Reuters reports that a small Iowa town has identified itself as the future birthplace of Star Trek Captain James T. Kirk.
A small Iowa town is trying to lure tourists by going where no town has gone before â€” forward 200 years in time to be the birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk from cult science fiction show â€œStar Trek.â€
Welcome to Riverside, a once prosperous little farming town with a population of 928 that has fallen on hard times, wants to attract tourists and much needed money with a â€œStar Trekâ€ museum to revive its largely lifeless, boarded-up main drag.
The town has no famous offspring like West Branch, 25 miles away, where former U.S. President Herbert Hoover was born in 1874, and canâ€™t boast the â€œWorldâ€™s Largest Strawberry,â€ a 15 feet high fiberglass fruit, like Strawberry Point, 100 miles to the north.
So former town councilor and self-declared â€œTrekkieâ€ Steve Miller in 1985 persuaded the council to declare Riverside the future birthplace as Kirk, a main character of the â€œStar Trekâ€ television series that began in 1966 and following films.
â€œStar Trek creator Gene Roddenberry wrote a book saying Kirk will be born in Iowa, but didnâ€™t say where,â€ said Miller. â€So I thought â€™why not here?â€â€™
Kirkâ€™s birthday was never officially established but the town lists it on a plaque as March 22, 2228. The showâ€™s official Web site, however, says he was born on March 22, 2233. Canadian actor William Shatner who played the captain of the starship Enterprise was born in real-life on March 22.
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