I also was born in Sept 1966. TOS is a favorite for me, but the refit era is always modern Trek in my mind somehow. The TOS cast thrust into danger.
TOS could be a bit creepy at times, but post ALIEN, post Empire Strikes Back--space became dangerous. The slasher films of the 1980s--it all made TOS innocent, and I like to see the TOS cast navigate this dangerous new world.
In my own little alternate universe, the Refit era continued, we had a Star Trek/Star Wars cross-over around 1986--a little playing around with that.
An asteroid strike demands an increase in real space spending, and we see Starfleet academy, and Enterprise around 1987.
Instead of JJ, Star Trek the Next Generation starts in 2009, and we see Probert and Sternbach just starting out, the TNG cast somehow the 1987 age but in 2009-- and Enterprise D hits the screen but with modern effects. The wonder of Avatar blends into TNG--as it deserved to.
That is how Trek should have went.