|Gene Roddenberry Trivia:
During WWII he had a friend named
Kim Noonien Singh; after the war Kim disappeared, and
Gene used his name for some characters in the Star Trek
series (Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek: The Wrath of
Khan (1982) and Noonien Soong from "Star Trek: The Next
Generation" (1987)) in hopes that Kim might recognize
his name and contact him.
Some of his ashes sent up in a
rocket, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Might have died in a house fire
when still a toddler along with Bob, Doris, and their
mother, but a milkman came along and woke them in time.
In 1943 while a US Army Air
Corps pilot, his plane crashed on takeoff due to a
mechanical failure, killing two crew members.
On 19 June 1947 he was
deadheading (traveling while not on duty) on a Pan Am
plane when it crashed in the Syrian desert, killing 7 of
9 crew and 7 of 26 passengers on board. He rescued the
Maharani of Pheleton from the wreck. Rescue came in
hours, but too late to save most of the luggage, and the
victims' possessions, from local tribesmen and
During the war he wrote a song
lyric "I Wanna Go Home", which became popular.
His first TV script sale, in
1953, was the episode ``Defense Plant Gambling'' for the
show "Mr. District Attorney" (1954). It was broadcast 2
March 1954. In the science-fiction field, his first was
"The Secret Weapon of 117", broadcast 6 March 1956 on
the anthology series "Chevron Hall of Stars".
He had many lovers and was
sometimes overt about it. He and Majel Barrett had been
lovers for years when he decided it was time to marry
her and asked her to join him -- although he happened to
be visiting Japan at the time. Gene did not adhere to
any particular religion and since they were in Japan
they chose to have a Shinto-Buddhist wedding on 6 August
1969. They regarded this as their real wedding, but his
divorce was not yet final and they made it legal with a
civil ceremony on 29 December 1969.
His old pseudonym Robert Wesley
was used in the "Star Trek" (1966) episode "The Ultimate
Computer" as the name of a character, played by Barry
Served on the Los Angeles
Police Force from 1949 - 1956, badge number 6089. This
information from "Star Trek Creator" by David Alexander.
Died within 48 hours of
screening Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991),
the last Trek that revolved around his original
Shared the same birthday as
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) star Jonathan
He has a building named in his
honor on the Paramount Studio lot.
Father of actress Dawn
Father, with Majel Barrett, of
While meeting with George Takei
about a role on "Star Trek" (1966), Gene accidentally
pronounced George's last name 'Ta-kei', which is similar
to the word expensive in Japanese "takai" . He
remembered the pronouncation by rhyming it with "OK".
Died on 24 October 1991,
exactly ten years after Marina Sirtis's father.
During his years in the LAPD,
he was the spokesman of LAPD Chief W.H. Parker.
Was a close friend of Jack