The Trek Files: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast
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Your weekly deep-dive into the archives of Roddenberry Entertainment, from the personal files of Gene Roddenberry. Each week, “Dr. Trek” himself, Larry Nemecek, and his guest host will take a behind-the-scenes look at documents that haven’t been viewed in decades—many being revealed publicly for the very first time!
||Clean2-11 Paul Johnson letter to Gene Roddenberry - August 1973||In August 1973, Gene Roddenberry received a letter thanking him for the Star Trek fans who truly "live" the show's message. See the document: facebook.com/thetrekfiles||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-10 Gene Roddenberry correspondence with Sue LaForge - 1987||The character Geordi LaForge was named for disabled Star Trek fan Georgie LaForge. In this correspondence from November and December 1987, Georgie's mother Sue thanks Gene Roddenberry for honoring her late son. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfil||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-09 Gene Roddenberry IDIC memo - July 1968||The famous Vulcan IDIC made its debut in "Is There in Truth No Beauty," but if Gene Roddenberry had his way, we would have seen it much earlier. In this memo from July 1968, Gene sends new executive producer Fred Freiberger a suggestion for how to end..||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-08 Star Trek The Motion Picture Enterprise design art - 1978||The interior and exterior of the Enterprise got an overhaul for Star Trek The Motion Picture. In this episode of The Trek Files we welcome back Andrew Probert to discuss some of his contributions as well as some of the unused directions thought up by...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-07 Bob Justman holodeck memo - October 17, 1986||Bob Justman shares an idea with Gene Roddenberry for a potential new piece of hardware on the Enterprise. This week, The Trek Files welcomes back Paramount executive Dave Rossi to get to the bottom of the holodeck and how part of the inspiration comes..||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-06 Gene Roddenberry correspondence with Robert Vaughn - 1965||Gene Roddenberry and Robert Vaughn had worked together on The Lieutenant, and in 1965 Vaughn was a mega-star with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Vaughn invited Roddenberry to his performance of Hamlet, and in this episode of The Trek Files we welcome back...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-05 Leonard Maizlish letter to MaryLou Tamborello - July 1968||As early Star Trek fans were trading and collecting anything to do with the show, Gene Roddenberry's attorney was keeping a close watch over products that fell outside official bounds. In this correspondence from June and July 1968, Leonard Maizlish...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-04 Gene Roddenberry letter to Norman Felton - October 1965||Norman Felton had a hit on his hands with "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." when Gene Roddenberry reached out to him about possibly mentoring a young actor interested in directing - Leonard Nimoy. Gene and Norman sparred a little in this 1965 correspondence,...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-03 Star Trek Phase II meeting notes - August 3, 1977||With Paramount executives ready to push forward with a new Star Trek TV series, the braintrust held a meeting in August 1977 for a production update. Gene Roddenberry along with Gary Nardino, Michael Eisner and others kicked around story, budget and...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-02 Andrew Probert spacesuit designs - June 1978||Andrew Probert returns to The Trek Files to discuss early concept work for spacesuits and other wearable props on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. See the documents: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-01 New Writers Memo - November 1986||Season two of The Trek Files kicks off with an early "Star Trek: The Next Generation" memo that questions whether or not the production should allow pitches from amateur writers. Well before the open-submission policy sought out new talent, the...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-24 American Baptist Convention letter to Gene Roddenberry - April 15, 1959||Season 1 of The Trek Files wraps up with our oldest document yet! As Gene Roddenberry was writing for “Have Gun - Will Travel,” he got the attention of an unlikely awards committee: the American Baptist Convention. Having seen a handful of...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-23 Fred Freiberger writer's memo to Gene Roddenberry - May 2, 1968||With production on the third season of Star Trek fast approaching, newly-hired Executive Producer Fred Freiberger sent a memo to Gene Roddenberry about the status of developing scripts. "Spock's Brain" and "And The Children Shall Lead" are there......||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-22 David Gerrold memo - No Tribbles At All - November 2, 1986||As Star Trek: The Next Generation was in its earliest days of development, one writer pitched the idea to return to a formula - and a character descendant - that had worked well for TOS. How would audiences in the '80s react to "Albania Jones"? What...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-21 Andrew Probert letter to Gene Roddenberry - June 19, 1972||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...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-20 Gary Nardino memo to Gene Roddenberry - September 15, 1977||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..||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-19 Leslie Crusher memo by Dorothy Fontana - December 18, 1986||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...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-18 Gene Roddenberry memo to Jerry Eisenberg - 1976 - Part 3||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?...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-17 Gene Roddenberry memo to Jerry Eisenberg - 1976 - Pt 2||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...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-16 Gene Roddenberry memo to Jerry Eisenberg - 1976 - Part 1||In the middle of 1976, Paramount assigned producer Jerry Eisenberg to help relaunch Star Trek as a feature film. It didn't take long for Gene Roddenberry to draft a memo to help Eisenberg get into the right frame of mind for the task. Presented here...||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-15 Gene Roddenberry's Favorite Star Trek Episodes - Early 1970s||Sometime in the early 1970s, Gene Roddenberry was asked to identify his favorite episodes of Star Trek. Simply indicated by dots of red ink, the list may be quite revealing about his own interests and his personal connection to the show he created....||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-14 Fan letter to Gene Roddenberry - March 25, 1991||At the height of Star Trek: The Next Generation's popularity, a fan sent Gene Roddenberry a letter with some helpful recommendations. Eighteen pages later, we learn who should be promoted, who should be killed off and what types of stories Gene should..||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-13 Letter from DC Fontana to Star Trek Fans - August 22, 1972||In the fall of 1972, Dorothy Fontana sent out a letter for Star Trek fans who were hungry for any shred of information that would indicate a return of their favorite show to TV. A full year before The Animated Series debut, this letter catches...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-12 Excerpt from a Gene Roddenberry reply to a fan letter - February 11, 1972||In 1972, Star Trek was out of production, the animated series was still a year away, and any movie or revival TV series was only a fan dream. Then the first Star Trek convention occurred in New York bringing in an unexpected crowd. Suddenly Star Trek...||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-11 Writing Star Trek is an Exercise in Agony||"When it's going good and you're having fun, FORGET IT! It's all wrong!" This week, we discuss a humorous promotional article featuring Gene Coon released by the Star Trek publicity office for publication in local newspapers. See the original document..||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-10 Fan Letter to Gene Roddenberry from Beverly Corcoran - March 3, 1967||The morning after the first airing of "This Side of Paradise," Star Trek fan Beverly Corcroan wrote a letter to Gene Roddenberry. We welcome special guest Dorothy "D.C." Fontana to talk about fandom during Star Trek's first run and the curation of the..||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-09 Letter to Gary Nardino - April 17, 1981||In the early stages of production on "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," Gene Roddenberry, now a consultant on the franchise he created, was shown a draft script. His response to the death of Spock is captured here in a letter sent to Paramount...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-08 Letters to Star Trek - Gene Roddenberry draft introduction - 1975||Star Trek generated huge amounts of fan mail during and after its original run. In 1975, Gene Roddenberry's assistant started compiling a book of that fan mail, "Letters to Star Trek," and asked Gene to write an introduction. In this draft, we learn...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-07 Bob Justman memo to Gene Roddenberry - November 9, 1986||As the premise for the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode was hashed out, Supervising Producer Bob Justman sent Gene Roddenberry a memo asking that he consider the social and psychological effects of sending a crew of families on a lifelong...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-06 Letter from Rick Berman to Gene Roddenberry (January 7, 1987)||Early in their working relationship, Gene Roddenberry presented Rick Berman with a book of Monet's art. The next day, Rick sent a thank-you letter with one important request. Get a glimpse into Gene and Rick in the early development days of Star Trek:..||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-05 The Star Trek Format - March 11, 1964||The document that started it all - The Star Trek Format is what Gene Roddenberry created in early 1964 to define what his TV series would be. We welcome a special guest who was there from the beginning, Dorothy "D.C." Fontana, to talk about developing..||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-04 TNG Conceptual Work (September 12, 1986)||What would Star Trek: The Next Generation look like without Gene Roddenberry? In 1986, Paramount lured Roddenberry into development by sharing a development document that looked nothing like what would eventually make it to TV a year later. Would you...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-03 Star Trek Lives Draft Introduction (January 1975)||When the rest of the world started to take Star Trek fandom seriously, Gene Roddenberry was asked to provide an introduction for the book "Star Trek Lives" in 1975. Here we present an early draft with many of Gene's thoughts on Trek fans and...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-02: Enlightenment on the Enterprise (October 1986)||A year before Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted, David Gerrold sent a memo to Gene Roddenberry, Ed Milkis and Bob Justman about the Enterprise crew tackling philosophical ideas. How does this have repercussions on Star Trek more than 30 years...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-01: The Star Trek Guide (April 1967)||In the debut episode of The Trek Files, we deep-dive into one of Star Trek's cornerstone documents: The Star Trek Guide, from April 1967.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A wonderful review of the founding documents of Star Trek! Every hardcore Trek fan NEEDS to subscribe. This is History 101 at Starfleet Academy
It’s about time!
I want more! Great first episode. Larry’s wealth of Star Trek knowledge will be a gold mine for this podcast. Looking forward to many many more.
Only the best from Roddenberry.
Wonderful production quality and fantastic information presented in an interesting format. I look forward to hearing more from Dr. Trek, Larry Nemecek, John Champion, Ken Ray, Dorothy Fontana and other Star Trek royalty.