Moments in History

Space..The Final Frontier…Endless…Silent…Waiting


The intro above is undoubtedly one of the most well known television show starters, at least around these parts. Let’s take a look at a little bit of behind the scenes back and forth that let to this oh-so-familiar refrain. A few weeks before the season premiere of the show, the producers decided it needed an intro, and contacted Gene Roddenberry and asked him to come up with a voice over to be recorded by William Shatner. Roddenberry,  Bob Justman, and John Black exchanged these memos in early August of 1966, although the final draft was written by Roddenberry on the 10th, an hour before the recording session.


Images courtesy of Star Trek Prop Authority, via and nerdcore.


  • JeepJeff (mobile)

    Completely off topic: anyone watching the eclipse right now?- JeepJeff from his Android phone in Redding, CA

  • tiberiusẅisë

    /hyperventilates and falls on the floor.

    • tiberiusẅisë

      I've had a little while to think about this but I just can't get my head around the fact that they went back and forth with memos like this. I mean seriously, sending GENE FREAKIN' RODDENBERRY a written memo saying hurry up, no do it like this, and get off your butt and get this done? Wow.

      • OA5599

        No comment on signing an interoffice memo "Love and kisses, [handwritten] XXXXX"?

        Star Trek was the show with those cuddly Ewoks, right, or am I confusing it with something else?

  • TX_Stig

    Well, it's a good thing they would never give up, never surrendered, in their Galaxy sized Quest, for the perfect opening line.