James Tiberius “Jim” Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise, appearing in numerous television episodes, films, books, comics, and video games. As the captain of the starship USS Enterprise, Kirk leads his crew as they explore “where no man has gone before”. The town of Riverside, Iowa, petitioned Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures in 1985 for permission to “adopt” Kirk as their town’s “Future Son”. Paramount wanted $40,000 for a license to reproduce a bust of Kirk, but the city instead set a plaque and built a replica of the Enterprise (named the “USS Riverside”), and the Riverside Area Community Club holds an annual “Trek Fest” in anticipation of Kirk’s birthday. Continue reading for more.