seems altogether fitting that the man who created Star Trek
and opened the eyes of the world to the infinite possibilities
of space was part of the generation born in the 1920s. This generation
saw humanity take its first fledgling steps in aviation and walk
on the moon within the span of a single lifetime. Who better to
point our way to a positive, humanistic future in space than someone
who had experienced such dramatic technological and social change
in his own life?
Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas but
spent his lifetime in southern California. A voracious reader,
he was self-assured, daring, and experimental as a youth. These
characteristics would prevail throughout his life.
A prolific screenwriter before creating Star
Trek, Mr. Roddenberry's "other" careers included
pilot with the Army Air Corps and Pan American Airways and officer
with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Of course the world knows Gene Roddenberry as the prime mover
behind the Star Trek phenomenon.
He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service
Medal posthumously on January 30, 1993, by NASA Administrator
"Gene Roddenberry's creative genius opened the imaginations
of hundreds of millions to the fact that the remarkable achievements
of NASA are only the first step in an advancing technology that
will carry humankind away from humanity's birthplace and out to
the stars -- perhaps to join the even larger and more diverse
community of intelligent life in the Cosmos."
--Hugh Downs and Robert Jastrow letter to
NASA Administrator Dan Goldin, September 24, 1992
"In his own view of himself, Gene was a storyteller.
He had a story for all occasions, and as self-effacing as he was,
it wasn't uncommon for him to create a convenient story to dramatize
some aspect of his life or career to divert attention away from
his innate shyness. . . Gene was a complex man with a penchant
for life, for love, and mostly for humanity, but a man who needed
to be loved in return."
--Majel Barrett Roddenberry, March 1994
"Had he lived a thousand years ago, Gene
would be as revered by society then as he is today, for his special
genius would have been recognized in any culture, in any time.
Gene held up a mirror for us to examine ourselves , to see the
best and worst, to understand that we could be better than we
--David Alexander, Star Trek Creator,
"For me, I guess, Gene Roddenberry is
Thoreau. I always wanted to meet a visionary. I didn't realize
it until I was on my way over here that that's exactly what he
--Whoopi Goldberg, Roddenberry Memorial Tribute,