Nerds Unite!

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 3.39.06 PMWell, if there is anything more nerdy than a meeting of Star Trek fans and Civil War buffs I don't know what is. But if you are seeking that nexus - for whatever reason, allow me to direct you to one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek - featuring none other than President Abraham Lincoln.

It's great - it really is. With all sorts of lessons for the late 1960s television audience. President Lincoln even refers to Lt. Nyota Uhura (played by Nichelle Nichols) as a "charming negress." Yeah...that sort of makes us cringe today - and it gave the officers of the Enterprise a chuckle. But of course the point was to show the racially charged public of the 1960s - on the heels of church bombings, police dogs, and fire hoses - just how far we will have come in the future...stardate: 2265.

Captain's log.....kudos. You know what else?  Star Trek was the first program ever to air an interracial kiss - between Captain Kirk and Uhura. That show had stones.

With compliments,