Fictional characters often are named and inspired by real people, for example Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham is named after her biological father. Where did the Star Trek creators get the name and inspiration for Geordi's character?
A long-time Star Trek fan and quadriplegic named George La Forge had been following the original series and was an avid fan. His unfortunate passing in 1975 inspired creator Gene Roddenberry to focus on creating a new character with disabilities. Screenwriter David Gerrold suggested the name Geordi LaForge in respect of their fan. Mr. Roddenberry agreed the name would be a fitting tribute to Mr. La Forge's dedication to the franchise.