If he was respected and liked by Roddenberry himself...I think that says it all.
None of you, in my opinion are on the level of kindess and humility Gene has, such which does not blind a man but opens his eyes to the quality of the person he decided to be friends with.
I think I'll side with the more convincing Roddenberry on this one, and ignore immature bitching.
After everything that's been documented about "Emperor Gene's New Clothes" you can type that with a straight face??!?!?