Gene Roddenberry

The Dude personally knows little about Gene, but he does understand the influence his TV show had on a young mind.
For the Dude the main observation was not the adventures on the high seas of space , it was more the fascination at how well developed the world society was.
Peoples from every part of the world coming together with mutual bonds of respect and care and team work.
In the Star Trek model , the world thinking has progressed to the point where destruction of the planet through wars and greed and relationship drama and industrialisation -  has given way to the practical horse sense of working together (and building more constructive outcomes). 
Also, at some stage Gene must have had inspiration (and the courage to see this idea through).
It is first class example of how sometimes from ...
the humble beginnings of a persons imagination can fire unbelievable creativity and influence...
ps. Also see related:
 Mariette Hartley                    
Nichelle Nichols              
 Star Wars

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