BEATRICE, Neb.- It's remarkable to think about the number of Nebraskans, and people from Gage County specifically, who have went on to make an impact in television and movies.
Gene Coon had a real connection to classic television shows like Wagon Train, Bonanza, and Star Trek. He was a writer on these shows, and in fact is credited for many contributions to the world of Star Trek. Beatrice Librarian Laureen Riedesel says Gene was born in Beatrice, and lived in the community as a young child.
"He was known as the 'other' Gene," Riedesel said. "He came up with the Prime Directive. What would Star Trek be without the Prime Directive?" Coon is also known for creating the Klingons, and for the unique relationship between Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy and Spock.
There are many other people that can be connected to Hollywood and television who started life in Gage County. Robert Taylor is one of those Hollywood stars. John Fulton and his family were involved behind the scenes in Hollywood. John Fulton is known for his special effects work in movies, specifically in the epic "The Ten Commandments." And silent movie star Harold Lloyd was born in Burchard, but grew up in Beatrice.
If you would like to learn more about Gene Coon's contributions to Star Trek, there are some events happening in Beatrice this weekend (March 2nd through March 4th, 2018) that you don't want to miss. Thanks to the Gage County Classic Film Institute, there will be screenings of Star Trek episodes, and discussions about Coon's career in television. Go to gagecountymuseum.info for more information.