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Old June 6 2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Interesting research on Roddenberry

Here is an interesting if lengthy research paper done on Roddenberrys early years, not sure if its already been discussed.
http://www.academia.edu/2967654/Star...evision_Auteur
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Old June 6 2014, 11:32 AM   #2
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Here is an interesting if lengthy research paper done on Roddenberrys early years, not sure if its already been discussed.
http://www.academia.edu/2967654/Star...evision_Auteur
I don't recall if that's been posted here before. But the author seems familiar.
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Old June 6 2014, 01:15 PM   #3
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Re: Interesting research on Roddenberry

I don't recall seeing this before, either. Thanks for posting.
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Old June 6 2014, 01:41 PM   #4
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A really interesting article, and though I was acquainted with most of the information in it, it has some insights I hadn't been aware of before. Particularly, I like the way it summarizes just how extensively Roddenberry worked to create the image of himself as a visionary auteur, and how much Paramount was compelled to play into his popularity with fandom even though he probably wasn't the best person to be in charge. It seems that with both the movies and TNG, they started off with Roddenberry to appease fandom and then tried to phase him out gently but swiftly.

I did catch one factual error. It says on p. 65 that "There was never a female guest star that played a character higher in rank than Lieutenant in Starfleet," but there was exactly one: Diana Muldaur as Lt. Cmdr. Anne Mulhall in "Return to Tomorrow."
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Old June 6 2014, 04:22 PM   #5
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Re: Interesting research on Roddenberry

Maurice wrote: View Post
JT Perfecthair wrote: View Post
Here is an interesting if lengthy research paper done on Roddenberrys early years, not sure if its already been discussed.
http://www.academia.edu/2967654/Star...evision_Auteur
I don't recall if that's been posted here before. But the author seems familiar.
Yes, I wonder who wrote that.
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Old June 6 2014, 04:44 PM   #6
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I like his style, and would be glad to follow his newsletter and/or blog!
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Old June 7 2014, 08:56 PM   #7
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Really solid piece. While I was familiar with most of the material referenced this essay does a great job encapsulating the creation of the Gene Roddenberry "brand."
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Old June 10 2014, 04:55 AM   #8
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Finally had a chance to read through the paper, really great work :-)
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Old June 10 2014, 05:58 AM   #9
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Thanks for sharing.

Now that's the sort of thing you want to see on your reading list for the semester!
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Old June 10 2014, 06:22 AM   #10
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Re: Interesting research on Roddenberry

Harvey wrote: View Post
Maurice wrote: View Post
JT Perfecthair wrote: View Post
Here is an interesting if lengthy research paper done on Roddenberrys early years, not sure if its already been discussed.
http://www.academia.edu/2967654/Star...evision_Auteur
I don't recall if that's been posted here before. But the author seems familiar.
Yes, I wonder who wrote that.
Heh, when I saw the thread title, I had the thought, "Unless Harvey appproves, I'm not sure I care."
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Old June 10 2014, 04:35 PM   #11
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I'm still proud of that essay, but it has several mistakes in it that I wish I could fix. The leftover research I accumulated for it was the basis of my blog early on. Maybe soon I will finish my work on the ratings -- but life has been busy recently.
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Old June 30 2014, 05:14 PM   #12
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It was a really nice reading. I didn't read books about Star Trek, so it cool to see a serious (well written) paper with references to clarifies thins I can read on Internet.
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Old July 4 2014, 06:54 PM   #13
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I did catch one factual error. It says on p. 65 that "There was never a female guest star that played a character higher in rank than Lieutenant in Starfleet," but there was exactly one: Diana Muldaur as Lt. Cmdr. Anne Mulhall in "Return to Tomorrow."
On the other hand, the fact she's a scientist with a PhD is more noticeable than her rank.
On a similar track about female character: there's not so much "older" women in TOS. So we see female scientist, civil servants, doctors, etc, but they used to be young, so they don't occupy so much high positions. There's not a lot of T'Pau. Kirk is a young Captain, so generally the other starship commanders he met are played by actors older than Shatner (including Joanne Linville).

I hope you'll able to pursue that works Harvey.
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Old July 4 2014, 07:16 PM   #14
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Even so, Mulhall's uniform sleeves clearly bore lieutenant commander's stripes. Even though her rank was never stated in dialogue, it is a fact -- clearly an underappreciated one -- that she is the one and only female Starfleet officer in TOS portrayed with a rank higher than lieutenant.
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Old July 4 2014, 07:57 PM   #15
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What about Number One?
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