Yeoman Smith. Dr. Piper. Communications Officer Alden. These aren't the characters we know and love from one of sci-fi's most popular TV shows, Star Trek. But if it weren't for them, we would never have had the 1966-1969 classic we know and love.
Star Trek's Facebook page recently posted a link to the original "sell sheet," which TheInvisibleAgent describes as "Booklets [that] build excitement about new shows and convince advertisers to purchase commercial time."
In this sell sheet, we see plans for characters that we only know from the second pilot/third aired episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (These characters later became Yeoman Rand, Dr. McCoy and Lt. Uhura). Their character descriptions and photos helped convince advertisers to spend money on Star Trek, and the rest is television history.
We're amused by the misspelling of Leonard Nimoy's name in his bio. But we're even more amused (and horrified) by the description of the attractive Yeoman Smith:
A capable secretary and efficient dispenser of instant coffee, she also provides a welcome change of scenery for eyes that have spent long hours scanning the vast reaches of space.