Long and prosperous

The Star Trek stamps, featuring four designs inspired by the original series, will be dedicated Sept. 2 in New York City.

You know USPS will release four new stamps Sept. 2 to honor “Star Trek’s” 50th anniversary.

What you may not know is the story behind the show’s creation.

As Mr. Spock might say, it’s fascinating.

Creator Gene Roddenberry pitched “Star Trek” to several studios until it was accepted by Desilu, the production company founded by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.

As Roddenberry developed the program, he changed some names and concepts.

For example, the U.S.S. Enterprise was initially called the Yorktown, and the captain was named Christopher Pike.

The show debuted at the beginning of the 1966-67 season and earned a loyal following through its deft combination of action, adventure, drama, fantasy and allegory.

Nevertheless, the series was canceled at the end of its second season — until thousands of fans sent letters to the network, earning the show another year on the air.

In syndicated reruns, “Star Trek” became a worldwide phenomenon.

The series went on to spawn five more television series and 13 feature films.

“Star Trek” has also influenced our modern world by helping spark ideas for technological advancements such as communicator-like cell phones.