Thursday, September 11, 2014

How Star Trek Changed My Life

I have spoken previously about how Star Trek kick-started my geekdom (The Hammer Podcasts - Episode 1), but as the show turned 48 this past Monday, I was thinking about just how it changed my life. You see, when I was a kid I was fascinated by the way things worked, just ask my dad about the number of remote controls I disassembled. That was fed, partially, by seeing Scotty crawling around inside the Jeffries Tubes and adjusting stuff.

When I got the Mr. Scott's Guide for my birthday one year, I was so excited that you'd thought I won the lottery. That book, more than any other, cemented my love of behind the scenes things. But it also propelled me to want to emulate my TV hero and become an engineer. It was that decision, more than any other, that changed my life. Not only because of my current career, but because, through the School of Engineering, I met my wife.

If it wasn't for Gene Roddenberry's vision, which my mother saw when she was in high school, I wouldn't have my job, my wife, or my daughter. Heady stuff.

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