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The Roddenberry Dive Team
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Gene Roddenberry created some well-known adventure in the final frontier. Now, Greg martin and Gene's son Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry are exploring a new frontier...the sea. Then, we look at the very real issue of video game addiction with Ryan Van Cleave, who is a former game addict.
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Geek Speak Radio Show HR 1 - The Roddenberry Dive Team
Gene Roddenberry created some well-known adventures in the final frontier. Now, Greg Martin and Gene's son Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry are exploring a new frontier - the sea. Greg Martin, Executive Director of The Roddenberry Dive Team and Rod Roddenberry, join us to discuss the team and their Geek interests as well. We’ll also get Rod’s thoughts on his father’s legacy, and JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Reboot.
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Geek Speak Radio Show HR 2 - Video Game Addiction
Ryan Van Cleave, author of Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction discusses his experiences with video game addiction and recovery and how to spot the signs of video game addiction. With Madden 2011 being released today and StarCraft II already being played for hours and hours, this will be an eye-opening hour for hose who may be on their first steps to addiction, but don't even know it.
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Roddenberry Dive Team Website
RDT is about discovery, exploration, adventure and education. In addition to a membership kit members can take part in monthly activities which may include scuba dives, educational seminars, tours, trade shows and online roundtables. Many of these functions will also include special guests from the science and science fiction background.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Greg Martin
Greg Martin grew up about as far away from the ocean as you can get in a very small town in Kansas. At an early age he found a love for the deep blue sea through watching programs like Sea Hunt and the Jacques Cousteau specials. It was during high school that he had the opportunity to take a basic scuba class. It was a weekly 80 mile round trip that culminated in a basic scuba certification in the summer of 1976. Shortly after graduating he was hired as a part-time Sunday night disc jockey at a local station. That 6-hour shift turned into over 30 years behind a microphone as a broadcaster. He has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and musicians including legendary actor Vincent Price & comedian Red Skelton. One special event featured Greg singing a duet on-stage in front of a crowd of thousands with Latin superstar, Julio Iglesias! Greg is truly a “renaissance man.” Music, acting, writing, voice-overs, scuba diving, speaking, he has never been afraid of putting his hand to something. Along with his wife of 30 years, they created a local TV show featuring a beautiful hostess and her crusty side-kick (Greg) showing classic horror and sci-fi films. Greg has written a 3-act stage play and he continues to play keyboards and writes daily. Scuba diving though is Greg’s one, true, passion. After over 30 years of diving he decided to become a DiveMaster, assisting with monthly classes and relishing in helping everyday people do something extraordinary. This passion for sharing his love of the oceans and diving is also leading him into the realms of scuba instructors. He firmly believes that the oceans are the hope for the future and is ardent in his support for them. Through the Roddenberry Dive Team Greg hopes to fire the interest of a new generation of divers and ocean supporters.

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Rod Roddenberry
Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, Jr., also known as Rod, was born into a family empire that is adored by fans worldwide. He is the son of legendary science fiction producer Gene Roddenberry, whose television series Star Trek changed the face of television. Balancing his personal creativity with the responsibility of his family legacy, it is Eugene's ambition to be the guardian of his father's ideals as well as a champion of their introduction to a new generation. Although Eugene resisted going into the family business throughout his teenage years, hints of him starting to follow in his father's footsteps were evident even at a young age. He quenched his thirst for space and astronomy working as a Telescope Operator at the Mt. Wilson Observatory during the summer. Eugene spent time teaching children to scuba dive at a camp in Big Pine Key, Florida, encouraging them to explore the unknown worlds below the ocean's surface. And during his years at Harvard-Westlake School, Eugene first dipped his foot into the entertainment industry as a Production Assistant on several of the Star Trek spin-off series. Eugene's life changed dramatically during his senior year of high school with the passing of his father. It was at this point that he began to comprehend the enormity of the universe his father had created. Eugene realized that Star Trek was more than just a TV show, and wanted to understand why it touched the lives of so many. As Rod started to understand the legacy he would be inheriting, college beckoned. Leaving Los Angeles to attend Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Rod balanced his educational path with his familial exploration. Studying Astronomy, Physics, and Photography, he delved into areas that intrigued and inspired him. Rod also spent time learning about Star Trek as well as his father's life and work. Stories from millions of fans and Gene's own writings, helped Rod discover a new world of philosophy, social & cultural commentary and the in-depth examination of the human condition. Nearing the end of his college career, Eugene got the opportunity to join the Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict television series as a Technical Advisor. For the next four years, Eugene relocated to Toronto, Canada and gained production experience, working with a brilliant cast and crew. He also came to realize the difficulties and disappointments that come with the business that is Hollywood. On top of a strong production foundation, Eugene gained a new respect for his father's accomplishments and set a higher bar of integrity for any future project that carries the Roddenberry name.Since then, Eugene has spoken at science fiction conventions around the world and hosted worldwide forums on topics from literature to the future of space travel. He has taken a position as a board member on the X Prize (a private-sector, international space exploration competition), and tirelessly works to bridge the gap between science and science fiction by participating in efforts with NASA, JPL, The Planetary Society and The Kennedy Space Center. In 2001, upon returning to Los Angeles, Eugene reopened the family merchandising business. He has since expanded the company, creating Roddenberry Productions the promise of which is to bring the Roddenberry Spirit and Ideals to people in new forms, through new media. The organization pledges the development and production of many multimedia projects including the completion of Eugene's first independent documentary, "Trek Nation." As a documentary about the positive influences of his father's work and how it has impacted lives around the world, Eugene hopes that "Trek Nation" will pay homage to the fans who have sustained his legacy and the father who created it.

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Ryan Van Cleave
Ryan G. Van Cleave, Ph.D., serves as Executive Director and Publisher of C&R Press, a non-profit literary organization. He also teaches writing at The Ringling College of Art + Design and works as a Digital Addiction & Recovery consultant. Dr. Van Cleave resides in Sarasota, FL.

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