The Future is Now, well, no flying cars or jet packs but at leastno one dropped the "Big One"!
Roddenberry's egalitarian utopia was set in the 22nd century but its aspirations were firmly rooted in the issues of its time. Every week, the protagonists altruistically battled the forces of militarism, sexism, racism and every other "ism" network executives would allow at the time.
The series debuted in 1966, an auspicious year for another "ism": optimism. Popular culture scaled increasingly-bold peaks that year. The Scott Paper company began selling disposable paper dresses for a dollar. The Beatles' psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows" introduced new sounds.Masters and Johnson released "Human Sexual Response," shattering sexual myths of the past.
Stanley Kubrick was filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1966. The movie anticipated the discovery of extra-terrestrial life and artificial intelligence. It could happen by 2001…why not?
Art was imitating life in the future. For the first time, photographs were sent back to Earth from the lunar surface by both the Russian and American space programs. The latter's Surveyor 1, launched on May 30, 1966, employed a TV camera that scanned the surface and transmitted the images of the lunar surface back to Earth.
The panoramas created by the combined images created fascinating fractal collages that were truly otherworldly.
May they live long and prosper.