publication date: Friday, January 14, 2005 (part of Round XXIV)
clue: The old great bird finally took a journey into space after he died in 1991.
explanation: Roddenberry was the famous creator of "Star Trek" (referenced in the clue as "journey into space"). His nickname was the Great Bird of the Galaxy. After his 1991 death, his ashes were launched into orbit. more…
solved by: Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, Dave Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Lori Lancaster, Aaron Fischer, Mihai Rusu, Christine Marie Doiron, and Anna Gregoline
trivia: Scott nearly included this long-delayed goo in Space Week in late 2004, but opted for Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton instead.