I listen to Radio Classics on Sirius radio a lot. I enjoy many of the “Golden Age of Radio” shows (which is a reason why I wrote a play based on them). This morning, they played the show, “Have Gun, Will Travel”. I knew this show from the movie Stand By Me when the boys keep singing its theme song:
Have Gun, Will Travel reads the card of a man.
A knight without armor in a savage land.
His fast gun for hire head’s the calling wind.
A soldier of fortune is the man called Paladin!
So I listened and enjoyed the story: it was a good Western. At the end they annnounced the cast, followed by:
“This episoded was written by Gene Roddenberry.”
What a surprise and fun way to remember he worked for years as a Hollywood TV and radio writer. Obvioulsy, before he created a show based on his imaginary heroes he created as a small, sickly boy who couldn’t run around with the neighborhood kids; instead, he had to sit quiet in his backyard, by himself, and he started playing a game, imagining a man sitting in his command chair on the bridge of a starship….