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Local Pride



The small town of Riverside, Iowa (pop. 1,008) is tremendously proud of its most famous son, James Tiberius Kirk. So the citizens erected a monument to mark the site of his birth.

The local history museum, as you can see in the video, places a great emphasis on Kirk's life and work. Who's up for a road trip?

Link -via Kuriositas | Video of the Monument and Museum

Photo by Flickr user Madolan Greene used under Creative Commons license

Hate to tell you, but in 2204 the Ferengi will go back in time to 2009 and steal the monument. They will keep it as a trophy until 2294, when they will auction it to the Husnak, shortly before they are exterminated by the Dowd.
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Holy crap we were just there a couple weeks ago! Their scaled down starship USS Riverside was unfortunately not there that day. The axle had broken on its trailer somewhere out on the road and it was being repaired. No serious damage to the ship I was told.
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The sad thing is, I see some family actually moving to Riverside 216 years from now-ish for the sole purpose of getting their son born on that day so they can name him James T Kirk. If we actually do manage first contact in about 50 or so years, people will be chalking Roddenberry as the next Aristotle.
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They actually did a Joe Shmo type production there a few years ago. Shatner went out and had the whole town participate in a "sci-fi movie". i haven't made it through the whole series, but they seem like really nice folks out there. I hope they take the reveal better than Joe did.
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