- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Roddenberry, Gene (19 August 1921–24 October 1991), writer and television producer, was born Eugene Wesley Roddenberry in El Paso, Texas, the son of Eugene Edward Roddenberry, railroad worker, and Carolyn Glenn Coleman Roddenberry. Seeking greater opportunities, his father relocated the family to southern California shortly after Gene's birth and became a policeman in Los Angeles. A voracious reader, the younger Roddenberry became an avid fan of pulp fiction novels and movie serials such as “Buck Rogers” and “Flash Gordon.” He attended local public schools before entering Los Angeles City College, where he studied police science. Roddenberry also took flight instruction under the auspices of U.S. Army general ...