Gene Roddenberry's Original Pitch for "Star Trek" (via @kottke)

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Wed, Feb 9th, 2011 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Here is the first draft (PDF) that Gene Roddenberry put together to pitch Star Trek to television producers. It's pretty golden:

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.

And if you thought the name of the starship was odd, Captain Kirk was originally named Robert April, a "space-age Captain Horation Horn-blower".

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