Mr. and Mrs. Star Trek, ladies and gentleman. Series creator Gene Roddenberry and actress Majel Barrett (later Mrs. Barrett-Roddenberry). God, just look at her face. She loves him so much. Majel was the first lady of Star Trek, and provided the voice of the series’ computers for several decades after her original character, “Number One,” was rejected by NBC in 1965 because they felt no audience would ever accept a woman who was second-in-command of anything other than a mop. Gene died nearly fifteen years ago, and his ashes were shot into space in the early 2000s. Majel died just a few short years ago in 2008, days after recording the voice of the computer for one last time for the J.J. Abrams reboot. I read today that her ashes are scheduled for blast-off in 2014. And she’s been on my mind because I think that’s just super-duper.

Mr. and Mrs. Star Trek, ladies and gentleman. Series creator Gene Roddenberry and actress Majel Barrett (later Mrs. Barrett-Roddenberry). God, just look at her face. She loves him so much. Majel was the first lady of Star Trek, and provided the voice of the series’ computers for several decades after her original character, “Number One,” was rejected by NBC in 1965 because they felt no audience would ever accept a woman who was second-in-command of anything other than a mop. Gene died nearly fifteen years ago, and his ashes were shot into space in the early 2000s. Majel died just a few short years ago in 2008, days after recording the voice of the computer for one last time for the J.J. Abrams reboot. I read today that her ashes are scheduled for blast-off in 2014. And she’s been on my mind because I think that’s just super-duper.