The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for August 15-21, 2005.
By United Press International

Scots bicker over birthplace of 'Scotty'

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- "Star Trek" geekdom is spiraling out of control in Scotland where four towns are warring over the birthplace of the fictional Enterprise engineer, Scotty.

Star Trek's 'Scotty' dead at 85

REDMOND, Wash., July 20 (UPI) -- Canadian actor James Doohan, best known as "Star Trek's" Scotty, died Wednesday in his Washington state home at the age of 85.

Space Race 2: Rest in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: Going into the funeral business was not exactly what Charlie Chafer and a team of commercial space pioneers had in mind when they sketched plans, rai

Kevin Sorbo gets ABC sitcom deal

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Kevin Sorbo, best known as TV's "Hercules," has signed a deal with ABC to develop his own sitcom, the New York Post reported Friday.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 19, the 232nd day of 2004 with 134 to follow.
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To the moon, Alice: burials in outer space

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Space junkies or those who just love adventures can add one more to their list, even as they enter the Great Beyond. Starting this year, Houston, Texas-based Ce
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2003 with 134 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2002 with 134 to follow.
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Gene Roddenberry
LVP99090801 - 08 SEPTEMBER 1999 - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA: Mrs. Gene Roddenberry, wife of the late Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, unveils the new Star Trek stamp, September 8, at Star Trek The Experience, in the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada. jr/bj/Brian Jones UPI

Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer and futurist, best known for creating the American science fiction series Star Trek. Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, California where his father worked as a police officer. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked as a commercial pilot after the war. He later followed in his father's footsteps, joining the Los Angeles Police Department to provide for his family, but began focusing on writing scripts for television.

As a freelance writer, Roddenberry wrote scripts for Highway Patrol, Have Gun, Will Travel and other series, before creating and producing his own television program, The Lieutenant. In 1964, Roddenberry created Star Trek, and it premiered in 1966, running for three seasons before cancellation. Syndication of Star Trek led to increasing popularity, and Roddenberry continued to create, produce, and consult on Star Trek films and the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation until his death. Roddenberry received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame. Years after his death, Roddenberry was one of the first humans to have his ashes "buried" in outer space.

The fictional Star Trek universe Roddenberry created has spanned over four decades, producing six television series, 715 episodes and eleven films, with a twelfth film currently in development and scheduled for a 2012 release.

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