Friday, January 13, 2012

Sunday, January 13th, 1974

Another boring Sunday.

I finally started reading my birthday present, THE MAKING OF STAR TREK and that's about all I ended up doing once I got into it!

NOTES: In the sixties, I only got to watch STAR TREK occasionally as, for much of its original run, it was opposite GOMER PYLE, USMC, one of my parents' favorite comedies. Sometimes I'd catch the last half of an episode. 

In the early seventies, however, the series became much more popular in syndicated reruns then it had been on the network and I managed to catch all of the episodes eventually.  As stated above, my birthday present that year (presumably from my parents) was THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, a paperback edition of the 1968 book by Gene Roddenberry and Stephen Whitfield...or at least that's what I thought at the time. It came out in time that author Stephen POE had written the book with NO contributions form Roddenberry, although Roddenberry's name went on it to give it some credibility and Gene collected all the royalties from the book.  For quite some time it was the ONLY book on STAR TREK but, I believe, by this point I had already read David Gerrold's THE WORLD OF STAR TEK.


  1. Wow, I'd actually never heard that about Roddenberry not contributing to THE MAKING OF STAR TREK. I read that book when I was 10, the year my mom got me into Trek. She had so many old Trek paperbacks, most of them the James Blish novelizations, but there were others including THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, THE WORLD OF STAR TREK, and David Gerrold's book about making The Trouble with Tribbles. Damn it, I wish I still had those books.

  2. I still have that book among my many Star Trek books. It doesn't surprise me about Roddenberry. He was always looking to cash in on Trek. He wrote words to the original theme song (which were never used) so that Alexander Courage would have to split the royalties with him.

  3. Wow, I remember that book! I was never a hardcore Trekkie, but my siblings were--and I remember that book (among others) that was a birthday gift for one of them!