|Also Known As:||The Great Bird of the Galaxy|
|Occupation:||Television: producer, creator, writer|
|Works:||Star Trek, Andromeda, Earth: Final Conflict|
|On Fanlore:||Related pages|
Gene Roddenberry is best known as the creator of Star Trek.
He is often referred to by fans as the "Great Bird of the Galaxy."
While Star Trek was on the air, and afterward, Roddenberry was a willing and entertaining convention guest. A few years after Star Trek went off the air (and as it was gaining in popularity through syndication), Roddenberry was going through hard times creatively/financially. He was encouraged to go on lecture tours, talking about Star Trek, showing the blooper reel and original pilot.
Later, when he started working on the Star Trek movies, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, he continued to communicate with fans; dropping hints and even giving interviews to lzs, etc. Because of these frequent chances to see and talk to him, fans felt that they knew him (or at least knew someone who knew him). It could be argued that he shaped fannish ideas of how the showrunner of a genre show should act: how accessible they should be, how friendly to fans, etc. In many ways, Gene Roddenberry's interactions with fans set an example that was often challenging for those who followed. 
Fandom mourned his death in 1991, and then later the death of his wife, Majel Barrett, in December 2008.
Gallery of Fannish Roddenberry Art
the cover of Triskelion #1, art by Jane R. Miller, 1968
"Our Guy Gene," from Contact #1
interior art, Grip #31, Jean Ellenbacher
front cover of Trekkin' #2
from T-Negative #12, artist: Alan Andres
art from Warped Space #6, Jim Steele
from Spockanalia #3, Alicia Austin
from Enter-comm #2, Brendan Hawley
art from Star Trek Action Group #111: artist is Luanne Sharman
from v.3 n.2 of The Agonizer, a Klingon zine: "Marg sutai-H'Havraadh suggests that Klingons who want to honor the creator of the Star Trek universe consider a formal, public gesture: perhaps a death-howl when we are assembled in uniformed groups to attend Star Trek VI--The Undiscovered Country. Mrak and Koch K'Nera encourage Klingons to adopt a commemorative black splash on the left cheek--of some dark substance like shoe polish or black lipstick--about two inches long and as wide as a finger."
- See George Lucas.