Friday, December 19, 2008

Sad News for Star Trek

I'm sorry to interrupt Alex's great series of posts this week, but I just found out some very sad news. Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who was widow of Star Trek visionary Gene Roddenberry, Nurse Chapel on the original Star Trek, Deanna Troi's mother Lwaxana on The Next Generation, and the ubiquitous computer voice, has passed away. Reports say that leukemia was the cause, but that she died peacefully in her sleep. She was 76.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry as Nurse Christine Chapel Majel Barrett Roddenberry as Lwaxana Troi
I have no doubt that she will be dearly missed by her friends and family for far more than her contributions to the Star Trek franchise. Knowing her only as a Star Trek fan, though, I can merely say that the universe is going to be a lot emptier without her. She had a role in every Trek series and even in some of the video games; no matter how much Star Trek might have changed over the years, in good times and bad times, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was always there to help tie everything together.

Neither the ship's computer nor the voice behind it ever get enough gratitude for what they do: Thank you.

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