Roddenberry in 1976
|Born||Eugene Wesley Roddenberry
August 19, 1921
El Paso, Texas, United States
|Died||October 24, 1991 (aged 70)
Santa Monica, California, United States
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Residence||Bel Air, Los Angeles|
|Other names||Robert Wesley|
|Education||Franklin High School|
|Alma mater||Los Angeles City College|
|Occupation||Television writer, producer|
|Home town||Los Angeles|
|Spouse(s)||Eileen-Anita Rexroat (1942â€“1969)
Majel Barrett (1969â€“his death, 1991)
|Parent(s)||Eugene Edward Roddenberry
Caroline “Glen” Goleman
|Service/branch||United States Army Air Forces|
|Years of service||1941â€“1945|
|Unit||394th Bombardment Squadron|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
'Star Trek' is a 'Wagon Train' concept – built around characters who travel to worlds 'similar' to our own, and meet the action-adventure-drama which become our stories. Their transportation is the cruiser 'S.S. Yorktown,' performing a well-defined and long-range Exploration-Science-Security mission which helps create our format.
I remember myself as an asthmatic child, having great difficulties at 7, 8 and 9 years old, falling totally in love with 'Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle' and dreaming of having his strength to leap into trees and throw mighty lions to the ground.
We stress humanity, and this is done at considerable cost. We can't have a lot of dramatics that other shows get away with – promiscuity, greed, jealousy. None of those have a place in 'Star Trek.'
It has become a crusade of mine to demonstrate that TV need not be violent to be exciting.
Normal television limits what you can do. With science fiction, you can exercise your imagination more. I fell in love with it.
His name is 'Mr. Spock.' And the first view of him can be almost frightening – a face so heavy-lidded and satanic you might almost expect him to have a forked tail. Probably half Martian, he has a slightly reddish complexion and semi-pointed ears.
When you get into an airplane by yourself and take off, you find yourself in this lovely, three-dimensional world where you can go in any direction. There is no feeling any more exciting than that.
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.
The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that 'Star Trek' has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission… to boldly go where no man has gone before.
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.
It is important to the typical 'Star Trek' fan that there is a tomorrow. They pretty much share the 'Star Trek' philosophies about life: the fact that it is wrong to interfere in the evolvement of other peoples, that to be different is not necessarily to be wrong or ugly.
'Star Trek' was an attempt to say humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms.
If 'Trek' is a hit, we'd love to do a series of films – a regular event. Look at James Bond's films. They've been around since the early sixties.
I have felt many times trapped by 'Star Trek.' It cost me dearly. It won't anymore, because I've come to grips with what it is and where it fits in my life.
'Star Trek' says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived.
I'd been an Army bomber pilot and fascinated by the Navy and, particularly, the story of the Enterprise, which at Midway really turned the tide in the whole war in our favor. I'd always been proud of that ship and wanted to use the name.
'Star Trek' speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow – it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.
I wanted to send a message to the television industry that excitement is not made of car chases.
The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.
I was tired of writing for shows where there was always a shoot-out in the last act and somebody was killed. 'Star Trek' was formulated to change that.
My model for Kirk was Horatio Hornblower from the C.S. Forester sea stories. Shatner was open-minded about science fiction and a marvelous choice.
No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids – human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard.