January 28, 2009 |
The creator of "Star Trek" and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year. The couple's cremated remains will be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand the rigors of space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft will carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. After Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, his wife commissioned Celestis to launch a part of his remains into space in 1997.
January 17, 2008 |
It seems like the logical step: "Star Trek: The Tour" is an interactive exhibit of gadgets, gewgaws and everything Trek guaranteed to get science fiction geeks' (c'mon, you know who you are) antennas twitching. The planned five-year mission kicks off Friday in Long Beach. So we established a com link to that goodwill ambassador from Earth, William Shatner. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE LEGACY OF "STAR TREK?" The legacy of "Star Trek" is a lot of entertainment for many millions of people and a lot of talented people being employed -- in addition to a message for mankind which says everybody deserves a place on this earth and just let them be. HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT TO BE JAMES T. KIRK, CAPTAIN OF THE ENTERPRISE AND UNIVERSAL LADIES' MAN?
October 22, 2006
Although I share Dan Neil's concern about any plans Paramount Pictures may have for the next "Star Trek" feature film, I do not agree that the "franchise" should be abandoned ("Galaxy for Sale," 800 Words, Oct. 1). Certainly the series' creator, Gene Roddenberry, wouldn't feel that way, nor do millions of "Star Trek" fans worldwide. What "Star Trek" does desperately need is some new blood. Hopefully with J.J. Abrams at the helm, the next film will get the ship and her crew back on course!
May 5, 2005
Re "Strange New World: No 'Star Trek,' " Commentary, May 3: Orson Scott Card claims that the popularity of the "Star Trek" franchise over the years was due to the fact that the public was starving for science fiction but at the same time was largely unsophisticated in its tastes for the genre. To the contrary, it is Card who has failed to achieve a stable orbit. The reason for Gene Roddenberry's success is that it captured a positive vision of the future. "Star Trek," together with the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film "2001: A Space Odyssey," arose during the '60s, a decade of hope in the midst of a culture beset with war, racism and sexism.
December 17, 2001
In "Overload of the 'Rings'?" (Dec. 13) you write that without J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "most likely there would be no Capt. Kirk, no Luke Skywalker--and definitely no Harry Potter." With regard to Gene Roddenberry's creation: "Star Trek's" Capt. Kirk is a direct descendant of one of Roddenberry's favorite fictional characters, C.S. Forester's Capt. Horatio Hornblower. Roddenberry was also influenced by the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials he saw as a teen in the 1930s and the many pulp novels he read.
October 19, 2000 |
Kevin Sorbo--he of the flowing mane and buffed bod--has been inextricably linked to the high-camp action adventure series he starred in, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," which sat atop the syndicated heap for much of its six-year original run and still pulls in strong numbers in repeats. But the Minnesota native, who was a model and commercial actor before breaking into Hollywood in the Hercules role, aims to recast himself as a leaner, more thoughtful TV hero.