The first episode of the science fiction television series "Star Trek" aired September 8, 1966, on NBC. Now an iconic franchise including television, film and products, its initial ratings were considered low. It has been said that Lucille Ball, then head of Desilu Productions, was responsible for saving the first series from being cancelled. I would have to add, an unprecedented outpouring of letters and calls from fans helped save the show for one more (partial) season. It was only the beginning.