Some of you who know me, you might know that I’m a bit of a closet Trekkie these days. I used to attend science fiction conventions in Denver when I was in college, but can’t say I’ve gone since then. I had a chance to get the autographs of George Takei and Michael Dorn, along with others that I can’t remember where I put away. And I listened intently when they spoke live upon those stages.
Majel Barret Roddenberry was, like Nichelle Nichols, a force to be reckoned with both within the Star Trek universe and without. Her influence as Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every incarnation of the series have left a lasting impressions on fans and non-fans alike. No one can dispute the effect that Star Trek has had on popular culture, technology, and beyond.
She passed away at age 76 on December 18, 2008 from a brief battle with leukemia, but will be remembered more for the way she lived her life and shared that life with her fans than anything else.
When we hear her voice later in 2009 as the computer in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie reboot, it will be for the last time. But the memories will last lifetimes.
Farewell Majel and may you continue your Star Trek in the heavens forever.
p.s. You can read the family’s announcement at the Roddenberry.com website.