It seems altogether fitting that the man who created Star Trek and opened the eyes of the world to the infinite possibilities of space was part of the generation born in the 1920s. This generation saw humanity take its first steps into the new frontiers of aviation and the infancy of space travel. Is it any wonder that this generation would be the visionaries of a bold new frontier called space?
Who better to point our way to a positive, humanistic future in space than someone who had experienced such dramatic technological and social change in their own lives? But, there was one, better suited for this task than any other, Gene Roddenberry.
Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas on August 21, 1921. However, he spent the better part of his life in southern California. He was a passionate reader, self-assured, daring, and experimental young man. Characteristics that would prevail throughout his life, and give to him, the dreams that would later become Star Trek.
Besides being a prolific screenwriter, Gene's "other" careers included: a pilot with the Army Air Corps and Pan American Airways and officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Perhaps his time in the skies, would bring about that which would go beyond the stars, the Star Trek phenomenon.
Gene Roddenberry got his Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on September 4th, 1985. What a wonderful tribute to the man who gave Television the Space flight which would last through generations of young T.V. Pioneers.