George Merhoff, the gaffer for most of TOS’ run, delivers fascinating details about lighting the sets.
The penultimate issue of the 1960’s Inside Star Trek offers fan letters and a visit to the sound stages.
The New York Times bestselling author was kind enough to tell me a bunch of his Star Trek stories.
The second assistant director kept the set running on seasons two and three.
Gene Roddenberry thought the Saturday Night Live parody of Star Trek’s cancellation was “delicious.”
I wrote recently that the Enterprise is in fact a Starship-class vessel. Lots of people disagreed. Lots. But then they also disagree with Gene Roddenberry and Matt Jefferies.
IDIC pendants, all the scripts, even actual film footage from the set. Gene Roddenberry had collectors in mind even as the show was still in its first run.
If I had a time machine, I would return to August 1966 and pay AMT to make me a Galileo. And I wouldn’t need to bring much cash.
Although thoroughly American in origin, the diversity and peaceful collaboration the show espoused is very Canadian in tone.
Walter Koenig, I need you. Please come back to Toronto. Also, did you know Canadians got to see Star Trek before the Americans?
Gene Roddenberry was right: Ellison’s version of The City on the Edge of Forever was not suitable for Star Trek, but the story is inventive and compelling and IDW’s graphic novel brings it to life with beautiful illustrations.
I bought this book years ago. I had never opened it. When I did, I discovered three major Star Trek autographs.
The Inside Star Trek newsletter is an invaluable source for Star Trek’s early voices. Issue 1 detailed William Shatner’s busy schedule, told us about searching through studio garbage and shared a made-up story about the Vulcan IDIC medallion.
The Omega Glory is the worst episode of the original series, but the View-Master version is magical. Step back to the 3D world of your childhood.
Gene Roddenberry’s 1964 pitch for his new show is arguably the most important Star Trek document ever. The pitch, usually referred to as Star Trek is…, was designed to sell the show to network executives and it’s an interesting look at Roddenberry’s earliest creative ideas.
Do you have a Gene Roddenberry autograph in your collection? If it’s on a Flight Deck Officer certificate then…probably no. But it’s a fun item anyway.
The Making of Star Trek is one of the most important books in TOS fandom, and Gene Roddenberry was an early advocate of the project.
I own the Amok Time story outline Ted Sturgeon submitted to Gene Roddenberry. It’s a fascinating look at the process of creating an episode and at the Trek that could have been.