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“Every town has festivals of some kind, not too many of them deal with something happening over 200 years from now.”
                                                            Phil Richman
                                                            Riverside, Iowa resident  

 

I didn’t know until yesterday that the future of not only the United States, or even the entire Earth, but the whole safety of the Universe is in the hands of a man born in Riverside, Iowa –Captain James T. Kirk (and his crew, of course.)

Forget that the recent J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek has Kirk being born in space and raised in Iowa. That’s all fiction. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in his book The Making of Star Trek acknowledged that James Tiberius Kirk was in fact born in Iowa. Serious scholars(okay, a few people) have agreed on Riverside, Iowa as the place Kirk will be born in the future.

They even have a rock in Riverside saying so, which, of course, settles the matter.

Riverside is an actual town in Iowa about 20 miles south of Iowa City or about an hour and a half from where I type this in Cedar Falls. It’s just off 218 which is known as the Avenue of the Saints because the highway basically connects St. Louis, MO and St. Saul, MN.

There is a staggering amount of creative literary activity from that stretch of land (which includes The Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Grant Wood and Mark Twain) so it’s safe to say that there is something mystical about this region and it’s not really a surprise that the future captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise is from a small town in Iowa.

If you’re a Star Trek fan you have a good reason to go to Riverside, Iowa next month for the 2009 TREKFEST June 26-29,2009. Walter Koening (Checkov), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and Geroege Takei (Sulu) are scheduled to be there. And the Grand Marshal this year will be Steve Miller who in 1984 first encouraged Riverside to declare it was where Captain Kirk had been born. City council later wrote Roddenberry asking for permission to make that a declaration and he agreed.

Last night I did go to see the new Star Trek movie and there are a couple scenes in Iowa. Iowa is a happening place in the future. Not that it’s not now, of course.

“Live long and prosper.”

 

Scott W. Smith

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