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Gene-at-desk-at-ParamountA week later, Haslage received a return call from Gene Roddenberry. After a few moments of shock and babbling excitement, Haslage was able to explain his reason for contacting Roddenberry. After explaining his new-found fandom and the inability to find a fan group that focused on what drew him in, Haslage went onto ask the question that led to the beginning of The Federation. It went something like this: