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StarTrek fans Mourn John D.F. Black

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John D.F. Black's memorial service will be held Sunday, December 30, at 2 pm, at Bastian Perrott, Oswald Mortuary Chapel, 18728 Parthenia St., Northridge, CA 91324.   Please join us as we celebrate John's life. 

John's widow, Mary Black, has requested this celebration of John's life and work be open to Star Trek fans. It is her hope that those who were touched by his work as a writer, who took his words, "Space ... the final frontier," into their hearts, can have an opportunity to say farewell and send him wishes for a happy journey into John's own final frontier. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, this service will provide you with that opportunity.

John passed away peacefully on November 29, 2018 at the age of 85.  He was a brilliant award winning screenwriter and Associate Producer for Star Trek, the original series.  We, and many Star Trek fans, would like to ensure he has a proper memorial service to celebrate his life and many accomplishments, not only with Star Trek, but many other TV shows and movies. 

The location, date, and time of the service is pending.   All proceeds will be given to his wife, Mary to cover expenses.

More About John:
Born John Donald Francis Black, December 30, 1932, “John D.F.,” as his friends and colleagues called him, began his screenwriting career with the 1957 science fiction film, The Unearthly, and later wrote numerous other feature films and TV Movies, including co-writing the screenplay for 1972’s Shaft. In television, where he worked most frequently, Mr. Black had multiple script writing assignments on popular television series of the day such as Lawman, The Untouchables, Mr. Novak, Laredo, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, Room 222, Hawaii Five-O, The Streets of San Francisco, Charlie’s Angels, and others. He won a Writers Guild award in 1966 for his script, “With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord! Lord!” for Mr. Novak, and was the recipient of a 1972 Edgar Allen Poe Award for writing the TV Movie, Thief, which also brought him an Emmy nomination.

In addition, Mr. Black was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1967 for writing “The Naked Time,” a formative episode of the original Star Trek. Mr. Black also served Star Trek as Associate Producer and as the series’ first story editor, sharing chores with creator Gene Roddenberry in rewriting many of the scripts which launched the adventures of the starship Enterprise, thereby defining the characters and setting the tone for what would follow in TV’s most successful franchise. It was, in fact, Mr. Black who wrote the iconic line which began the series’ opening narration, “Space … the final frontier.”

Mr. Black returned to Star Trek two decades later to write “Justice,” an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, under the pseudonym of Ralph Wills. He was also credited with the story for that series’ 1986 episode, “The Naked Now,” a sequel to the earlier “The Naked Time.” After more than two decades of retirement, Mr. Black again returned to the universe of Star Trek, as story consultant on the web series Star Trek Continues. Along with wife Mary Black, who had worked as his executive secretary on the original series in 1966, Black co-wrote the foreword and gave an in-depth interview for the 2013 nonfiction book, These Are the Voyages – Star Trek: The Original Series, Season One.

After the publication of These Are the Voyages, Mr. Black joined the book’s author, Marc Cushman, for numerous promotional appearances, including several segments of Access Hollywood in 2014. Most recently, Black appeared in a pair of special feature commentaries, “50 Years of Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Inside the Roddenberry Vault,” issued by CBS Studios in 2016 as bonus features on a pair of Star Trek DVD box sets.
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During the two days that followed John's death I felt even more alone than I did when I was ten years old and found that I'd lost the dime my mother gave me to pay for the bus home. After peering at the street, the sidewalk and the gutter between, I chose the proper direction to take.

I sat down on the bus bench and cried. A lot.

Fortunately two kind strangers saw me and came up with the transportation money or there'd probably be a small skeleton flopped on the bench at Third and Bixel. A damp skeleton from all those tears.

Marc Cushman and Sandy Johnson and their tech guy (whose name I failed to retain) jumped into my emptiness of spirit with such warmth and enthusiasm, creating the GoFundMe account to celebrate my late husband's life and work -- and all of you who responded with such graciousness --it's impossible to feel alone with so many out there who remember John and his work.

I thank you with all my heart and know John would be thrilled to know he is not forgotten.

Bless your kind hearts.

Mary (Mrs. John D F) Black
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A reminder that John D.F. Black's memorial service, associate producer and story editor on the original Star Trek, will be held this coming Sunday, December 30, at 2 pm, at Bastian Perrott, Oswald Mortuary Chapel, 18728 Parthenia St., Northridge, CA 91324. John's widow, Mary Black, who had served as his secretary while he worked at Star Trek, has requested this celebration of John's life and work be open to Star Trek fans. It is her hope that those who were touched by his work as a writer, who took his words, "Space ... the final frontier," into their hearts, can have an opportunity to say farewell and send him wishes for a happy journey into John's own final frontier. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, this service will provide you with that opportunity.
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The Memorial Service for John D. F. Black will be on December 30, 2018, 2:00 pm (early seating begins at 1:30 pm), at the Bastian Perrott, Oswald Mortuary Chapel, 18728 Parthenia St., Northridge, CA 91324. Mary Black, Marc Cushman, and Sue Osborn will be among those delivering eulogies.

Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration of life for John D. F. Black; the last surviving producer of the original Star Trek, the man who wrote the words "Space ... the final frontier", and, among his many screen credits, wrote the first Shaft movie.

In lieu of flowers, Mary has requested donations be made to the MPTF (Motion Picture Television Fund).

Please share this information with everyone you know.
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Mary Black asked us to invite everyone to the Mass for John D.F. Black on January 3, 2019, 11 a.m., at St Joseph The Worker Church, 19855 Sherman Way, Winnetka, CA 91306
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