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The Trek Files: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

Jun 12, 2018

In 1972, an aspiring artist sent his design ideas for a new Star Trek to Gene Roddenberry. Little did he know at the time that in a few years he would be working for the franchise he loved, contributing to Star Trek The Motion Picture. In this letter from 1972, Andrew Probert proposes the updates he would make if...


Jun 5, 2018

In the fall of 1977, a Star Trek feature motion picture was on the horizon. Paramount executive Gary Nardino sent a memo to Gene Roddenberry after a meeting with an agent that a major star wanted a cameo: Barry Manilow!
Larry Nemecek and guest co-host John Champion discuss Star Trek's relationship with celebrity guests...


May 29, 2018

In the early days of story development for Star Trek The Next Generation, the pitches that centered around "Leslie Crusher" were many. Dorothy Fontana expressed her concern that such a unique character had the potential to steal focus from the main cast.

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May 22, 2018

In our final look at this extraordinary draft memo from Gene Roddenberry to Paramount executive Jerry Eisenberg, Gene gives us his take on the fan attitude toward Paramount. How did Trek fans develop such a feeling of ownership over the franchise? Special guest Doug Drexler joins the conversation this week on The...


May 15, 2018

In part two of our look at Gene Roddenberry's draft memo to Paramount executive Jerry Eisenberg, Gene explains why the stereotypes of Star Trek fans are wrong. We welcome back special guest Dorothy Fontana for insight into the fan phenomenon of the 1970s.

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