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The first Star Trek fanzine was published in September, 1967. The term 'Trekkie' was coined about that same time. However, the fandom didn't really get visible to the mainstream until after the original show was cancelled.

So basically, the fandom existed almost instantly (1966), but it really didn't get momentum going until about 1970 or so.

Remember that the fandom developed entirely by snail-mail, and these fanzines were created using typewriters and mimeograph printing machines; instant communication via the Internet and publishing software didn't exist then, and even photocopiers were still rare, so it's pretty darn impressive.

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It's so unfortunate that the original ended up cancelled after just three seasons. There were always fans and they made their concerns clear with letter writing campaigns to keep the show going, but sadly it wasn't enough. It's interesting that the animated Star Trek of the '70s had all the original cast voicing their characters. Unfortunate that no one thought to make another live-action show with the same cast at that time. By the '70s there was probably enough of a fandom to warrant its budget. The original Star Trek is still the best Star Trek as far as I'm concerned. At least we'll always have it on dvd.

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