Two decades ago, on August 21, 1997, I launched the original incarnation of this site. First hosted on aol.com, Star Trek: The Film Frontier initially focused on the making of the Trek movies. There were eight of them in 1997. In 2017, there are thirteen, with more eventually to come, I’m sure.
Back then, I really did not let my own voice shine through very often. The original site was mostly a collection of quotes from the cast and crew that I compiled from about a dozen reference books. Some of the early versions of the Star Trek movie pages on Wikipedia (established 2001) were actually straight out copy and paste jobs from my site, with no credit given (long since removed).
I eventually expanded The Film Frontier to include my other key movie interests of the time, Star Wars and Superman. Soon, The Film Frontier became more of a blog and included Elvis Presley and other pop culture topics beyond science fiction & fantasy movies. For awhile, I wrote solely about Elvis (The Mystery Train Elvis Blog), but eventually came back to the concept of a blog where I could just write whatever I wanted.
Today, I have the awkwardly named Pastimescapes, but it all started twenty years ago with Star Trek: The Film Frontier.
While Pastimescapes will not soon set any records for number of visitors, I truly appreciate those who do take the time to view my little bits of randomness. I’d like to thank both of you for reading.
I’d also like to thank the moon for providing a solar eclipse today in honor of this site’s 20th anniversary.
It’s been fun, but I’m hoping the next 20 years won’t roll around so fast.