A sad day for Star Trek fans as the writer of the very first Star Trek episode has passed away at the age of 86. George Clayton Johnson penned the first Star Trek episode as well as the popular movie Logan’s Run. Johnson started his career writing for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, penning the “I’ll Take Care Of You” episode. Johnson had been fighting cancer in his last days and the disease seems to have finally overtaken him.
Johnson not only contributed to the first Star Trek episode in the form of of his script “The Man Trap,” but he also wrote the script for The Intruder, a Roger Corman film. Corman is of course known for his B-movies and is regarded as “The Pope of Pop Cinema” because his art is far off from the mainstream. Later in life Johnson took up comic book writing and was a frequent face at comic book conventions everywhere.
Born in Cheyenne Wyoming, Johnson dropped out of school in the 8th grade and also served in the US Army before enrolling in university under the G.I. Bill. Johnson appeared in a documentary entitled The AckerMonster Chronicles!, in which he was interviewed about the life of Forrest J. Ackerman.
While Johnson didn’t go on to huge stardom and fame like Gene Roddenberry or many of the regular Star Trek personalities and even some of its writers, he deserves credit for bringing the very first Star Trek episode to life which snowballed into a huge sci-fi franchise for millions to enjoy. Rest in peace George Clayton Johnson.Source: MSN