Amazing letter by Gene Roddenberry, after making the first version of what became the Star Trek pilot. Click through for whole letter if you like TV, writing, Star Trek, or people who try to do things well.
“For the first time I think I see [television] exactly for what it is. It has been and can be very good — and if someone proves to me they want me to try for that level, I gladly will. On the other hand, without that proof, I intend to aim for safe copies and parallels of existing successes — settle for doing it just two or three percent better than the next guy so that job and profits are always there, and I eat dinner every night at 6:00 p.m. with the children and have two days at home out of every seven to play horseshoes and putter in the garden. And do everything possible to move on into another medium.”