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Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for Star TrekJan 31 2011

The 16-page first draft of Gene Roddenberry's pitch for Star Trek.

STAR TREK is a "Wagon Train" concept -- built arround characters who travel to worlds "similar" to our own, and meet the action-adventure-drama which becomes our stories. Their transportation is the cruiser "S.S. Yorktown", performing a well-defined and long-range Exploration-Science-Security mission which helps create our format.

The Yorktown! And the captain was to be named Robert April.

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