By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
It is hard to believe it has been almost 50 years since Gene Roddenberry‘s vision of what mankind could achieve was first broadcast (aired September 8, 1966) on the NBC Television Network. And to commemorate the event Canada Post is releasing an undisclosed number of collector stamps. A promotional video on Canada Post’s official website, features Line Rainville of Quebec, the woman who renovated the basement of her house to look like the interior of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Line reveals in the video the first two collector’s stamps, James T. Kirk (played in the series by Canadian-born William Shatner) and the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. At the end of the video it is indicated there will be a continuation with a second video. Canada Post revealed to Star Trek.com “that more such sightings are planned and that fans should be on the look-out for ‘all-things-Canadian’ with the series.”
It is appropriate to have James Tiberius Kirk, Captain of the Enterprise, on a stamp by Canada Post. But one hopes Canada Post’s next stamp will be of the second Canadian connection to Star Trek, that of the Enterprise’s Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (played by James Doohan). Doohan like Shatner appeared in early productions at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Doohan was also a Canadian war veteran who saw action at Juno Beach on D-Day. If there are any more stamps to be released, hopefully Chief Engineer Scott is one of them.
Video Source(s): Canada Post.