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The Trek Files: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

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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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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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Just the thing for lovers of Trek trivia!

By ajrjaneway - Mar 14 2018
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Love hearing stories from the beginning of Star Trek and seeing these amazing documents. Thanks!

A must for any Trek fan

By BigCoz - Jan 25 2018
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This is a very fun podcast. Deep dive into some behind the scenes documents.

iTunes Ratings

53 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
1
1
1
1

Just the thing for lovers of Trek trivia!

By ajrjaneway - Mar 14 2018
Read more
Love hearing stories from the beginning of Star Trek and seeing these amazing documents. Thanks!

A must for any Trek fan

By BigCoz - Jan 25 2018
Read more
This is a very fun podcast. Deep dive into some behind the scenes documents.
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The Trek Files: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

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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!

Rank #1: 4-2 - Gene Roddenberry letter to Sam Rolfe - November 1965

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Gene Roddenberry catches up with his friend, fellow TV producer Sam Rolfe, in this a letter from November of 1965. In it, Gene talks about the promise of a few pilots he's done such as "The Long Hunt of April Savage," "Police Story" and "Star Trek" which could make it to NBC's schedule the next fall. There's also mention of some Doc Savage/Ocean's Eleven show Bruce Geller is producing for Desilu. He hasn't read it, but the buzz is good.

See the documents: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Sep 17 2019

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Rank #2: 1-03 Star Trek Lives Draft Introduction (January 1975)

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When the rest of the world started to take Star Trek fandom seriously, Gene Roddenberry was asked to provide an introduction for the book "Star Trek Lives" in 1975. Here we present an early draft with many of Gene's thoughts on Trek fans and forward-looking comments about the state of mass media.

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Feb 06 2018

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Rank #3: 3-7 Enterprise Flight Manual - 1978

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Ever want to know what all the buttons on the bridge of the Enterprise actually do? When Star Trek The Motion Picture was in production, the art department came up with a manual to explain exactly that. This week, meet Rick Sternbach and learn how to fire photon torpedoes!

See to documents: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Apr 02 2019

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Rank #4: 1-04 TNG Conceptual Work (September 12, 1986)

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What would Star Trek: The Next Generation look like without Gene Roddenberry? In 1986, Paramount lured Roddenberry into development by sharing a development document that looked nothing like what would eventually make it to TV a year later. Would you believe the USS Odyssey? With a Vulcan Captain? Who is actually inside the computer? Trek expert and Paramount executive Dave Rossi joins Larry this week to examine the Trek that never was.

Read the original document here: http://www.facebook.com/thetrekfiles

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Feb 13 2018

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Rank #5: 3-19 Gene Roddenberry to Dick Sylbert - November 1975

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Who was Paramount executive Dick Sylbert, and why was Gene Roddenberry anxious to set the tone of their partnership? This week, a fascinating letter from the development of "The God Thing" in which Gene sets the record straight about what made Trek successful and who's really running the show.

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Jun 25 2019

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Rank #6: 2-20 TNG Character Relationships part 2 - November 1986

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Lisa Klink joins the Trek Files again for another examination of the early TNG character relationships document. What were the challenges with creating Star Trek's first Betazoid character and how did she change before the show even started production?

See the document: facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #7: 4-4 Fan Suggestions memo - December 1986

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How much do suggestions from fans influence Star Trek? In late 1986, during pre-production on The Next Generation, this 11-point memo from Gene Roddenberry circulated among the staff. In it, a consensus of ideas from a recent convention gave food for thought as the plans for a new Star Trek series took shape.

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Oct 01 2019

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Rank #8: 4-3 Star Trek fan letters - 1975

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A selection of fan letters from some of Star Trek's youngest - and most ardent - fans from 1975. Some have specific technical questions, some want merchandise and some just need to let Gene Roddenberry know exactly how deeply their fandom runs. The Trek Files looks at how much has changed and stayed the same since the pre-internet days of fandom.

See the documents: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Sep 24 2019

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Rank #9: 2-04 Gene Roddenberry letter to Norman Felton - October 1965

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Norman Felton had a hit on his hands with "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." when Gene Roddenberry reached out to him about possibly mentoring a young actor interested in directing - Leonard Nimoy. Gene and Norman sparred a little in this 1965 correspondence, and to give it some color we brought in U.N.C.L.E. expert Robert Short who also has quite a bit of Trek experience himself. Hailing frequencies are open... Open channel D.

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Aug 21 2018

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Rank #10: 4-1 Journey to Babel makeup-costume note - September 1967

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In 1967, Dorothy Fontana created the Tellarites for the TOS episode "Journey to Babel" with a few notes about their homeworld and physical characteristics. Fast forward more than fifty years and the Tellarites are still part of Star Trek lore on Discovery. To celebrate this find and talk about their snout-nosed origins, Larry welcomes our first "Disco" guest and Tellarite actor, Harry Judge!

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Sep 10 2019

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Rank #11: 3-8 Corey Allen - Farpoint director notes - April 26, 1987

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Bob Justman sends a memo to Gene Roddenberry just before TNG's "Encounter at Farpoint" goes in front of the camera. Director Corey Allen has his own approach which Bob reminds Gene may need some oversight. Talking more about director quirks with us this week, returning guest Dave Rossi!

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Apr 09 2019

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Rank #12: 3-4 Assignment Earth extras casting - January 5, 1968

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This week, The Trek Files solves a mystery 50 years in the making. Ever since Gary Seven's cat "Isis" took human form in the episode "Assignment Earth," fans have wondered who it was on screen for just a few seconds. Rumors swirled, and as is often the case, they were wrong. Meet the newest member of the Trek family, April Tatro.

See the documents: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Mar 12 2019

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Rank #13: 1-15 Gene Roddenberry's Favorite Star Trek Episodes - Early 1970s

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Sometime in the early 1970s, Gene Roddenberry was asked to identify his favorite episodes of Star Trek. Simply indicated by dots of red ink, the list may be quite revealing about his own interests and his personal connection to the show he created. This week, Larry is joined by guest co-host Doug Drexler to shed some light on Gene's picks!

Read the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

May 01 2018

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Rank #14: 1-24 American Baptist Convention letter to Gene Roddenberry - April 15, 1959

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Season 1 of The Trek Files wraps up with our oldest document yet! As Gene Roddenberry was writing for “Have Gun - Will Travel,” he got the attention of an unlikely awards committee: the American Baptist Convention. Having seen a handful of Gene’s episodes, the committee reached out to recognize his work as “presenting the Christian message” to TV viewers. How would a pre-Star Trek Gene have reacted? Your Trek Files host Larry Nemecek and guest co-host John Champion discuss in this week’s show!

Read the original document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Jul 03 2018

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Rank #15: 1-14 Fan letter to Gene Roddenberry - March 25, 1991

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At the height of Star Trek: The Next Generation's popularity, a fan sent Gene Roddenberry a letter with some helpful recommendations. Eighteen pages later, we learn who should be promoted, who should be killed off and what types of stories Gene should be focusing on for the continued longevity of the show. Welcome back to special guest co-host Dave Rossi this week on The Trek Files!

See the full document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Apr 24 2018

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Rank #16: 3-15 A Hole in the Universe - NBC Standards - 1973

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If Star Trek had its battles with NBC standards over content in a prime-time show, it stands to reason there would be just as much concern over a Saturday-morning cartoon. This week, a look at Standards comments on an episode that was never produced along with social guest and TAS insider Fred Bronson.

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

May 28 2019

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Rank #17: 1-07 Bob Justman memo to Gene Roddenberry - November 9, 1986

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As the premise for the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode was hashed out, Supervising Producer Bob Justman sent Gene Roddenberry a memo asking that he consider the social and psychological effects of sending a crew of families on a lifelong journey. We are joined in this episode by someone who was there from the very start, Dorothy "D.C." Fontana, to share her insights into what made TNG tick.

See the document on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Mar 06 2018

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Rank #18: 2-07 Bob Justman holodeck memo - October 17, 1986

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Bob Justman shares an idea with Gene Roddenberry for a potential new piece of hardware on the Enterprise. This week, The Trek Files welcomes back Paramount executive Dave Rossi to get to the bottom of the holodeck and how part of the inspiration comes from the sci-fi classic Soylent Green.

See the document: http://facebook.com/thetrekfiles

Sep 11 2018

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Rank #19: 1-16 Gene Roddenberry memo to Jerry Eisenberg - 1976 - Part 1

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In the middle of 1976, Paramount assigned producer Jerry Eisenberg to help relaunch Star Trek as a feature film. It didn't take long for Gene Roddenberry to draft a memo to help Eisenberg get into the right frame of mind for the task. Presented here is part one of three special episodes that get to the heart of Gene's take on what makes Trek tick.

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May 08 2018

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Rank #20: 2-23 Assignment Earth story ideas - January 1967

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In a parallel universe, Gene Roddenberry successfully used the Star Trek episode "Assignment Earth" as a backdoor pilot to launch a brand new series in the fall of 1968. With episodes needing to be produced, Gene would rely on story editor Dorothy Fontana to narrow down suitable stories and, like Star Trek, draw from existing science fiction authors. The Trek Files welcomes back Rene Echevarria to discuss a TOS favorite and what could have been.

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Jan 08 2019

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