.S. Enterprise is seen orbiting a planet from right to left.