The son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and the actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry has been giving away items that belonged to his parents — and auctioning others to benefit disaster relief in Haiti.
Rod Roddenberry has sold the family home and is moving, so he needs to get rid of 70 years’ worth of stuff. “I can’t bring myself to throw it away and if it should go anywhere, it should go to the people who truly admire my mother and father as I do,” the younger Roddenberry is quoted as saying on the fandom website Alltern8.com.
Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett on the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
The auction items will benefit HaitianHero.com, a charity run by Jimmy Jean-Louis, who plays a character called “The Haitian” on NBC’s Heroes and is from the poverty- and earthquake-stricken nation himself. They include books, golf clubs, Gene Roddenberry’s Paramount ID card and more.
Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who is the only performer known to have appeared in every version of the Star Trek franchise, died in December 2008, shortly after recording her lines as the USS Enterprise computer voice for J.J. Abrams’ big-screen reboot starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Her husband, Gene, died in 1991.
Rod Roddenberry is CEO of Roddenberry Productions, which recently announced a deal with Ron Howard’s Imagine Television to develop The Questor Tapes, a pilot the elder Roddenberry believed could have been bigger than Star Trek.
The Questor Tapes, which aired as a TV movie in 1974, deals with an android with incomplete memories who searches for his creator and purpose — an idea that morphed into the character of Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It starred Robert Foxworth, who would appear in several roles in the Star Trek franchise over the years and provides the voice of the Autobot Ratchet in Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. Trek veterans Majel Barrett and Walter Koenig (the original Ensign Chekov) also appeared in The Questor Tapes.