An Overview of the Life of Gene Roddenberry, by Jeremy Geffen

As President of Geffen Management Group, Jeremy Geffen possesses extensive experience in many facets of the music and entertainment industry. He has worked with successful artists such as Sisqo, Janet Jackson, Trackboyz, and D12. Currently, Mr. Geffen consults on a wide range of projects, including scripted and unscripted television, music management, and new business development. He is also a consultant to Gene Roddenberry Productions. In this role, he has assisted in the development of a scripted TV show that is a remake of an original Roddenberry story, in the Star Trek tradition. Jeremy Geffen briefly outlines Mr. Roddenberry’s life in the following.

Born in El Paso, Texas, in 1921, Gene Roddenberry spent most of his childhood in Los Angeles, where he began his career. With a strong interest in science and aeronautics, he eventually served as a Second Lieutenant in World War II. While serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Mr. Roddenberry flew B-17 bombers in the South Pacific and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. During this time, he also began writing, selling his first stories and poems to a number of magazines and other publications.

After the war, Mr. Roddenberry began working as a commercial pilot and enjoyed a successful career in that field until deciding to leave for Hollywood when he first saw television. After a number of years of flying and serving in the Los Angeles Police Department, Gene Roddenberry sold his first successful project, Star Trek. Star Trek quickly earned a loyal fan base and became one of the most successful television series in history. One episode has even been preserved in the Smithsonian, which also contains a model of the famous U.S.S. Enterprise. In response to the success of the show and popular demand, NASA even named the first space shuttle Enterprise in honor of Star Trek.

Gene Roddenberry’s iconic work has outlived him, maintaining its popularity for many years following his death in 1991. Today, millions of science fiction fans still claim Star Trek as among their favorite shows.

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