Star Trek Creator's Widow Left $4 Million To Her Dogs

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Using money she earned through her voice over work on the Star Trek light dimmer, Majel Roddenberry was able to set up a trust for her dogs to the tune of $4 million.

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A domestic employee named Reinelda Estupinian—the person who cared for the pups —gets $1 million and the right to live in the mansion with the dogs... Majel claimed Reinelda deserves the massive stack of cash because she "did an excellent job of caring for my animals (giving them comparable or better care than that which I gave them during my lifetime)."

Neeedless to say, the only thing better than being the dog of Gene and Majel Roddenberry is being their son. Apparently he gets $60 million up front, a Bel-Air mansion, and $10 million bonuses just for staying alive long enough to reach 35, 40 and 45. That, my friend, could buy you a lot of Star Trek sporks and cologne. But he and the dogs probably get that stuff for free too. So jealous. [TMZ via Boing Boing Gadgets]

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jyhash
HashMaster9000

The Roddenberry's have always loved their (and other) dogs. They've even got a charity fund to help pet shelters and those who work there. Leaving some amount of money to help another living being is not shameful, nor does it mean they were kooky or a bad person if it happens to be an animal. Sure, they cannot spend it or decide to send "less than the price of a cup of coffee" over to some starving kid in Darfur, monthly.

Notice what this article doesn't state is what other charities that she possibly left some amount of cash to. If she left $20 Million for homeless/hunger relief would you still bash her (a dead woman mind you) because she didn't leave $24 Million?

It's not your money, it was hers and she earned/inherited it. It was hers to do with as she pleased and no one has the right to scoff at her posthumously just because they feel guilt over not being able to help those in need. If you feel so strongly about this, and are willing to decry her for leaving money to take care of her beloved pets' well being, then I want to see photographic proof of you volunteering at your local soup kitchen. It's easy to slam someone who can't fight back about not doing the right thing, it's another when you slam them and then do nothing yourself.

~JYH