'It is important to the typical Star Trek fan that there is a tomorrow' - Gene Roddenberry
As reported around the web, a letter penned by Gene Roddenberry is going up for auction this Saturday on the-saleroom.com. The letter was written in 1973 to a Miss. Judy Thomases on Warner Brothers Stationary and includes Gene's thoughts on Star Trek Fan's and the hope for reviving the series. Not to mention, the idea of Spock as a sex symbol.
From the Letter...
The profile of our fans run anything but typical. They range from grammar school children to university presidents and astronauts. I think the one thing that characterizes all of them no matter whatever their age is youth. It is important to the typical Star Trek fan that there is a tomorrow. Also, I think they pretty much share the Star Trek philosophies about life…..they are interested mainly in the ideas promoted by Star Trek rather than in a usual fan thing of merely having a crush for some particular actor. Star Trek fans are generally anything but silly….Star Trek says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived. I think also it is interesting that Star Trek came along at a time that the nation was becoming deeply involved in Vietnam and Star Trek very strongly spoke against this by dramatically illustrating why it is wrong to interfere with other people…’, also referring to one of Star Trek’s most memorable characters, Spock, ‘I did purposely give him a slight look of the “devil” because I thought that might be particularly provocative to women’ and further commenting on the programme’s viewing figures, ‘If Star Trek were on the air today with the same demographics, it would stay on the air as most shows are now trying to achieve Star Trek’s audience profile which is considered rather ideal.’ In concluding Roddenberry writes ‘Star Trek had no magic formula unless you consider respect for the audience and hard work a formula….I would love to see Star Trek revived under the proper conditions. All of us who worked on the show have a great affection for it..’ (source the-saleroom.com)
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