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The first time I met Gene Roddenberry, back in 1967, I thought, “He’s
Then I thought, with great satisfaction, “Our shark. In an industry
filled with sharks and bottom feeders, we need a shark if we want to get good science fiction on television.” He had called me in because he
had secured the rights to produce a Tarzan movie and he needed an
assistant to do research and to write the first draft of the movie’s
“bible.” Gene had a unique idea for his Tarzan movie. Up until then, the
producers of the Tarzan movies had kept the stories rooted in the
contemporary world, with the most recent feature taking place in the
1960s. Gene wanted to go back to the story’s roots and set it around
1915. Although Gene found himself embroiled in studio politics that
ultimately derailed the project, his essential no still survived twenty
years later at the heart of the next regularly produced Tarzan movie,
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan.
But before I tell you how my involvement with Star Trek first began,
at a West Coast science fiction convention circa 1964, when Gene preview
the “Charlie X” episode (it was a first time ever TV preview to a
science fiction audience at a convention).
But I see I have run out of time. So I will begin with the latter story in the next edition of this column.
Jean Marie Stine
author, Herstory & Other Science Fictions, ebook an paperback