Star Trek almost sent the Yorktown into outer space

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The P&C has a solid story up today on the U.S.S. Yorktown and the rust that is slowly eating away at the famed aircraft carrier.

However, the folks over at Blastr have learned that Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry originally intended to send the Yorktown into outer space instead of the Enterprise.

Here's an excerpt (And yes, I realize that Roddenberry was speaking about the Yorktown that is currently docked at Patriots Point, but as a fanboy, I couldn't resist.):

A pop culture blog called Between The Pages has a link up to an online copy of Roddenberry's initial outline for the series, dated March 11th, 1964. The show itself premiered on September 8th, 1966, and in that intervening two years, a whole lot changed. For instance:

♦ Roddenberry's original Captain was not James Kirk or Christopher Pike, but Robert April;
♦ The ship was first called the U.S.S. Yorktown;
♦ The navigator was not a young Russian hotshot named Pavel Chekov, but a young South American hotshot named Jose Ortegas;
♦ Spock was the "first lieutenant" and described as having a reddish complexion and, of course, pointed ears, and was probably "half Martian."

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