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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!
 
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From soap operas to Star Trek, hear the origin story of one of the most important sci-fi publications of the 20th century: Starlog! We welcome publisher Kerry O'Quinn to talk about the letter to Gene Roddenberry that kicked off a publishing empire. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-scenes access and…
 
A simple memo from Gene Roddenberry prior to Star Trek: TNG's third season says so much. Is the show being too "parochial" in elevating humans over aliens? We welcome Syfy Sistas host Fran Taylor bak to The Trek Files to discuss diversity in Star Trek then and now. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-…
 
Fan mail to Star Trek often went to Gene Roddenberry, but in this letter from 1978, a dedicated adult Trekker shares her opinions on what a new Trek movie or series could be with the studio head who was writing the checks. John Champion joins The Trek Files for this week's discussion. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland …
 
An exchange between Rear Admiral H.L. Miller and Gene Roddenberry speaks to the connection between the armed services and Star Trek. We welcome Paramount executive Dave Rossi back to The Trek Files to share some stories about that special link behind the scenes. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-sce…
 
In the development of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gene Roddenberry sent very few memos. In this rare document, he shares specific thoughts on many aspects that set TNG apart from its predecessor and still resonate to new Star Trek series today. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-scenes access and…
 
A pair of documents this week herald the return of TOS director Ralph Senensky. In the latest interview, Ralph shares some of his frustrations with third season Star Trek production, the IDIC medallion controversy, and Fred Fred Freiberger. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-scenes access and exclusi…
 
Twenty years after Star Trek broke new ground on television, the format was revived for a new generation. Dorothy Fontana sent a memo to Gene Roddenberry outlining the ways that women characters needed to grow and evolve. Fran Taylor from SyFy Sistas joins The Trek Files to discuss how those issues looked in 1966 vs 1986. See the documents: faceboo…
 
A simple memo secured Ralph Senensky for his third outing as a Star Trek TOS director. Today on The Trek Files, Senensky returns to discuss "Obsession" and the struggles to find the right words in the script for "Return to Tomorrow." See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-scenes access and exclusive merc…
 
Anyone who knows Star Trek has a passing familiarity with the contents of Starfleet's Operating Orders - particularly the all-important Prime Directive. Our document from early in The Next Generation is the perfect subject to welcome back special guest and space-law expert Mclee Kerolle. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekla…
 
Remember that Gene Roddenberry TV series in the late '60s that featured motorcycles? Well, it never happened, but not because Gene and the sales manager from Cosmopolitan Motors weren't trying for it - and for a Star Trek tie-in. Hear the details and speculation when special guest Dave Rossi stops by The Trek Files. See the documents: facebook.com/…
 
A variety of letters to Gene Roddenberry reveal the state of the fandom in the years when Star Trek was dormant but anticipation for a new project was high. The variety of ages and emotions are the topic on this week's The Trek Files with guest John Champion. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Trekland site for behind-the-scenes…
 
A young fan writes to Gene Roddenberry about the inspiration she found in Star Trek and the concerns she has about the widening political and social "generation gap." Today, we welcome Fran Taylor, a Trek fan from the very beginning and co-founder of SyFy Sistas, to talk about fandom then and now and finding inspiration on the Enterprise. See the d…
 
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Scheduling the workload for a show like Star Trek looked much the same way in 1968 as it did in 1988 and beyond. This week, The Trek Files welcomes back David Livingston to help us peer behind the curtain at the relationship between producers and directors. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrek…
 
In a speech, Gene Roddenberry proposes a set of laws in the future that will supersede the limits of modern nations, replacing them with "Metalaw" that makes humans primarily citizens of Earth. The Trek Files welcomes Mclee Kerolle from The Space Court Foundation to explain how the law applies to space and humanity's future. See the documents: face…
 
As many creatives work in TV production, they all answer to one overwhelming force: the budget. A true insider from Star Trek's longest run, producer/director David Livingston is here to kick off season 8 of The Trek Files with a look at how producers and studios keep it all in line. Or not. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit the Tr…
 
Closing out the season, The Trek Files is pleased to welcome back special guest Adam Nimoy. In this week's show, Adam discusses the sights (and smells) of his boyhood visit to the TOS set as well as creative tensions within the production. A memo about "Maiden Wine" promos discussion about Leonard Nimoy's music career. See the documents: facebook.c…
 
A speech given by Gene Roddenberry in 1989 to the National Space Society is the perfect starting point with this week's guest, an amateur astronomer, asteroid chaser, and space enthusiast. He also happens to have played Tuvok on "Star Trek: Voyager." Tim Russ joins The Trek Files for a discussion of reaching the stars. See the documents: Facebook.c…
 
Continuing our discussion of Susan Oliver's career, George Pappy joins The Trek Files this week to share insights into Susan's work as a director. In an industry notoriously difficult for women, Susan had secured a few directing credits and hoped to continue on Star Trek: The Next Generation. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles…
 
A call-sheet from the Star Trek pilot episode "The Cage" (originally titled "The Menagerie") features Jeff Hunter as Captain and Susan Oliver as Vina. The Trek Files welcomes George Pappy, director of "The Green Girl" documentary about Oliver, to discuss the actress' rising star at the time. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles…
 
"Oscar, Where Are You?" That's the question posed in a behind-the-scenes photo from the first Star Trek pilot, "The Cage." Today, we welcome back guest Emmy Lou Crawford (Carey Foster) who is in that very picture to share stories of working on TOS and working with "uncle Rod." See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles…
 
Gene Roddenberry sent letters to colleagues in TV production, encouraging them to give a chance to an up-and-coming actress named Carey Foster (stage name of Emmy Lou Crawford). Today we welcome Emmy Lou herself to talk about acting in the early '60s and getting a recommendation from "uncle Gene." See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles…
 
Before the series could be considered viable by Paramount, Star Trek: The Next Generation would need to clear 65% of the country in syndication sales. Producer/writer/director Don Beck's association with the studio made him the person to lead the undertaking, and this week he shares his experience, and personal reminiscence of Gene Roddenberry. See…
 
In the months leading up to the first Star Trek pilot, Gene Roddenberry had a number of other concerns: from a police show pilot to a play he was writing to his neighbor's rat problem that was now becoming his own. Take a look at 1965 through Gene's personal correspondence on this week's The Trek Files with guest John Champion. See the documents - …
 
When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in 1987, it did so in unknown territory. How would audience numbers pan out for a major science-fiction show in first-run syndication? Former Paramount executive John Wentworth returns to The Trek Files to demystify the numbers surrounding TNG's debut and how the show warped past expectation. See the do…
 
Production documents from two Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes introduce us this week's special guest: Adam Nimoy. Discussing his on-set education on the Trek films and his transition to television director, Adam gives us an inside look behind-the-scenes. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles Visit Dr. Trek - larrynemecek.com Visit th…
 
This week on The Trek Files, we return to the archival mail bag to sample some of the letters Gene Roddenberry ("Mr. Trek") was receiving in 1975. From the requests for props, plans and insider information to the insights hiding between the lines. Mission Log's John Champion joins Larry for our seasonal look at some of Star Trek's most ardent suppo…
 
Go inside production of Star Trek TOS with another visit from director Ralph Senensky. At 98 years old, Ralph sat down with host Larry Nemecek to discuss his work on the series. This time: details of Ralph's work on classic episodes "Metamorphosis" and "Bread and Circuses." See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles…
 
There were cast changes for the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and that meant a new writer/director guide to explain the crew dynamics. The Trek Files welcomes back Susan Sackett, Gene Roddenberry's longtime assistant, to offer insight into those early production days of TNG. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles…
 
Starlog magazine profiled Gene Roddenberry in July 1986 to discuss the Star Trek movies and TV legacy. We are joined by Ian Spelling, author of that piece as well as former editor of startrek.com and co-author of Star Trek: A Celebration. Read the documents: facebook.com.thetrekfilesBy Roddenberry Entertainment
 
It's a constant in the TV business: the collision of production and promotion. On at least one occasion in 1967, Herb Solow complained to Bob Justman that that local promos were taking up production resources on Star Trek. Our guest, John Wentworth, reminds us that even decades later it was a familiar refrain. See the documents: facebook.com/thetre…
 
And early script draft for Star Trek IV: The Adventure Continues draws pointed critique in Gene Roddenberry's office. The Trek Files is joined by the author of the memo, Susan Sackett, to describe Gene's challenges with the film. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfilesBy Roddenberry Entertainment
 
There are a few ways to gauge the popularity of a TV show, and fan mail, by volume, is one important factor. Former Paramount executive John Wentworth stops by The Trek Files to explain some of Star Trek's audience appeal and share insights about his time with the show's producers. See the documents: Facebook.com/TheTrekFiles…
 
As we approach the centennial of Gene Roddenberry's birth, Larry Nemecek recounts the story of his only meeting with the Great Bird himself on August 15, 1989. It's a post-STLV episode, and we will return to our regular format next week. Trek well, everybody! See the documents archive: facebook.com/thetrekfiles…
 
In the second part of Larry Nemecek's interview with Ralph Senensky, the conversation focuses on Ralph's departure from the series with the third season episode "The Tholian Web." From Gene Roddenberry's files, find the deal memo that brought Herb Wallerstein on board and the DGA to determine who got the credit. See the documents: facebook.com/thet…
 
Special guest Steven Lance returns to The Trek Files to share his experiences as MC at Star Trek conventions in the 1970s. Hear about the origin of "Heash" and the special friendships that led to Steve's career and time on set with Star Trek legends. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfilesBy Roddenberry Entertainment
 
The famous "rec deck" scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture was filmed in October 1978 and featured hundreds of friends and fans who had supported the journey from small screen to big screen. Actor/host/writer Steven Lance was among those on set that day and tells the personal story how James Doohan got him there! Se the documents: facebook.com/th…
 
Gene Roddenberry's longtime executive assistant Susan Sackett joins The Trek Files to discuss two documents a decade apart. First up, the gritty details of the Star Trek office and who is responsible for what expenditures. Then it's onto the early days of The Next Generation when the groundwork was being laid for the new series - over lunch, of cou…
 
Kicking off season 7 of The Trek Files: an interview with Star Trek TOS multiple-episode director, Ralph Senensky. In this segment, recorded in Ralph's home, we'll hear about "This Side of Paradise," his first assignment on the series, and why directors should never expect praise from their producers. Follow The Trek Files Se the documents at Faceb…
 
Three years before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a fan surveyed hundreds of other Star Trek fans to get a look at their hopes and expectations for the franchise's next phase. To close season six of The Trek Files, Larry welcomes back John Champion to discuss the clues about the first wave of fandom and their unique relationship to the creative for…
 
Gerald Fried is back on The Trek Files! The legendary composer sits down with Larry to discuss his time with Star Trek (composing the scores for four episodes) as well as the inherent differences in writing music for Gilligan's Island and the merits of Lost in Space. Our document this week takes a peek behind the curtain as Bob Justman seeks a comp…
 
To fill the gap between Star Trek on TV and big screen, a record album was conceived to have various audio essays and interviews with Trek actors "in character." Mark Lenard signed up to play Sarek on a number of topics, and this week we welcome back author Jean Lorrah with her take on characterizing the Vulcan and what she may have contributed. Se…
 
Final casting for Star Trek: The Next Generation was happening in spring of 1987. For the role of Wesley Crusher, young actors were given sample script pages and put on tape for the producers to make their decisions. This week, Larry is joined by one of those actor hopefuls, The Trek Files producer John Champion! See the documents: facebook.com/the…
 
A correspondence between composer Gerald Fried and Star Trek Producer Bob Justman regarding music for "The Paradise Syndrome" kicks off this week's The Trek Files. We are honored to welcome the talented (and humorous!) Gerald Fried himself to talk about writing music for Star Trek and a myriad of other iconic productions. See the documents: faceboo…
 
After Gene Roddenberry's death in 1991, letters of condolence to Majel Barrett Roddenberry flooded in from luminaries around the world, including from former President Ronald Reagan. Helping Majel reply to those letters was a close friend. The Trek Files welcomes back Dr. Harrison Solow to talk about her relationship with the Roddenberry family. Se…
 
A memo from Gene Roddenberry outlines some changes and areas of concern for Star Trek's regular characters as they head into the show's third season. Spock, in particular, poses a challenge, and this week The Trek Files welcomes back Jean Lorrah to discuss fandom's take on the famous Vulcan and how fan fiction filled in the gaps. See the documents:…
 
In 1991 a book proposal made its way to Gene Roddenberry's desk that he should be included in "Portraits of American Genius." This week, Dr. Harrison Solow (wife of the late Herb Solow, Desilu Studios' Executive in Charge of Production) talks about the pitch and her growing friendship with Gene, Majel, Herb and others in the Star Trek production st…
 
As the 25th anniversary of Star Trek was playing out on big and small screens and in the press, Gene Roddenberry wrote to Dan Madsen, President of the Star Trek Fan Club, to reflect on Trek's fandom and influence. Dan joins The Trek Files this week to tell his story of going from fan to professional. See the documents: facebook.com/thetrekfiles…
 
Dorothy Fontana's story for "Journey to Babel" introduced the world to Spock's parents Karek and Amanda (as named in her first draft). The family drama gained the interest of fans at the time, and even launched a few writing careers in its wake. Jean Lorrah, novelist, professor and Star Trek fan-fiction author, joins The Trek Files to tell her stor…
 
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