On This Day … 08 May [2022]

Events 1912 – Paramount Pictures is founded. People (Births) 1916 – Ramananda Sengupta, Indian cinematographer (d. 2017). 1926 – David Hurst, German actor (d. 2019). 1954 – David Keith, American actor and director. People (Deaths) 1952 – William Fox, Austrian businessman, founded Fox Theatres (b. 1879). 1988 – Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction writer… Read More

On This Day … 24 October

People (Deaths) 1991 – Gene Roddenberry, American captain, screenwriter, and producer, created Star Trek (b. 1921). Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (19 August 1921 to 24 October 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer and creator of Star Trek: The Original Series, and its sequel spin-off series Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek:… Read More

On This Day … 08 September

Events 1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap“. Star Trek Star Trek is an American science-fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek:… Read More

What is an Expanded Universe?

Introduction The term expanded universe, sometimes called an extended universe, is generally used to denote the ‘extension’ of a media franchise (like a television programme or a series of feature films) with other media, generally comics and original novels. This typically involves new stories for existing characters already developed within the franchise, but in some… Read More

Women in Motion (2019)

Introduction A 2019 documentary about NASA. Outline Nichelle Nichols’ daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space. Production & Filming Details Director(s): Todd Thompson. Producer(s): Brent… Read More

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine (2019)

Introduction Ira Steven Behr explores the legacy of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Outline To commemorate 25 years of `Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, an exploration of the film’s legacy. Full interviews as well as behind-the-scenes stories with the original team and actors will be presented and revisited. Production & Filming Details Director(s): Ira Steven… Read More

Star Trek: Trek Nation (2011)

Introduction Trek Nation is a 2011 documentary film directed by Scott Colthorp examining the positive impact that Star Trek and creator Gene Roddenberry may have had on people’s lives as seen through the eyes of his son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr.. It includes interviews with castmembers and crew from all five Star Trek incarnations as… Read More