Gene Roddenberry Channeled by Karl Mollison 20Dec2018

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Gene Roddenberry Channeled by Karl Mollison 20Dec2018


Gene Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter and producer. 

He is best remembered for creating the original Star Trek television series. 

Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, where his father was a police officer. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked as a commercial pilot after the war. 

On August 2, 1943, while flying B-17E-BO, the plane Roddenberry was piloting overshot the runway by 500 feet and impacted trees, crushing the nose, and starting a fire, killing two men. The official report absolved Roddenberry of any responsibility. 

He was involved in a further plane crash, this time as a passenger. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross  and the Air Medal. 

He experienced his third crash while on the Clipper Eclipse  on June 18, 1947.  The plane came down in the Syrian Desert, and Roddenberry, who took control as the ranking flight officer, suffered two broken ribs but was able to drag injured passengers out of the burning plane and led the group to get help. Fourteen (or fifteen) people died in the crash; 11 passengers needed hospital treatment, and eight were unharmed. 

Later, he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he also began to write scripts for television. 

As a freelance writer, Roddenberry wrote scripts for  Highway Patrol, Have Gun–Will Travel, and other series, before creating and producing his own television series  The Lieutenant.  

In 1964, Roddenberry created Star Trek, which premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons before being canceled. He then worked on other projects, including a string of failed television pilots. The syndication of Star Trek  led to its growing popularity; this, in turn, resulted in the Star Trek feature films, on which Roddenberry continued to produce and consult. 

In 1987, the sequel series Star Trek: The Next Generation  began airing on television in first-run syndication; Roddenberry was heavily involved in the initial development of the series, but took a less active role after the first season due to ill health. He continued to consult on the series until his death in 1991. 

In 1985, he became the first TV writer with a star on the  Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was later inducted by both the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. Years after his death, Roddenberry was one of the first humans to have his ashes carried into earth orbit. The popularity of the Star Trek universe and films has inspired films, books, comic books, video games, and fan films set in the Star Trek  universe.