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On February 12th of 1965, having recently screened the show’s pilot episode to NBC executives only to hear rumblings of negativity, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry wrote the following letter to his agent in order to reiterate his vision for the show and make known his unwillingness to compromise its integrity just to make “a sale.” Soon after, NBC did in fact reject that episode; however, having seen potential, they immediately ordered a second pilot. That episode — Where No Man Has Gone Before — was far more successful.
The first season of Star Trek premiered on September 8th, 1966.
(Source: P. Evans; Image: Gene Roddenberry, via.)