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Alexander "Sandy" Courage, composer of the theme to the Star Trek TV series, has died at age 88.

He also composed music used in several episodes of the 1960s-era classic series.

Courage once admitted he didn't quite know what he was getting into when he first composed the out-of-this-world theme.

"I have to confess to the world that I am not a science fiction fan," Courage said in 2000. "Never have been. I think it's just marvelous malarkey. So you write some, you hope, marvelous malarkey music that goes with it."

And how about that whoosh sound when the Enterprise glides through the opening credits? That was Courage's own voice.

Though he didn't compose the themes, he is also credited with creating music for The Waltons, Lost in Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. - J.R. Whalen

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