I just learned of the recent death of Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek and I am saddened at the loss of such a great actress. I guess that means the Star Trek franchise is finally kaput because there can be no future Star Treks without her voice coming over the airwaves as the disembodied computer.
I was a Star Trek fan from the get go — yes, William Shatner was once a rather handsome and much thinner dude. I distinctly remember once a week gathering in front of the television set with my dad, also a sci-fi fan, and being absolutely captivated by this series. Nothing else mattered when Star Trek was on — nothing. We didn’t have the technology to record programs in the late 60’s so you got one chance to watch a show. Aside from William Shatner, the other love of my life in 1966 was Peter Tork of the Monkees. Star Trek was on Thursdays and The Monkees was on Mondays so thankfully I never had to choose between the two, otherwise I might have simply imploded.
Some of you may remember Majel as the First Officer, aka No. 1, from the Star Trek pilot which aired in 1966. Later she went on to be Nurse Christine Chapel who always had the hots for Spock. She then turned up as a recurring character, Ambassador Lwaxana Troi, who was just so much fun to watch misbehave, and finally she took on the part of the ubiquitous computer voice. Before she died she finished work on the upcoming prequel Star Trek movie, again as the voice of the computer.
Wherever you have beamed, Majel, may you live long and prosper.