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StarTrek fans Mourn John D.F. Black

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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.

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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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Mary sent this email today along with your gratitude to everyone who has been so generous with their donations:

I remember the evening -- sixty-one years ago -- when John Black, frustrated by the failure to launch his writing career, decided to become John D F Black in hope that the touch of style might help. It still took another three years before he became "John D F Black, film and television writer."

He loved writing. He loved film and television. And he loved the audience his work reached out to.

He would be honored by the warmth and generosity shown by those who still remember and care.

God bless you.
Mary Black

The photo is of a book signing July, 2014, courtesy Jacobs/Brown Media Group.
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This fun photo was taken of John and Balok in the 1960's during the filming of Star Trek episode "Carbomite Maneuver". (photo courtesy Jacobs/Brown Press)
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We thought you would enjoy this photo of John D.F. Black with Balok during the filming of Star Trek the original series episode "Carbomite Maneuver", (courtesy of Jacobs/Brown Press)
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