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Old May 30 2012, 06:15 AM   #75
throwback
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Re: Matt Jefferies and NCC-1017

Tin Man,

I believe you are making an assumption. I believe you are making the same mistake that Greg Jein did in his article for T-Negative.

The intraoffice memos listed at least three different lists of starship. The Constitution was on at least one of these memos. The production staff were going on memory for the named ships, and were identifying each of the named starships to the Enterprise-type. The production staff had to name 13 starships that were like the Enterprise, and they had 11 names established by the episodes to work with. The production staff missed one ship - the USS Carolina - but this was understandable. This starship was mentioned very briefly in the episode "Friday's Child". So they had to fill in the gaps. The Constitution was selected because of historical importance - the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). The phaser diagram wasn't mentioned in the book, and wasn't included in the illustrations provided with the book.

The chronology is this:

April 17, 1967 - 3rd Edition of Writer's Guide is published
* The USS Enterprise is classified as a "Starship Class" vessel.

Oct. 10, 1967 - "The Doomsday Machine" aired
* In the script for this episode, the Enterprise and her sister ship, the Constellation, are classified as Enterprise-class starships.

Dec. 19, 1967 - "The Trouble with Tribbles" aired
* This is the first mention of a Constitution-class starship. There is no canonical connection between the Enterprise and this class of ship.

Sept. 1968 - "The Making of Star Trek" is published
* In this book, the Enterprise is classified as an Enterprise-type starship. A list of sister ships is included in this book.

Sometime in 1968 - The first edition of the "Star Trek Concordance" is published as a private product (fanzine) for fans.
* In this book, the Enterprise is classified as a Constitution-class starship.

April 1973 - "The Case of Jonathan Doe Starship" is published in the fanzine T-Negative Nr. 27.
* In this article, the Enterprise is classified as a Constitution-class starship. This is the first time that an effort is made, afaik, to link the registries seen in "Court Martial" to the list of starships first mentioned in "The Making of Star Trek". This is also the first time, afaik, that a connection is made between the phaser diagram first seen in "The Trouble with Tribbles" and the Enterprise.

April 1975 - "Star Trek Blueprints" is published by Ballantine.
* In this set of blueprints, the Enterprise is classified as a Constitution-class starship.

November 1, 1975 - The "Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual" is published by Ballantine.
* In this book, the Enterprise is classified as a Constitution-class starship.

June 2, 1977 - The "Star Trek Concordance" is published by Ballantine for a wider audience.

June 4, 1982 - "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" is released.
* In this film, the Enterprise is classified as a Enterprise-class starship.

June 1, 1984 - "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" is released.
* In this film, there is a diagram which classifies the Enterprise as a Constitution-class starship. The diagram is either from the Star Trek Blueprints or the Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual.

October 5, 1987 - Lt. Cmdr. Data classifies the Enterprise as a Constitution-class starship in the episode "The Naked Now".

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