15 years ago today Gene Roddenberry, creator of ‘Star Trek’, passed away. StarTrek.com marks the date with an excellent article and retrospective. On the subject of what Roddenberry would think of Trek going strong in the hands of a new generation of professionals (including JJ Abrams) and even the fans themselves (in the form of fan films), it says: "it’s probably a safe bet that he would say something to the effect of, Star Trek no longer belongs to him, it belongs to the world." Well said. It is a true testament to Roddenberry’s vision that 40 years after he started the franchise and 15 years after his passing, Trek still inspires generation after generation.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Trek, Roddenberry.com is selling a DVD of one of the last interviews Gene Roddenberry ever gave. More info at RodenberryInterview.com
Jane Wyatt passes
Yesterday Jane Wyatt who portrayed Spock’s mother , passed away at her home in Bel Air at the age of 96. Wyatt’s career in Hollywood started in the 30s, but Trek fans know her best as Amanda Grayson, the human mother to Spock (and wife to Sarek). She appeared in both the Original Series as well as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. For more read the LA Times Obituary