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To show our appreciation for the community here on the Trek Initiative (this means you!), we will be releasing exclusive material from the Roddenberry Entertainment archives.

Here is this week's release, we hope you enjoy it!

Gene Rod Appvd

Gene Roddenberry is seen here captured in another very personal moment holding infant son "Rod" Roddenberry (Rod @ Memory Alpha). Those who missed the previous Gene & son Trek Tuesday might be surprised to learn that as a young boy, Rod never really even watched any Star Trek. Not until his father's passing was he inspired to "seek out" the phenomenon that is the Star Trek universe, and its place in the hearts of fans.

He recalled in one telephone interview: "At my father’s memorial service, I heard a story about how Star Trek impacted someone’s life and that’s when I decided to go on a journey. I spoke to fans and asked them what made the series special."

Rod discovered that one of the most significant elements of the Star Trek universe was the optimistic viewpoint it presented of the future, in which all the worst aspects of mankind have been eliminated, and people come together in harmony, embracing each other's differences to work together in the name of the greater good.

"That was the world these fans wanted to live in. I heard this message from so many people around the world. These people were coming from different ethnicities, political persuasions, genders and they all believe in this future. I was inspired by them to carry my father’s message the best way I can."

Trek Nation is the documentation of Rod’s 10-year journey to explore his father’s life. The undertaking inspired him to fully embrace the vision Gene had for the world and invest himself in its future.

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