Ever wonder how Star Trek the series in the 60’s that still goes on in the form of series and movies to the present?. This might help. It wasn’t just some story dreamt up by somebody. It was the prep work for soft disclosure.

Who Created Star Trek?


Star Trek debuted on September 8, 1966 on the NBC television network.  As a 24-year old who had just joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I was immediately enthralled as the USS Enterprise “swooshed” by into deep space.  I was an immediate “Trekkie” or “Trekker” (whichever the reader may prefer). Well, I knew that sound can’t be heard in space, but I overlooked that as it enhanced the impression of faster-than-light travel.  The series was credited to Gene Roddenberry as executive producer, and I took that to mean he was the “Creator” of my then, favorite, TV show.  But, who dreamt up the technology: the communicator, the replicator, the transporter, the tricorder, matter/anti-matter propulsion, phasers, time travel . . .?  Who gave him all of those ETI folks, inter-dimensional beings and a half-dozen, trans-galactic star fleets? Did he have a backroom bevy of sci-fi gurus, the “ABC Team” — Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke — to help him out?  I took that on pure faith until confronted by Dr. Michael E. Salla’s take on that subject just last year.

Gene Roddenberry on the Star Trek Set [1]

Executive Producer or “Creator”?

If you take a look at Wikipedia, Gene Roddenberry is credited as the “Creator of Star Trek.”  As it turns out,  I was just downright naïve about how Hollywood really worked.  After the first episode, I realized that Roddenberry wasn’t the director and screenwriter on every episode.  There were other screenwriters besides Roddenberry such as  Gene L. Coon, Theodore Sturgeon (a quite well known science fiction author), D.C. Fontana, Harlan Ellison and others.  Robert H. Justman was the Star Trek production manager, and his name seemed to pop up on every episode just like Roddenberry’s.

In 1964, Gene Roddenberry had just come off a TV show calledThe Lieutenant, a police action show that was cancelled after its first year. He was desperate (possibly “anxious” was a better descriptor) as he was in search of a new hit TV program that he could write and produce.  Approaching his agent, he urged him to suggest a possible new theme – crime show, comedy, western . . .  anything. His agent told him to write about space.

The Outer Limits

Following that lead, he became what might be called a “groupie” of a Hollywood company producing The Outer Limits, science fiction TV show. The producer, director and writer was one Leslie Stevens IV.  Roddenberry, apparently looking for ideas and leads, showed up virtually every day and became acquainted with nearly all of the crew and cast.  On that set, he met the actors (among them William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy), the production manager, Robert H. Justman, the costume designers, the makeup and stage crew,  and nearly everyone else of significance.  In this process, Roddenberry and Stevens became close friends.  But this went beyond just friendship, they became silent business partners.

Leslie Steven IV [2]

The Outer Limits [1963 -1965] 

But exactly who was Leslie Stevens IV?  Stevens, born in 1924, was the son of a US Navy officer.  As a teenager,  Stevens decided to become a playwright and eventually sold a play called The Mechanical Rat to the famed Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre (which, in 1938, produced the infamous “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast).  Later, in 1942 just after the outbreak of WWII, Stevens joined the service and became a US Army intelligence officer.  Michael Salla has suggested that it is possible that Stevens learned about the Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit (IPU) during Stevens’ service in a psychological warfare operations unit. [3]  Stevens’ background as a playwright would have served him well.  Logically, the IPU would have been established well before the Roswell incident as earlier crash-retrievals have been reported. [4] Stevens’ skills gained him immediate recognition, and he ended the war as the youngest captain in the US Army.

More importantly, during WWII, Stevens’ father was US Navy Vice Admiral Leslie Stevens III. Stevens’ naval career specialty was in aviation, aircraft carrier and space programs.  Stevens III, was also a contemporary of Rear Admiral Rico Botta. Botta, according to Michael Salla, received espionage reports directly from Allied spies working in Nazi-occupied Europe.  If this all sounds remotely familiar, it might.  The late William Mills Tompkins was a direct report to Admiral Botta and served as a US Navy courier carrying secret documentation from Botta to American aerospace companies. [5] Additionally, Botta commanded the US Navy espionage program in Nazi-occupied Europe and received reports about the German anti-gravity and flying disc program. [6] It is legendary that the Nazi program was supported by ETI (extraterrestrial intelligence) beings beginning in the 1920s.  If this were true, Botta would have been on the receiving end of those reports as well.  There is some logic to this legend.  Why would ETI craft only crash in America?

Vice Admiral Leslie Stevens III [7]

Rear Admiral Rico Botta [8]

According to Michael Salla:

“Admiral Stevens’ aeronautics expertise meant that he was almost certainly aware of what Botta had learned about Nazi aerospace projects beginning in 1942, after the Los Angeles Air Raid incident [“Battle of Los Angeles”]. According to William Tompkins, Admiral Stevens was indeed made aware of what the Navy had learned about Nazi Germany’s flying saucer programs.” [9]

In his book, The U.S. Navy’s Secret Space Program, Salla goes on to say:

“[Later,] Stevens was appointed to be the head of ‘The Joint Subsidiary Plans Division,’ which was formed in late 1949 under the control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS].  Army historian Alfred H. Paddock describes the mission of this Division as follows:

“’[To] coordinate the peacetime development of psychological warfare and covert operations capabilities within the Armed Services, coordinate detailed military plans and other agencies of the government, particularly with the Department of State and the Office of Policy Coordination (CIA), and, in wartime [to] become the means by which the JCS would provide continuous direction and guidance in these specialized fields to commanders under their control.’” [10]

Salla later summarizes:

“Stevens’ aeronautical engineering background suggests that he had become aware of, or was directly involved in, the Navy’s research into the recovered flying saucer craft from the Los Angeles Air Raid incident, and of the covert intelligence program being run out of Naval Air Station, San Diego.  It is more than likely that while Botta was handling the debriefing of the 29 naval operatives [spies] out of San Diego, Stevens was involved in other aspects of the same or a similar program run elsewhere by the Navy.” [11]

Connecting The Dots: The Creation ofStar Trek

It seems clear that Admirals Botta and Stevens were not only contemporaries, but were working together on a common cause.  This was confirmed by William Mills Thompkins. Thus, Admiral Stevens, though illegally, passed the secrets from his experience in the US Naval command to his son Leslie Stevens IV, the former US Army intelligence officer and creator of The Outer Limits.

Here is a direct account by one of the production assistants, Tom Seldon, who was a member of Leslie Stevens’ production company’s The Outer Limits TV show:

“Star Trek was in fact an outgrowth of The Outer Limits.  Gene Roddenberry watched our dailies all the time and took a lot of phone calls from our screening room.  He was spurring his imagination and checking on the incredible quality control we had.  I wondered why he was there but he was there more often than not during the time he was coming up with Star Trek.” [12]

Gordon White, a book author, claimed that there was an unusual relationship between Roddenberry and Stevens:

“The case is convincingly made that Leslie Stevens – rather than Roddenberry – was at the terrestrial epicentre of Star Trek’s prescient high strangeness, which it inherited from The Outer Limits.  Having worked in broadcast production before, there really isn’t any such thing as innocently sharing production resources. If Roddenberry was camped out with The Outer Limits team for a whole year, then that very much means something.” [13]

For further confirmation, according to White:

“For decades, Stevens and Roddenberry shared the same production assistant, Rob [Robert H.] Justman, passing him backward and forwards whenever one of them had a gig on.  Justman would go on to be part of a military space futures experiment in the early nineties.“ [14]

The only logical conclusion was this: Leslie Stevens IV and Gene Roddenberry, whether formally or informally, were silent business partners.  Stevens provided the impetus —the driving force —  for Star Trek, and Roddenberry took Stevens’ complete story line and produced one of the longest-running, TV and film franchises ever: Star Trek.  That series was based on highly-classified, US Navy intelligence from WWII collected by Admirals Botta and Stevens III, and possibly from Stevens IV’s own experiences.

A Soft Disclosure?

For decades now, we have been hearing about the term “soft disclosure.”  This is the sense that the world’s public has been surreptitiously exposed to the reality of the presence of ETI beings on Earth.  This is to say that this is part of an orchestrated effort on the part of those in control to expose us all, ever so slowly, to this fact so that we can become sensitized to it.

Why is it that Leslie Stevens was never given credit for being the “Creator of Star Trek.”?  Someone once said, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”  You can also say, “Once an intelligence agent, always an intelligence agent.”  Isn’t it likely that Stevens IV, was still an agent of a secret government with the commission of slowly and silently disclosing this truth to the public?  Is Star Trek, then, not part of a “soft disclosure” program?

The photograph below was taken on September 17, 1976, when the Enterprise space shuttle was first rolled out of the Rockwell hangar in Palmdale, California.  It shows some of the cast and crew of the Star Trek series.  It prominently shows Gene Roddenberry (in the brown suit) front and center.  But Leslie Stevens IV is absent.  You will also never see Stevens’ name on any of the lists of credits to that TV or film franchise.  That was to preserve the secret connection between Star Trek and the US Navy.

Enterprise Rollout with Star Trek Cast

In February 2018, I was a speaker at the International UFO Congress in Arizona.  After my talk, while doing a book signing, a woman quietly informed me that she had heard my presentation.  She said that the most important part of my talk for her was that about Leslie Stevens.  I asked why. She said that she was a former member of Stevens’ production company in the 1960s, and that she had always wanted to know the truth about the Roddenberry-Stevens connection.

The Cultural Impact

“I looked across the room, and there was Dr. Martin Luther King walking towards me with this big grin on his face. He reached out to me and said, ‘Yes, Ms. Nichols, I am your greatest fan.’ He said that Star Trek was the only show that he, and his wife Coretta, would allow their three little children to stay up and watch. [She told King about her plans to leave the series.] I never got to tell him why, because he said, ‘You can’t. You’re part of history.’ “

Nicholle Nichols, Actress

Nicholle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura”

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