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April 1, 2014

Here's Gene and Rod opening gifts at Christmas time in the late 70s with Grandma. I totally had a set of those wooden cars when I was a kid, remember when toys didn't need batteries to be fun? I always love seeing these old family pics for a sort of peek into the other side of Gene, but, can you spot the Trek reference in this one?
Rod & Gene Appvd

March 4, 2014

This week, we have a great shot of Gene with the infamous Roger C. Carmel, know to Trek fans far & wide as Harry Mudd from The Original Series. Carmel played Harry Mudd in the TOS episodes Mudd's Women and I, Mudd, and voiced Mudd in The Animated Series episode Mudd's Passion. The episode "I, Mudd" went on to inspire the title of the popular TNG episode I, Borg.



Something many fans don't know: With the obvious exception of those actors who played Enterprise crew members on the series, Carmel is the only actor who portrayed the same character in more than one episode of TOS.

GR w Roger C. Carmel Mudd Appvd

February 18, 2014

Here's a great shot of Gene at a convention with a member of one of the first "villain" races in the franchise.

Can you name the:

  • Actress (bonus points for naming the voice actor)
  • Alien race (bonus points for naming the character)
  • Episode
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February 4, 2014

Here's a shot of Gene and Majel where Gene is no doubt explaining the secrets of the universe. What I can't figure out is where they are (or why anyone ever thought a plaid stripe down the leg of a pair of pants was a good idea...) Not sure who the creepy guy is in the portrait on the wall behind Gene, but can you spot the Trek reference in this photo?
Gene 31 Appvd

January 14, 2014

Another casual photo of Gene Roddenberry from the late '60s. He almost seems to be in the "thinker" pose, could he be pondering the future of his Sci-fi brainchild? What's in the tray in front of him?
Gene 2A Appvd

December 31, 2013

Rod & Gene 036 Appvd
For the holidays: Gene and Rod in front of the Christmas tree - photo taken by Majel.

December 24, 2013

Rod & Gene 013 Appvd
For the holidays: a candid shot of Gene and Rod watching TV around the holidays - photo taken by Majel.

December 17, 2013

Another couple images of the Queen of Trek, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry for this week. On the left, a very nice high resolution (considering the era in which it was taken) black & white photo of a younger Majel from sometime in the 70s. On the right is a shot of MBR signing autographs at a Las Vegas convention in the 1990s.


Majel Young Appvd
Majel Autograph Appvd
Which of the Star Trek roles she played was your favorite? Comment below!

Star Trek characters portrayed by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry:

Number One
(TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")

Computer Voice
(most Federation starship and fixed installation computers)
Christine Chapel
(TOS, TAS, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek IV)
Lwaxana Troi
(TNG, DS9)
M'Ress (and numerous other characters)
(TAS)

December 10, 2013

This week, an example of Gene's efforts to stay connected with the fans. This is an open letter he had published to fans after the huge outpouring of interest that was shown for anything and everything "Trek." I can't help thinking "yes please!" after reading each of the example items he lists...

If you could pick any single authentic souvenir from any Star Trek series, what would it be? Comment below!
GR Letter to Fans Appvd

December 04, 2013

Gene gives a lecture at MIT in 1976! Check it out!

November 26, 2013

This week, a Trek Tuesday twofer!

On top, we have a publicity photo taken in the late 70s, most likely for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Note the Enterprise shadow on the wall behind Gene - made by a strategically placed model (that it almost appears Gene is looking at). The shadow is very indistinct, but the rounded nacelles appear to suggest the model is of the original series Enterprise.

Underneath, is another photo from around 10 years later, which looks to have been taken at the Roddenberry home - probably an early publicity shot for the (then) upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation. In this case, an image of the Enterprise-A is seen on the wall behind Gene, a nod to the previous ship in both cases.

Gene 07 Appvd B
Gene 9 Appvd

November 19, 2013

Think your Trek knowledge is on point? Here's a test!

Name the actor seen here doing shots with Gene (the party animal?) Roddenberry.
Now, name the character he portrayed, the episode he was featured in,
and the series it was a part of.
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November 5, 2013

Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future in which mankind has reached a level of peaceful coexistence included a desire to incorporate existing technology and terminology into the Star Trek universe. This can be seen throughout Star Trek: The Original Series episodes and beyond, and sometimes led to his interacting with people who were involved in the real-world space community. This letter - dated June 13, 1978 - is a prime example of one of these interactions. In it, Gene responds to a reply from NASA's Jesco von Puttkamer regarding the original request for technical advice from NASA's aerospace experts. Gene further requests insight into astronaut "shorthand" jargon, in order to help brainstorm ideas for some of the Trek tech terminology. Originally intended for the Star Trek sequel series that never came to fruition, Star Trek Phase II (referred to as "Act II" in this letter), this research ended up being applied to the screenplay that we know from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

At the end of this letter, Gene extends a personal invitation for Puttkamer to visit him at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood... How sweet would that have been!?

NASA Tech Advice Ltr Appvd

October 29, 2013

In a Trek Tuesday twofer, here we get an intimate look into the everyday home life of the father of Trek, Gene Roddenberry. It's unclear exactly when these pictures were taken, though they appear to be from around the late '60s TOS time-frame. The image on the top, of Gene in his library, instantly conjures images from various Original Series episodes in this life-long Trek fan. The potted plant (the pot itself has stars on it) reminds me of the Pod Plant from one of my favorite episodes - This Side of Paradise - in which Spock uncharacteristically displays a wide range of emotions due to the effects of the Omicron spores he is afflicted with. The statue, on the other hand, reminds me of one of my least favorite episodes - Who Mourns for Adonais? - in which the Enterprise is captured by an alien claiming to be Apollo, the Greek god of the sun. (I always thought this episode was boring as a kid, not enough action.)

What are some of the things these images get YOU thinking about? Comment below, we'd love to hear from you! :)

Gene 08 Appvd
Gene 09 Appvd

October 22, 2013

Here we see the first lady of Star Trek herself, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as the lovely nurse Christine Chapel from The Original Series. Can you tell from the clues in the photo which season this is from?

<center>Other Star Trek characters portrayed by Majel:

Number One
(TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")
Computer Voice
(most Federation starship and fixed installation computers)
Christine Chapel
(TOS, TAS, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek IV)
Lwaxana Troi
(TNG, DS9)
M'Ress (and numerous other characters)
(TAS)

Majel Nurse Chapel Head Shot Appvd

October 15, 2013

Gene Roddenberry sits atop the transporter pad of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Enterprise-D for a promotional shot. Can you guess which season he is promoting?

GR on Transporter Appvd

October 8, 2013

This week, we have an old promotional still of Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, and Scotty from The Original Series. That much is obvious, but - can you pin down which season this is from? Here's a hint, look closely at the costumes/props...

TOS Cast Photo Appvd

October 1, 2013

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NASA Life Support System Letter 003

Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future in which mankind has reached a level of peaceful coexistence included a desire to incorporate historical events into the Star Trek universe. This can be seen throughout Star Trek: The Original Series episodes and beyond, and sometimes led to his interacting with people who were involved in the real-world space community. This letter - dated September 1, 1977 - is a prime example of one of these interactions. In it, NASA's Jesco von Puttkamer replies to Gene's inquiry about the U.S. space program's real world plans for dealing with extended space missions. Questions about life support, food/waste management, and a variety of other considered issues are touched on, in yet another instance of Gene incorporating real-world solutions for scenarios that will not only come into play in the Star Trek universe, but also in the not-so-distant future of our own space program.

September 17, 2013

Here, we see Gene working in his study with a model (we'd all KILL for) of the good ol' NCC-1701 proudly displayed on his desk. Imagine all the Star Trek ideas that were conceived in that very chair, at that very desk! Does anyone recognize the image hanging on the wall to the right behind Gene?

Gene Working Appvd

September 3, 2013

Here we have an old, low-res shot of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry in costume as Lwaxana Troi. I'm sure we can all name the set piece in the background, but can YOU identify which production this costume was used in?
Comment below!


Gene's casting allowed Majel to leave her mark on the franchise in several different roles, including:

Number One
(TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")
Computer Voice
(most Federation starship and fixed installation computers)
Christine Chapel
(TOS, TAS, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek IV)
Lwaxana Troi
(TNG, DS9)
M'Ress (and numerous other characters)
(TAS)


Majel as L&#039;waxana Troi TNG Appvd.jpeg

For more on Majel's history with Gene and
Star Trek, visit her page on Memory Alpha.

August 27, 2013

Gene Roddenberry is seen here captured in another very personal moment holding infant son "Rod" Roddenberry (Rod @ Memory Alpha). Those who missed the previous Gene & son Trek Tuesday might be surprised to learn that as a young boy, Rod never really even watched any Star Trek. Not until his father's passing was he inspired to "seek out" the phenomenon that is the Star Trek universe, and its place in the hearts of fans.

He recalled in one telephone interview: "At my father’s memorial service, I heard a story about how Star Trek impacted someone’s life and that’s when I decided to go on a journey. I spoke to fans and asked them what made the series special."

Rod discovered that one of the most significant elements of the Star Trek universe was the optimistic viewpoint it presented of the future, in which all the worst aspects of mankind have been eliminated, and people come together in harmony, embracing each other's differences to work together in the name of the greater good.

Gene Rod Appvd

"That was the world these fans wanted to live in. I heard this message from so many people around the world. These people were coming from different ethnicities, political persuasions, genders and they all believe in this future. I was inspired by them to carry my father’s message the best way I can."

Trek Nation is the documentation of Rod’s 10-year journey to explore his father’s life. The undertaking inspired him to fully embrace the vision Gene had for the world and invest himself in its future.

August 20, 2013

This week had a lot of exclusive goodies! First, an iTunes featurette for Star Trek Into Darkness, images from XBox Smartglass with a code to win a trip to see Star Trek Into Darkness live orchestrated in London by Michael Giacchino, AND a link to the Defeat Khan website!
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Star Trek Into Darkness - Exclusive iTunes Extra Featurette - Two Enemies

August 13, 2013

We've got a bit of a mystery this week - in image of Gene from the archives with no memo attached! Can you figure out what's in the background? Comment below with your guess! If you can provide a reference for your answer, I'll update the blog to reflect your contribution, and give you credit for the detective work! :)
Gene 05 Appvd

August 6, 2013

This week, in honor of the official Star Trek Convention happening Aug. 8-11 in Las Vegas (Trek Initiative will be there!!), we have an audio recording that Gene Roddenberry himself made in order to answer questions posed to him by interviewer Jules Urbach. Urbach was a 9th grade classmate of Gene's son Rod, who was interviewing Gene for the school newspaper. While the recording quality is not "great," this is still a very interesting insight into the mind of the creator of this worldwide phenomenon we call Star Trek. Recorded in 1989, at the beginning of the relaunch series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," many of the questions have to do with breathing life back into the TV side of the franchise.
Listen, and enjoy!
Gene roddenberry

July 30, 2013

After the cancellation of Star Trek: The Original Series, Gene Roddenberry stated that he was "perceived as the guy who made the show that was an expensive flop" and that because of this he "couldn't get work." With a $2,000/month alimony obligation from his 1969 divorce, he began to support himself largely on the college lecture circuit and with science fiction convention appearances. Roddenberry's sci-fi convention appearances often included a viewing of the Star Trek blooper reel (much to the dismay of Leonard Nimoy, who felt that Roddenberry's overuse of the material cheapened the fans' view of the series), a black and white print of the first Star Trek pilot that included scenes excised from "The Menagerie" (Part I and Part II), and his thoughts on the future of mankind.
Gene 29 Appvd

July 23, 2013

Seen here is an image of the final approved CGI model of Enterprise NX-01 from Star Trek: Enterprise designed by long-time Trek contributor Doug Drexler. This was the first starring ship in a Star Trek series for which the development of its design was aided by CGI. It was also the first Star Trek main ship to be depicted without the creation of a practical model, as no practical studio models of Enterprise were ever made for the series. Drexler originally favored a slightly bronze tint for Enterprise's hull, but this coloration was altered after the approval CG model of the craft was sent to Foundation Imaging, to be refined into the high resolution production version of the ship.
ENT Ship Model Appvd
Click image to expand - 20 times larger than displayed here!

Drexler also had a refit concept for the series progression of Enterprise that was never used on the show. In his blog (no longer available online) he explains: "My idea was that at the end of the fourth season, the ship would put into drydock for a major refit." "After four years, out there, dealing with unknowns, it would be time to upgrade the ship based on everything they had learned."

July 16, 2013

Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future in which mankind has reached a level of peaceful coexistence included a desire to incorporate historical events into the Star Trek universe. This can be seen throughout Star Trek: The Original Series episodes and beyond, and sometimes led to his interacting with people who were involved in the real-world space community. This letter - dated October 25, 1977 - is a prime example of one of these interactions. In it, Gene requests the use of an existing JPL model of one of NASA's Voyager probes (Voyager 1 was launched by NASA on September 5, 1977) for use in a story treatment written July 31, 1977 by Alan Dean Foster, entitled "In Thy Image." Originally intended for the Star Trek sequel series that never came to fruition, Star Trek Phase II, this model went on to become the core on which the V'Ger entity - that we know from Star Trek: The Motion Picture - was based. Although the craft that V'Ger was shown to have been spawned from was Voyager 6, at the time they could not have known that only two Voyager probes would ever be built and launched.
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Trek-Initiative-Exclusives-JPL Voyager Model Loan Ltr Appvd pg1
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July 9, 2013

TOS Promo Poster Rare Appvd
This week we have a rare promotional poster for Star Trek: The Original Series. Can you imagine traveling back in time to the original set, and trying to convince them exactly what kind of a phenomenon they were creating? I seriously doubt any of them - even Gene himself - could have predicted the "Big Bang" effect that TOS would have, in spawning such a massive sci-fi universe. I've seen every single film, and every single episode listed below, and it still blows my mind to see them all laid out in a list. Have a look for yourself, and bear in mind that these are merely the screen offerings. When considering the novels, comics, and games... the vastness of the franchise becomes even more unbelievable.


Television

Films

July 2, 2013

Here we have a rare candid picture of Gene and Majel out on the town with TOS cast member Nichelle Nichols. Take a moment to appreciate the look being shared between Gene and Majel... There's no doubt that these two were very much in love. What do you suppose they were thinking?
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June 25, 2013

The king and queen of the Star Trek universe - Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry - enjoy a moment on the bridge of the post-destruction refit Enterprise NCC-1701-A which appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Gene's casting allowed Majel to leave her mark on the franchise in several different roles, including:

Number One
(TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")
Computer Voice
(most Federation starship and fixed installation computers)
Christine Chapel
(TOS, TAS, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek IV)
Lwaxana Troi
(TNG, DS9)
M'Ress (and numerous other characters)
(TAS)


Majel &amp; Gene on TNG Bridge

For more on Majel's history with Gene and
Star Trek, visit her page on Memory Alpha.

June 18, 2013

If this typewriter could talk... One can only imagine how many Star Trek character and stories were first imagined into existence using this old machine. Amazing to think all that advanced, futuristic technology came into the world on a simple manual typewriter. On the wall behind Gene, a photograph of NASA's Space Shuttle prototype/test vehicle can be seen. As the result of a successful letter writing campaign, NASA named this non-orbital forerunner of the well-known Space Shuttle program "Enterprise."
Gene using Typewriter 2

June 11, 2013

Picard referred to Riker as #1 (his first officer), but in the hearts of fans, Gene Roddenberry will always be our
"Real #1."
Gene &amp; J Frakes

June 4, 2013

GR On His Boat

Any guess as to the name of this vessel? For a hint, squint your eyes and look at Gene's cap...
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May 28, 2013

Gene on set of the Cage

Gene Roddenberry towers over the Talosians on the set of the original series pilot episode "The Cage." Many canonical inconsistencies are of note in this episode which set it aside from those that follow. One of the most obvious is that Spock can be seen smiling! (*gasp*)

For more continuity notes, check out the Memory Alpha "Continuity" section for this episode.

May 21, 2013

Rod &amp; Gene 005
Gene Roddenberry is seen here captured in a very personal moment holding infant son "Rod" Roddenberry (Rod @ Memory Alpha). Some fans would be surprised to learn that as a young boy, Rod never really even watched any Star Trek. Not until his father's passing was he inspired to "seek out" the phenomenon that is the Star Trek universe, and its place in the hearts of fans.

He recalled in one telephone interview: "At my father’s memorial service, I heard a story about how Star Trek impacted someone’s life and that’s when I decided to go on a journey. I spoke to fans and asked them what made the series special."

Rod discovered that one of the most significant elements of the Star Trek universe was the optimistic viewpoint it presented of the future, in which all the worst aspects of mankind have been eliminated, and people come together in harmony, embracing each other's differences to work together in the name of the greater good.

"That was the world these fans wanted to live in. I heard this message from so many people around the world. These people were coming from different ethnicities, political persuasions, genders and they all believe in this future. I was inspired by them to carry my father’s message the best way I can."

Trek Nation is the documentation of Rod’s 10-year journey to explore his father’s life. The undertaking inspired him to fully embrace the vision Gene had for the world and invest himself in its future.

May 14, 2013

Gene with ST Masks
Here we see Gene Roddenberry with several masks bearing the likenesses of some Original Series characters. Obviously up front are Kirk and Spock, but also visible behind Gene are a few of the more recognizable monsters from the series:
Trek Tuesday 5-14-2013 Gorn
A Gorn
from fan-favorite episode "Arena"
Trek Tuesday 5-14-2013 M-113 Creature
The M-113 "salt vampire" creature
from "The Man Trap"
Trek Tuesday 5-14-2013 Mugato
A Mugato
from "A Private Little War"

May 7, 2013

Majel &amp; Gene Wdding Picture
Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett were married in Japan on August 6, 1969 in a traditional Buddhist-Shinto ceremony. Though their legal wedding was actually a simple civil ceremony on December 29th of that same year (Gene's first marriage was not yet dissolved), they considered this to be their "real" wedding. Five years later on February 5th, 1974, they welcomed the arrival of their first child, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, Jr., known affectionately as "Rod."

Roddenberry and Barrett remained married until his death in 1991, and you probably already know that some of his ashes were sent into space. The beloved Majel Barrett-Roddenberry passed away December 18, 2008 in her Bel Air home. She died peacefully, in her sleep, and was surrounded by family and loved ones. While the internet as we know it today was still in its infancy at the time of Gene's passing, in 2008 there was a massive outpouring from fans and celebrities across all corners of social media.

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