‘Star Trek’ Google Doodle Honors Show’s 46th Anniversary

The Internet searching giant today paid homage to Star Trek with a homepage doodle to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the original TV series.

Today Google’s logo letters look as Star Trek cast members, even allowing users to beam Kirk to an adventure beyond the confines of the starship USS Enterprise. Photo: Google Inc.

So, the letter “G” represents Dr. Spock. Uhura and Captain Kirk make up the two “O’s.” The second “G” and “L” represent Dr. McCoy and Sulu. The last “E” is probably a “Redshirt,” the term for a nameless character who will probably die to service the story.

The author if the idea to commemorate the famous TV series in such way, Google designer Ryan Germick explained that he intended the doodle to be the ultimate geek homage.

“For me, [Star Trek] was a vision for the future. I think it was also that it was multicultural, pro-science, and full of curiosity and passion. I think like a lot of good science-fiction, it sort of says a lot about its present era,” Germick said

“We can really appreciate what Star Trek did in its time. As an adult, you can appreciate how progressive it was. You learned to be compassionate towards all kinds of people – even alien creatures.”

“Star Trek” was science-fiction series, broadcasted for three years starting from 1966. But even now, 46 years later, people admit that the show, starring William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, left an indelible mark on our culture.

The show’s creator, the late Gene Roddenberry, has been famously quoted as saying, “[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on ‘Star Trek’: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network.”

In November of 1968 “Plato’s Stepchildren” was broadcast, an episode that featured one of the first interracial kisses in television history, featuring  Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner, and Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols, reminds The Christian Science Monitor.

“It didn’t hit me at the time until somebody told me,” Nichols revealed to reporters earlier this year.

“I splashed onto the TV screen at a propitious historical moment. Black people were marching all over the South. [Martin Luther King, Jr.] was leading people to freedom, and here I was, in the 23rd century, fourth in command of the Enterprise.”

Which is more, in an interview with NPR the actress opened up that King was actually “a driving force in persuading her to stay on the show when she was mulling other career opportunities”.

The story happened in the 1960s, at an NAACP fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Nichols was finally chosen by King, who claimed to be a “Trekkie” himself, as well as her “greatest fan.”

Nichols confessed she was thinking of leaving Star Trek. ” ‘You cannot do that,’ ” King said, in Nichols’ recollection.

“And I was stunned. He said, ‘Don’t you understand what [series creator Gene Roddenberry] has achieved? For the first time, we are being seen the world over as we should be seen.’”

She went on, adding: “He says, ‘do you understand that this is the only show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to stay up and watch.’ I was speechless.”

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