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Who first noticed that ST:TOS red shirts were an endangered species? Was it one of the fans or in a forum?

Subsidiary question: did the producers ever talk contemporaneously about the phenomena?

  • A search of google books would suggest that the term wasn't contemporaneous; google.com/… – Valorum Sep 2 '16 at 21:45
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    I've found early references to red shirt deaths in cinefantastique Vol 22 (1991) but nothing much before that. I'd dearly love to get hold of these issues because they've got loads of behind-the-scenes stuff about Star Trek and gay rights; books.google.co.uk/… – Valorum Sep 2 '16 at 21:55
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    I doubt it was contemporary. I saw a statistical analysis somewhere that stated yellowshirts had the highest mortality rate. – miltonaut Sep 2 '16 at 22:14
  • When I finally got around to watching TOS, I was surprised to learn that there were almost no red shirt deaths until the second season, so I wouldn't be surprised if no one noticed it at the time, or if it was not even a strong trend to begin with and has been somewhat exaggerated. Much like how Kirk hasn't slept with all that many aliens. – Ixrec Sep 2 '16 at 23:45
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    No red shirt joking in the SNL skit w/ John Belushi from 1976 - snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75vstartrek.phtml – NKCampbell Oct 18 '17 at 13:51

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