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Did the two ever meet and speak about their respective works? It's surprisingly hard to find information on this through the usual channels (meaning Google).

I'd be interested to know.

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    Good question +1. I did some research and found out his son Rod Roddenberry met Lucas. Supposedly there was an awards show where Lucas sent somebody in a Darth Vader outfit to present something I think. I have to get to bed though and don't have time to research it right now. IF nobody figures it out by tomorrow I'll look into it further. But Roddenberry.com although not a well organized site has the answer on there someplace. I'm not sure why anybody would downvote this question, I wish I would have thought of it. You're at +7 and -3 votes with 31 views so far. – JMFB Sep 9 '15 at 6:38
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    Yes, once. Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. – Paul D. Waite Sep 9 '15 at 9:23
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    Starred as favorite as well. Good answer below. Now we just need a crossover movie. You're at +44 and -4 as of right now, just letting you know as your rep is too low to see those stats yet. Still don't understand the downvotes. – JMFB Sep 10 '15 at 6:32
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They met at least once, at a Star Wars convention in 1987.

There's a review of Trek Nation, a documentary about Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, which includes this photograph of Lucas and Roddenberry shaking hands:

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The caption reads:

The only known photo of Gene Roddenberry meeting George Lucas at the Creation Entertainment/Starlog 10th Anniversary Star Wars Convention. Photo by Dan Madsen.

It doesn't say what they talked about, or go into any detail about the meeting.

I found an interview with the photographer, Dan Madsen, which gives a bit more background to the photograph:

The story goes that you got the only picture taken of Roddenberry and George Lucas together. Is that true? Even if it's not, there's got to be a good story there.

The photo was taken at the first Star Wars 10th anniversary convention in L.A. that was put on by Creation. At the end, George came out to speak to the crowd and was surprised by Gene, who came out to congratulate him on the 10th anniversary. There were on stage for a short time and it was a historic moment. There were hundreds of people in the audience, so I’m sure someone snapped a photo of them. Most never saw the light of publication, though. It was pretty exciting to see my two heroes on stage together, something I thought I’d never see. I'm not sure if they ever saw each other again. It was quite a surprise when Gene walked out on stage and George, I think, was at a loss for words. He wasn't expecting that. It was one of those very cool moments.

There are murmurs on the Internet that Lucas said something to the effect of "I write Star Wars scripts in the afternoon while watching local Star Trek reruns", but I haven't been able to find an exact quote or proper confirmation. However, I did find a DVD for sale which claims to capture the meeting on film.

I also found a Lucas fansite which has a few more blurry photos from the event. (That would put lie to the "only known photo" part, but corrobates the other accounts.)


The Trek Nations review also mentions that George Lucas admired Star Trek and attended conventions:

The interview with George Lucas reveals that he attended Star Trek conventions in the 1970s and his admiration for Gene Roddenberry as an artist. [...] Both dealt with limited resources, and the simpatico Lucas feels with Roddenberry on that matter is an intriguing revelation.

I haven't seen the documentary, so I don't know how much detail the interview goes into (or whether Lucas explicitly mentions meeting Roddenberry at a convention) – but it's plausible that they did.

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    Eddies in the space-time continuum. How he got in there, we'll never know. :-) – Bob Jarvis - Reinstate Monica Sep 9 '15 at 14:29
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    Out of curiosity, is this something you happened to know/remember or were you able to find it from scratch? – Dean MacGregor Sep 9 '15 at 15:21
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    @DeanMacGregor I learnt this today, along with everybody else; just a few carefully worded Google searches. – alexwlchan Sep 9 '15 at 15:36
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    Who is this Eddie character, and what's he doing in the space-time continuum? – AMADANON Inc. Sep 10 '15 at 2:01
  • +1 Great info. Glad someone figured it out. I was anxious to know the answer after I saw it posted last night. – JMFB Sep 10 '15 at 6:29

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