Although it is relatively rare, we do occasionally see birthday celebrations in Star Trek. Kirk’s birthday is a plot device in STII: The Wrath of Khan and Lieutenant Worf’s birthday celebration is shown in ST: The Next Generation episode “Parallels”.
I happen to like the depiction of characters’ birthdays in Trek. Somehow it makes those characters feel more real and reveals more about them. One Star Trek regular whose birthday I do not recall seeing played out on screen is Commander Riker, although I would like to have seen how that would have been handled. I imagine Riker might be a bit of a party animal and could end up in Sickbay the morning after his birthday. Oh well. We’ll never know.
Until recently, I wouldn’t have had the vaguest idea how Jonathan Frakes (the actor who brought Riker to life) might celebrate his birthday. After having met him last week, however, and seeing how outgoing and funny he is, I imagine he might be a blast at parties – especially one in his honor! I further imagine that there may be just such a party tonight as today is Frakes’ 59th birthday. I will have to settle for wishing him a happy birthday from the paragraphs of this blog as I’ve yet to receive my invitation to the shindig. So, a very happy birthday Mr. Frakes and many more to you! If you get that invite to me by way of email or a telephone call, I might just have time to book a flight. Nudge nudge, wink wink, ring ring!!
By the way, today would also have been the 90th birthday of the Great Bird of the Galaxy himself, Mr. Eugene Wesley Roddenberry. I also had the pleasure of meeting Gene a couple of times and found him to be among the warmest, most sincere individuals I have ever encountered. I hope, wherever he is, he realizes the great impact he and his television shows have had on me and so many millions of others like me. Wishing you a happy birthday Gene!