1950-1969 All things mid century.
Star Trek, Sept. 8th 1966
'Star Trek is anything but a phenomenon when it debuts tonight (Sept. 8th 1966) on NBC. In it’s first season it ranks a mediocre #52 and is regularly beaten by competitors like Bewitched and My Three Sons. In successive years NBC shifts its date and timeslot, but audience interest falls even further. The show is finally axed at the end of it’s third season. However, diehard trekkies keep the flame alive. Paramount tries an animated series for a couple of years until it releases its first feature film in 1979. The overwhelming response triggers a steady stream of movies and syndicated series ever since. “Gallivanting around the cosmos,” says William Shatner (a.k.a. Captain Kirk) “is a game for the young.” ‘
from: Book of Days 60’s
The Riddler c.1966
Three Screen Television 1961
“In 1961, Chicago TV pioneer Ulises Sanabria tested the market for a three-screen television with a photo spread in LIFE magazine. I suppose the advantage it had over simply owning three individual TVs in different rooms of the house is that it kept the family together – at least, physically. A hi-fi record player is concealed behind the center speaker panel. Apparently, it was inconceivable that two or more members of a family would want to listen to different records at the same time.”