Re: Matt Jefferies and NCC-1017
After reading Making of Star Trek, I imagined that a sphere hulled ship came before Enterprise--and a lot of folk thought it was the first ship to even have a saucer. Masao broke us from that--and those art posters showing a lot of other Jefferies designs that led to Enterprise are a hoot--but the idea that there were a lot of Constitution like ships even before Constitution--that's really nice.
In TAS, the first warp drive ship, the Bonaventure
, had a saucer.
"I had no idea you were so... formidable. " - Anan 7 to James T. Kirk, A Taste of Armageddon