Gene Roddenberry has long been painted as the visionary who made Star Trek possible. Yet not much has been written on Gene L. Coon. The real workhorse behind The Original Series. This man built the universe around Roddenberry's initial concept we all know today. He almost single handed created The Klingons. Had a hand in creating the franchise's greatest villain...Khan! Any notion of Starfleet Command, The United Federation of Planets, warp technology, and its fictional creator Zefram Cochrane all belong to him. Only to die from cancer at age 49 just as Star Trek got popular with reruns and conventions.
having been a Trek fan since 1968, I already knew Coon's contributions towards Star Trek. it was a shame that Roddenberry and Coon's didn't have a better working relationship.