About a week ago, Richard wrote an article about how the Star Wars intro text was created. I’ve always wondered how they did that with the technology that was available in the ’70s, and it was a lot of fun to see the process. For all the trekkies, I thought I’d follow up today with the story about how the Star Trek opening monologue was created. Of course, I’m referring to William Shatner’s reading that begins, “Space. The final frontier…”
You can see the typed memos below from 1966 (I guess that was equivalent to email back then) that were exchanged between Star Trek producers Bob Justman and John Black. It took about a week for them to write the monologue. Then, about an hour before it was recorded by William Shatner, Gene Rodenberry, Star Trek’s creator, put his finishing touches on it.
Wow, what an exciting summer that must have been. Can you imagine being asked to write a 15-second intro monologue for a space show that nobody had ever heard of yet? Little did those three men know, those words are now tattooed on our brains forever.