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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 8: Space Case

Thursday, Sep 08, 2016

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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SPACE CASE

Profile America — Thursday, September 8th.  A popular cultural phenomenon began on this date 50 years ago—as millions of American television viewers began a bold journey to "where no man has gone before."  The debut of Star Trek introduced Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock, Scotty, Doctor McCoy and other crewmembers into American culture—to lasting effect.  The original series, supposedly a five-year mission, lasted for just 79 shows over three seasons.  It ended in June 1969, just a month before the Apollo 11 moon landing.  But through syndication, conventions and fan magazines, Star Trek has lived long and prospered.  The half-century captain's-log has become a thriving franchise of spin-offs and some dozen feature films.  This has provided gratifying employment to many of the nations 39,000 professional actors.  Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Sources:

Season One/Episode One/accessed 7/12/2016:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708469/ 

Star Trek history/accessed 7/12/2016:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/oral-history-star-trek-180958779/?no-ist 

Actors:  http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_5YR_B24121&prodType=table 

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu). 

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