We interrupt our regular educational programming with the following announcement:
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT TODAY IS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST STAR TREK EPISODE!!!!!!
Yikes! I watched Star Trek as a child, and granted, that was 45 years ago, but still, somehow, it seems shocking....
But I've always loved Star Trek, especially the original series in all its cheesy and earnest glory. My husband was more of a "Second Generation" guy (and, admittedly, the Borg is a great concept), but those characters never captured my heart the way James T. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhuru, Sulu, and Chekov did.
Which is why I am so enraptured by this:
from Darla at Bakingdom.com, one of my new favorite blogs.
Can you believe she made the entire cast into cookies? You can see them all up close on her post, along with details about her recipes and techniques involved in recreating everyone in flour, sugar, and butter.
Her entire site is filled with similarly creative pastries and other goodies. Truly, her stuff is incredible. I like to use food to enhance certain educational ideas and subject, like our Presidential Palate series of cooking a meal to represent the US Presidents, but I can't hold a candle to her when it comes to cookie- and cake-based tributes.
However, her tasty Star Trek reminders does make me think about incorporating watching some Star Trek into our 20th century history this year once we get to the 1960's. The original series had a political agenda; Gene Roddenberry wanted it to support the anti-war, feminist, and pro-Civil Rights positions of the 60's counter culture. And as I reported in an earlier post, actress Nichelle Nichols has a story of a chance encounter with Martin Luther King Jr., who called himself "the biggest Trekkie on the planet," and claimed that Star Trek gave people a concrete vision of how life could be if we were committed to equality and peace (well, not that there wasn't plenty of fighting in Star Wars, but the goals were always to forward peace). The show was pretty radical for its time, especially with the racially-mixed crew and television's first scripted inter-racial kiss.
So maybe I can justify revisiting some of my favorite childhood memories for academic purposes!