History Creator / GeneRoddenberry

31st Oct '15 10:49:04 PM hamonrye
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->''"''Franchise/StarTrek'' 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. No, [[AncientAstronauts ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids]] ''human beings'' built them, [[HumansAreSpecial because they're clever and they work hard]]. And ''Star Trek'' is about ''those'' things."'' '''Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991) was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
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->''"''Franchise/StarTrek'' speaks to some basic human needs: that there [[quoteright:275:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/grod.jpg]] ''[[caption-width-right:275:The strength of a civilization is a tomorrow it's not all going measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.]]'' ->''"During his speech he said something like, 'One day we'll be over with a big flash able to go out, get any movie we want, put it in our television and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, [[AncientAstronauts ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids]] ''human beings'' built them, [[HumansAreSpecial because they're clever and they work hard]]. And ''Star Trek'' is about ''those'' things."'' watch it at will.' I remember thinking, 'My God, how does he know these things?'"'' -->--'''Raphael Sbarge''', actor '''Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991) 1991), aka "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
3rd Sep '15 3:50:32 PM Allronix
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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Pre-Internet, most creators and studios went out of their way to curtail {{Fanfic}}, considering it a ShoddyKnockoffProduct that would cut into the profits of their expensive-to-produce films and TV shows. They also did not approve of the sexual or political content fanfic tended to use, either. Roddenberry? He thought it was ''great'' - free advertising! So long as no one made a profit from it, the fans were doing his work for him. (The sexual and political content didn't bother him much, either). By embracing the "bad" publicity fanfic brought, it kept StarTrek in the public eye long after the series original run, and Star Trek fanfic became the birthplace for about half the fanfic tropes in use today.
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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Pre-Internet, most creators and studios went out of their way to curtail {{Fanfic}}, considering it a ShoddyKnockoffProduct that would cut into the profits of their expensive-to-produce films and TV shows. They also did not approve of the sexual or political content fanfic tended to use, either. Roddenberry? He thought it was ''great'' - free advertising! So long as no one made a profit from it, the fans were doing his work for him. (The sexual and political content didn't bother him much, either). By embracing the "bad" publicity fanfic brought, it kept StarTrek in the public eye long after the series original run, and Star Trek fanfic became the birthplace for about half the fanfic tropes in use today.
3rd Sep '15 3:50:02 PM Allronix
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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Pre-Internet, most creators and studios went out of their way to curtail {{Fanfic}}, considering it a ShoddyKnockoffProduct that would cut into the profits of their expensive-to-produce films and TV shows. They also did not approve of the sexual or political content fanfic tended to use, either. Roddenberry? He thought it was ''great'' - free advertising! So long as no one made a profit from it, the fans were doing his work for him. (The sexual and political content didn't bother him much, either). By embracing the "bad" publicity fanfic brought, it kept StarTrek in the public eye long after the series original run, and Star Trek fanfic became the birthplace for about half the fanfic tropes in use today.
1st Jul '15 3:31:59 PM Premonition45
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After 1979 and ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', virtually all of Roddenberry's creative energies were applied to ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Between all the movies, TV series, and video games, he held a wide variety of posts, but until his death in 1991 he was still the final creative authority for the Trek universe, and known to fans as "The Great Bird of the Galaxy". During this time, presumably, he also developed the concepts that would later reach television audiences as ''EarthFinalConflict'' (in 1997) and ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' (in 2000). These were shepherded into existence by his by-then-widow, Majel Barrett (1932-2008), who was also deeply influential in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and (unless the recent film reboot manages to create spin-offs of its own) will be the only person to have contributed to all seven incarnations of the franchise.
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After 1979 and ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', virtually all of Roddenberry's creative energies were applied to ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Between all the movies, TV series, and video games, he held a wide variety of posts, but until his death in 1991 he was still the final creative authority for the Trek universe, and known to fans as "The Great Bird of the Galaxy". During this time, presumably, he also developed the concepts that would later reach television audiences as ''EarthFinalConflict'' ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' (in 1997) and ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' (in 2000). These were shepherded into existence by his by-then-widow, Majel Barrett (1932-2008), Creator/MajelBarrett, who was also deeply influential in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and (unless the recent film reboot manages to create spin-offs of its own) will be the only person to have contributed to all seven incarnations of the franchise.
22nd Jun '15 8:02:38 PM johnnyfog
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In many ways, his life and career reflects that of his British counterpart, Creator/TerryNation -- except with even more stories of outlandish and self-destructive behavior. Gene was a well-respected man, but not always well-liked. Oh, yes he tomcatted around Paramount Studios; he screwed writers and composers out of their royalties; most importantly, Gene was stubbornly convinced that he always knew what was best for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- which, after all, he had created -- and had a tendency toward the autocratic when it came to his staff. This uncompromising attitude led to [[CreativeDifferences tremendous flareups]] between him and Paramount, which clinched [[GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld his removal from the Director's chair]] after ''The Motion Picture''. While he still held creative freedom over ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Gene's recreational drug cocktails did his brain no good, and his health was in serious decline; by the end of the first season he had managed to alienate almost all long-time creative partners, including famed original series writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold (one ex-colleague told Creator/HarlanEllison the reason Roddenberry was cremated was so nobody could piss on his grave). In general, though, outside of his professional issues, many regarded him as a friendly GentleGiant of a man (excluding his skirt chasing of course).
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Gene was a well-respected man, but not always well-liked. In many ways, his life and career reflects that of his British counterpart, Creator/TerryNation -- except with even more stories of outlandish and self-destructive behavior. Gene was a well-respected man, but not always well-liked. Oh, yes yes, he tomcatted around Paramount Studios; he screwed writers and composers out of their royalties; most importantly, Gene was stubbornly convinced that he always knew what was best for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- which, after all, he had created -- and had a tendency toward the autocratic when it came to his staff. This uncompromising attitude led to [[CreativeDifferences tremendous flareups]] between him and Paramount, which clinched [[GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld his removal from the Director's chair]] after ''The Motion Picture''. While he still held creative freedom over ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Gene's recreational drug cocktails did his brain no good, and his health was in serious decline; by the end of the first season he had managed to alienate almost all long-time creative partners, including famed original series writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold (one ex-colleague told Creator/HarlanEllison the reason Roddenberry was cremated was so nobody could piss on his grave). In general, though, outside of his professional issues, many regarded him as a friendly GentleGiant of a man (excluding his skirt chasing of course).
22nd Jun '15 8:01:42 PM johnnyfog
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He was a well-respected man, but not always well-liked. He was stubbornly convinced that he always knew what was best for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- which, after all, he had created -- and had a tendency toward the autocratic when it came to dealing with his staff; this attitude led to tremendous flareups between him and his collaborators over CreativeDifferences, which partly explains why he had little official control over the movies after ''The Motion Picture''. There were similar difficulties at the outset of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''; by the end of the first season he had managed to alienate a great many of his long-time creative partners, including famed original series writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold (one ex-colleague told Creator/HarlanEllison the reason Roddenberry was cremated was so nobody could piss on his grave). In general, though, outside of his professional issues, many regarded him as a friendly GentleGiant of a man (excluding his skirt chasing of course).
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He In many ways, his life and career reflects that of his British counterpart, Creator/TerryNation -- except with even more stories of outlandish and self-destructive behavior. Gene was a well-respected man, but not always well-liked. He well-liked. Oh, yes he tomcatted around Paramount Studios; he screwed writers and composers out of their royalties; most importantly, Gene was stubbornly convinced that he always knew what was best for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- which, after all, he had created -- and had a tendency toward the autocratic when it came to dealing with his staff; this staff. This uncompromising attitude led to [[CreativeDifferences tremendous flareups flareups]] between him and his collaborators over CreativeDifferences, Paramount, which partly explains why he had little official control over clinched [[GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld his removal from the movies Director's chair]] after ''The Motion Picture''. There were similar difficulties at the outset of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''; Picture''. While he still held creative freedom over ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Gene's recreational drug cocktails did his brain no good, and his health was in serious decline; by the end of the first season he had managed to alienate a great many of his almost all long-time creative partners, including famed original series writers D.C. Fontana and David Gerrold (one ex-colleague told Creator/HarlanEllison the reason Roddenberry was cremated was so nobody could piss on his grave). In general, though, outside of his professional issues, many regarded him as a friendly GentleGiant of a man (excluding his skirt chasing of course).
7th May '15 5:51:24 PM AustinCarver13
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* HeAlsoDid: In addition to being to the creator and a writer of the most progressive science fiction show show of its time, Roddenberry also produced and wrote Film/PrettyMaidsAllInARow, a 1971 BlackComedy starring Rock Hudson as a football coach who beds and murders various female students.
28th Apr '15 2:35:34 PM JonnyB
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At a friend's suggestion he joined the Los Angeles Police Department to gather experience and perspectives of which he could make use. At the same time, ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' creator Jack Webb was instituting a policy of buying stories from LAPD officers to be turned into scripts. Roddenberry began writing his fellow officers' accounts into more polished treatments in exchange for half the money paid to the officer. While his treatments weren't written in screenplay form, Roddenberry learned a lot about the process. By the time he left the LAPD he had successfully sold scripts to many of the dramatic shows of the period, including ''Mr. District Attorney'' (to which he made his first script sale, in 1953), ''Gruen Guild Playhouse'', ''Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre'', ''The Kaiser Aluminum Hour'', ''The Naked City'' and ''Chevron Hall of Stars'' (where he sold his first science fiction script, in 1956).
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At a friend's suggestion he joined the Los Angeles Police Department to gather experience and perspectives of which he could make use. At the same time, ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' creator Jack Webb Creator/JackWebb was instituting a policy of buying stories from LAPD officers to be turned into scripts. Roddenberry began writing his fellow officers' accounts into more polished treatments in exchange for half the money paid to the officer. While his treatments weren't written in screenplay form, Roddenberry learned a lot about the process. By the time he left the LAPD he had successfully sold scripts to many of the dramatic shows of the period, including ''Mr. District Attorney'' (to which he made his first script sale, in 1953), ''Gruen Guild Playhouse'', ''Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre'', ''The Kaiser Aluminum Hour'', ''The Naked City'' and ''Chevron Hall of Stars'' (where he sold his first science fiction script, in 1956).
14th Jan '15 8:21:23 PM Elusivehawk
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'''Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991) was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''.
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'''Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry''' (August 19, 1921 - October 24, 1991) was a [[YanksWithTanks USAAF bomber pilot]], ex-cop, freelance scriptwriter, and creator of possibly the single most influential franchise in the history of television, ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
13th Oct '14 2:59:10 PM Premonition45
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->''"''Franchise/StarTrek'' 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. No, [[AncientAstronauts ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids]] ''human beings'' built them, [[HumansAreSpecial because they're clever and they work hard]]. And ''Star Trek'' is about ''those'' things."''

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!!Related tropes: * FanNickname: "The Great Bird of the Galaxy"
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