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Kirk's 'future birthplace' gets screening

May 7, 2009 7:04:48 PM PDT
Star Trek's Final Frontier may have started in the tiny town of Riverside, Iowa. The town of less than 1000 people is said to be the birthplace of the fictional Star Trek character Captain James T. Kirk.

Wednesday night, residents of Riverside got a special sneak peek at the new "Star Trek" prequel.

Many movie fans arrived at the theatre dressed as their favorite Star Trek character. Paramount Pictures arranged the special screening for 300 Riverside residents. Riverside is so small, however, it doesn't have a movie theatre. So the screening had to be held in nearby Iowa City.

According to Star Trek lore, Captain Kirk will be born 219 years from now, in the year 2228.

The idea to designate Riverside as Captain Kirk's birthplace came from local resident Steve Miller back in 1984. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry gave his blessing.

Now the town celebrates Kirk's future birth every year on March 22 and holds a festival known as "TrekFest" every summer. This will be 25th year of TrekFest, and actors George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig from the original 1960s TV series are expected to attend.

"Star Trek" the movie opens nationwide Thursday.

AP contributed to this report.

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