Star Trek NBC Sales Pilot Sell Sheet 1966

June 16, 2011

In a time when deleted scenes truly ended up on the cutting room floor, television networks didn’t have the option to messenger out DVD’s to advertising agencies.  Booklets were sent out in lieu of screening order to build excitement about new shows and convince advertisers to purchase commercial time.  A colleague of mine was in possession of the Star Trek Booklet from season 1, and I had the opportunity to scan the contents.  See below. Stay tuned for more….

Star Trek Season 1 Sell Sheet Front CoverStar Trek Season 1 Sell Sheet Intro PageStar Trek Season 1 Sell Sheet Intro Pages 4 & 5Star Trek Season 1 Sell Sheet pages 6 & 7Star Trek Season 1 Sell Sheet pages 8 & 9Star Trek Season 1 Sell Sheet Back Coverwww.davidhartnyc.com

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56 Responses to “Star Trek NBC Sales Pilot Sell Sheet 1966”

  1. Sylvie Ratte said

    wowwww, thanks for sharing that!!!

  2. Thomas Jensen said

    Very nice. Yes, I have one of those, too.

  3. What a find Great job thank you so much!

  4. [...] Star Trek NBC Sales Pilot Sell Sheet 1966 (via The Invisible Agent) Posted on September 5, 2011 by Christopher R. Davis In a time when deleted scenes truly ended up on the cutting room floor, television networks didn't have the option to simply messenger out DVD's to advertising agency's.  Booklet's were sent out in lieu of screening order to build excitement about new shows and convince advertisers to purchase commercial time.  A colleague of mine was in possession of the Star Trek Booklet from season 1, and I had the opportunity to scan the contents.  See below, … Read More [...]

  5. Cw Smith said

    Apparently printed before DeForest Kelly was hired. Cool find — thanks for sharing!

  6. GLGale said

    Awesome piece of Trek history. Whatever happened to Paul Fix, Lloyd Hanes and Andrea Dromm? Their replacements are legendary.

    • James Anderson Merritt said

      LLoyd Haynes went on to a number of projects, including a starring role in an ABC series I watched every week and still remember fondly: Room 222.

      Wikipedia says Haynes was dropped from Star Trek because Roddenberry liked Nichelle Nichols and her role of Uhura better for Star Trek.

      Sadly, he died of lung cancer in the late 1980s. IMDB shows a long list of productions, in which he appeared. Perhaps you can find some or all of them via Netflix, YouTube, or other means.

  7. Nice! too bad it isn’t a little clearer so you could read it.

  8. D. Maddux said

    That’s really cool. I’d love to be able to read it.

  9. Arthur Eaton said

    One will always wonder how Paul Fix (a much underrated actor) would have played the Enterprise’s Chief Medical Officer. Of course the series would not have been the same without Bones (Dr. McCoy), and he became a very important part of the crew. (And gave us the most remembered 3-word line from TOS: “He’s dead, Jim”). We will always remember DeForest Kelley.

    • Barb Garcia said

      Or his comment: “I’m a doctor, not a ____________” (fill in the blank).

    • AK_Aramis said

      At least his faous line he actually said… 3 times. Not counting, “He’s dead, Captain.” But my favorite, from Trouble With Tribbles: “Jim! This man is a Klingon!”

      Kirk’s “Beam me up, Scotty.” wasn’t. Lots of lines close to it… but ever that on.

  10. Wow this was really great, a great historical reference for all Trek lovers.

  11. Terence Culpepper said

    Thanks so much!!!

  12. lmdia@sonic.net said

    No apostrophe in agencies or booklets. Plurals are not possessives or contractions. Please correct. it takes the air out of an otherwise fascinating article.

  13. Jeff said

    You’ll also notice that both pictures of Spock had his ears and eyebrows airbrushed to remove the points and make them appear human. NBC was concerned at the time regarding his devilish appearance and that it would make it harder to sell the show.

  14. Stu said

    Such a great piece of history, thanks for posting. But for goodness sake, if you’re going to post articles online for the world to see, please bear in mind that plurals NEVER require apostraphes! An apostraphe is used for a contraction or when indicating possession – never, EVER for plurals.

  15. First Petty Officer Spelling said

    I wonder how many of these booklet’s are still out there in the wild’s. I’ll bet most advertising agency’s just dumped these without realizing how valuable they might be year’s (or decade’s!) later. Thank’s for posting this incredible find! Do you have any other’s?

    Signed,
    Incredibly Petty

    • Dburg said

      I know its wild! These were actually found in a trash can in the mid 80s, so they had been sitting in cabinets for decades even before they were dumped. We’ve got a few other thing we’ll be posting in the next few days so check back. Hopefully everyone will enjoy them also! May even get a bonus apostrophe or two!

  16. Meri said

    Thanks so much for sharing! Fascinating to see the cast members who didn’t ‘stick’, as well as Spock with weird rounded ears! Just looks – deformed somehow! LOL

  17. James Anderson Merritt said

    Thanks very much for posting this. It took me back to 1965, and the time I visited the local NBC affiliate when both Star Trek and “I Dream of Jeannie” were on the air. When TV was still going through the transition from Black-and-White to “Living Color,” I walked into the reception area of this TV station and saw huge color pictures of Star Trek and Jeannie casts. It was one of those moments that sticks with you, much, I suppose, as people who attending the first screenings of The Wizard of Oz experienced, when the film shifted from Kansas-gray monochrome to vibrant Oz color.

  18. [...] In a time when deleted scenes truly ended up on the cutting room floor, television networks didn't have the option to messenger out DVD's to advertising agencies.  Booklets were sent out in lieu of screening order to build excitement about new shows and convince advertisers to purchase commercial time.  A colleague of mine was in possession of the Star Trek Booklet from season 1, and I had the opportunity to scan the contents.  See below. Stay tu … Read More [...]

  19. BiggAndyy said

    Is Kirk holding a can of Apple Juice in the first pic?

  20. neonknights said

    This was reprinted in Herb Solow and Bob Justman’s great book, Inside Star Trek: The Real Story. Great and insteresting!

  21. Tom said

    Awesome!!!! I really enjoyed this.

  22. Patrick Gleeson said

    This available on the peerless ‘Inside Star Trek’ book written by Herb Solow and Robert Justman.

  23. John said

    Fascinating. When you think of the high powered gloss that now accompanies mediocre TV productions, it is remarkable that such modest promotional material sowed the seeds of what Star Trek turned into. Content is king … as the Big Bang Theory is proving today.

  24. Jim Cripps said

    Awesome post! Nice how the NBC machine misspelled Nimoy’s name once. It’s even circled in your copy.

  25. Richard said

    Thanks! Is there any way to get a PDF of this? :)

  26. Nikita said

    I’d love a copy of this!

  27. [...] sell sheet can be seen here. Click on a page twice to enlarge that page. Source: StarTrek.com Facebook Page via The Invisible [...]

  28. This is truly a treasure find! Thanks for scanning it and posting it. Love to see more!

    • Dburg said

      No problem Danny! Keep checking we posted a internal letter yesterday from Gene Roddenberry and have a some items I’m in the process of scanning in and posting. Glad you enjoyed!

  29. Patrick said

    Spock’s ears are only SEMI-pointed on the inner page featuring the paragraph on Leonard Nimoy and completely NON-pointed on the image shown on the back cover (space chess).

    Very cool find!

  30. [...] Hart, aka “The Invisible Agent,” has posted a scan of the entire document on his blog for your viewing pleasure. He actually posted it back in June, but I only just became [...]

  31. [...] - Star Trek – NBC Sales Pilot Sell Sheet, 1966: This is how the show was described to the advertisers and network execs. Quite a few changes from from we eventually got…  [The Invisible Agent] [...]

  32. [...] This is a rare find.  A scanned in copy of the original “Star Trek” series sell sheet that was sent out to promote the series when it first began.  See all the pages, in hires. HERE. [...]

  33. Dave said

    If you liked this, check out http://www.startrekhistory.com for more cool rare Star Trek photos and information

  34. What are the dimensions? I’d love to print this out and re-create it on paper but would like it to be the correct size.

  35. margaret agsteribbe said

    I have an actual copy of this brochure (I came across it while working in advertising in the 1980s and cleaning out file drawers)…do you think that any one would want to purchase it ? and for how much? I loved all the Star Trek programs that followed. Am not a collector but have held onto this for years – it was truly a piece of TV history…any feedback appreciated – I tried to find out how to find a buyer years ago. Thanks.

    • Hi Margaret,

      The person that had this one had a similar story…found it in the trash. I honestly have no idea what this is worth, but judging from the response that it’s had here on my blog, I’d say that it would make a die hard fan very happy. Off the top of my head, maybe you could contact Metropolis Comics about determining a value. I have no idea what you’re looking to get for it, but I would possibly be interested.

      I.A.

    • Hi Margaret – sounds like you could answer my question about the actual size of that brochure! Can you share the vertical/horizontal dimensions? I’d love to print one out from the scans provided here and it would be nice to know it was at the original size…

      • Hi Adam,

        I will ask what the original size was…It belongs to a friend of a friend.

        I.A.

      • margaret agsteribbe said

        I will measure when I locate brochure —pretty sure it was same as standard paper (as I have it in a manila folder) must be around 8 1/2 by 11 inches —but promise to follow up really soon.

        Also thanks IA for feedback on selling I had made some inquiries to some Star Trek groups and figure on several hundred $s from some estimates-will let you know what I decide about how and how much to sell—been busy but so glad to have flound this blog site – Margaret

      • margaret agsteribbe said

        My guess was correct —I measured the Star Trek Pilot brochure and it is indeed 8 1/2 X 11 the standard size of plain copy / printing paper.

  36. Thanks so much, Margaret! Looking forward to printing up a simulated version for myself.

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