While developing Star Trek, Spock was originally going to be from Mars, however, due to a concern that a Martian landing might take place before the end of the series his home planet was changed.
Leonard Nimoy appeared in public as Spock only once. After needing police rescue from thousands seeking autographs, he did not repeat the experience.
Some of the male background characters in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ can be seen wearing skirts. This was explained as “a logical development, given the total equality of the sexes presumed to exist in the 24th century.”
A Pan-Am flight crashed in the Syrian desert, killing fourteen passengers. Two crew survived – one of the two was the co-pilot, named Gene Roddenberry. He was so disturbed by the crash that he quit to become a writer, and shortly after he created Star Trek.
The first Space Shuttle was to be named “Constitution”, but after a major letter writing campaign by Star Trek fans, its name was affectionately changed to “Enterprise”.
Leonard Nimoy was so associated with Spock’s character he was once invited to the California Institute of Technology to review work on several projects. He later admits not knowing a word of what they were saying, but remained in character.
In the 1960s, Nichelle Nichols, the black actress that played Uhura in Star Trek, wanted to quit the show. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked her out of quitting the role because he believed presenting a black woman working alongside white men would help further the goal of racial equality.
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry served in WWII with a pilot named Kim Noonien Singh and lost contact with him following the war’s end. Roddenberry named the villain Khan Noonien Singh after his comrade in hopes that Singh would notice and contact him.
Leonard Nimoy fought to get pay equity for Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek in the 1960s.