Who would have ever thought that a TV show from the 60s could create a subculture? The Starship Enterprise began its voyage on television in 1966 with Captain Kirk and crew, but since then Star Trek has gone on to become an International phenomenon with spin-off series, movies and mass merchandising.
Gene Roddenberry's creation also led to an ever-expanding cult following of die-hard fans obsessively devoted to Star Trek. The most devout followers of the show are often called "Trekkies" or "Trekkers."
Some Trekkies speak "Klingon," many attend conventions and a few Trekkers like to wear Starship uniforms. Wil Wheaton, the actor who played teenage Wesley Crusher in the series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" warns potential visitors to Trekkie events, "If you've never been to a Star Trek convention before, you should rent 'Trekkies' before you go...it can be a little disconcerting if you're not prepared."
Most Trekkers explain their fascination with Star Trek by citing the positive themes it stresses such as tolerance, loyalty, and the seemingly endless possibilities and potential of science and space. "Beam me up Scottie."[Posted by Rick Ross at 04:08 PM][Link]