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Beam Me Up: Larchmont Library Celebrates Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

Author and Captain Kirk lookalike Clive Young
Author and Captain Kirk lookalike Clive Young Photo Credit: Contributed /Clive Young

Recently, the most profitable and popular science fiction franchise in history celebrated its 50th anniversary. That franchise is "Star Trek."

On Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m., the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library present Clive Young’s "Beam Me Up: 50 Years of Star Trek," a fast-paced, multimedia program celebrating all things Star Trek.

Clive Young explores how creator Gene Roddenberry first envisioned the original TV show as a western in space, and then steadily built a team of legendary actors, brilliant writers and clear-sighted directors who brought the original crew’s story to life across a TV series, animated children’s show and six feature films between 1966 and 1991. Aimed at both beginner and longtime fans, the program follows Star Trek‘s long, tumultuous history and its continuing impact on pop culture around the world.

"Star Trek" was the most wildly successful failure in television history. First shown on NBC in September 1966, the original “Star Trek” lasted just three seasons before it was canceled -- only to be resuscitated in syndication and grow into a global entertainment mega-phenomenon.

A dozen movies, beginning with 1979’s "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and resuming this July with the director Justin Lin’s "Star Trek Beyond." It finds Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) in deep space, where they are attacked by aliens and stranded on a distant planet -- a plot that may make some viewers glad that at least the special effects are new.

Over the decades “Star Trek” merchandise alone reportedly brought in some $5 billion.

Clive Young has been a popular speaker at dozens of universities, libraries and conventions across the universe.

Clive Young is the author of "Homemade Hollywood, Fans Behind the Camera" and many other publications. Young is an author/lecturer covering the crossroads between high tech and popular culture. While he has covered the music industry as the senior editor of Pro Sound News for more than 15 years, he has also written for MTV, VH1, American Songwriter, Music Business International, Wine Enthusiast and other outlets. His latest book, Homemade Hollywood (Continuum; 2008), covers the emerging "fan film" culture, and received rave reviews from Total Film, the Times Literary Supplement and others, including Cory Doctorow, who called it “real treasure, an inspiration.” His first book, "Crank It Up" (Backbeat Books; 2004), profiled the world’s top roadies, receiving strong reviews from Billboard, Hit Parader, and specialist press.

The program is preceded by refreshments beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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