Magazine article American Cinematographer

Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation

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Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation by Yvonne Fern University of California Press, MJ-AQS., cloth, $20

An entry in UC's "Portraits of American Genius" series, this is a collection of conversations with the creator of Star Trek, held during the last few months of his life. Roddenberry and his wife, Majel Barrett, invited the author to live in their home while writing these conversations because they felt no one could understand him or his creative wellsprings without becoming part Of his world. Fern writes with a perception and understanding rarely found in celebrity interviews. Star Trek, she tells us, is "a household name, not only because the television programs and movies are entertaining enough to engage the capricious attention of the viewing public, but because Star Trek speaks ta the fundamental longing of the human race to be, to survive, and to survive happily into the future."

Surprisingly, there is little here about the making of the show. Roddenberry was quite a man - sixfopMhree, an L. A. policeman, a Pan Am pilot, a World War II hero, a writer and producer. There is a great deal of philosophical thought on a myriad of subjects which occasionally reveal Roridenberry's intellectual fearlessness. …

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