History[edit | edit source]
In the 1930s of a timeline he altered when time traveling through the Guardian of Forever and saving the life of Edith Keeler, the USS Enterprise's Doctor Leonard McCoy awaited the arrival of James T. Kirk and Spock. When they didn't come, he followed her advice and placed classified ads in several New York City newspapers, including the The New York Times, The World, and The Star Dispatch, in hopes that his messages would guide his friends in the 23rd century. After five months, he expanded his ad placements into newspapers throughout the state of New York, then to other American daily papers, and then to international cities. He also visited the New York Public Library and scoured papers published in Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Great Britain, France, Ireland, Argentina, Switzerland and Italy. On one day, he searched the classified sections of The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Times-Picayune, The New York Times, and Italy's Corriere della Sera for reply messages. After receiving no response after two years, he gave up and moved out of the 21st Street Mission in New York City. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)
Also in March 1930, Spock reviewed editions of various newspapers through his tricorder to locate a divergence in the flow of time. It displayed conflicting accounts on the life of Edith Keeler. A February 23, 1936 edition of one paper displayed the headline "FDR Confers With Slum Angel 'Angel'." Yet in another paper he read about her dying in an automobile accident. (TOS episode & novelization: The City on the Edge of Forever)
In the 1950s, a newspaper reporter and photographer covered the story of an asylum inmate who was a missing person. The inmate stated his name, then became so frenzied that he had to be sedated. The story with accompanying photos appeared on the front page of the local paper with the headline "Who Is This Man?" Nobody came forward who knew "Captain James T. Kirk". Three hundred years later, the newspaper article was found during a records search by Spock. (TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Mind-Sifter")
In 1986, San Francisco area newspapers covered the release of humpback whales George and Gracie. A more sensational publication featured the story "Aliens Land in Golden Gate Park", containing interviews with a garbageman, joggers, and someone who had spotted a helicopter lowering a glass panel into nothingness. On page three, that edition reported the growth of a new kidney by a woman at Mercy Hospital. A follow-up story was headlined "Military Coverup, Alien Spacecraft Sighted In Alaskan Waters. Fisherman Almost Captured." (TOS - Strange New Worlds short story: "Whales Weep Not")
Detective Dixon Hill read newspapers, or at least Jean-Luc Picard thought he did. They were visible in his holoprograms. (TNG episode: "The Big Goodbye", TNG - Strange New Worlds short story: "The Monkey Puzzle Box")
In 2375, Q was seen reading a newspaper with the headline "Lyra Galaxy devoured by Greedy Singularity" and the subhead "Nacene Blamed." He showed this paper to Harry Kim and Tom Paris. (VOY - String Theory novel: Evolution)
- Star Trek authors Michelle A. Bottrall, Kevin Dilmore, Robert T. Jeschonek, Kevin Lauderdale, Andy Mangels, J.R. Rasmussen, and Brian Seidman have written newspaper articles, having worked either as a reporter, editor and/or freelance writer.
- Editor Paula M. Block's first exposure to Star Trek fandom came from seeing an ad in her university's school newspaper. (Biography, Strange New Worlds I)
- Twenty Star Trek stories set in the 2270s were published in daily newspapers in the US Comic Strips series from 1979-1983.
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
- Albany Times-Union (1857- , New York)
- Amsterdam News (1909- , New York)
- Atlanta Constitution (1886- Atlanta)
- Corriere della Sera/The Evening Courier (1876- , Italy)
- New York Age (1887-1960, New York)
- The New York Times (1851- , New York City)
- The Philadelphia Enquirer (1829- , Philadelphia)
- San Diego Chronicle (21st century, San Diego)
- San Francisco Chronicle (1965- , San Francisco)
- San Francisco Register (20th century, San Francisco)
- Space News (23rd century, Earth)
- The Star Dispatch (20th century, New York City)
- The Times-Picayune (1837- , New Orleans, Louisiana)
- Tombstone Epitaph (Late 19th century, Tombstone, Arizona)
- UFP Today (Federation)
- USA Today (1982- , United States of America)
- Village Voice (1955-2018, New York City)
- The World (1860-1931, New York City)
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- TOS episode & novelization: The City on the Edge of Forever
- TOS episode & Star Trek 11 novelization: Bread and Circuses
- TOS novelization: The Last Gunfight
- TOS movie: The Voyage Home
- TNG episode: "The Big Goodbye"
- TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows
- TOS comic: "Prophet of Peace"
- TNG comic: "Forgiveness"
- ENT - Strange New Worlds short story: "A Girl for Every Star"
- TOS - Strange New Worlds short story: "Terra Tonight"
- TOS - Strange New Worlds short story: "Whales Weep Not"
- TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Mind-Sifter"
- TNG - Strange New Worlds short story: "The Monkey Puzzle Box"
- TOS novel: Planet of Judgment
- VOY - String Theory novel: Evolution
References[edit | edit source]
- TOS novel: The Final Reflection
- TNG novel: The Best and the Brightest
- TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace
- ST novel: A Singular Destiny