Top Twelve Parallels between Star Trek and The Grateful Dead

I found this nowhere but my own brain and research. I did write a short poem back in 1994 exploring some of this, which I recently rediscovered. My writer’s group last night told me the references were too obscure. They were probably right – and it’s somewhat dated now. But it makes for a good table.

Star Trek Dead
Starfleet is headquartered in SF, CA Dead began in SF, CA
First Season aired 1966-1967 First Album released March 1967
Though an early pilot was rejected in 1965 Though they had been performing since 1965
Chekov joined crew in the second season Mickey Hart joined band on their second album
Hasn’t been the same since TNG ended in 1994 Hasn’t been the same since Jerry died in 1995
Not to say Paramount hasn’t tried Not to say the surviving members haven’t tried
Trekkies attend multiple conventions/yr Deadheads attended multiple concerts/yr
Dealers sometimes sell illegal items at cons Dealers sometimes sold illegal items at concerts
Episode Title: Shades of Gray Song Title: Touch of Gray
Episode Title: Encounter at Farpoint Station Song Title: Terrapin Station
Leonard Nimoy – cast – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Jerry Garcia – crew – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Keep on Trekkin Keep on Truckin

update added fascinating Body Snatchers factoid.

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