The grassroots Star Trek campaign that saved the series

Before the age of Facebook campaigns and Twitter tags fans used to have to show up in person, and fight for their right to watch more Star Trek. Check out the original "save our show" protest, from 1968.

The Los Angeles Times has released an old picture from their vault of a "Trekkie" protest on the steps of NBC. Here's a tidbit from the article the Jan. 8, 1968 article:

Students at Caltech have found little time for demonstrations, protests and draft card burnings rampant on many of the nation's campuses.

But Saturday night, a throng of more than 200 chanting, banner-waving Caltech scholars conducted a torchlight procession through the streets of Burbank to carry a protest to the steps of the National Broadcasting Company.

In what some observers suggest may be the emergence of the college's social conscience, the enraged students voiced opposition to rumored canceling of NBC's science fiction series Star Trek.

"It Is Totally Illogical to Cancel Star Trek," read the sign of one bespectacled protester…

The best part of these awesome trailblazers' work — their campaign worked. NBC picked up Star Trek for one more season (but sadly, it was moved to the Friday death slot). Shortly after the third season NBC canned Trek, but the legacy lives on.