@PKTrekGirl: I was enjoying a highly creative and challenging year in sixth grade science with a great teacher (RIP Mr. Miller) when TOS debuted. Without a doubt these two men, Miller and Kirk, sealed my fate as an engineer. I have enjoyed nearly 40 years in engineering. But I am still ticked 'cause we're not vacationing on the moon yet!
BTW, your list of favs mirrors my own in some eerily psychic way ... Firefly? So you're the other one!