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Gene Roddenberry: 15 surprising facts about the Star Trek creator

On August 19, 2021, Gene Roddenberry would have turned 100-years-old. His most famous creation — Star Trek — is 55 years old this year. Here are a few fascinating details you might not know about the “Great Bird of the Galaxy.”

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One early Star Trek idea was set on a steampunk airship

Before he pitched Star Trek, Roddenberry imagined doing a TV series set on an “airship” in Victorian times with a multicultural crew. Really!

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Roddenberry was a former cop, who wrote radio stories for Dragnet

As a member of the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1950s, Roddenberry used his experience to write scripts for cop shows on TV and the radio.

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