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Humanism in Star Trek, presented by Susan Sackett, HSGP President Emeritus


You are invited to HSGP's Sunday Speaker Meeting:

Humanism & Star Trek

presented by

Susan Sackett


Susan Sackett grew up in Connecticut and Florida and received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville (1964;1965). After teaching elementary school in Miami for two years, she moved to Los Angeles, where she taught for a short time. But her lifelong dream of working in Hollywood persisted, and she quit her teaching job to work in the entertainment industry.

In August 1974, she began an association with Gene Roddenberry, creator of the television legend Star Trek, serving as his personal executive assistant for over 17 years until his death in October 1991. She also served as his production assistant on the first Star Trek film and worked closely with him on the next five Star Trek movies. In addition, she served as Production Associate during the first five seasons of the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Susan and her writing partner, Fred Bronson sold several stories and a teleplay to that series.

She is the author of 10 books, including her recent Star Trek memoir, Inside Trek (now available as an eBook at Paperback copies will also be available at the meeting.

Humanism is of paramount interest in Susan’s life. It was Gene Roddenberry who introduced Susan to Humanism. Realizing that she, too, was a Humanist, she joined the AHA in 1989. In 1994, Susan left California and relocated to Arizona, where she served as president of HSGP from 2000 to 2010. Thanks to her efforts, HSGP received “Chapter of the Year” from the American Humanist Association for 2001.

Since 2005, Susan has been on the Board of Directors of the Washington D.C.-based American Humanist Association, where she serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary, chairs the Awards Committee and serves on several other committees.

In August, 2011, she was elected a Vice President on the Executive Committee of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), which meets primarily in Europe six times a year.

Susan has been a Certified Humanist Celebrant since 2001. Her celebrant website is

Visit her personal website at


The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

We enjoy the company of our fellow Humanists and a lecture from a guest speaker and topic discussion ending by 11:30 a.m. Our meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Humanism.

Breakfast is offered for sale to members and guests for $5.00. For coffee only, the charge is $1.00. If you would like to have coffee and/or food, please pay at the welcome desk by the entrance door. Of course, donations are always gratefully accepted as well.

For your convenience, the membership desk is immediately behind the welcome desk at each Sunday meeting. Stop by to join or renew your membership in HSGP, or to update your records such as your email address.

Thank you! See you at the HSGP Community Center!

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