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TOS & TNG Producer Robert Justman Has Passed Away May 31, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,TNG,TOS , trackback

TrekMovie.com is sad to announce that another member of the original Star Trek family has passed away. Robert Justman, a producer on both Star Trek The Original Series and Star Trek The Next Generation died at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday from complications due to Parkinson’s disease; Justman was 81.

A major force behind the scenes
Robert Justman’s life with Trek started in 1964 with the first pilot for Star Trek The Original Series, “The Cage” where he was brought in as an associate producer and he remained with the series until half way through the third season. Justman described his responsibilities on the show in an interview with TrekMovie last year:

You know how today there are 20 or 30 producers on a show. On Star Trek Gene Roddenberry was the executive producer and there were two associate producers: John D.F. Black, who was for the stories, and Bob Justman, who did everything else. If anything needed handling and there wasn’t anyone to do it I would make it mine. That meant that I had input into story and script, casting, set design, set cost, set dressing, props, cutting…every function that has to be handled by someone I would do.

While Roddenberry, Black, DC Fontana and Gene Coon were focusing on the scripts, it was Justman who was the producer on the set and handling much of the hiring and firing and post-production for the show (including overseeing the effects and music). He left the show in the third season after he felt it was declining in quality. However, he came back to Trek when Gene Roddenberry brought him in as a supervising producer for Star Trek The Next Generation in 1986. Justman worked closely with Roddenberry in putting together the series and had a big influence in the creation of the characters and the casting. In fact it was Justman that found and pushed for the casting of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard, something that Roddenberry initially resisted. As the first season of TNG wound down Justman left the show and retired, feeling that he had done the job he came to do. In the LA Times obituary on Justman, Rick Berman (who worked closely with him on TNG) said of Justman:

I can’t tell you how nurturing this guy was to me. He was like a mentor and a father. He was extraordinary. Justman designed sets, models and visual effects and oversaw character and script development for the debut of “The Next Generation.”

Justman recounted his time with Trek in one of the best insider accounts, the 1996 book “Inside Star Trek: The Real Story” written with Herb Solow.


Bob Justman even got a shuttlecraft named after him

There was much more to Robert Justman’s life then just Star Trek. Born in New York City in 1926, Justman served as a Radioman in the US Navy during World War II. After the war he attended UCLA before entering a career in film and television production. He served as a production assistant on a number of films in the 1950s and then moved on to become an associate producer and assistant director for both film and TV. Justman was assistant director on films such as ”Kiss Me Deadly” (1955) and ”Mutiny on the Bounty” (1962) as well as 12 episodes of “The Adventures of Superman” (1954-55) and 20 episodes of “The Outer Limits” (1963-65). Between leaving Star Trek in 1969 and his return with Next Generation in 1986, Justman focused on producing, working on such shows as ‘Mission: Impossible”, and ”The Man from Atlantis.” In addition to all of that, Justman also served as a uniformed volunteer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for more than 20 years.


Justman proudly showed me his badge after an interview last year.

Robert Justman is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline; a daughter, Jennifer; his sons Jonathan and William; two sisters, Estelle Osborne and Jill Roach; a brother, Anthony; and five grandchildren.

Nimoy on a very sad week in Star Trek
Justman is the third member of the Original Series to pass away recently. In a message to the fans sent in to TrekMovie.com, Leonard Nimoy reflects on the recent passings::

In quick succession we have lost Joe Pevney who was one of the best directors of Star Trek episodes along with Marc Daniels who passed some time ago. Both brought a rich theatricality to the work which made their episodes shine.

We have also lost Bob Justman who was a treasure to me. He would listen wisely, with an honest ear, and respond helpfully whenever there were creative differences of opinion. Also Alexander Courage who wrote the, now, unforgettable original theme music.

All made major contributions for which we can all be thankful.

- Leonard Nimoy

More on Bob Justman:
LA Times Obituary
Memory Alpha Page, IMDB Page, Wiki Page

Comments

1. Hissy1701 - May 31, 2008

A huge lost, my thoughts are with his family…..

2. Son of Sarek - May 31, 2008

Many thanks to Mr. Justman for producing the seminal adventures of Trek. May he rest in peace.

3. Anthony Thompson - June 1, 2008

From everything I’ve read, he made that series tick. He was probably as indispensible as anyone can be. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.

4. toddk - June 1, 2008

Penvy, then courage and now justman..Tears are finally starting to fall..no more deaths please..:(:( RIP all

5. Anthony Pascale - June 1, 2008

I want to add a personal note. I got to know Mr. Justman over the last year. I interviewed him a couple times at his home and had a chance to visit with him at the vegas con last summer. I found him to be a funny, thoughtful, eccentric and delightful man. He would also call me every once in a while. Like while trek xi was casting he would call and say he saw a certain actor on TV and wanted to share how he thought he would be great as Kirk or some other character, just like any other Trek friend who might call.

I only wish I got to know him ‘back in the day’…he must have been quite the character on the set of trek keeping the show running and everyone in line. It may have helped that he had a badge and a gun. I asked him once if he carried it with him on the set and was it loaded to which he said straight face ‘of course’

RIP Mr. Justman

6. Gary Seven - June 1, 2008

This is really too much loss in one week. Very very sad, because these men did some truly wonderful things. They mattered.

7. Captain Robert April - June 1, 2008

There’d better be one very large dedication card for this flick…

8. tholianhata - June 1, 2008

I’m awfully sorry to hear this. Bob Justman’s contributions to Trek can’t be overstated, and I was always glad to come across an interview with him. God bless, Bob.

9. SirMartman - June 1, 2008

Another sad Trek loss

10. Natalie - June 1, 2008

So sad to hear this. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Mr. Justman.

11. Charles Trotter - June 1, 2008

RIP Mr. Justman, and my condolences to his friends and family.

12. jon1701 - June 1, 2008

Man, this has really affected me.

This is a terrible week.

Rest in Peace, sir.

13. Ali - June 1, 2008

So sad, I’d hoped he’d make it to see the new film

14. thebiggfrogg - June 1, 2008

Wow, Pevney, Courage, Justman! Godspeed all, your work was appreciated by me and the next generation of Trekkies in my family.

15. Jeffrey S. Nelson - June 1, 2008

13. Ali

My thoughts exactly. But I’m sure he’ll be watching the new film from the final frontier. Incredible talent.

16. Battletrek - June 1, 2008

We are witnessing the end of the TOS era.
Truly a sad time.

17. ChrZap - June 1, 2008

This is really sad. I met Mr. Justman some 14 years ago on a con here in germany and he was such a kind person. He spent much more than just his panel time with the fans and he talked about much more than just trek. Meeting him will be one of those few experiences I’ll hopefully never forget.

18. Jason Gamble - June 1, 2008

Very sad week, but lets remember and honour them for the things they gave us. Rest in peace guys..and THANK YOU.

19. Summer Storm Pictures - June 1, 2008

Every day now it seems we’re losing more of Star Trek’s ”greatest generation.” As Star Trek itself continues and inspires in new incarnations, it is a testament to their creativity, foresight, hard work and they will be missed in person but not in spirit.

Growing up with the original Star Trek, some original airings but mostly syndication, seeing Robert H. Justman’s name in the credits is one of the images burned into my nostalgic soul.

As Star Trek continued to capture my youthful and idealistic heart, I picked up the book ”The Making of Star Trek” (the veritable ”bible” for early fans) and enjoyed getting to know Bob Justman through the stories and anecdotes presented there. The real story and people bringing us Star Trek behind the scenes was just as interesting as the imaginative and wonderful future they swept us to.

Godspeed Bob. Now the ”team on the other side” is assembled. You’ve got the creator, a few sorely missed cast members, you to ”handle things” and Alex Courage to make the music.

20. Doug - June 1, 2008

Wow! They say things happen in threes. What a loss for the film community!

Through the years, having read countless interviews with Mr. Justman, it was obvious he was a man of integrity and creativity.

As a team, he [Justman], Gene Coon and Gene Roddenberry (as well as countless others) changed the face of televised science fiction forever.

Say what you will about other science fiction shows, I somehow doubt any will have the longlasting appeal of what this team created in 1964.

The stars are shining a bit brighter in the night sky knowing yet another artist has joined the cosmos.

21. Chris Pike - June 1, 2008

I really do feel sad to hear this. He came across as a wonderful character in interviews, video and text, and in his wonderfully funny Inside Star Trek – his tales of Shatner staeling hairpieces are a gem. He certainly seems to have been quite a character and must have been great to work with and to have known.

Thanks for the dream, Bob.

22. Dom - June 1, 2008

It’s a sad time: a great generation is dying out. I always liked what Robert Justman wrote and said about Trek. He was also a man of great loyalty, to the extent that he walked away from TNG and risked his friendship with Gene Roddenberry by not telling Roddenberry exactly why he was going. His account of his last meeting with Roddenberry is very moving in his excellent book. It’s been a bad few months. My grandfather who was a similar age also died a few weeks back,

And while we’re on the subject of dying, can we stop putting ‘passed away’ on headlines when people die? ‘Passed’ and ‘passed away’ are weasel words that deny the truth that someone has truly gone. They’re sweet and saccharine and deny the truth. My grandfather ***died*** because his lungs collapsed. My Grandmother ***died*** because she had advanced Alzheimer’s. Neither death was pretty. Your lungs collapsing don’t make you pass away: they make you die.

Robert Justman has ***died*** and the world is a duller place without him. Let’s do him the service of saying it like it is!

23. SB - June 1, 2008

–with compliments to The Righteous Brothers:

If you believe in the future
Then it’s in the stars waiting for you
If there’s a Star Trek heaven
Well you know they’ve got a hell of a crew

Gene R gave us the vision
And DeForest gave a piece of his heart
And Jimmy brought us all into dock every day
Sing a song to light the sky
Remember Bob that way
They’ve all found another place
Another place to play

If you believe in the future
Then it’s in the stars waiting for you
If there’s a Star Trek heaven
Well you know they’ve got a hell of a crew

Remember space, the final frontier
Hey Sandy touched us with that theme
Time won’t change the friends there on that trip
And Joe P gave us cut and print
Well look out, he’s ready to roll
They’ll all be there together
When they meet on one big ship

If you believe in the future
Then it’s in the stars waiting for you
If there’s a Star Trek heaven
Well you know they’ve got a hell of a crew

There’s a Nexus waiting
No matter who you are
‘Cause everybody’s got a ship to sail
To the farthest star
(Everybody’s got to have that star)

If you believe in the future
Then it’s in the stars waiting for you
If there’s a Star Trek heaven
Well you know they’ve got a hell of a crew

24. Garovorkin - June 1, 2008

Very sad, the old Guard is passing away before our eyes. I never Met Robert Justman but I wish I had.

25. CanuckLou - June 1, 2008

Tough times indeed.

The era of the original series is rapidly drawing to an end.

Condolences to the Justman family.

Anthony thanks for sharing your experiences with Mr. Justman – great stuff.

…the adventure continues…

26. Terpor - June 1, 2008

R.I.P Robert Justman this is for you

It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near.

And I will see my dream come to life at last
I will touch the sky
And they’re not going to hold me down no more
No they’re not going to change my mind

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
That I can do anything

I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s going to bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith of the heart.

Russell Watson – Star Trek Enterprise
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPn-lTytfGo

27. Dom - June 1, 2008

Even more fitting perhaps:

From Hamlet . . .

To be, or not to be–that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep–
No more–and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep–
To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. — Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia! — Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

28. COMPASSIONATE GOD - June 1, 2008

This is so sad.

Unfortunately…and I really hate to say it, but the recent loss of TOS veterans has to be “expected” given the generation of so many who were well into adulthood when working in the 1960s. Its sad, because in typical human fashion, no one really thinks about age and loss–or how there may come a time when it happens often, until it actually happens. Meaning taking the time to appreciate individual lives in the community should be a priority.

To Mr. Justman, and all others who have passed, I can only hope that they are Up There, free of pain and blessed with eternal joy.

29. DJ Neelix - June 1, 2008

On a positive note, his work has subsequently reached out to many people, and it will not be forgotten. He’s now a significant part of television history. Thank you!

30. Greg Stamper - June 1, 2008

I am deeply saddened by this great loss.
My Sympathies go out.

31. Vashta - June 1, 2008

Very sad to hear of Mr. Justman’s passing. From all the accounts I have read, he was a real class act. My most heartfelt prayers go out to Mrs. Justman.

32. Redjac - June 1, 2008

Wow…another tremedous loss!

I’ll always remembered the time at met him at a convention in Texas and we had a one-on-one conversation about his work on Trek AND the original Outer Limits.

Very accessible, very nice and seemed like a warm and genuine guy.

My condolences to his surviving family (It seems like I have been posting these condolences a lot lately…too much…).

33. Tim Handrahan - June 1, 2008

A very sad day for Trek! I would have liked to have seen him live long enough to see the new film. His involvement in the Trek universe cannot be minimized. His contributions strengthened the Original Series and helped to create the Next Generation.

34. JKP - June 1, 2008

Wow… Rough week for TOS veterans.

Very sad to see Justman’s passing. :(

Very glad for his contributions to Trek.

35. CmdrR - June 1, 2008

My deepest condolences to Bob’s family. And thanks for the work he left behind, which still inspires.

36. paustin - June 1, 2008

wow what a crappy week, Pevney, Courage and now Robert Justman – very sad indeed, I love his “Inside Star Trek” book I’ve read it several times. Great man.

37. Thomas Marrone - June 1, 2008

This is terrible news. Mr. Justman always seemed like a wonderful and interesting man from any of his interviews that have been released.

I think it’d be a wonderful gesture if in ‘Star Trek,’ at the end or beginning or somewhere there were a dedication to the production staff and cast of the original show, especially those who have passed on. Something like the challenger dedication they put at the beginning of Star Trek IV.

38. SpyMan - June 1, 2008

Not only Pevney, Courage and Justman, but March Daniels and Jerry Goldsmith have passed on. What a year.

39. SpyMan - June 1, 2008

I hope JJ Abrams will do something in rememberance of these creative people who bought forward such a wonderful TV series and set of characters.

40. Andy Patterson - June 1, 2008

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That’s cool you got to know him Anthony. A nice share with us. Thanks.

As was mentioned. That Solow and Justman book, “Inside Trek”, is great. Looking at it as I type this. It’s right between my Encyclopedia Shatnerica and my signed by the author first edition of “I Am Not Spock”.

41. Tanner Waterbury - June 1, 2008

From a song i am very fond of by Pink Floyd:

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have you found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

Wish you were Here
Pink Floyd
from the album “Wish you were Here”

42. Driver - June 1, 2008

But, as always with death, there is new life. Next year, STAR TREK should have dedications of the film to at least some of these men.

43. Irish Trekki - June 1, 2008

#42
agreed

Sorry to hear about his death, hope his family are ok.

44. Rick Sternbach - June 1, 2008

Bob Justman was involved with the Disney “Man in Space” film series in the 1950s, which was a major influence on me as a kid growing up at the very beginning of the space age, so I can say that he was one of the reasons I decided to become a space artist. He was always gracious and generous with his time, sincere and steadfast in his convictions on how to get the job done on the show, and I admired him for that. I will miss him.

Rick

45. Dennis Bailey - June 1, 2008

Oh, god this is sad.

I met Mr. Justman once and have seen him on several occasions. He was a gentleman in an old-fashioned way: polite, soft-spoken but firm-minded and direct.

He displayed less ego or interest in drawing people’s attention to himself than any “Hollywood” person I’ve ever encountered.

My thoughts are with those who loved and knew him. Bless him and bless them all.

46. The Underpants Monster - June 1, 2008

What a man. What a loss. I hope he had some idea of the number of lives he affected with his work.

47. Biodredd - June 1, 2008

Considering its impact on Star Trek, its probably only fitting to mention here that Bebe Barron, one half of the composing team for the “electronic tonalities” for Forbidden Planet passed away back in April.

48. Dr. Image - June 1, 2008

What a huge loss. I’ve just been re-reading his and Herb Solow’s book- the definitive story of the classic Trek era- and thinking about what an incredible experience it must have been to work with him back then.
Rest in peace, Bob.

49. Mr. Bob Dobalina - June 1, 2008

Sad news indeed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. His book with Herb Solow remains THE definitive last word on TOS from those who were there. The only consolation is his tremendous legacy of work and the comforting knowledge that it will be enjoyed by millions for years and years to come. A true one of a kind who had no small part in the development and creation of the best show ever. Rest easy Robert Justman and thank you.

50. Clock - June 1, 2008

It really is like something is changing in Trek culture … all these passings of those who worked on the original show right as the new Abram’s team is busy with a completely new take on their stories, characters, and musical themes. It’s almost like they lived long enough to see their work passed on to another generation dedicated to keeping Trek alive. Very interesting times, nostalgic, sad and hopeful for the future of the franchise.

51. MORN SPEAKS - June 1, 2008

It’s really sad to see these guys pass on, they were so integral to something we all love dearly, but we never really knew them, perhaps that’s the biggest shame of all.

52. The Angry Klingon - June 1, 2008

RIP sir, and thank you. :(

53. Norm! - June 1, 2008

I’m sorry to hear about Robert Justman’s passing.

I really enjoyed Herb Solow’s and Robert Justman’s book Star Trek: The Real Story. I highly recommend the book to any fan of the original series. It seems to provide far less sensationalized insiders view of the original series and dispells some of the mythology.

http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Star-Trek-Real-Story/dp/0671896288

54. steve623 - June 1, 2008

Devastating news. It cannot be over-emphasized, what a special, honorable and genuine individual Bob Justman was. They don’t make them like that anymore.

55. cd - June 1, 2008

Wow. What a loss. One of the gentlemen of Star Trek; a dedicated good guy that brought a tremendous amount to Star Trek, and to all of us.
Thanks for everything, Mr. Justman.

56. Brian - June 1, 2008

Bob Justman’s passing ranks up with the passings of Gene, De Kelley, and Jimmy Doohan…..it’s a huge loss. Rest easy, Mr. Justman.

57. Thomas Jensen - June 1, 2008

When reading about Mr. Courage and Mr. Pevney’s passing, I wondered about Bob Justman as I had heard something of his condition. What a great loss for his family and for fans. My prayers for his family. Mr. Justmans contribution to Star Trek was immense and his creative sensibilities were invaluable to the original Star Trek . Years ago, my family had the fortune to meet him and he was a very nice man.

I am very saddened by this news.

58. US Taxpayer Dude - June 1, 2008

Dom,
Wait until your parents die. You cannot imagine the lonliness when it is the death of them that made you. Grandparents are a loss as much as for the pain felt by their children – your parents – as it is for the grandchildren.

I buried my father yesterday. He was laid to rest in full Summer Whites and with a Navy honor guard. It was not an easy thing to accept his flag from the Petty Officer, but I am now leader of our family. An example must be given for my brothers, his siblings, and all those in our families to follow.

Re Bob Justman, “Sandy” Courage etal: very sad, but for altogether different reasons. My mother and father were examples of personal character and courage under adversity and serenity. The men of Star Trek (no bloody TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT oooooorrrr “TOS” – just Star Trek) are that last group of men to grow up with a keen sense of manly responsibility to their own families, their work, and their nation, even if their work was in Hollywood fantasy: in a way, their ethic was presented in a modern day morality play so their influence was felt far and wide. But their influence was, none the less, secondary.

I do hope those younger fans at this site take the opportunity to reflect on their own mothers and fathers, and also to becoming mothers and fathers themselves. In this way we honor them and each generation before us.

Sincerely,
Taxpayer Joe

59. jimj - June 1, 2008

All I can think of is Scotty playing “Amazing Grace” on the pipes for Bob. Heaven must be filled with some fine music on the Star Trek block. Bob is probably sitting with Alexander right now, working on a revised theme for their heavenly Star Trek 11.

60. Brian - June 1, 2008

#58-

Wonderfully said. Sorry about your loss.

61. Izbot - June 1, 2008

One of Star Trek’s great shepards. His touch can be felt on ll that came during and after his tenure. My condolences to his family and friends.

62. COMPASSIONATE GOD - June 1, 2008

Re: 58. US Taxpayer Dude – June 1, 2008

I’m very sorry for your loss. I pray that you and others who will miss him are able to find some peace.

63. Denise de Arman - June 1, 2008

I was able to meet Bob Justman when I was a teenager at my first con. He took an active interest in anyone approaching him with questions and conversation, sparking this young girl’s love of TOS all the more with his recollections and humorous anecdotes. I came away from that con with a minor crush on him because one could not help but be drawn in by his obvious enthusiasm for the Trek universe in all its incarnations. Since then I have delighted in reading anything he has written, as well as watching his nostalgic interviews on Trek DVDs. A band of sorrow has wrapped itself around my heart today upon learning of his passing. Along with Pevney, Courage and the other Trek loved ones who have gone before, he will be remembered by many for his inestimable contributions to the modern cultural mythology phenomenon we know as Star Trek.

64. Dom - June 1, 2008

Hi US Taxpayer Dude.

I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I’ve had a dozen family deaths this decade as an entire generation has reached old age and I hope the wait before my parents is a long one.

God bless your dad and all your family!

65. Xai - June 1, 2008

Appparently God DOES have need of the men who built the starship.

R.I.P.

66. RM10019 - June 1, 2008

Another somber day for all Trek fans. My warm wishes to the Justman family, and a heart felt ‘Thank You’ to Mr. Justman for all of his vision and hard work to make Star Trek the legacy it is.

67. Redjac - June 1, 2008

#58 — AMEN!!! And well put…

68. Redjac - June 1, 2008

#58, forgot to say: Sorry about your loss — and my condolences!

69. Shatner_Fan_2000 - June 1, 2008

With the two Genes long gone, Justman was the last real father of Star Trek. I loved seeing and reading interviews with this man, he always seemed to have a genuine “what’s best for the show” attitude. Check him out on the TOS-R DVDs, he really loved the upgraded fx work, even going so far as to say he “couldn’t find the words to express” his happiness.

And last year, he expressed a wish that JJ Abrams would contact him to discuss the new movie. I don’t think that ever happened, and what a shame. Star Trek XI would only have benefitted from his advice.

Rest in peace, Mr. Justman. You were like an old friend.

70. ster j - June 1, 2008

I agree with comment #7! This dedication must be huge, must stay on the screen for more than a second, and must inclde these three Trek creators and shakers, along with Gene R himself, Dee Kelly, and Jimmy Doohan. God forbid that we have many more names to add to the list before next May!

71. ster j - June 1, 2008

#58–My condolences on the death of your father. I know just how you must be grieving. I buried my mother a week ago, and today would have been my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. However, I know that they are celebrating in a big way, bc Mom died with a naughty little smirk on her face!

I know what you mean about the different levels of sadness. Every loss is just that–a loss.

I wish my mother had been shown some recognition for her service during WWII as a Rosie the Riveter. She may not have been a Hero, but she was certainly my hero.

Okay, I’m rambling, so I should close. One last thought. With all these people passing from our lives, we need to pick up their torches and carry on their ideals. Let us work together to build a world of peace that might bring forth a United Earth. Let us support school music programs that could produce the next Alexander Courage. Let us help children to dream dreams and put those dreams to print and film to inspire subsequent generations.

72. Hat Rick - June 1, 2008

I am quite sad to read the news of Mr. Justman’s passing and convey my deepest condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost yet another irreplaceable artist. We are indeed thankful that his works live on.

73. Sean4000 - June 1, 2008

This is very sad indeed. This man’s passing leaves me hollow.

His contributions to Star Trek VFX in the 60′s were undeniable.

There will never be another one like him.

RIP.

74. James Cawley - June 1, 2008

A very sad day, I have known Bob for many years. He had a terrific memory and never forgot anyone. He will be missed by many.
Star Trek has lost one of it’s brightest most creative lights.
James Cawley

75. Tony Whitehead - June 1, 2008

So few in life are able to leave a true legacy. Such is not the case with these fine men. We should remember and rejoice them as true visionaries and artists. That being said, this is a great loss.

I agree with others in wishing for a dedication page preceding the new movie.

76. Dave R - June 1, 2008

Truly a sad day. Bob Justman was THE Man. I had the pleasure of meeting him out at his house back in 2001 and he was still sharp as a tack and just right on about Star Trek. It is clear that he and Gene Coon and Dorthy Fontanta were AT LEAST as important for the greatness of the original Star Trek as any one else.

Lets hope that the that saying that these things come in 3′s is true…and this is the end of it, for now.

http://www.startrekhistory.com/restoration/index.html

77. OR Coast Trekkie - June 1, 2008

This is sad news for sure. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

With all of these losses just coming within recent weeks, as well as the losses of Doohan and Kelley, it is really important that we give our support to the new movie, so we can see new Star Trek stories for years to come.

78. Plum - June 1, 2008

Sadness. :(

79. capt mike - June 1, 2008

Well another star trek great passes to the true final frontier. May you rest in peace sir and on behalf of all star trek fans. Thank you for all the work you have done. God bless you and your family. You will be missed.

80. Daryl Maxwell - June 1, 2008

Back when the other kids had Shatner and Nimoy as their heroes, mine were the creators. I studied “The Making of Star Trek” when it first came out as well. I became a shooter/editor and a great big influence was RJ.

Godspeed

81. subatoi - June 1, 2008

Sad :(

82. Starshadow - June 1, 2008

Bob will be sorely missed, for sure.

He inspired so many of us to help create the vision of a world united in peace, and though some days it seems like we humans are still so far away from that, many of us are still working towards it, and towards the day when we survive to travel to the stars and meet the others out there.

He, Joe Pevney, and Sandy Courage are joining some of my other heroes on the other side of the veil. I’m grateful we still have some of the crew here with us, and hopeful we’ll all be able to carry on with the dream.

83. RTC - June 1, 2008

Justman was a class act. No ax to grind, no agenda, just doing what it took to put out a high-quality TV show in the face of just about every challenge imaginable. We need more people like him in this world who pull for the sake of it, not for the ego trip.

84. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - June 1, 2008

Very sad a true creative force that helped foster our favorite genre and sad as well to lose another tre American hero in the way of being a WWII veteran.

85. Van Banoovong - June 1, 2008

Bob Justman’s contributions to Star Trek are monumental. He gave us both the original series and the next generation. He will be missed by many Star Trek fans.

86. Commodore Lurker - June 1, 2008

Another of our beloved stars has winked out of our universe, leaving behind an ever-expanding supernova of love and admiration.

87. Adam Cohen - June 1, 2008

Rest in peace, Mr. Justman. And thank you.

88. DJT - June 1, 2008

My respects…

89. DesiluTrek - June 1, 2008

Bob Justman was the Scotty of the Star Trek production, the glue that held it all together, a number-cruncher whose ingenuity and creativity under the show’s tight budget made it a far better series than it would have been in lesser hands. He should have been the full producer in the third season, obviously had earned it, and a far better season it would have been, but Gene Roddenberry apparently didn’t try hard enough to convince NBC. So Justman had to babysit (and clash with) clueless Freiberger instead. To this day Justman’s contributions are underappreciated, in some ways because he hadn’t been forthcoming about them for many years, but I am glad he got to open up about them in “Inside Star Trek.” I echo others comments about that great, great book, a total must-read.

All the best to Mr. Justman’s family and friends. He remains a major part of a wonderful legacy, Star Trek, that has touched my heart (and millions of others) since a boy and at this rate likely will until it’s my time to go.

90. US Taxpayer Dude - June 1, 2008

Dom, I’m with you and I know where you are. It’s up to us now — they are all gone and now we bear the responsibility. I hope your parents live a long time yet, and see many grand and greatgrandchildren.

91. US Taxpayer Dude - June 1, 2008

ster j -
God bless you. My mother was botrn during the war… and died only a few years ago.

Now, when I hear “Stardust” and “I’ll Be Seeing You” they have a much deeper meaning.

Blessings and peace to you and your family

92. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - June 1, 2008

He was one of Star Trek’s giants and the show as we know it couldn’t have happened without him. We are the poorer without more like him. Rest in peace, Mr. Justman, you have earned it.

93. Dr. Image - June 1, 2008

To JJ, Roberto, any other of those who will be blessed (shouldered?) with carrying on the Trek legacy:
Respect, remember, and honor those that gave you what you have today, for they were a rare and gifted breed.

94. Jay - June 1, 2008

Man, we’ve lost a lot of talent in the past week or so from TOS. Now hopefully next May we’ll get something that’ll be a very nice tribute that shows respect to these three gentlemen, plus everyone else who worked on the show.

95. Commodore Redshirt - June 1, 2008

Pevney, Courage and now Justman.

The creative soul of TOS has had one hell of a bad week…

I think Justman’s book “Inside Star Trek” is the single most important work on what happened durring the production of TOS…

Maybe this is the right time for the rebirth of Trek.

Good night and good bye to all three of you.

96. Gary - June 1, 2008

Sigh…in the current Indiana Jones movie Indy said it best.

“You reach a point in your life where life stops giving you things and starts taking them away.”

R.I.P. Bob Justman, Alexander Courage & Joe Pevney

97. VOODOO - June 1, 2008

Thanks for all the great work you gave us.

Best wishes to the Justman family.

98. MrRegular - June 1, 2008

My condolences go out the Justman family at this difficult time. This is really terrible news on top of the news of the other Trek greats who passed away recently.
The book that Justman co-wrote, “Inside Star Trek”, is essential reading in understanding the dawn of Trek. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

58 US Taxpayer Dude:
My prayers are with you and your family. I lost my dad last January. He was a HUGE TOS fan, watched it when it was originally broadcast in the 1960s. He was in the Air Force for 6 years and later a systems analyst for an international firm. Losing him was an experience beyond words.

99. T Negative - June 1, 2008

My condolences to the Justman family. He was a brilliant man and his presence on that production was a huge reason why TOS is a legendary TV show.

RIP Robert Justman

100. Xplodin' Nacelle - June 1, 2008

Wow! I’m blown away!

I really had hoped Mr. Justman had lived to see the new movie. He always seemed so positive, & supportive of current efforts to revive the franchise, including TOS-Remastered.

Goodbye, Bob. We’ll miss you.

101. Katie G. - June 1, 2008

Just lost my father-in-law who was a bright, cheerful and wonderfully creative man. He never lost the joy of life, even though ravaged by Alzheimer’s. Until a couple of days before the end he was still whistling and chuckling away in his chair. How difficult to see a brilliant, innovative mind fade slowly until it disappeared. Electrical engineer who knew everything about plumbing, roofing, construction, mechanics… just a big kid too.

I get the impression that Mr. Justman was a similar type. Loved life, with a very imaginative mind. My heart aches for the family and hope they can find comfort in wonderful memories.

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102. Ron Mosher - June 1, 2008

He was a great friend of Star Trek and will be missed. Safe journey Bob.

103. Tango - June 1, 2008

Once again, I wish to add my condolences to the voices of everyone else for Mr. Justman, as well as to all of those who shared their stories of recent passings as well.

I also buried my mother a few days after Thanksgiving. It is now just me and my sister. I am feeling pretty alone at the moment. Reading and posting to this board helps a lot.

Thanks to all and thank you Anthony for running it and keeping it simple to post.

104. Son - June 1, 2008

Inside Star Trek is one of the best books on Trek I’ve ever read.

I’m glad he and Solow wrote it when they did, for it WOULD be a great tragedy if it had not.

I’m very saddened by the news of his passing. Godspeed, Bob!

105. Iowagirl - June 2, 2008

Sadly, three wonderful members of the TOS family have left us – their creations will live forever.

Godspeed, Sirs!

106. Gene Rodenberry's Ghost - June 2, 2008

Never met the man, but I’ve always gotten a sense from his writing and from the stories of others that he was a great, friendly guy.

My heart goes out to his family.

107. OM - June 2, 2008

…This was overheard on a local radio show this morning:

“…You know, in less than a week, we’ve had three of the people responsible for making Star Trek look good pass away…”

“*Which* Star Trek

“The *best* one.”

“Oh! The one we grew up watching. Who died besides Robert Justman?”

“One of the best directors, Joesph Peevney (sic), and the composer of the theme song, Alexander Courage.”

“Oh, no way! The guy who gave us ‘Da-da-daaa,-dah-dadaDA-DAAAA”?

“Yeah [plays opening theme, 2nd season version]. All of these guys were what really made the show as great as it was from behind the scenes.”

“Reallty. Kinda shows there’s no justice in this world after all. The guys who created and produced the show are all dying, and Shatner keeps right on going…”

“…Looking less and less like James Tiberius Kirk and more and more like Jabba Tiberius Hutt each time you see him.”

“Just goes to show you that only the best of us die first.”

Amen.

108. Balock - June 2, 2008

Ditto all, seemed like a great guy, another so responsible for the greatness of TOS. Too bad he didn’t make it to see the new movie, he probably would have greatly enjoyed it…

109. John_Pemble - June 2, 2008

With Herb S, Bob made Star Trek work. They took Gene’s good ideas and made it happen. If Rob and Herb weren’t running the show, Star Trek would not have happened.

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111. spockanella - June 2, 2008

There’s really nothing to say that hasn’t been said before. It’s just so freakin’ sad. It seems the old guard is slipping away as the new kids get ready to take the stage…bittersweet.

112. krikzil - June 2, 2008

Really sad to hear this news. I think we fans owe Justman a lot for his contributions to the show. And he seemed like such a nice guy.

My paper ran his obit, along with Courage and Pevney all together yesterday. Very depressing.

113. GaryS - June 2, 2008

Thank you Mister Justman for enriching my life as you did.
May you rest in peace.

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116. Greg2600 - June 3, 2008

Bob Justman, can’t thank him enough.

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118. morris Chapnick - January 21, 2010

Obviously I’m behind the times, but better late than never. I worked with Bob before and during the production of the Star Trek pilots and along
with all the good that has been said about him, all deserved, I’d like to
add my own praise. He was a wonderful human being and a great
loss to us all.

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