Gene Roddenberry became interested in science fiction after reading an issue of Astounding Stories while still in in junior high.
Gene Roddenberry worked as a Pan-Am World Airways airline pilot for four years.
There is an asteroid named in his honor, named "4659 Roddenberry".
October 4th has been declared "Roddenberry Day" in El Paso, Texas.
Gene Roddenberry originally conceived the Klingons to look more "alien" than they do in the original Star Trek series, but budget constraints prevented this.
Gene Roddenberry's middle name, "Wesley", was purposely given to the Star Trek: The Next Generation character "Wesley Crusher".
Was a close friend of Jack Webb.
During his years in the LAPD, he was the spokesman of LAPD Chief W.H. Parker.
Died on 24 October 1991, exactly ten years after Marina Sirtis's father.
While meeting with George Takei about a role on Star Trek, Gene accidentally pronounced George's last name 'Ta-kei', which is similar to the word expensive in Japanese "takai" . He remembered the pronouncation by rhyming it with "OK".
Father, with Majel Barrett, of Rod Roddenberry.
Father of actress Dawn Roddenberry.
Served on the Los Angeles Police Force from 1949 - 1956, badge number 6089. This information from "Star Trek Creator" by David Alexander.
He had many lovers and was sometimes overt about it. He and Majel Barrett had been lovers for years when he decided it was time to marry her and asked her to join him -- although he happened to be visiting Japan at the time. Gene did not adhere to any particular religion and since they were in Japan they chose to have a Shinto-Buddhist wedding on 6 August 1969. They regarded this as their real wedding, but his divorce was not yet final and they made it legal with a civil ceremony on 29 December 1969.
In 1943 while a US Army Air Corps pilot, his plane crashed on takeoff due to a mechanical failure, killing two crew members.
Gene has a building named in his honor on the Paramount Studio lot.
Gene died within 48 hours of screening Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the last Trek that revolved around his original characters.
Gene's first TV script sale, in 1953, was the episode Defense Plant Gambling for the show Mr. District Attorney. It was broadcast March 2, 1954. In the science-fiction field, his first was The Secret Weapon of 117, broadcast March 6, 1956 on the anthology series Chevron Hall of Stars.
During WWII, Gene wrote a song lyric "I Wanna Go Home", which became popular among the other troops.
On June 19, 1947 Gene was deadheading (traveling while not on duty) on a Pan Am plane when it crashed in the Syrian desert, killing 7 of 9 crew and 7 of 26 passengers on board. He rescued the Maharani of Pheleton from the wreck. Rescue came in hours, but too late to save most of the luggage, and the victims' possessions, from local tribesmen and villagers.
Gene might have died in a house fire when still a toddler along with Bob, Doris, and their mother, but a milkman came along and woke them in time.
Gene was 6' 1" (1.85 m) tall.
Gene's nickname was "The Great Bird of the Galaxy."
In 1997, some of Gene's ashes were sent into space, launched by a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
During WWII, Gene had a friend named Kim Noonien Singh; after the war Kim disappeared, and Gene used his name for some characters in the Star Trek series (Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II, and Noonien Soong from Star Trek: The Next Generation) hoping for Kim to contact him.
Gene was married to Eileen Anita Rexroat from June 20, 1942 until their divorce on December 24, 1969.
Gene was married to actress Majel Barrett from December 29, 1969 until his death on October 24, 1991.
Gene Roddenberry: Science fiction writers are not necessarily good movie writers. It may be that Star Trek is a television-type vehicle.
Gene Roddenberry: You can't take this speck of dust in this midst of all this incredible panorama of birth and complexifying and say... this is the only place that life happens. It's like turning your back on the whole idea of growth and evolution.
Gene Roddenberry: You'd have to be a madman to sit down and say, "Well, what do I do today? I think I'll create a phenomenon!"
Gene Roddenberry: My favorite (episode) was City on the Edge of Forever because I stole a little money from other episodes to do it.
Gene Roddenberry: When they say on a show "Created by" anyone, like "Created by Gene Roddenberry", that is not true. I laid out a pathway, and then the only thing I will take credit for is, I surrounded myself by very bright people who came up with all those wonderful things. And then you can appear very smart.
Gene Roddenberry: This city, Los Angeles, this is a 21st Century city in the making. It's becoming a Third World city, and I think that's marvelous. The mixture of races and colors and religions here says that democracy does work... and it's a great thing; you haven't seen anything yet... we can become anything, do anything we want to do in Los Angeles.
Gene Roddenberry: I had insisted on half women on board (the Enterprise). The network came to me and said, "You can't have half women. Our people say it will make it look like a ship with all sorts of mad sexual things going on -- half men and half women." So we argued about it like a poker game and they finally said, "Okay. We'll settle for one-third women." I figured one-third women could take care of the males anyway.
Gene Roddenberry: Time is the fire in which we burn.
Gene Roddenberry: A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.
Gene Roddenberry: We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
DeForest Kelley: Gene changed the course of everyday life in the cast, and he's also changed the lives of God-knows-how-many thousands of other people who view what he's done. I think that will continue to happen for some time to come.
Gene Roddenberry: One of the things Star Trek says is that when the future comes, we will have successfully dealt with all of those issues of race and sex and and we will have evolved to a point as human beings where we've got some of our stuff together. And we can take that consciousness out and explore...this is something to shoot for, I think.
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