Discovered Document

The Original Series:

The City on the Edge of Forever


Memo to Gene Roddenberry from Bob Justman dated December 20, 1966. Special thanks to Larry Nemecek for locating page 6!

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  • nathankc

    From the memo – the best critical note ever “Page 14A caused me to become exceedingly cruel to my wife and children last night. And it is only 1/8th of a page”

    • Bob Justman could write a memo like no other – a talent that is truly missed!

    • Arvis Jaggamar

      I stopped reading just so I could comment on that exact portion. Back to reading…

  • Lauralee von Husen Albert

    Absolutely one of my favorite episodes ever, such philosophical quandaries in this one, another episode that really stays with you…love love love it!!