Roddenberry writes to NASA engineer Jesco von Puttkamer, technical advisor to the first Star Trek film and shares his view of film making. "A number of things you commented upon were the source of some words between myself…and the actors…I doubt we will end up with anything on the screen to be ashamed of…our ‘hammer and tongs’ approach has given us some very interesting dramatic moments…filmmaking [sic] is a joint effort by various areas of talent and a proper synthesis of this often yields interesting results….” Above his typed name, Roddenberry signs, “Gene.” Condition: A slight rust stain shows under the bow of the Enterprise and slight chipping to upper left margin, otherwise in fine condition.
Puttkamer (1933-2012) worked on deep space manned travel for NASA. Puttkamer led a long career with NASA receiving several distinguished awards. “Star Trek The Motion Picture” opened to mixed reviews but was nevertheless followed by more Star Trek films. The original television show gained popularity in reruns and spun off additional series.