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TIME TRAVELLER-BEHOLD THE FUTURE?

Updated on August 1, 2010

BACKGROUND

As I wrote in a previous hub I can’t speak for other folks but as for myself I am a time traveler. I can go back to the past anytime I desire by listening to old music, but I can also time travel into the future. I first discovered this ability when I was a young lad going to movies.  When this occurs I am in awe of the possibilities that the future holds for humans.  I have a magic formula for my future time travel and you can also accomplish this feat of magic yourself.  You will love it, because you can think of doing unimaginable things yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SCIENCE FICTION BECOMES SCIENCE FACT

Throw off your troubles of today and let your imagination take you into the future. This is aided by science fiction movies. After all we have found over time that today’s science fiction is tomorrows scientific achievement.

I can remember being a five-year-old lad going to the Strand Theater on a Saturday afternoon watching many heroes explore the universe. Will an asteroid impact the Earth bringing death and destruction? Are we being visited by Martian beings and are they hostile? These movies were very exciting but they did lack believability due to the lack of special effects.

BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE

Then in 1966 the science fiction genre was improved beyond its previous level with the introduction of Star Trek. I was a Trekkie from the first episode I watched. I was an electrical engineering student at West Virginia University when this series debuted, and I had a great interest in space travel fueled by the accomplishments of NASA and the space race with the USSR. Star Trek satisfied a thirst that had seemed unquenchable. I loved the exploits of Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Bones and the rest of the crew. The very thought that this type of travel could be a part of human destiny was very hopeful to me.

I never could get as attached to other space travel odysseys. I liked Star Wars OK but I was a confirmed Trekkie.

COMBINATION OF SCI-FI AND SOCIETY

I have vivid memories of a young JFK challenging all of the American citizens to prepare to go to the moon before the end of the decade of the 1960’s. This was a very daunting challenge, but after all we were America if it could be done we would do it!!!!!! We always loved a challenge.

Then I remember that cold evening on October 22, 1962 when president Kennedy went on TV to tell the American people that the Russians had offensive missals in Cuba. These missals were a threat to our entire way of life and our lives themselves. I remember as a junior at Moundsville High School going to Junior Achievement that next evening after “the speech”!!!! I stopped my dad’s car on the roadside of WV Route 2 and just looked over the town, the buildings even the streetlights and I wondered “Would this all be gone in a thermonuclear blast?” I thank God above cooler heads prevailed.

Then I remember the next year November 22, 1963 seeing President Kennedy slaughtered in the streets of Dallas. That was a very low point in my mind. I worried about his young wife and two beautiful children left without a husband and father, and the nation left without our leader!!!!!!!!!!

It was this combination of early love of sci-fi and societal turmoil that set the stage for my love of Star Trek!!!! It gave me hope for a future of peace and prosperity for all of humanity and beyond!!!!!

UP TO DATE

As time passed by I watched old Star Trek re-runs and new Star Trek movies as they were released. It took a little while but I finally became a fan of Star Trek The Next Generation. Then last year when I saw rush for the new Star Trek movie I was irate. How could they possibly expect anyone to accept new actors portraying Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones? Then my daughter Tracee said she had seen the new movie and explained to me it was a prequel and took place before the series began. She gave me a DVD of this movie last Christmas as a present. I finally watched it this past Saturday, May 15, 2010 and I think it ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Dusty,

      Sorry I am late in responding as I never got an email notification.

      I also liked the original and Star Trek The New Genration and all the movies, but i didn't care for Voyager.

      Kirk and Uhura made TV history for the first interracial kiss.

      You are welcome for the memories.

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Sir Tom! Star Trek rocked, I was totally in love with Lt.Nyota Uhura, she was a hot girl. The original was totally sexist but I didn't mind at all. I continued on but didn't like the Voyager with Captain Kathryn Janeway, I fell away there, that was just as I went to antenna and any movies or series past 94 I just missed out on, I really thought that the Captain Picard days would be crap, I liked them after a few shows, they were on my list of things to do. Shows like that don't seem to come around, but I'm on a 4 network antenna and get Tucson and Phoenix stations only. I suppose I could use TV Guide off the internet and see more of what I like. Thanx for the memory stirring, 50

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      I have my moments of optomism still. It's a great escape from the troubles we all face every day!!!!!!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Tom, I would love to feel the optimism of youth again. I thought this was a very good hub.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      I never made it to a convention but I watched many of the original episodes multiple times.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Star Trek. Actually got to participate in one Star Trek convention when I was stationed aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). It was an interesting experience to say the least, let me tell you. Perhaps one day I should write a hub about it.

      As for this time travel thing...I fancy it. :)

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      James,

      I liked "The Day the Earth Stood Still" also at least the original I never saw the remake.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I liked Star Trek. I also liked the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      cjv123,

      I love Star Trek but I'm also just a fan. I don't go to conventions, but I love the series and the movies!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Carol 7 years ago from Michigan

      I felt the SAME way. While not a Treki - I have seen every single episode of Star Trek and many of them multiple times. I could not possibly imagine this movie being good and like you I was so surprised! I loved it! They somehow captured the unique personalities without making them caricatures!

      Great Hub - great trip down memory lane!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      Sit yourself down and watch the new Star Trek movie and you'll be rejuvenated to youth!!!!!!!!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msorensson,

      I totally agree the originals are the absolute best, but the new movie is also great!!!!!!!!!!

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.

      You just have to loosen your inner child and the magic will just happen. It's a sure thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Terrific hub Tom. I remember feeling that kind of optimism. I long to get it back.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I am a trekkie, Tom. The old one with Kirk and Spock on tele. They are not the same as the present ones.

      Thank you!!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      Much to my dismay, I have never been able to get into science fiction, either reading it or movies. Darn! What is wrong with me? I want to like it. I try, every so often, but my mind just won't go there. Woe is me. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie, it must be nice.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Hi Vladimir. Do you enjoy Star Trek?

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Nice to see you again, Tom