There are some people who claim that NBC didn’t promote Star Trek enough back during its original run, but that’s simply not true. There were loads of promotional materials, media kits, etc. released prior to its fall 1966 launch, and some of that stuff is an awful lot of fun to look at these days. One of the coolest was an informational booklet NBC released covering all of its new shows for the upcoming season entitled “Advance Information on 1966-1967 Programming.” Some excerpts of it can be found here. The best part is the description of a character known as “Yeoman Smith,” who would only appear in the second pilot:
YEOMAN SMITH, who has drawn the important assignment of secretary to the Captain on her first mission in deep space, is easily the most popular member of Kirk’s staff. A capable secretary and efficient dispense of instant coffee, she also provides a welcome change of scenery for eyes that have spent long hours scanning the vast reaches of space.”
Just keep that in mind the next time someone is going on about how progressive a show “Star Trek” was. Anyway:
I promise: that’s the last time I mention Star Trek in this space today. Unless there’s a really good reason to, anyway.