Freethinker: Gene Roddenberry



On this date in 1921, writer/producer Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, creator of “Star Trek,” was born in El Paso, Texas. He left for “Space, the final frontier,” at age 70 from a cardiopulmonary blood clot. In college he studied pre-law and engineering and got his pilot’s license. He flew B-17s in World War II and was a commercial pilot for Pan Am. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1949 and became speechwriter for Chief William H. Parker. He began writing scripts for TV shows like “The U.S. Steel Hour,” “Goodyear Theater,” “The Kaiser Aluminum Hour,” “Four Star Theater,” “Dragnet,” “The Jane Wyman Theater” and “Naked City.” He won his first Emmy for “Have Gun, Will Travel.” “Star Trek” debuted on NBC in 1966 and ran until 1969 (79 episodes). A sequel series, “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” premiered in 1987 and ended in 1994 (176 episodes). Paramount Pictures produced 11 “Star Trek” feature films through 2013. D. 1991

“I have always been reasonably leery of religion because there are so many edicts in religion, ‘thou shalt not,’ or ‘thou shalt.’ I wanted my world of the future to be clear of that.”

——Gene Roddenberry, cited by Susan Sackett (


An Atheist In Iowa August 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Wait, Gene Roddenberry did “Have Gun, Will Travel?” I’ve never paid enough attention I guess. I love that show very much and now I know why! lol

Reverend Jane Eagle August 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

I’ve been thinking about Gene lately. He changed our world with his brilliance, and gave us an amazingly hopeful future, one worth working for. Somehow I doubt we’ll make it there, but it’s still worth working for. Miss you, Gene.