I studied History and Philosophy and MRes MCC at Keele University, having educated myself beyond the possibility of useful employment I have time for hobbies.
Current Residence: Sheffield
Favourite genre of music: Anything, heavy metal to pop
Favourite style of art: Abstract
MP3 player of choice: iPod,only because it went with an alarm clock
Favourite cartoon character: South Park Goths
Yeah. He may have had a rough time in his previous jobs but he's still got that chirpy personality you see in so many astromechs.
They appeared in other scifis even earlier but not as famously as in Star Trek. It's like automatic doors, Trek fans will claim Star Trek was the show that inspired then, which may be true, but they appeared in other series' and films before Star Trek was made.
NCC - 1971 the year Vladislav Volkov died in space. So not as old as the Reliant but still quite old. If you check out the refit I posted where I've lowered the pod I've written a bit of the ship's history in the description.