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Gene Roddenberry

Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter and creator of the original Star Trek television series, its first spin-off The Next Generation. Born in El Paso, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, where his father was a police officer. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the Army Air Forces during World War II, worked as a commercial pilot after the war, he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he began to write scripts for television. As a freelance writer, Roddenberry wrote scripts for Highway Patrol, Have Gun – Will Travel, other series, before creating and producing his own television series The Lieutenant. In 1964, Roddenberry created Star Trek, which premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons before being canceled, he worked on other projects, including a string of failed television pilots. The syndication of Star Trek led to its growing popularity. In 1987, the sequel series Star Trek: The Next Generation began airing on television in first-run syndication.

He continued to consult on the series until his death in 1991. In 1985, he became the first TV writer with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he was inducted by both 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 carried into earth orbit; the popularity of the Star Trek universe and films has inspired films, comic books, video games, fan films set in the Star Trek universe. Roddenberry was born on August 19, 1921, in his parents' rented home in El Paso, the first child of Eugene Edward Roddenberry and Caroline "Glen" Roddenberry; the family moved to Los Angeles in 1923 after Gene's father passed the Civil Service test and was given a police commission there. During his childhood, Roddenberry was interested in reading pulp magazines, was a fan of stories such as John Carter of Mars and the Skylark series by E. E. Smith. Roddenberry majored in police science at Los Angeles City College, where he began dating Eileen-Anita Rexroat and became interested in aeronautical engineering.

He obtained a pilot's license through the United States Army Air Corps-sponsored Civilian Pilot Training Program. He enlisted with the USAAC on December 18, 1941, married Eileen on June 13, 1942, he graduated from the USAAC on August 1942, when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was posted to Bellows Field, Oahu, to join the 394th Bomb Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group, of the Thirteenth Air Force, which flew the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. On August 2, 1943, while flying B-17E-BO, 41-2463, "Yankee Doodle", out of Espiritu Santo, the plane Roddenberry was piloting overshot the runway by 500 feet and impacted trees, crushing the nose, starting a fire, killing two men: bombardier Sgt. John P. Kruger and navigator Lt. Talbert H. Woolam; the official report absolved Roddenberry of any responsibility. Roddenberry spent the remainder of his military career in the United States, flew all over the country as a plane crash investigator, he was involved in this time as a passenger. He was awarded the Air Medal.

In 1945, Roddenberry began flying for Pan American World Airways, including routes from New York to Johannesburg or Calcutta, the two longest Pan Am routes at the time. Listed as a resident of River Edge, New Jersey, he experienced his third crash while on the Clipper Eclipse on June 18, 1947; the plane came down in the Syrian Desert, Roddenberry, who took control as the ranking flight officer, suffered two broken ribs but was able to drag injured passengers out of the burning plane and led the group to get help. Fourteen people died in the crash, he resigned from Pan Am on May 15, 1948, decided to pursue his dream of writing for the new medium of television. Roddenberry applied for a position with the Los Angeles Police Department on January 10, 1949, spent his first 16 months in the traffic division before being transferred to the newspaper unit; this became the Public Information Division and Roddenberry became the Chief of Police's speech writer. He became technical advisor for a new television version of Mr. District Attorney, which led to him writing for the show under his pseudonym "Robert Wesley".

He began to collaborate with Ziv Television Programs, continued to sell scripts to Mr. District Attorney, in addition to Ziv's Highway Patrol. In early 1956, he sold two story ideas for I Led Three Lives, he found that it was becoming difficult to be a writer and a policeman. On June 7, 1956, he resigned from the force to concentrate on his writing career. Roddenberry was promoted to head writer for The West Point Story, wrote 10 scripts for the first season, about a third of the total episodes. While working for Ziv, in 1956, he pitched a series to CBS set aboard a cruise ship, Hawaii Passage, but they did not buy it, as he wanted to become a producer and have full creative control, he wrote another script for Ziv's series Harbourmaster titled "Coastal Security", signed a contract with the company to develop a show called Junior Executive with Quinn Martin. Nothing came of the series, he wrote scripts for a number of other series in his early years as a professional writer, including Bat Master

Wake Up My Love

"Wake Up My Love" is a song by English rock musician George Harrison from his 1982 album Gone Troppo. Released as the A-side of the album's lead single, it peaked at number 53 in the United States but failed to chart in Britain. Harrison included the track on his 1989 compilation album Best of Dark Horse; as with his previous single, "Teardrops", the song was an attempt by Harrison to make his music sound contemporary, to appease the commercial concerns of Warner Bros. Records. Disillusioned with the 1980s pop scene, Harrison refused to promote the release and withdrew from music-making for over four years. In the opinion of Ultimate Classic Rock critic Nick DeRiso, "Wake Up My Love" sounds "as dated an item as any Beatles-related'80s release this side of'Spies Like Us'". George Harrison – vocals, bass Mike Moransynthesizer, piano Henry Spinettidrums Ray Cooperpercussion Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Jasper Carrott

Jasper Carrott, OBE is an English comedian and television presenter. Born in Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green, in Birmingham, Carrott was educated at Acocks Green primary school and Moseley School, he worked as a trainee buyer at a city centre department store, the Beehive, with schoolmate Bev Bevan. In February 1969 he started his own folk club, "The Boggery", in nearby Solihull with his friend Les Ward. Carrott performed folk songs and as an MC, his banter overtook the songs and he became more a comedian than singer. He worked as a musical agent, as Fingimigig, managing among others Harvey Andrews, he toured UK rugby clubs. He recorded an album in 1973 called Jasper Carrot – In the Club, which he sold from his van; the album contained the original "Magic Roundabout", although material used in his next three LPs plus the Fred Wedlock song "The Folker". He had a UK Top 5 chart hit in August 1975 with the novelty record "Funky Moped", written by Chris Rohmann and produced by Jeff Lynne. By the late 1970s, Carrott had developed anecdotal sketches.

They purport to be autobiographical. His live performances were recorded as Jasper Carrott Rabbitts on and on and on... and Carrott in Notts. Notable hits were "Bastity Chelt", a song in Spoonerism, "The Football Match" describing a visit to Old Trafford, "The Nutter on the Bus", "The Mole" and "Zits" – an explanation of American slang for spots that brought the word into use in Britain. In 1979 he published A Little Zit on a humorous autobiography; the follow-up, Sweet and Sour Labrador, mixed sections of stand-up routines with similar autobiographical material, much of it related to his world travels. Carrott was once a compère for the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986, which featured local bands such as Electric Light Orchestra and the Moody Blues, with a finale that included George Harrison from the Beatles. On 15 September 2007 he was inducted into the Birmingham Walk of Stars at the Arts Fest 2007 celebrations; the award was presented by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Carrott is the second inductee, following Ozzy Osbourne.

Carrott was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Comedy Awards on 6 December 2008. His first appearance on television was a half-hour show for BBC Midlands on 11 August 1975, in a programme about local football called "The Golden Game". In 1976, he appeared in A Half Hour Mislaid with Jasper Carrott, recorded at Pebble Mill, his big break came two years when Michael Grade asked for a pilot programme for LWT. Grade liked it, five further shows were recorded, which became his first TV series, An Audience with Jasper Carrott, in 1978; this partnership with LWT lasted until 1981. Carrott moved to the BBC for Carrott's Lib, a Saturday night comedy broadcast live, a string of BBC shows; the most notable were Carrott's Commercial Breakdown, which broadcast weird adverts from around the world, the sketch and stand-up shows Carrott Confidential, 24 Carrott Gold, The Trial of Jasper Carrott and Canned Carrott, some of which featured Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. Carrott played Heinrich in the Lost City.

Canned Carrott featured a spoof police drama called The Detectives, co-starring Robert Powell, made into a series. From 2002 to 2004, he starred in the sitcom All About Me, he performed in several of the Secret Policeman's Ball charity concerts for Amnesty International, returned to the stage in 2004 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham featuring classic routines from his career. He returned to singing for the musical Go Play Up Your Own End in 2005. In 2005, he appeared in the first Jasper Carrott's Rock With Laughter concert; this became a regular at the NEC in Birmingham in December and sometimes alternating with his "Jasper Carrott's Christmas Crackers" events, but there have been a few summer shows too. In summer 2007, Carrott hosted the Endemol-produced game show Golden Balls for ITV1. Promising ratings led to a second series in January 2008. A third series began in April 2008, a fourth in October 2008. A fifth and six series were shown in 2009, he hosted the Sunday night Cash Inn. He was 20th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians show.

Since his work is noted under'Filmography' below. Carrott has written the humorous paperbacks A Little Zit on the Side, Sweet and Sour Labrador, he wrote a novel called Shop! or a Store is Born. Of interest is a book by Carrott's former manager John Starkey, Jasper and Me, which includes the line "He once said,'Ringo isn't the best drummer in the world, he isn't the best drummer in the Beatles.' " This quote was credited to John Lennon until Mark Lewisohn discovered, in 1983, that it was Mr Carrott who said it. Carrott was part-owner of the production company Celador, makers of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? In 2006, he and wife Hazel sold their shares for £10m when Dutch interactive television company, 2waytraffic, bought the group of companies behind'Millionaire'. Carrott is the father of actress Lucy Davis, he is a supporter, was a director, of Birmingham City. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 "for charitable services"; the Univers